Homemade Halloween

Create characters and costumes.

It’s a customizable world these days, particularly when it comes to Halloween. While there are many options this season for ready-made costumes, your kids can look just as spectacular with outfits right from their closets — and a little help from your local party store.

Personalize your costume designs with store-bought accessories to complete your kids’ trick-or-treat looks. Here are what costume experts recommend.

Buzzing Bumblebee

This classic concept is always sure to make a buzz during All Hallow’s Eve. Inspired by sugar and spice and everything nice, this costume can be thrown together with black leggings and a black shirt as a base. Build onto the theme by picking up a bee antennae headband, or creating one, and fairy wings at a nearby retailer. Finish off the garb with a black-and-yellow tutu and socks in the same color scheme.

Geek Chic

Let’s face it: It’s cool to be a nerd in this technology-driven world. Dress your child in one of this Halloween’s hottest outfits, and let him show off both brains and style. Start with a button-down shirt and pair it with khaki pants or jeans — fitted waist-high, of course! Then, get geeky with glasses that rock a white-tape stripe on the nose bridge, a bowtie, and a pocket protector — all of which should be in stock at a party store in your nabe.

Color City

Head down any number of aisles during October, and you’ll notice that accessories come in every color of the rainbow and many shades in between. Can’t decide on a color scheme for a costume? Good! Your kids will be on trend this holiday in their spectacular mish-mosh of hues. Let your children choose whatever basic color shirts and pants they want to display, and then play them up with accessories like a rainbow bow tie, colorful wig, and mismatched suspenders, or bold tutus, vibrant hair clips, and cozy-but-cute leg warmers.

With minimal planning, these outfits are sure to make your child’s spooky season an outstanding one.

Tops Kids’ Costumes for 2013

  1. Superheroes
  2. Disney Princesses
  3. Minnie Mouse
  4. Hello Kitty
  5. Monster High
  6. Strawberry Shortcake
  7. Despicable Me
  8. Monsters University