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Make Your Own Halloween Costumes for Kids

By: Sarah O'Hara BA (hons) - Updated: 2 Aug 2013 | comments*Discuss
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Kids love to get dressed up and Halloween is an ideal time. These days, lots of shops such as supermarkets and toy stores sell costumes. However, it’s more fun, more creative and often cheaper to make your own.

Often you can put together a costume for kids from clothes and accessories they already have around the house.

Little Devils

Little devil costumes are quite easy to put together with any red clothing that your child has in the house, such as T-shirts, tracksuit bottoms and even pyjamas. What really makes the costume work though is devil horns and a tail.

To make your own devil horns you will need:

  • Red felt
  • Cotton wool/stuffing
  • Red sequins or glitter and glue
  • Scissors
  • A sewing needle (sewing machine optional)
  • Red thread
  • Two hair clips or a plan, fabric-covered alice band
  • Pattern paper/Tracing paper
  • Pins

Step one: Draw a devil horn shape onto your pattern paper. You can create this freestyle or perhaps look for print-and-cut templates online.
Step two: Cut out the template.
Step three: Fold your red felt in half and pin the template on.
Step four: Cut out two of the shapes, then repeat so that you have four horn-shaped pieces of red felt.
Step five: Decorate two of the felt pieces in any way you like to make them look more devilish. Use sequins, glitter or whatever you have lying around.
Step six: In the pairs, lay one horn shape on top of the other with the decoration facing inwards.
Step seven: Stitch the horns together, leaving one end open. Then, turn the horns the right way out.
Step eight: Stuff the horns well with cotton wool or whatever stuffing you’re using.
Step nine: Turn the bottom edges inwards and hand-stitch closed.
Step ten: Stitch the horns either onto a fabric-covered headband (velvet ones work well) or onto two separate hair slides which you can then add into the hair.

All you need now is face paints to complete your outfit!

Make Your Own Devil Tail

You will need:

  • A piece of red felt three inches wide and about two feet long (the length will depend on the height of your child but the tail should just drag along the floor a little
  • Stuffing/cotton wool
  • Needle and red thread or a sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors

Step one: Lay the tail strip along the floor and place a line of stuffing/cotton wool all the way down the middle.
Step two: Fold the strip in half and pin.
Step three: Sew the tail closed along the length, as well as at both ends.

Step four: Sew or glue a piece of triangular red felt to the end of the tail.
Step five: Attach the tail to tights or trousers with glue or stitches.


1. Use red or black fabric to make a cape but be careful of choking hazards
2. This costume can be adapted for a wide range of other costumes too such as a cat or dog
3. For a pitchfork for kids you could cut one out of thick black cardboard. Aside from that, this item is probably easier, cheaper and safer to buy as a plastic toy than to make

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