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15 Coolest Halloween Costumes for Tweens

When it comes to sharing our interests with our kids, we’re grateful that, despite fast approaching that age where they think they’re “to cool” for just about everything, ours still love to craft with us! That’s especially true around Halloween, which is why we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for awesome homemade Halloween costume tutorials for tweens.

Are you feeling just as enthusiastic as we are about the idea of making your tween aged kids awesome DIY Halloween costumes? Check out these 15 fantastic ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!

1. Kids’ lumberjack costume


Are you feeling a little bit pressed for time when it comes to costume making this year so you’ve actually been hoping to come across an idea that lets you used regular clothing as a base for the look, but that’s still totally recognizable as something neat? Then we have a feeling you’ll appreciate the ease with which Leggings n’ Lattes made this simple lumberjack costume!

2. Citrus fruit slices group costume


Maybe your kid and their friends are looking for a group costume so they can look like a whole set at their Halloween dance, but they’d also really like to be at least a little bit stylish looking in their choice as well? Then we think they’ll get a real kick out of the way Studio DIY shows you how to put together a whole series of simple fruit slice dresses with fascinator hats that look like stems!

3. Katniss from The Hunger Games


Rather than dressing like something cute or spooky, is your daughter the kind of strong girl who would prefer to spend a night looking like the hero of her favourite bo0k or movie? Then Hunger Games fans rejoice, because Simple As That is here to show you how to transform her into Katniss in just a few very simple steps!

4. DIY Medusa costume


Perhaps your child is quite into the idea of being someone fierce and powerful, but they’ve always been more a fan of mythical stories than pop culture based adventure ones, especially where female characters are involved? Then perhaps she’d prefer to be the stuff of legends instead! We love the way Slapdash Mom used plastic toy snakes, some hair pins, and a simple bed sheet to make this Medusa costume come together.

5. Ariel from The Little Mermaid


Perhaps we’ve really caught your attention with this whole idea of dressing like a character from a well loved book or movie but your child has always liked princess stories the best? In that case, we’d be willing to bet that you might get along a little better with something like this next tutorial from Polka Dot Chair! They show you how to get creative with fabric, a wig, and a stuffed toy in order to make this lovely Ariel costume from The Little Mermaid.

6. DIY cereal bowl costume


Maybe your kids are the kind of creative people who would actually rather have your help actually constructing something, really grabbing people’s attention when they walk into the room dressed as a whole object? Well, so long as they’re willing to navigate a bit of trouble sitting down at their Halloween party, it sounds like you might have some success suggesting this awesome DIY cereal bowl project outlined step by step on Studio DIY!

7. Easy voodoo doll costume


Just in case you’re still in the market for an idea that’s very quick and easy indeed to make because Halloween time always has the members of your family totally swamped, here’s an idea for those who love spooky, slightly witchy concepts but who still need easy techniques. Check out how Instructables outlines the steps for making this awesome voodoo doll costume!

8. No-sew spider web cape


Whether you’re looking for a piece to up the impressiveness of a witch’s costume your child already has, or whether you’re just looking for accessories that will make them feel somewhat spooky and on theme at school without actually having to dress up as a character, since that isn’t really their idea of a good time, here’s a concept you might find useful! Delia Creates walks you step by step through the process of making this awesome no-sew spider web cape that kind of resembles the way you’ve probably made paper snowflakes before, only larger and spookier.

9. Cute marionette costume


Has your child already expressed that they have absolutely no problem wearing something a little bit constricting so long as it really impresses everyone around them, since they’re a total entertainer? Well, here’s an alternative idea, just in case the cereal bowl didn’t hit the nail on the head! Take a better look at the tutorial on Chica Circle to see how this cool marionette costume was made in a way that’s surprisingly fast to do.

10. DIY rag doll costume


Maybe you’ve been scrolling through our list trying to find a Halloween costume idea that would look cute on your children at any age, because you have more than one kid to dress up and you like the idea of them matching even though they’re different sizes? Then we’d definitely suggest checking out the way A Beautiful Mess made these adorable rag doll outfits from scratch, styling them differently and showing you how so that you have options!

11. Warm fleecy red riding hood cape


Just like the spider web cape you saw before, here’s an idea that makes a great addition to a costume between the school day when your kids will be warm dressed up inside, and the evening where they’ll be outside trick-or-treating! We actually made this piece for ourselves one year and wore it out walking around the neighbourhood so we were warm enough and still looked dressed up even though we weren’t in a proper costume because we’d been too busy making sure our kids’ outfits were well put together. Check out how Fleece Fun guides you through the steps for making this toasty fleece cape that looks like something from Little Red Riding Hood.

12. DIY gum ball machine costume


Just in case your kids are still feeling totally enamoured by the idea of transforming into an inanimate object for a night but they just haven’t seen the one that quite grabs their full attention yet, here’s another suggestion so that you have all kinds of possibilities to choose from! This tutorial from Make It, Love It teaches you step by step how to make a colourful gum ball machine costume that’s actually much simpler to do than it looks.

13. DIY mad scientist costume


Just in case you’re still thinking about ways to put a look together using simple things you might even already have, but you still want it to be impressive enough that your kids can really have fun with it, here’s an idea that comes with a lot of character they can play up! Polkadot Chair guides you step by simple step through the process of making a DIY mad scientist costume that’s a whole lot of fun.

14. Super simple pineapple costume


We’ve already talked about the idea of transforming your child into something food related, but what if they’re still not convinced when it comes to the find details of what you’ve seen so far? In that case, here’s another bright, fun suggestion that we kind of fell in love with! Take a better look at the steps outlined on Puravida to learn more about turning a person into a pineapple.

15. Balloon grapes costume


Pineapples and sliced citrus fruits are not, of course, the only kind of fruits that you can turn yourself into for Halloween! We know it’s supposed to be a spooky season, but we just really love food in this house, so we’re sure no one around us is surprised that we’re dressing our kids as snacks. This particular idea and tutorial from Cute Girls Hairstyles, which outlines how to make a bundle of grapes costume using purple balloons, is absolutely something we’ll be putting to good use this year!

Have you made other fantastic DIY, tween-aged Halloween costumes before that were a huge hit but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!