Halloween is my favorite holiday. Weird, perhaps, but I’ve just always liked dressing up. Sometimes adults find it silly, but every year we do a family Halloween costume, and my kids love it! I also participated in Bus Stop Costumes with my friend, Julie, and dressed up in a costume every day in October to pick up my kids from the bus stop. If you’re looking for some easy, fun Halloween costumes for moms or mother/daughter costumes, I’ve got you covered. *This post contains affiliate links.
Halloween Costumes for Moms
Costumes do not need to be expensive or be too time-consuming. It’s all about what you want out of it, but the most important part is that you have fun! Here are some Halloween costumes for moms and daughters that I’ve done. I hope it sparks some ideas and helps you see that dressing up doesn’t have to be overwhelming!
Princess Leia and R2-D2 Costume
I usually had my 4-year-old sidekick with me at the time, so she was part of the fun!
I purchased my Princess Leia costume from Target the year before during their clearance sale, but they have the same costume on Amazon. For a quick R2-D2, I used 2 pieces of white poster board, taped them together, and my husband free-handed the R2-D2 designs. We cut two holes on the side for arms. I had a silver bowl in my kitchen, and we just used construction paper and taped the shapes onto the bowl. To help the bowl stay on my daughter’s head, we taped the bowl to a hat. This was one of my favorite costumes, because I had most of the items at home already. Things don’t have to be perfect to work out.
Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story Alien Costume
That Toy Story Alien costume is a treasure I bought on clearance at The Disney Store that I knew one day would come in handy, because come on, it’s adorable. So I needed a quick Buzz Lightyear. I had a Buzz Lightyear Accessory Kit I bought on clearance from Target (do you notice a pattern here?) that included inflatable wings, gloves, and a hood. I had an old white t-shirt and just colored on it with markers. It was literally 10 minutes before the bus came, so the work was shoddy, but if had more time, I would have used paints.
Chip and Joanna Gaines Costume from Fixer Upper
Any other Fixer Upper fans? We had to pay a little tribute to Chip and Joanna Gaines. I threw on a typical Joanna outfit – jeans, boots, t-shirt, and a denim shirt over top. I had a vintage Magnolia Flour shirt that my friend gave me. My little one turned into Chip with a blonde wig, a Magnolia hat, a flannel shirt, jeans, work gloves, and some accessories like a hammer and measuring tape. Easy peasy and things we already had in the house.
Olaf and Princess Elsa Costume
Being a mom of 5 girls, we had plenty of Elsa and Anna dresses lying around. So I figured my favorite snowman, Olaf, could be a good companion. I had the shirt and hat made from a previous family Frozen costume, but I followed this simple Olaf hat tutorial. Grab a hat, felt, and a glue gun and you’re golden. I had white pants and a white t-shirt that I glued black felt circles on and voila, Olaf!
Dorothy and the Wicked Witch Costume from The Wizard of Oz
I’ll get you my pretty…and your little dog, too. We had an old Dorothy costume (Target clearance) and for the wicked witch, I used a black dress I already had, threw on a black sweater, bought a witch hat for $3 and painted my face green with Halloween paint that was $1. Easy, cheap, and pretty painless aside from that whole green face thing.
Cruella de Vil and Dalmatian Costume
This costume was really easy and inexpensive to do, too! The Cruella de Vil wig was the most important staple. I ordered that off of Amazon, found some cheap red gloves at Walmart, and wore a black dress I already had with red shoes. I wanted to add a little more dalmatian something, so I had fabric cut at Joann’s and threw it over my shoulders.
For the dalmatian we found some pajamas at The GAP, but my other daughters were Dalmatians, too. They wore white clothes and I cut black spots out of felt and taped them on. I used red ribbon as a collar and used velcro to fasten it. For the headband, I just covered a regular plastic headband with the dalmatian material and cut out ears and glued them onto the headband. Add some make-up for cuteness and you’ve got yourselves a puppy!
You can be a pirate minion, you can be a regular minion, you can be any kind of minion you’d like. My Pirate Minion is actually a giant onesie found in the pajama section at Walmart. I added some black gloves and a plastic sword for good measure that we had lying around the house.
My daughter is wearing a yellow shirt, denim overalls, and a homemade hat. We borrowed that form my neighbor, but it’s a yellow hard hat with electrical tape and pipe cleaners. You can easily make an eye with a hockey puck or anything round and duct tape. Beedo, Beedo, Beedo.
Buddy the Elf Costume
Ok, so this costume has no DIY at all. Could you? Sure. You’d need yellow tights, pants, or leggings, and you could make a simple robe out of material from the fabric store. Add a black belt and the hat is crucial. I would make the hat out of craft foam and add a red feather. Then add a curly wig, of course. This Buddy the Elf costume was borrowed from a neighbor and can be purchased on Amazon.
I included this one, because it just makes me laugh so hard. All the kids loved it, the adults thought I was insane, so then I had to take a ridiculous picture with spaghetti and syrup. It’s a good reminder to not take myself so seriously.
Sometimes the best costume ideas are on the fly, and they don’t need to cost a lot of money. Also, ask your neighbors and friends to borrow a costume if you’re in a pinch. I hope these Halloween costumes for moms can help you out and encourage you to dress up with your kids! My children love to see what I’ll come up with next, and these are things they remember. Happy Halloween!