DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

I have just started discussing with the kids what they want to dress up like for Halloween this year.  So we were doing some searching online to help us come up with some ideas.  In the process we found SEVERAL absolutely adorable DIY Halloween Costume ideas.  So of course, I rounded them all up in one easy to find place.  Chances are…several of you will be looking for some easy and cute Halloween ideas too!  I think you are going to love them as much as we do!

If you have any other fun ideas or costumes you have made in the past, I would love to hear about them too!!

Halloween Costumes for Kids

1.  I Love Lucy Toddler Costume from Coolest Homemade Costumes


2.  Elliot & ET Costume from Bicyclestore

ET costume

3.  Superman Costume (couldn’t find the original link…if you know the original source I would love to link to it)

superman costume


4.  Olaf Costume from Desert Chica


5.  Paper Doll Costume from Dollar Store Crafts


6.  Peacock Costume from Real Simple

peacock costume

7.  Monarch Butterfly Costume from Buggy and Buddy

monarch butterfly costume

7.  Queen of Hearts from Your Sparkle Box Etsy Shop


8.  Where the Wild Things Are Max Costume from The Radical Thread Co


9.  Monster Costume from Fiskars


10.  Alice in Wonderland from Weisseguys

alice in wonderland

11.  White Rabbit from Weisse Guys

white rabbit alice in wonderland costume

12.  Edward Scissorhands from Instructables

edward scissorhands

13.  Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds from Simple Simon & Co.

the birds title photo

14.  Raggedy Anne Costume from Pretty Little Life

raggedy anne costume

15.  Chicken Costume from Martha Stewart

chicken costume

16.  Snail Costume from Oh Happy Day

snail costume1

17.  Shark Costume from Make It and Love It

shark costume

18.  Black Cat Costumes from Do It Yourself Divas

cat costume

19.  Snowman Costume from Leafy Tree Tops

olaf costume

20.  Owl Costumes from This Heart of Mine


21.  Minion Costumes from One Creative Housewife

minion costumes

22.  Minecraft Costume from Mom Advice


23.  Unicorn Costume from Twin Dragon Fly Designs


24.  Duct Tape Skeleton Costume on Ardor

skeleton costume

25.  Star Wars Costumes from Melly Sews

starwars costumes

Halloween Printable: Potions Book

As promised, I am sharing a fun Halloween Printable today! I have always wanted to have a Halloween Potions Book to be able to display as part of our Halloween Apothecary, which I like to pull out every year.  I had looked around for one but only found ones that didn’t really fit what I had been picturing in my mind…Does that ever happen to you?

Halloween Potion Book

I always like things that look authentic, rather than plastic-y, so I finally decided it was time to try to make my own.  I am really happy with how it turned out!

DIY Halloween Potion Book
The first thing I did was head to the Thrift Store.  I was on a mission to find some OLD looking books with a black hard cover.  I was looking for the standard size book so that I could make a cover that would fit it easily with a regular sheet of printer paper.  I found THREE books that were perfect.  The edges of the book paper was turning yellow and there were a few stains and tears…perfect for portraying a centuries old Poisons & Potions Book!

Halloween Potion spell book

You can see the other two books in the pictures.  I made another Spells and Enchantment Book that I will also be sharing a printable for! Yay!!

Halloween Potions

The Potions Book is really easy to make and literally just takes minutes to make.


1.  Print on  Regular White Paper (the front and back book covers).

2.  Cut around the book cover with scissors.

3.  Place the front cover on the front of your book and make sure you have enough paper to go around the back spine of your book so there is some overlap onto the back of the book.

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4.  Then fold the front cover around the front of the book.

5.  Take the back cover and glue it onto the folded portion of the front cover on the backside of the book.

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6.  Wrap the back of the book cover around the bottom flap of the book.

*I crumpled the book cover just a bit and added a couple of tiny tears to give the Potions Book a weathered look too.

That is it!! Easiest project ever!!!

Halloween Potion Book

I found the crow at the Dollar Store and knew he had to be a part of our Halloween Apothecary!  I keep the bottles each year and then pull them out and add colored water or the fun and creepy insects which I have also found at the Dollar Store.  I was super excited to find some rubber earth worms from the Dollar Store as well this year!  The Love Potion #9 printable was from a Valentine’s Day post that I shared a while ago, but also can work for your Halloween Apothecary.

Halloween Potions book

I found some eyeball gumballs here on Amazon.  I will be sharing a post with another Halloween project using these same eyeball gum balls at a later time too…so stay tuned for that!

Potion Book

This spider is so cute…well…if spiders can be cute.  I made this by simply painting a flat round rock black and then gluing some bent bobby pin legs to the bottom of the spider!

Halloween Potion Book

Now to share the printable!

To download a copy of the Halloween Printable Potion Book Cover click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{Halloween Printable Potion Book Cover}

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Halloween Potion Book

Did you see the Halloween Potion Ingredients that I shared yesterday? These would be a fun addition to your Halloween Decor as well!  Check them out!

potion ingredients

Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out our past Halloween Projects here:

Halloween Projects

Halloween projects

Halloween Printables: Potion Ingredient Tags

I shared a bit of a sneak peek on my FB page earlier about some of the things I have been working on for Halloween, and am excited to be able to share one of them with you today.  I know…I know…Halloween is a ways off, but it will be here before we know it and I like to give those of you some time to CREATE what I share so that you can enjoy them in your home too!  My kids get to enjoy all the holidays…way too early…haha!

Today I am sharing with you some Halloween Printables for these Potion Ingredient Tags.

Halloween Potion Ingredient Tags

I thought it would be fun to add some Halloween Potion Ingredients in these plastic test tubes to our Halloween Potions and Spells table display.  I simply filled the test tubes with some different colored candies (sixlets, m&m’s, and some tic tacs) to give me some Halloween colors that went along with the Potion Ingredients.

Halloween Potion Ingredient Tags

And of course, I wanted the test tubes to stand upright so that you could see them nicely.  I took a 2 x 4 board and cut it so that I could use it as a test tube holder.

test tube holder  test tube holder 3  test tube holder 1

Then I took a 15/16ths drill bit and drilled holes all the way through the board every 2.5 inches.  This will fit most of the standard test tubes.  You may have to double check and make sure the test tubes you use will fit and if not, use a different drill bit to get the right fit.

I then sanded and stained the test tube holder with Minwax’s Red Mahogany Wood Stain.

Halloween Potions

I created some Printable Halloween Potion Ingredient Tags that I would love to share with you!

Spider Eggs

Putrefying Pustules & Witch Boils

Werewolf Fangs

Vampire Blood Capsules

Eye of Newt

Bat Droppings

Dung Beetle Scarab Carcases

Horny Toad Warts

Halloween decor

To download a copy of the Halloween Printable Potion Ingredient Tags click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{Halloween Printable Potion Ingredient Tags}

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Halloween Potion Ingredient Tags
Some of you expressed some interest in the Spells and Potions books when I shared the sneak peek earlier.  Great news for those that are interested…I will be sharing them here for you soon as a free printable!  So be sure to stay tuned and come back for those!

Halloween spell book

Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out our past Halloween Projects here:

Halloween Projects


Halloween Food Fun


Today we rounded up a few ideas to put some fun into your Halloween Party or just to share with your own goblins and ghouls.  25 of our favorite fun Halloween Food ideas.

1.  Monster Doughnuts from Eighteen 25

halloween donut treat 2

2.  Candy Corn Marshmallow People from Knead To Cook

Candy Corn Treats

3.  Graveyard Taco Dip from Chickabug


4.  Mummy Twinkie Pops from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


5.  Rice Krispie Ghost Pops from The Idea Room


6.  Pumpkin Deviled Eggs from Tadka Pasta

pumpkin deviled eggs

7.  Halloween Witch Fingers from The Idea Room


8.  Spider Egg Donuts from Family Fresh Meals


9.  Monster Cookies from The Idea Room


10.  Nutter Butter Bats from Sweet Simple Stuff


11.  Mummy Oreo Pops from The Idea Room


12.  Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats from Glorious Treats


13.  Mummy Pizzas from The Idea Room

mummy pizza-1

14.  Zombie Boogers from Paper and Parcel

zombie boogers

15.  Witch Cupcakes from BHG

witch cupcakes

16.  Oreo Eyeball Cookies from 100 Directions


17.  JELLO Blood Worms from The Idea Room


18.  Edible Jello Eyeballs from The Idea Room

edible eyeballs

19.  Skeleton Cupcakes from Women’s DaySkeleton-Cupcakes-Recipe

20.  Oreo Bat Truffles from One Sweet Apetite


21.  Halloween Mummy Candy Bars from The Idea Room

mummy candy bar

22.  Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks from One Little Project


23.  Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Whipped Cream Ghosts at Taste and Tell


24.  Monster Fruit Dip from 30 Days


25.  Monster Munchies from The Idea Room


Halloween Printables

Halloween is upon us and I have some VERY last minute Halloween Treat Tags for you to use if you need them.  I tried to share them earlier, but my printer (which has been slowly dying a painful death) finally bit the dust yesterday.  It served me well for 6 years!


I used these Halloween Printables to make a super easy little Halloween treat for a neighbor or friend! I made some Kit Kat Halloween Bats.  Now, I did not come up with this idea.  I have seen them all over the place so I am not sure who to link to for the idea.  But you just cover a Kit Kat Bar (or any candy bar really) with black cardstock and then cut out and add some wings by gluing them onto the back INSIDE the wrapper.  Add some googly eyes and these Halloween Printable Tags.


Supply List:

Google Eyes

Black Cardstock

White Cardstock

Kit Kats

Orange Slices

Dipping Chocolate

Cellophane Treat Bags

Bakers Twine

To make it super easy for you, I am sharing the pattern I made for these Halloween Candy Bats.

You can download the free printable here:

{Halloween Printable Tags}

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I also dipped some orange slices (one of my Dad’s favorites) in melted chocolate.  This is another fun and simple way to give a little bit “classier” treat to someone for Halloween!  Just place them after dipping on some wax or parchment paper and let the chocolate harden before bagging them up and giving them away.


We are almost ready for Halloween here.  I still have to buy the candy to give out (if I buy it early…it is too tempting for me) and finish up my oldest daughter’s costume details!  What about you?  Do you celebrate Halloween?  Are you ready for it?

Halloween Monster Eye Cookies

You guys…I am feeling like a crazy lady.  Halloween is not even here yet, and I am in the middle of setting up a Christmas tree for an upcoming project with Michaels.  People are really going to wonder about “that crazy neighbor” when they come Trick-or-Treating and spy the Christmas Tree in the window!  But, I will tell you what…it sure is making it fun and festive at our house.


The kids had an activity earlier this week that we needed to bring a dessert too.  We decided to use our favorite “go to” cookie recipe (you can find the recipe here)…

{Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Supply List:

Wilton Candy Eyes

Rolo Candy

Milk Glass Bottles

Striped Straws


And since Halloween (not Christmas…hehe) is right around the corner we thought it would be fun to make them Halloween cookies by spookify-ing them a little bit.  So right after the cookies came out of the oven, we stuck some Rolo candies in the middle of the warm cookies and then stuck a candy eyeball on the top.  (We found the Wilton candy eyes in the baking section of our grocery store…I have also seen them at Walmart and Target or you can get them from Amazon here: Wilton Candy Eyes).  Interested in having your own milk bottles like the ones in the photo? You can find them here: Milk Glass Bottles.


The warmth from the freshly baked cookie softly melts the chocolate on the Rolo which allows the Rolo to stick to the cookie and the eye to stick to the top of the Rolo without you having to do anything special to get them to stay on.



And…who doesn’t love a little extra chocolate with your Peanut Butter?

If you can’t eat Peanut Butter…or just don’t like it…then these “monster eyes” can really be added to any other type of cookie.  So just substitute your favorite cookie recipe and suit them to your own taste!


These cookies also make a great gift.  When they cooled, the Rolo hardened again, so it would be fine to wrap these up and give them away with a fun little note for Halloween…that is if they stick around long enough to cool…



Monster Mints and 12 Free Halloween Printables

It’s time once again for another monthly Printable Blog Hop. If you are new here, every month 11 other bloggers and I join together to bring you a 12 themed FREE Printables for your use.  This month we are sharing our FREE Halloween Printables.


Today I am sharing with you a fun Halloween Treat and Gift idea.  I love coming up with little creative gifts that you can give to friends and family that are fun but inexpensive.  I came up with these Monster Mints!


I played up the dispenser and made it so that the Monster Mints are dispensed right out of the Monster’s mouths.

I created some printable round labels that fit these Ice Breakers Mint canisters perfectly.  All you need to do is print out the labels and cut them out around the black line.


Be sure to open the “to share” tab of the mints rather than the “not to share” side so that the mouth opens the biggest.  Secure the label so that the mouth is directly over the opening.  While you have the label on the canister, lift it up and then cut the top of the label so that it fits the top of the opening tab.


Once you have it cut, glue the label on top of the mints and you are all done!  So easy!  Now you have a fun little gift to hand out on Halloween, or give away at a Monster Party or give as a small gift to a friend or neighbor!


To download the Monster Mint Labels, click here:

{Monster Mint Labels}

Want to see the other FREE Halloween Printables? Be sure to check out these other blogs and see the fun printables they are sharing too!

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1. {The Dating Divas} – Eat, drink, and be SCARY with this flirty Halloween game for two!

2. {Somewhat Simple} – Double, Double, Toil + Trouble | An 8×8 print and 4×4 tags of Shakespeare’s ultimate Halloween equation!

3. {Whipperberry} – Boolicious Halloween Treat Bags

4. {Crafting Chicks} – Pin the Bowtie on Mr. Bones game for Halloween parties.

5. {Tatertots & Jello} – You’ve been Spooked” door hanger tag, basket tag and instructions for neighbor gifts

6. {L’il Luna} – Surrender Your Treats Printable perfect to display at your home for some fun Halloween decor!

7. {My Sister’s Suitcase} – Add these Treat Tags to a “kit” of supplies to bake up some Halloween goodies!

8. {I Heart Nap Time} – A fun Fall ‘Smores tag and candy wrapper set.

9. {The 36th Avenue} – Chic Halloween Printable Sign… Ready to decorate?

10. {Paging Supermom} – This fabulously gruesome Eye Ball Garland is super simple to create with paper plates, yarn and this free printable.

11. {The TomKat Studio} – A sweet Halloween treat perfect for “BOO-ing” your neighbors!

12. {The Idea Room} – Give your ghouls some Monster Mints with this fun Mint Dispenser Label.


If you missed our past Printable Blog Hops, you can check out our past Printable Blog Hops below:

12 FREE Fall Printables {Caramel Apple Gift Kit}

12 FREE Spring Themed Printables {Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit}

12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables

12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables

12 FREE Summer Printables

12 FREE Back-to-School Themed Printables {Homework Notepad}

Halloween Treat–Cotton Candy Cobwebs

I love coming up with simple ideas that ANYONE can recreate.  Everyone loves to get gifts!  They don’t have to be elaborate or expensive.  I think most people would agree that it is just nice to know that someone was thinking about them.  So it is a fun creative challenge for me to come up with simple, but fun gift ideas.  This Halloween I challenged myself to come up with a couple more Halloween gift ideas.  Today I am sharing with you this simple Halloween Treat–Creepy Cotton Candy Cobwebs.


Seriously people…these could NOT be any easier to make.

1.  Simply put some cotton candy in a cellophane gift package and add a couple of fake plastic spider rings.  My cellophane bags measured almost 4 inches in width and 9 inches in length.

2.  Then print the labels and cut them out around the black lines.

3.  Fold the label in half so that the words are on the front.

4.  Fold the top of the cellophane bags down and then staple the labels onto the bag near the bottom corners of the front label.

Need to find some of the items? You can find them here:

Cellophane Bags (Amazon)

Cotton Candy (Amazon) I have also seen it at Wal-Mart and Target and some grocery stores

Plastic Spiders (Amazon)


And that is it.  Really. Simple.  Now I should actually focus on something that really matters…like the kitchen…which could really use a good cleaning.

You can download the free printable here:

{Creepy Cotton Candy Cobwebs Labels}

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And now I am curious.  Do you participate in Halloween?  Do you hand out candy?  What candy do you usually hand out?  

Halloween Decorations

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

I am in disbelief that it is already October.  The months seems to be flying by.  I wish it would slow down a bit so I could feel like I could it enjoy it a little bit more.  This month, as a Lowe’s Creative Blogger, our challenge was to come up with some Halloween décorations.


I had envisioned this sign a little bit differently than it actually came out.  I really like this one, but knowing myself, I will probably make another one too!  If I do, I for sure will share it with you!


This Halloween sign is pretty simple.  I just spray painted some window screen material and then stapled it onto the back of a frame that had the glass removed.

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Want to make one or see how I did it?  Here is what I did!

Step 1:

Measure your screen material so that it fits nicely on the back of the frame and gives you plenty of room to tighten the screen and staple it firmly in place.

Step 2:

Spray paint your screen black (not shown).  Spray paint your picture frame if needed.  I spray painted mine a nice gray color.  Let them dry completely…or if you are like me…pull out a hairdryer and dry them quickly (I have no patience)!

Step 3:

Use a stencil of an arrow and spray paint the arrow white.  I also included a stencil of a bat and sprayed it white too.  I used some vinyl I had cut with my Silhouette.  Let it dry completely.

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Step 4:

Now use some stencils for your words…SLEEPY HOLLOW…or your words of choice.  I simply put the rest of the vinyl cut out back into the arrow (the black part is vinyl in the upper right photo) and then pulled out the letters so that I could paint the letters black.

Step 5:

Spray paint the letters black.  After it has dried completely, pull off the vinyl stencil and staple the screen onto the back of your picture frame.


Such an easy project.  I love the whole concept and love the endless possibilities this holds.  I also love that fun texture and the see through element of the sign.  I am thinking I should go back and rough up the edges of the frame a little bit to give it a more rustic feel.


And…let’s just pretend that I cleaned my mirror before taking these photos…umm kay?

What do you think?  Is this a project you are likely to try?

You might also want to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.


*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

Halloween Apothecary & Table Setting

*This post is sponsored by American Crafts.

My kids are a bit confused about the holidays around these parts.  Ha! For some reason the youngest keeps wondering when we are going Trick-or-Treating.  So imagine how confused she was when she came home from school to this table setting.  Poor thing! It’s going to be a long 5 weeks.


A couple of weeks ago I was sent a fun Halloween package from American Crafts.  I actually let out a little squeal of delight because I loved so much of it!  And guess what?  These fun items are being carried exclusively by Target…and you KNOW how much I love me some Target!  (These American Craft Halloween products and more are being carried in all Target stores inside the United States).


There are three kits available – a paper wreath (not shown in this post), a banner and mini witches hats. Each kit includes all of the items to complete the project.  There are also many other fun embellishments that can be used to coordinate with the kits or to be used separately.


I love that you can set up an entire Halloween Table Setting and I am excited to be able to have such a fun and festive table for our annual Halloween Dinner.  And…now I am already to go…5 weeks early! LOL!



I took some of the extra embellishments and made some cute drink wraps by simply wrapping a black and white polka dot ribbon around some cute glass jars (Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles) and adding this fun little “Halloween broach.”


I also loved the fun Halloween Apothecary Labels.  I gathered up some empty jars that I have for photo props and added the labels and some “creepy” ingredients.  Just use your imagination and you should be able to round up some items right in your panty.


I think we will leave this as our table centerpiece all the way through Halloween this year.  Such a simple and easy Halloween décor item that literally took minutes to throw together.


Oh, and in case you didn’t notice…our kitchen table and hutch are finally finished!  We built both of them (except for the chairs).  If you follow along with me on Instagram you probably saw several progression shots that I shared with you of these two different projects.  The kitchen table only took 9 months to complete :)!


I will be sure to share with you how we made them here in a later post for those who are interested.


Now head on out to your local Target store (now you have an excuse to go) and pick up some fun American Craft Halloween products!  Prices range from $5 to $10!

*This post is sponsored by American Crafts.  I was given the product shown in the pictures.  However, all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.


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