Halloween is coming right up. If your child wants to dress up as a character, then this is their chance to shine! Here's some inspiration for Halloween Costumes that let your child be famous, even if just for one night.
Here are a few of my favorite character costumes that I've seen over the years.
Character Costume Ideas For Halloween
1. Robin Hood
Robin Hood is a super easy costume to throw together. You just need a big green tee-shirt, with a dark brown long-sleeved shirt and brown leggings to go underneath. Then just make a green felt hat and grab a bow. What little kid wouldn't love running around the neighborhood pretending to shoot arrows?
2. Friar Tuck
If your child loves Robin Hood but doesn't want to be the titular character, then how about Friar Tuck? This costume is even easier. You just need a brown tee-shirt, a string to tie around their waist, and make a little headband for the "hair ring." Not gonna lie, this costume works best with bald babies.
Remember Madeline? Who didn't love those two perfect lines of cute kids walking around Paris? All you need for this one is a cute blue dress and blue cape, and Madeline's signature hat. It's a fun costume for little girls, and trip down memory lane for the adults!
4. Trolls - Poppy or Branch
Everyone loves trolls! A troll doll is a super fun character costume that translates easily into a family or group costume!
There are a lot of different ways to make the Troll hair, but here's a tutorial for easy headband hair. You can also do fun like in the pictures above!
Nothing is cuter than a little Yoda, right? Yoda's clothes are pretty easy - mostly just loose clothes in brown and cream, and just top it off with some Yoda ears.
Rey might be one of the most popular Star Wars costumes ever... and for good reason! She's one of the coolest Jedi Knights around, and her hair and staff make for a great outfit. If your kid doesn't mind not being the only Rey around, this is always a fun costume to try.
7. Cabbage Patch Doll
Does a cabbage patch doll count as a "character"? I think so!
This one is perfect for a younger child. Since cabbage patch dolls have tons of different outfits, it makes a costume much easier. You just need that signature yarn hair, which you can find here.
8. Rageddy Ann Doll
Or maybe Rageddy Ann was your favorite? This sweet Rageddy Ann costume is perfect for the little girl in your life. That hair is iconic and it's the perfect outfit to match her little doll.
If your child likes Disney villains, try everyone's favorite sea-witch. You'll need her signature octopus (or is it squid?) legs, and don't forget a big seashell necklace.
10. Moana or Heihei
Moana may have come out a few years ago, but this is still one of the best duos out there.
For Moana, you just need a red top, beige skirt with straw, and a red sash. For Heihei, make sure you've got a cute hat or mask so everyone can recognize him!
11. Lego Ninjago
I just bought these Ninjago costumes online, but you can also make them fairly easily with black clothes and a few pops of color. The good thing about Ninjago is there are several characters, so you can easily have an entire ninja family!
Here's another costume that works for the whole family. You just need some beige jumpsuits and backpacks that can double as a proton pack. The alien dog is optional.
Why should the heroes get all the love? Maleficent has one of the coolest outfits in Disney history, so she definitely makes for a great costume. This one is a bit trickier to put together, but the final product is absolutely adorable.
14. Gandalf from Lord of the Rings
This works for younger kids too, but it's especially fun for any older kids who want to rock a HUGE beard all night. You just need a big robe and long stick that your kid can use as a staff, and then grab a wizard's hat and a nice, big beard.
15. Nancy Drew
There are so many iconic detectives we all know and love - so this costume is perfect. Look for a trench coat and hat to make your little reader into Nancy Drew. You can even add a magnifying glass!
16. Evelyn from "A League of Their Own"
There's no crying in baseball, right? I love this one. It's an adorable costume for any little girl, and the picture possibilities are endless.
17. Elsa from Frozen
If your daughter is obsessed, then let her be Elsa! It's a tried and true option for little girl character costumes.
18. TY Beanie Baby
If you have a snuggly baby, then this character is just about the cutest thing they can be. Find a hooded bear bodysuit (Carters makes some!) and add an oversized Ty hangtag. It's pretty easy to DIY that from markers and cardstock.
And don't let any collector tell you otherwise: your sweet beanie baby is priceless, and will never lose their value. 🙂
19. Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse
If you're a Disney fan, than Mickey or Minnie make the perfect Halloween character costume for kids! There are plenty of options that are Disney licensed, but you can also DIY it with dress or tutu, tights and ears.
20. Hedwig from Harry Potter
Need a clever Harry Potter character costume to add to a group? Try a Hedwig owl baby! White felt and feathers make this a fluffy DIY option.
21. Nacho Libre
This character has all the personality! If you're a Nacho Libre fan, then let your child rock this costume this year.
Hopefully you got a few good ideas from this post. Character costumes don't have to be original, but they are always fun! I know I love seeing characters I recognize when trick-or-treaters stop by my house.
Comment below: What's the best character costume you've seen?
Want some more unique ideas? Head to this post for Unique Halloween Costumes for Kids.
Or check out this post for Family & Group Costume ideas!