5 DIY Cat-Themed Halloween Costumes for Kids


Halloween is right around the corner and parents everywhere are looking for fun and unique kids’ Halloween costume ideas. Cat costumes are popular and easy enough to create. At the very least, leggings, a turtleneck, and a cat-ear headband does in trick. If you’d like to get a little more creative with festive feline getups, it’s possible to whip up something totally cute, even on a budget!

Here are five ideas for cat-themed kids’ Halloween costumes:

1. Nyan Cat

There are many ways to achieve the look of Internet-sensation Nyan Cat. As long as you can manage cat ears, a Pop-Tart, and some sort of rainbow bottom-piece, you’re good to go.

I liked this costume because the Pop-Tart is an easy sandwich-board-type creation made with poster board and paint or markers. And although I’ve seen the rainbow effect using a towel or even party streamers, I love the look of the poofy tulle gathered skirt. All you’d need to do is either pin or sew the pieces of tulle onto an elastic waistband. Cute!

2. Hello Kitty

This adorable Hello Kitty costume is fairly easy to create and most of it is no-sew. Like the divine Miss Kitty, your child can wear any type of clothing and look perfectly adorable. The red bow is made with felt, a hot glue gun, pillow stuffing and scissors.

The headpiece is created using white foam board, felt, a hot glue gun, a winter beanie hat and needle and thread. For maximum security and ability to stand up properly, the creator advises sewing the hat to the foam head piece. Here are detailed instructions.

3. Raining cats and dogs

Wow. How easy and cute is this one? The child can wear his or her own rain gear and boots, and then all you need to create the whimsical umbrella are small stuffed cats and dogs and a hot glue gun. I think funky tights or leggings are a must. Ones with cat designs are a bonus!

4. Your own cat!

Why not dress like your own kitty? This can be a super fun and creative project to put together with your child. Start with a basic look of leggings, tights, pants or skirt, long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt, and ears.

Go with your cat’s base color. From there, you can add stripes using felt or even colored duct tape. Create patches of color with construction paper or felt and a hot glue gun. Add facial design and whiskers with face paint or skin-friendly markers or pencils. You can fashion a tail out of a boa or with fabric filled with pillow stuffing; seal the edges with a hot glue or needle and thread. Top it all off with a personalized collar made from ribbon and a simple tag or jingle bell. Meee-ow!

5. Baby kitty

OK, how adorable is this baby kitty? This look is pretty simple to create. You start with a hooded sweatsuit and then use a hot glue gun to attach faux fur to the belly and cuffs. The tail and ears are made from felt. I’d personally skip the collar, but I’m a Nervous Nellie when it comes to placing objects around babies’ necks. Click here for full instructions.

Have any ideas for cute DIY cat-themed costumes? Tell us about it in the comments!

About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with a adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.

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