How to be a Chicken on Halloween – Halloween Costumes for Kids

Listen – you all KNOW I am totally not creative. Seriously, I can cook, I can play football with the boys, and I love to explore the city (and the world) with Maximo – but throwing a party, costumes, decorations and beyond throw me into a tailspin. Someone bring the Xanex.

And I hate Halloween. Really. I do. Because I have to come UP with these awful Halloween costume ideas – now not just for me, BUT for Maximo as well. And I mean – how slutty/civilized can you be? It’s too much fucking work – ain’t nobody got time for that.

Well this year it bit me in the ass.

Usually I am super organized and productive – but seriously I always put off Halloween. And then Max didn’t have a costume. Target only had older kids and or nothing left. It was too late to order off Etsy, and Pinterest wasn’t doing me any good. I wasn’t about to sew him a homemade Olaf costume from Frozen. F THAT.

I was a few minutes away from cutting two holes in a white pillow sheet and calling him Casper when I saw a Chicken costume online. Thank god I snapped a pic because I can’t find that link now to save my life – so to where created it – THANK YOU. Here’s how an un-creative mom made the parade-winning costume this year:

What you need:

halloween costumes for kids

– One pair of white or yellow tights. Check the, ahem, little girls, section.

– Two packs of yellow gloves (they come in packs of 4, and i say get two because you’ll go through them!)

– One white/black boa (we found ours at Party City, BUT! call them first – not all locations carry them)

– one long white tee-shirt

– yellow hat from the $1 section at Target. I have to admit, Karen from saved my life on this one – she found it and said it woul d be perfect – it was! Sour your $1 store to see what plastic hats you can find).

– red construction paper

– and don’t forget tape and staples! I almost didn’t have staples the day of to make it, which would have been a HUGE FAIL had my neighbor not come to the rescue!

The Outcome:

The best costume on the block people! You’re welcome:halloween costumes for kids

halloween costumes for kids

halloween costumes for kids

halloween costumes for kids

halloween costumes for kids

halloween costumes for kids


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  1. Robin Rue October 28, 2014 at 7:42 am

    What a cute homemade costume idea! I love how it came out.

    • Stephanie October 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Robin – I can’t believe how cute it turned out too!

  2. Jennifer Corter October 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Oh my goodness, I love this! Such an adorable costume idea, plus, it seems super easy to put together!

    • Stephanie October 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      it was really easy! Just staple away haha – I just make sure he wore a second shirt underneath so they didn’t rub on his skin.

  3. Pauline C. October 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Now that is an adorable costume for Halloween.

    • Stephanie October 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Pauline!

  4. Megan Elford October 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    What a great idea! I love it! My daughter wants to be a bird this year, so I may borrow some ideas from you 😉

    • Stephanie October 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      I want to see some pics if you do!

  5. Tricia Goodmama October 28, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I saw your picture on Facebook the other day. I LOVE this idea! I am all for simple, but cute Halloween ideas.

    • Stephanie October 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      haha – I’m all about simple too! This one takes the cake for simple AND awesome.

  6. zengrrl October 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Such a cute costume!

    • Stephanie October 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      thank you!

  7. Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack October 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    The chicken costume is honestly so adorable! I haven’t seen a bird costume executed this way and I adore it!

    • Stephanie October 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      I had never seen anything like it either – so fun and easy!

  8. Two Boys and a Hubby October 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    This is adorable! We are kinda broke right now, so I couldn’t get my son a costume. He has khaki pants and a red t-shirt and he will use my old Target name badge from when I worked there and he will be a little Target worker. lol

    • Stephanie October 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      hey the less money you spend, the more creative you get! I think the Target worker outfit sounds super cute!

  9. yonawilliams October 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    OMGoodness….that is tooooooooooo cute. I love the feathers. He looks great in his costume! Using the boa is such a good idea.

    • Stephanie October 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      haha i also have feathers EVERYWHERE 🙂

  10. Dawn Kropp October 28, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Now that is the cutest chicken I’ve ever seen!!

    • Stephanie October 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      thank you!

  11. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell October 28, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    I just can’t stand the cuteness! That is seriously adorable!

    • Stephanie October 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      thank you so much!

  12. Jaime Nicole October 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Shut the front door!!! This might be the cutest costume EVER!

  13. Maggie King November 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    CuteSt. Costume. Ever. Love love love!

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