10 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween costumes don’t need to be complicated or fancy, they just need to be fun!

But fear not the spectre of sewing and crafting that awaits you on 31 October because we’re here to help.  Scroll down and you’ll find 10 ideas for easy Halloween dress ups. Some of them are so easy, you can knock ‘em up the night before. Some are creepy. Some are just plain cute.

But first, here’s some factoids about Halloween to get you in the mood

Halloween – a contraction of All Hallows’ Eve – is celebrated on 31 October, which down here in Oz is in the spring.

However, the origins of Halloween are thought to date back to the ancient Celt’s Samhain (“summer’s end”) festival which actually marked the beginning of winter; a day when the natural and the supernatural worlds were believed to blur into one.

The Samhain festival involved lighting enormous bonfires (to ward off evil spirits) dressing up in the heads and skins of dead animals (you can see why kids still dress up in spooky costumes) and taking predictions for the future from the druids (to ease the community’s anxiety about the onset of a long, cold winter).

Trick or treat: no really

Above all, the Celts believed that this was a day when spirits roamed the earth. As a way of pacifying the evil spirits they left out treats and gifts for them. This practice probably evolved into what we now know as “trick or treat.”

Then the Romans got in on the act

There are various versions of Halloween-type celebrations across many cultures throughout history. They all occur around the same time: at the end of the northern hemisphere autumn.

In 1000 AD the Romans declared 1-2 November  All Soul’s Day. Also known as All Hallows Day or All Saint’s Day, it was a church-sanctioned day to honour dead souls and saints. The night before became known as All Hallow’s Eve.

In the interests of empirical unity (with the Celts now part of the mighty Roman Empire) a lot of the Celts’ Samhain traditions were fused into this day.

What’s with the dress ups?

The Romans dressed in costume as a tribute to the dead souls, the Celts who were notoriously superstitious, dressed up in costume as a safety measure; to camouflage themselves amongst all those ghosts roaming the earth on 31 October.

So when you’re thinking Halloween costumes, think spooky. Because it’s important to blend in on this creepy evening of dead souls – ooooh!

Now you’re in the mood, try these 10 easy homemade dress up ideas for Halloween!

1. Paint your face for Halloween

Looking for the simplest Halloween solution? Two words: face paint. You’d be amazed how spooky a black and white face can be. Add a cloak (for a ghoul) or some shredded clothes (for a zombie) and you’ve got yourself a creepy outfit.

How to paint your face for Halloween

2. Make this easy last-minute Halloween costume

Short on time? Under the pump? This spooky ghoul outfit is a cinch!

Easy last-minute Halloween costume idea

3. Create a cute black cat costume

Most little girls have a cheeky cat inside them they are desperate to release. A black cat is spooky and cute for Halloween.

How to make a cute cat costume

4. Make a cool bat hat costume

If you’ve got a boy or girl who isn’t into fancy dress, this bat hat is a good compromise.

How to make a bat hat

5. Dress like a witch

If you’re looking for something fabulous and you want to put a bit of time in, try this jazzy witch outfit.

How to dress like a witch

6. Create an easy Dracula costume

Make this easy black cape (below), add fab face paint and hey presto! You’ve got yourself a Dracula costume!

How to create your own Dracula costume

7. Create your own skeleton costume

Got a black hoodie? Add face paint and a skeleton printable and you’ve got yourself a skeleton outfit.

How to make an easy homemade skeleton costume

8. Make homemade monster masks

If you’re just looking for a fun craft activity that can also double as your trick or treat outfits, try making these monster masks with your kids.

9. Create a homemade Harry Potter or Hermione costume

Instead of being one of the ghouls, your child can be a ghoul-fighter by dressing up as Harry or Hermione to roam the streets on Halloween.

How to create a Harry Potter or Hermione costume

10. Make your own fairy princess outfit

Okay so it’s not exactly scary (unless you have an aversion to pink!) but some little kids just won’t be told. If you’ve got one of these, here are some fairy things that might be suitable for Halloween.

How to dress like a fairy princess


  1. Alezandra 03/11/2018 at 9:19 pm

    Aww missed this before we had our Halloween trick or treating. We were lucky with our costume this year as we got preloved costumes from our friend’s son who’ve outgrown them. This is a good tip to also pass on costumes instead of buying new ones. 🙂

  2. SarahBlair 31/10/2018 at 7:25 pm

    There are some really good ideas here! I will have to try some of them out. The history of Halloween is really interesting and there are some things here that I wasn’t aware of!

  3. Shelz69 31/10/2018 at 2:02 pm

    Great idea, we always go with the face painting, it never seems to fail and sometimes the worse you do the better it looks ha ha. My kids and I love Halloween, we only visit pre arranged people and its usually only 5 or 6 houses but its enough for fun and you don’t want to have too many lollies!

  4. dawnblyth 31/10/2018 at 11:56 am

    As a family we don’t celebrate Halloween. There are many reasons for this – the cost, the Americanise tradition, and mainly for the fact that we don’t feel it is safe for our children to be taught that it is ok to knock on people’s doors and ask for lollies from strangers when we teach our children that you don’t accept lollies from strangers. In saying that, I love seeing all the costumes and the work that some people put into their costumes – they are amazing.

  5. MuddledUpMolly 23/10/2018 at 9:44 pm

    There are some fantastic ideas here! More and more preschools and schools are encouraging dressing up for Halloween so it’s fantastic to have one spot to view a range of picture ideas and videos.

  6. felicity beets 23/10/2018 at 4:37 pm

    The spooky ghoul one looks so easy and so effective. I also like one I have seen with glow sticks taped on a black outfit to look like a stickman (but would have to be dark to work)

  7. Mands1980 23/10/2018 at 12:04 pm

    We don’t usually celebrate Halloween but sometime school does dress ups I love painting the kids faces that’s easy. Then we find the outfit which of course they love scary outfits. We live rural so unless we went to town we couldn’t trick or treat the kids did talk about it though asking if people would come to our door this year for treats.

  8. Bevik1971 19/10/2018 at 10:19 am

    These ideas are really cool, but we don’t celebrate Halloween, that’s a decision we made a long time ago. I have a 25 year old son and he only went trick or treating twice when he was kid from memory haha. I just think it’s a bit of a waste of money with costumes not to mention all the lollies! Haha. We do let our daughter have treats but they are not an every day occurrence 🙂

  9. kymmage 17/10/2018 at 8:38 pm

    That was really interesting about the history of Halloween! I love Halloween. The chance to dress up and have candy hehe. These were great and easy! Costume ideas. Thanks

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