DIY Halloween costumes: 12 ideas to make and sew

2018 Halloween costume ideas to make and sew

Planning a spot of trick or treating or wondering what to wear to an upcoming Halloween party?  Here are our favourite DIY costume ideas for children and grown ups for the spooky season…

Before you dive in: we’ve focused mainly on kids’ costumes to make here and included a mix of no-sew and easy-sewing projects, but you’ll also find some ideas for me-made outfits if you’re all grown up too. If you think we’ve forgotten to include a must-make blog post or tutorial, tell us about it and we’ll add it to this round-up!

How to sew a cat cape

Sew sweet for mini trick-or-treaters or adapt Kirsty Hartley’s design for big wannabe cats in the family

1. Sew a DIY kids’ cat cape

With our free step by step guide by Kirsty Hartley

How to make an easy halloween outfit

2. Quick-sew monster make

Add a patch to trousers to add a spooky update! Our free tutorial by Jess Entwistle shows you how.

Easy no-sew DIY unicorn costume

Oh what’s that? Rainbows + unicorns? Let’s go! Image ©

3. DIY No-Sew Felt Rainbow Unicorn Costume for Kids

Designed by John Lavelle. Unicorns + rainbows + so quick to sew, you don’t even need to reach for your sewing kit? Tick, tick, tick! Find out how to make it over at hello, Wonderful

Lia Griffiths Super Hero costume tutorial

Image © Lia Griffith – find this DIY outfit tutorial over at

4. Homemade Halloween Costumes – Superheroes

We can’t wait to get making this fun DIY from Lia Griffith’s website.

Mollie Makes Halloween cat collar

5. How to make a Halloween cat collar

Hannah Read-Baldry show you how over on the Mollie Makes blog.

Bat wing costume

Image © Merrick White/She Knows – find this DIY over at

6. Easy 10 Minute Bat Wing Halloween Costume

Why should children have all the fun? Fly away with this batwing DIY by Merrick White at

How to make a spider crown

Image © Delia Creates. Find this easy spider crown DIY at

7. Easy Spider Crown Tutorial

This no-sew project is quick to create and looks really effective! Thanks for the creepy crawly inspo Delia Creates!

How to sew a dragon halloween costume

Girls and boys alike will love showing off their sparkle in Kirsty Hartley’s DIY dragon project

8. Dazzling Dragon costume

Add a little sparkle to your plans with our step-by-step guide to making this mask and dragon wings. Also a good option for sizing up for Game of Thrones parties.

Pumpkin outfits DIY

Image © Sugar Bee Crafts, tutorial at

9. Pillowcase Pumpkin Dress

We love this idea – so simple and all you need is a couple of pillow cases and some basic sewing supplies! Tutorial by Sugar Bee Crafts

How to sew an octopus costume

image © Giggles Galore, tutorial at

10. How to make a DIY Octopus costume

This under-the-sea costume is giving us all the Love Actually feels. Mariah over at shows you how to make it.

Image ©mamapapabubba – find out how it’s done at

11. Easy Homemade Mermaid Costume

Who says Halloween costumes have to be scary? Whip up this no-sew project in just an evening with Mama. Papa. Bubba. Glue guns at the ready!

SS47 Halloween sewing projects

Put the DIY in trick or treating with this me-made sweets bucket – find the tutorial in issue 47 of Simply Sewing magazine

12. Make your own trick or treat sweet bags

Find out how to make this fun project by Kirsty Hartley in issue 47 of Simply Sewing

How to make a Ghost costume

Image © Super Mom Hacks,  read more over at

13. How to make a Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)

To end with a bang, this round-up wouldn’t be complete without a shout out to the awesome Super Mom Hacks for this post about How to Make a Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!). Thank you for sharing possibly the most honest portrayal of how sewing up our little ones’ halloween outfits actual goes (as opposed to how we THINK it will go!).