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Sensory Friendly Halloween Costumes for Kids

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

DIY Tutorials – No Sewing Required

Etsy Costumes that Look Sensory Friendly

Amazon Costumes that Look Sensory Friendly

Sensory friendly Halloween costume tips and recommendations for kids. Keep kids comfortable so they can enjoy Halloween this year!

Have your kids decided yet what they want to be for Halloween this year?

MaryAnne 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”

  1. Natalie PlanetSmartyPants

    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 :)

  2. 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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