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If you’re looking for easy DIY Halloween costumes for kids that don’t cost a fortune, Dollar Tree is where it’s at. Dollar Tree has a variety of Halloween costume accessories for kids, from ninja swords to fairy wings, and these cheap Halloween costumes for kids can’t be beat.

But the real gems are the unexpected $1.25 everyday items you’ll find throughout your store. Even with the price increase, dollar store prices are still cheaper than nondiscount party and big-box stores.

Things like colanders and sponges will go a long way this Halloween — especially if you’re searching for creative last-minute costume ideas for kids that won’t hurt the wallet. Best part? These kid Halloween costumes from Dollar Tree will only cost you about $5 bucks total. Bookmark our Halloween deals page so you don’t miss out on all of the spooktacular savings.


Dollar Tree Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids


Dollar Tree is a simple start for budget-friendly DIY Halloween costumes. Most of these costumes only need two to three items, so the price can be under $5 for each look. These are all no-sew ideas and can be put together with a safety pin or hot glue (which can also be found at Dollar Tree). Keep in mind that every store has different inventory, but most carry items like the ones you’ll see here.

If you’d rather buy a ready-made costume, KCL will show you where to find the best deals on costumes, candy, Halloween decor, and more.

If you’re all about Dollar Tree, you’ll dig these tips too:


1. Dollar Tree DIY chef costume.

kid in chef costume in front of door

Create a kitchen pro with a few gadgets and kitchen accessories you’ll find in most Dollar Tree home goods aisles.

What you’ll need:

Tie on the apron and use the pockets to hold a spatula and a whisk. If you can’t find a chef’s hat, you can DIY it with a piece of felt or paper. If kitchen aprons aren’t available at your store, get a craft apron and a kitchen towel to make your own.

Upgrade this easy DIY Halloween costume idea by being a cupcake baker! Use a cupcake tin as an accessory for your little chef.


2. Dollar Tree salt & pepper costume costs a total of $6.

kids in salt and pepper costumes in front of door

One set of costumes for just $6?! Yes, please! Add this duo with the chef costume from above and you’ve got matching, cheap Halloween costumes for the whole family.

black and white felt, paint and painted colanders set up on the floor

What you’ll need:

What to do:

  1. Dress your child in their favorite black and white outfits.
  2. Cut out an “S” and “P” from felt or paper, and glue them onto contrasting black and white sheets. Pin or glue each salt and pepper label onto matching outfits.
  3. Then, using glitter paint or plain paint with glitter mixed in, dab each colander with paint for texture and fun “shaker” hats. Use string to make a proper shaker hat that stays put.
  4. Complete the look with black and white gloves, which can also be found at Dollar Tree.


3. Dollar Tree ice cream cone costume for kids.

In the baby supplies aisle of some Dollar Tree stores, you can often find an assortment of children’s and adults’ T-shirts in multiple colors. These are perfect for making your own easy DIY Halloween costumes. Make sprinkles from felt pieces or construction paper.

I found a party banner in the party section with already-cut, tiny, multicolor felt pieces. Look around your Dollar Tree for easy ice cream topping ideas!

dollar tree items on floor to make a costume

What you’ll need:

What to do:

  1. Cut the construction paper or felt into confetti-shaped pieces to make “sprinkles.”
  2. Using hot glue, attach sprinkles to a solid colored shirt.
  3. Depending on the size of your party hat, cut the poster board into the shape shown above, making sure it’ll be big enough to cover the party hat completely.
  4. With a waffle cone in mind, draw intersecting lines on the poster board to create diamond shapes like you’d find on a cone.
  5. Glue the poster board onto the party hat, overlapping the bottom corners to create a cone shape.

My Dollar Tree had funky ice cream sunglasses to complete the look. You never know what great add-ons your store will have, so look around every corner.


4. Embrace the hot mess mama look with this cheap and easy Dollar Tree DIY Halloween costume.

kid in hot mess mama costume in front of door

Head to your Dollar Tree’s toy aisle for a handful of baby dolls, and don’t toss that Starbucks cup from your daily PSL! You’ll need it, along with a Target bag, to complete this hot mess mama look because most moms schedule a Target getaway at least once a week.

hot mess mama costume supplies on floor

What you’ll need:

Using safety pins, attach dolls to your cozy costume, and slide on some slippers to complete the look. Use your favorite shopping bag as a trick-or-treat bag and voila! Messy hair, don’t care.


5. Turn Dollar Tree cleaning supplies into a car wash attendant costume.

boy with car wash costume using a wagon

Okay, so this one might run you about $10 at Dollar Tree — plus your own wagon and toys — BUT, imagine all the fun your kiddos will have running their stuffies and toy cars through their very own car wash!

dollar tree items on floor to make a costume

What you’ll need:

Strategically attach mop heads, sponges, streamers, towels, and gloves with tape to a wagon to create your mobile car wash. Use your own cars, or snag some from the toy section to complete the look. Then wear a work shirt with a Dollar Tree apron and gloves for a homemade car attendant costume.

car wash wagon costume with streamers, sponges and gloves


6. Dollar Tree DIY kids’ bee Halloween costume.

little girl dressed as a bee

My local Dollar Tree always has dress-up items, like headbands and fairy wings. If yours doesn’t, you can easily make one with a plain headband and pipe cleaners.

yellow shirt and bee costume items

What you’ll need:

Tape horizontal black stripes onto a yellow shirt, add wings and antennae — and boom! You’re a bee.


7. Dollar Tree Unicorn Halloween costume for kids.

A child wearing rainbow accessories and a unicorn headband

This is one of the easiest DIY costumes. Browse your local Dollar Tree for rainbow items (HINT: check the party section). Look for colorful boas for your mane and tail, rainbow balloons, glowing unicorn wands, and a unicorn party hat or headband for a magical touch.

rainbow unicorn costumes supplies


8. Dollar Tree DIY cat costume for kids.

a young girl dressed in a dollar tree cheetah costume

This cheap Halloween costume is perfect for preteens. Since every Dollar Tree store’s inventory varies, you’ll want to look around for leopard/cheetah print items that can easily be transformed into cat ears and a tail. For the costume above, use the material from a $1.25 cheetah print eye mask to create easy DIY cat ears.

dollar tree items on floor to make a costume

What you’ll need:

What to do:

  1. To make the ears, cut the eye mask in half, from top to bottom. Cut off the band that would normally go around your head too.
  2. Using hot glue, attach the cut side of each half to the black headband.
  3. Add about a half-inch line of hot glue to the center-top of each “ear” and pinch the ends together to create a more natural cat-ear shape.
  4. To make the gloves, cut a hole for each thumb, then a separate hole for the rest of your fingers in the closed part of each sock. Turn socks inside-out before wearing.
  5. To make the tail, glue the cat toy to the lower back of a black shirt.
  6. Accessorize with a scarf and any other cheetah/leopard print items you find!


9. Easy DIY ghost Halloween costume from Dollar Tree.

kid in ghost costume in front of door

If your Dollar Tree has orange shirts, you could make a cute jack-o’-lantern costume instead.

White shirt with black felt and scissors laid out on a floor

What you’ll need:

  • white shirt
  • black felt
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue

Cut the bottom of a white Dollar Tree white T-shirt into strips and add knots. Glue on black felt pieces to make the face. What an easy DIY Halloween costume, right?! You may never buy another mass-produced, generic costume again.

Your dollar store might even have gloves and beanies, which are not only great accessories, but will keep little ones warm on chilly Halloween nights.

9 Ridiculously Easy DIY Halloween Costumes From Dollar Tree