Nailed It!: Easy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

. September 30, 2018.

Halloween can creep up on us and become a potentially time-consuming holiday. Sometimes our kids’ elaborate costume ideas have to be pushed aside for something quicker, cheaper, and all around easier. But, do not fear! We have four super simple costume ideas that require little time and effort, and use materials found around the house. Best part is, they are adorable, unique, and can be used for almost any age or gender!

Lego Block Costume

45 minutes

Legos, Emmett 6 and Eleanor 5, Ann Arbor

Legos, Emmett 6 and Eleanor 5, Ann Arbor


1 rectangular cardboard
box (Lego hat)
1 squared cardboard
box (Lego body)
1 can of spray paint,
color of choice
1 package Solo cups
(match the color of paint,
if possible)
Duct tape
Hot glue gun


Using the smaller square box, cut a round hole in the bottom based on the size of hat your child wears.

Hot glue the rims of 4 Solo cups onto the top of the box. This will create the Lego hat.

Using the larger, rectangular box, cut a hole on the top about two to three times larger than your hat hole. This will be the head hole.

On both sides of the larger box, cut large circles out for the arm holes. These holes should only be a few inches from the top of the box.

Cut the back and bottom off the rectangular box so your child can easily get in and out of the costume.

Hot glue 6 solo cups onto the front of the cardboard box.

Duct tape around any edges to smooth them out.

Spray paint both boxes and let them dry.

Note: If you have a hard time keeping the Lego hat on, have the child put a hat on backwards so the box stays more secure. The brim on the back will provide more stability.

Scuba Diver

45 minutes

Scuba Girl Stella 3, Ann Arbor

Scuba Girl Stella 3, Ann Arbor


Black pants and black long sleeve shirt
Two 2-litter bottles
Rope or yarn
Spray paint, color of choice
Black electrical tape
Sponge hair curlers
Swim goggles and snorkel
Decorative silve ‘washi’ tape
Hot glue

Instructions: Oxygen Backpack


Spray paint two 2-litter bottles.

Once dry, add black electrical tape and silver washi tape to secure them together.

Measure and cut the rope so that when secured to the top and bottom of bottles, it will still fit snuggly around your child’s shoulders.

Using hot glue, secure the ends of the rope to the bottom and top of the bottle. This should create two loops so you child can put it on like a backpack.

Scuba Tool Belt
Double the electrical tape onto itself so it isn’t sticky and weave on some sponge curlers. Using a small piece of tape, secure the belt together so it fits around your child’s waist.

Grandma and Grandpa


Amelia, 1 (Ann Arbor)

Amelia, 1 (Ann Arbor)


-Clothes: floral or plaid dress, sweater, high socks and shoes Baby sunglasses with the lens popped out
Mardi Gras beads (gold or silver)
-Hot glue gun
-Baby hat (any stretchy hat that fits your kid’s head snugly)
-Craft pom poms or cotton balls
-Optional accessories: small hand bag, pearl necklace, walker, hair curlers


Glasses: Pop out the lenses of sunglasses. Cut the Mardi Gras beads to the correct length to fit around your child’s head/neck, then hot glue the ends of the beads to the inside arms of the glasses.

Wig: Hot glue the pom poms or cotton balls to the hat working first around the brim, then filling in until the hat is fully covered. Try to use the same color of hat as the pom pom or cotton balls.


Neil, 2 (Ann Arbor)

Neil, 2 (Ann Arbor)


-Clothes: Button-up shirt, bow tie, suspenders, sweater, slacks, shoes Baby sunglasses with the lens popped out
-Newsie style cap or fedora
-Optional accessories: grey or brown face paint to create wrinkles, furry material cut out for eye brows and mustache, cane or walker

Have fun!