Top 8 Retro Halloween Costumes for Kids

by: Laurie Mega

Halloween is tomorrow! Yikes! Still haven't figured out your child's costume -- or your own, for that matter? We've got eight retro costumes that are easy to make and require no sewing. We say these throw-back costumes of the 80s and 90s are for kids, but really, they're great for all ages. 

Beanie BabyBeanie baby costume

This is a great costume for babies, since footie pajamas make them look like beanie babies, anyway. All you really have to do is attach the tag. To get the directions, click here.

ComputerComputer Costume

We're not talking your slick Mac book or Surface. We're talking the boxy old Macintosh 128K or the Altair 8800 (yes, we know that was released in the 70s). This are super-easy to make with just some old boxes and some gray and black paint. Just make sure you make it small enough and comfortable enough for easy walking on Halloween night. Click here for the directions.

Energizer BunnyEnergizer Bunny Costume

Just like your little guy on Halloween candy, it keeps going and going and going....

This is another footie pajama costume, but with a few more accessories. Check out the directions here to add a drum and battery. Then grab some sunglasses, and you're good to go!

GhostbustersGhostbuster Costume

When you have no idea what to wear for Halloween..who you gonna call?

The tricky part of this costume is the proton pack. For that, you need some kind of box and a vacuum hose for the basic idea. From there, you can get as fancy and detailed as you want. For the directions, click here.

Ace Ventura Pet DetectiveAce Ventura Costume

Well, alrighty then! This one is super easy to put together, especially if you already have some Hawaiian shirts hanging around. Get some khaki or crazy pants that you can hike up to the belly button (it's okay if your socks are showing). Then add some sunglasses and a crazy face! Click here for more detailed directions.

Nintendo Game Boy Game Boy Cotume

Remember playing with one of these? If you were a child of the 90s, this was the best invention to ever grace humankind. So what if you couldn't see the screen in the dark...or in direct sunlight? For this costume, you'll need another box and some paint to paint on the buttons. Print and cut out an old-school picture of a Game Boy game and tape it to the front, where the screen would be. For all the directions, click here.

Rubik's Cube Rubik's Cube Costume

This costume requires another box, and a lot of construction paper. You could put on the colored squares in random order or as a solved puzzle, with the same color on each side. As with the computer costume, just make sure the box isn't too big and that your child can walk and move around easily. For directions, click here.

Cell PhoneCell Phone Costume

Our final costume is your old-school flip phone, the kind with the antennae you had to pull out before you picked up. No box needed for this one. Instead, get some black clothes and glow-in-the-dark paint. For the full directions, click here.

Are you looking for more last-minute costumes for Halloween? Check out our Halloween costume finder!