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Quick and easy kids' Halloween costume ideas and inspiration

As Halloween creeps closer, the need for a cool kids' costume grows. Let's be honest: you can only reuse that witch hat so many times.

Check out these sweet, simple costume ideas to get inspired. They're easy to pull off, totally cute and require minimal elbow grease on your part!


Doe, a deer


To put together a sweet doe costume, all you'll need is a brown hooded sweatshirt, white fabric paint, and a bit of brown felt or other stiff fabric to cut in the shape of ears. Paint on the white dots, cut some long, thin ovals for ears, and attach the ears to the hood with fabric glue or a few stitches. 


Mini superhero


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A swath of long fabric is all you'll need to make a sweet superhero costume. Cut two rectangles about 2 inches wide from the base of a yard of fabric, then cut that strip in half for wristbands that you can tie or safety-pin around your kid's wrists. Leave the rest to hang as a cape that you safety-pin to your kiddo's shirt at the shoulders. Decorate (or keep it simple) as you see fit.


A candle on top


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If you've got a kid-sized cardboard tube lying around (which you probably don't, in which case you can use a sheet of butcher paper or a deconstructed cardboard box), you can convert it to a precious life-sized candle costume, complete with tissue-paper flame.  For the body of the candle, just cut out two wide shoulder-height holes where your kiddo can stick their arms through. You can use a wide roll of masking tape to make super-fast, simple stripes, or paint the cardboard in your favorite color!

For the flame headdress, grab a pipe cleaner, scrunch a sheet of yellow or orange tissue paper into a long, thin cylinder around the pipe cleaner, and attach it to a spare headband with tape or hot glue. You can even use a bobby pin as the base for the flame in a pinch, as the pipe cleaner will keep the flame sitting upright. 


Little lumberjack


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For this precious costume, you can repurpose some items from your kid's preexisting wardrobe: all you'll need is a flannel, jeans, and a teeny knit cap. You can whip up the beard out of brown felt and attach a rubber band or hair tie to keep it snug on your kid's face, or go beardless.


Happy hobbit


All you need for a stellar hobbit costume is a bit of fabric for a cape, a white or beige sweater or shirt, and some brown pants to trim the hems off of – the perfect use for some pants your kid has outgrown! Add a gold ring on a necklace, and you're good to go.


And...a ghost


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It's about as simple as you can get: the classic ghost costume. Grab your nearest white sheet or large pillowcase, snip two eyeholes and a hole for a mouth, and you're good to go.

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