3 Easy & Creative DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Your little ones will have a ton of fun making these, and you’ll get the best pictures ever.
Sep 10, 2019



3 Easy & Creative DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Sep 10, 2019

Here’s a truth every parent knows: Headbands are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to pull off a costume. But what’s the fun in just plopping one on your little one’s head and calling it a day? 

We recently got a few of our kids together at the Scholastic Parents HQ for a headband-making party to prep for Halloween. We know what you’re thinking: That sounds hard. We thought so, too, at first! But we’re not talking about complicated Pinterest headbands that you (attempt to) craft for hours, before defeatedly pulling out the dusty Halloween costume your kid has worn for the past two years. 

To make it easy, we used the Klutz Jr. My Fun & Fuzzy Headband Salon, which actually gives kids the chance to make three headband designs all on their own! We decided to jazz it up with cute, easy designs from the Klutz Face Painting kit — because, why not? 

Our little ones were so excited to get started, mostly because they adored the three characters they could make from the headband kit: a unicorn, a bear, and a kitty cat. The kit comes with one headband and attachments for each animal, so kids can make their favorite one or swap out parts to mix it up whenever they want. 

Four-year-old Angela was excited about the unicorn headband because it matched her favorite rainbow dress. To make this design, kids twist a pink fuzzy stick around a shimmery rainbow horn (the kit comes with a hair clip to easily attach it to the headband), and use foam beads and sparkly fuzzies to slide on unicorn ears.

Similar to the unicorn headband, the bear and cat designs were really easy to put together, without any cutting or gluing required (the kit comes with self-adhesive bows, jewels, and glitter foam accessories). Twins Evelyn and Natalie cheerfully decided who would be a kitty cat and who would be a polar bear. 

The instruction booklets are half the fun, because they feature helpful illustrations and entertaining tidbits kids love repeating later. Think jokes (“What do unicorns call their dads? Pop corn!”) and fun facts (“Cats snooze for 13 to 14 hours a day.”). 

To polish off the costumes, we used the fairy and feline face painting designs from the Klutz Face Painting Kit. It was easy because the kit comes with all of the paint and brush supplies you need, plus clear instructions and simple ideas to encourage inexperienced face painters. The girls felt so special as they sat to have their faces painted — and their giddy reaction to seeing the results in a mirror was priceless! Our little ones needed help, but older kids can try these face paint designs on each other. Next time, we’ll also try out the Klutz: Glitter Face Painting for extra sparkle! 


As parents, this will honestly be one of the most memorable Halloweens for us, because our kids had an active part in creating their costumes. It was an easy way to make the holiday prep fun and special, and to get a ton of adorable pictures.

Pick up your kits below for a fun-filled Halloween, and for more DIY fun, check out this wow-worthy superhero costume! Shop all Halloween books and activities at The Scholastic Store

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