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9 Ridiculously Easy DIY Halloween Costumes From Dollar Tree

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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. Of course, Dollar Tree has a variety of Halloween costume accessories for kids — from ninja swords to fairy wings — but the real fun happens with DIY Dollar Tree Halloween costumes.

Things like colanders and sponges will go a long way this Halloween — especially if you’re searching for creative last-minute costume ideas. We found the most creative Dollar Tree Halloween costumes for kids that just require a bit of DIY knowledge.

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Dollar Tree Halloween Costumes 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 $10 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).

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


1. DIY Dollar Tree Halloween chef costume for $6.25.

kid in chef costume in front of door

With a few Dollar Tree kitchen items — or those around your house — you can design a chef-inspired Halloween costume.

What you’ll need:

Tie on the apron and use the pockets to hold a spatula and a whisk. Chef’s hats can start at $6, but you can make one from white tissue paper or paper. Measure your child’s head, then roll and tape the paper to fit their head. If kitchen aprons aren’t available at your store, get a craft apron and a kitchen towel to make your own.


2. Dollar Tree salt and pepper Halloween costume costs a total of $8.75.

kids in salt and pepper costumes in front of door

One set of costumes for under $9? 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. Cut out an “S” and “P” from felt or paper, and glue them onto contrasting black and white construction paper.
  2. 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 for $5.

Dollar Tree’s party and crafts sections have a bunch of colorful supplies to make this a cheap project. Some stores even have T-shirts, making this a one-stop shop for your DIY costume.

dollar tree items on floor to make a costume

What you’ll need:

What to do:

  1. Make the “sprinkles” by cutting the construction paper or felt into confetti-shaped pieces.
  2. Hot glue the 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. Look like a hot mess mama look with this cheap and easy Dollar Tree DIY Halloween costume.

kid in hot mess mama costume in front of door


his outfit could be free or next to nothing if you use items around your house. Head to your Dollar Tree’s toy aisle for a handful of baby dolls, and don’t toss that Starbucks cup from your daily pumpkin spice latte! 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:

  • Hair curlers
  • Lounge wear, robe, leggings and a sweater, pajamas — your choice!
  • Stuffed animals or dolls
  • Empty Starbucks cup
  • Shopping bag
  • Safety pins

Attach dolls to your cozy costume, and slide on some slippers to complete the look. Turn your favorite shopping bag into a trick-or-treat bag.


5. Turn Dollar Tree cleaning supplies into a car wash attendant costume for about $10.

boy with car wash costume using a wagon

Make this happen under $10 by first assessing what you have around the house. And if you’re only making this costume for one kid, you can cut the price by a few bucks.

dollar tree items on floor to make a costume

What you’ll need:

Arrange the items into a wagon for the mobile car wash look. 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 for under $5.

little girl dressed as a bee

Dollar Tree typically has kids dress-up items, like headbands and fairy wings. But you can just as easily create headband with a plain headband and pipe cleaners.

yellow shirt and bee costume items

What you’ll need:

To make the bee, tape horizontal black stripes onto a yellow shirt, add wings and wear the antennae.


7. Dollar Tree Unicorn Halloween costume for kids for less than $5.

A child wearing rainbow accessories and a unicorn headband

Head directly to the Dollar Tree party section for this DIY Halloween costume. Here’s your chance to personalize your kiddos look. I typically find random items like unicorn party hats, feather boas, and wands. Since everything is $1.25, you won’t bust your wallet to pull something together.

rainbow unicorn costumes supplies


8. Dollar Tree DIY cat costume for kids for under $7.

a young girl dressed in a dollar tree cheetah costume

Cat Halloween costumes are old school, but if you’re in a pinch for an idea, it totally works. Dollar Tree’s vary with their animal-print items, but I’ve consistently found eye masks, cat ears, and tails amongst the beauty and toy aisles.

dollar tree items on floor to make a costume

What you’ll need:

What to do:

    1. Make the ears by cutting the eye mask in half, from top to bottom. Then cut off the band that would normally go around your head too.
    2. Hot glue 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. For 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. Glue the cat toy to the lower back of a black shirt. Then add a scarf or other animal-print items.


9. Easy $1.25 DIY ghost Halloween costume from Dollar Tree.

kid in ghost costume in front of door

Start with a white shirt that you don’t care about because you’re going to cut the bottom intro strips and add knots.

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

Then glue on black felt pieces to make the ghost’s face. How easy is this idea?

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