Costume Corner – Costume ideas for kids

For the most part kids have a good idea, if not many ideas of what they want to wear for Halloween, or even Comicon.  Every now and then though, for whatever reason, a kid will want to dress up/cosplay and have no clear idea for a costume.

Tips for finding ideas –

Some of these tips will seem simple and fairly obvious but when you are stumped and possibly stressed (think teenagers) the obvious can be elusive.


Check out this great tutorial at Melly Sews.

  • Popular movies (Avengers, Star Wars, Ghostbusters…)
  • TV shows  (new and old, Firefly, Star Trek, Walking Dead…)
  • Disney characters (primarily for little ones)
  • Video games  (Assassin’s Creed, Mario Brothers, Halo…)
  • Historical (Egyptian, Roaring ’20s, Ancient Greece, Wild West, 1950s…)
  • Comic books  (Superheroes, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Horror…)
  • Sports (Football, Baseball, WWE, etc.)


Specifically for little ones –

Most little kids are happy to be in something fun and cute.

  • Animals  (Cat, Dog, Lion, Elephant, Tiger, Bumble Bee, Ladybug)
  • Food  (Pumpkin, Cupcake, Banana, Popcorn)
  • Box  (Truck, Lego, iPhone, Crayons)
  • Characters  (Pirate, Fairy, Cowboy,  Princess)
  • Classic Halloween  (Witch, Dracula, Skeleton, Devil)
  • Elaborate (Dragon, Snowglobe, Dinosaur, Jellyfish)


Group costumes –

Sometimes the struggle to find a costume idea stems from two or more kids wanting to dress up/cosplay together.  Here are some group ideas.



  • Avengers
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Justice League
  • Where’s Waldo
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Harry Potter


You can also do a quick internet search for group costumes, as well as, other ideas like ‘classic Halloween’ or ‘Video game’ costumes.   Pinterest is another great source for costume tips and ideas.

I hope some of these ideas will be helpful, or at least help lead you to other ideas that might work.

Next week, I will be talking about planning for group costumes.

This post has been cross-posted from More-Like-Guidelines.

Costume corner – All about kids

I am sorry that I missed everyone last week.  My computer crashed late in the week and it took me a while to get everything back to normal.  There’s still a bit to do but I am ok to post again.  This week it will be a quick post about children’s costumes, I will follow up in later weeks.

Costumes for kids

In the past, I did make some costumes for my niece and nephew but for the most part, my experience comes from making Halloween costumes for Scarlet.  It needs to be said that Scarlet has been very free with her opinions since she was very small.  Many times Scarlet would see something on a movie or TV show that she would  then want for her costume.   I used a lot of my adaptation and modification skills to do my best to make her the costume that she wanted.

Every year we choose a theme and I make costumes for all three of us.  When she was younger, more often than not our theme was a direct product of Scarlet’s idea.  And for full disclosure, there was an idea or two that I steered Scarlet away from and onto something more appropriate.  Over the years, our themes have included witches, ghosts, mummies, vampires, zombies, fairies, angels and demons, and pirates.


About two years ago, I started hanging up Scarlet’s costumes as  part of our Halloween decorations.

CC kids

From left to right…

1.  This is actually my mother’s high school prom dress, Scarlet wore it when we were zombies.

2.  That year we were ghosts because she wanted to be a pink ghost.

3.  Her Tinkerbell costume was one of the first that I designed almost completely without a pattern.

4.  This year Scarlet had seen a Disney sing a long, the main little girl wore an orange and black witch dress.  It was easy to make, of course, ours needed to be pink.

5.  The year we were angels and demons. I was an angel, Cap was a demon and Scarlet was a fallen angel.  Behind the dress you can see a bit of the feathers from the black wings that I made.


Next week, I’ll try to give some tips on how to find good ideas for kids costumes.

Costume Corner will be cross-posted at More-Like-Guidelines.