Costume Corner – Costume ideas for kids

For the most part kids have a good idea, if not many ideas of what they want to wear for Halloween, or even Comicon.  Every now and then though, for whatever reason, a kid will want to dress up/cosplay and have no clear idea for a costume.

Tips for finding ideas –

Some of these tips will seem simple and fairly obvious but when you are stumped and possibly stressed (think teenagers) the obvious can be elusive.


Check out this great tutorial at Melly Sews.

  • Popular movies (Avengers, Star Wars, Ghostbusters…)
  • TV shows  (new and old, Firefly, Star Trek, Walking Dead…)
  • Disney characters (primarily for little ones)
  • Video games  (Assassin’s Creed, Mario Brothers, Halo…)
  • Historical (Egyptian, Roaring ’20s, Ancient Greece, Wild West, 1950s…)
  • Comic books  (Superheroes, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Horror…)
  • Sports (Football, Baseball, WWE, etc.)


Specifically for little ones –

Most little kids are happy to be in something fun and cute.

  • Animals  (Cat, Dog, Lion, Elephant, Tiger, Bumble Bee, Ladybug)
  • Food  (Pumpkin, Cupcake, Banana, Popcorn)
  • Box  (Truck, Lego, iPhone, Crayons)
  • Characters  (Pirate, Fairy, Cowboy,  Princess)
  • Classic Halloween  (Witch, Dracula, Skeleton, Devil)
  • Elaborate (Dragon, Snowglobe, Dinosaur, Jellyfish)


Group costumes –

Sometimes the struggle to find a costume idea stems from two or more kids wanting to dress up/cosplay together.  Here are some group ideas.



  • Avengers
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Justice League
  • Where’s Waldo
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Harry Potter


You can also do a quick internet search for group costumes, as well as, other ideas like ‘classic Halloween’ or ‘Video game’ costumes.   Pinterest is another great source for costume tips and ideas.

I hope some of these ideas will be helpful, or at least help lead you to other ideas that might work.

Next week, I will be talking about planning for group costumes.

This post will be crossposted on Cap’s blog, The Geek Registry.