Sensory-friendly Halloween costumes for kids – those you can make, and some you can purchase.
Halloween is an exciting time of year that can also be overwhelming for sensory-sensitive kids. Lots of costumes, lots of noise, lots of lights, and lots of candy! Finding a sensory-friendly costume that is comfortable for your child to wear is a great place to start if you want to make Halloween a fun rather than exhausting experience for kids, and today I am sharing some sensory friendly Halloween costume tips for kids, as well as actual costumes – DIY tutorials, Etsy inspiration, and even a couple costumes I found on Amazon. This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission.
Tips for Finding Sensory Friendly Halloween Costumes for Kids
- Avoid masks. Masks are very frequently uncomfortable, and also banned by many child events since some kids find them incredibly frightening.
- Pay attention to materials. Many Halloween costumes are made entirely out of polyester, which doesn’t breathe. Try making costumes using t-shirts and sweatpants with decorations. Fleece is a wonderful costume material – it keeps the kids warm as well as being a fabric that many sensory sensitive kids like. Kigurumi style pajamas make great comfy Halloween costumes!
- Keep it simple. The more components a costume has, the more opportunities you have for things to go wrong.
Sensory Friendly Halloween Costumes for Kids
Here are some sensory-friendly Halloween costumes that I found for kids.
DIY Tutorials – Sewn
- If you are confident with your sewing machine, head over to ikatbag and check out her incredible archive of dress-up clothes. They are all sensory friendly, and she often has detailed tutorials and even free patterns you can use to make your own. I have used LiEr’s tutorials to make Emma a Little Red Riding Hood costume and all three girls butterfly costumes.
- King Costume Tutorial from Mama Smiles
- Felt Crown Tutorial from Mama Smiles
- Easy Princess Dress Tutorial from Mama Smiles
- Winter Princess Coat Tutorial from Mama Smiles
- Gruffalo Dress-up Apron from The Educators’ Spin On It
- Owl Dress-up Apron from The Educators’ Spin On It
- Super Easy Braided Hats from Words N Needles
- Upcycled Batman Costume from Red Ted Art
- DIY Minion Costume from JDaniel4sMom
DIY Tutorials – No Sewing Required
- No-Sew Superhero Cape from Sunny Day Family
- Super-Simple Superhero Capes from Mama Smiles
- No-Sew Knight Costume from In the Playroom
- Peter Pan Costume from KC Edventures With Kids
Etsy Costumes that Look Sensory Friendly
- Charlie Brown Costume
- Peter Pan Costume
- Crochet Yoda Hat
- Princess Leia Hat
- Princess Leia Hat and Shoes
- Crochet Minion Hat (this seller has lots of fun hat options)
- Toddler Dinosaur Hoodie with Tail
- Dinosaur Cape (would work well as a dragon cape also)
- Olaf Hat
Amazon Costumes that Look Sensory Friendly
- Tabby Cat Kigurumi
- Unicorn Kigurumi
- Owl Kigurumi
- Cow, Minion, Dinosaur, and more Kigurumi costumes
- Fleece bat costume
- Yoda costume
- Harry Potter Gryffindor Robes
Have your kids decided yet what they want to be for Halloween this year?
MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
5 thoughts on “Sensory Friendly Halloween Costumes for Kids”
Yeah, why are so many Halloween costumes made out of unbreathable material? So weird.
What a fabulous list to choose from!
Thank you for all your great NO SEW Halloween costume ideas! I love that they are so easy to make as I don’t have a sewing machine anymore!
Great advice and a reminder that it’s time to think about Halloween costumes as my 8 year old certainly outgrew her homemade outfits from years past. Luckily, you provided so many options :)
Halloween can be such a challenge to find the right costume. I always end up making ours (some of that is a point of pride on my part), but I do agree most are unbreathable polyester.
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