23 DIY Halloween Costumes for Tweens That Won't Result in Eye Rolls

Happy Hallo-tween to you and yours!

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Finding just-right DIY Halloween costumes for tweens can be tricky, to say the least. After all, as you likely know by now, your middle-schoolers no longer want to wear costumes meant for children. They're just at that particular in-between stage in life where they're no longer interested in being treated like younger kids—and we can't fault them for that. Still, the more grown-up teenager and adult options don't totally fit the bill here either. Often, they feel a bit too sophisticated for these youngsters. Enter our very best ideas for DIY tween Halloween costumes for both girls and boys. (Think: Katniss Everdeen, bubblegum, Bambi, and the Golden Snitch.) Not only are they better than most anything you can find in stores, but they're original too—and most importantly, they're actually easy to put together (promise!). Plus, they're unique, creative, and original...and your youngest ones might even be able to help you craft them. What's better than a perfect Halloween get-up that doubles as an excuse to spend some more time with your tweens? Here's to a season of trick-or-treating that makes everyone happy, and to a costume that's as fun to put together as it is adorable. Happy Hallo-tween!

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Studio DIY
DIY Bubblegum Costume

You don't have to worry about these bubbles popping and making a mess—they're just balloons! But you can add to the fun and whimsy of the costume by chewing gum and blowing real bubbles all night long.

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A Beautiful Mess
Peter Pan Costume

Never grow up, tweens! This costume will have both boys and girls feeling adventure-ready in no time.

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Studio DIY
Lisa Frank Costumes

Who wasn't obsessed with Lisa Frank once upon a time? She's back in style thanks to the popularity of '90s nostalgia and neon. Lug out your old sticker collection, get inspired, and then craft these cute throwback get-ups.

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Aww Sam
Milkshake Costume

Inspired by those "crazy" milkshakes that have dominated Instagram lately, this costume is a sweet treat your kids will want to copy. We can't get over the handmade rock candy, crafted from—get this!—bits and pieces of pool noodles.

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The House That Lars Built
Mermaid Costume

She'll be the talk of the town in this Ariel-inspired Halloween costume. With production just beginning for the new live-action remake of A Little Mermaid, we can't imagine a more relevant costume for 2019!

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Kamri Noel via Cute Girls Hairstyle
Gumball Machine Costume for Tweens

Cover a plain white t-shirt in pom-poms and pair with red pants for a cute and crafty Halloween costume that's totally tween-appropriate.

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Simple as That
DIY Katniss Everdeen Halloween Costume

Tweens will happily volunteer as tribute to wear this cool costume inspired by The Hunger Games.

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The Pura Vida Bracelets
Pineapple Halloween Costume for Tweens

Grab a Sharpie and get to work turning a basic yellow t-shirt into a tropical fruit!

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Color Me Courtney
DIY White Rabbit from 'Alice in Wonderland' Costume

It won't even matter if she's late to the Halloween party when she looks this cute!

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Slap Dash Mom
Medusa Halloween Costume for Tweens

Grab a bed sheet and some rubber snakes and voila: Your tween is Medusa!

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Club Crafted
Chip on Shoulder Halloween Costume

Does your tween have a chip on her shoulder? Why not be literal and quickly craft this easy and funny costume idea?

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Now That’s Peachy
Minnie Mouse Costume for Tween Girl

A pretty red polka dot dress and mouse ears are easy enough, and the cute makeup looks just like the cartoon.

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Sugar Bee Crafts
DIY Lemon-Lime Halloween Costume for Tween Girls

Tweens have a reputation for being a little bit sweet and a little bit sour—a lot like citrus fruit!

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Polka Dot Chair
Mad Scientist Costume for Teen Boys

Tween boys can rock a favorite t-shirt and jeans underneath a lab coat and safety goggles. And if he gets sick of wearing a costume, it's easy to transition out of this look.

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Polka Dot Chair
DIY Dorothy and Glinda Costumes for Tween Girls

Dorothy and Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz make magical costumes for best friends. Follow the Yellow Brick Road!

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Now That's Peachy
PJ Masks Owlette Costume for Tweens

Dressing up as a superhero is even more fun when you get to wear a tutu and wings.

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House of Hepworths
DIY Matching M&M Halloween Costumes

If your tween is attached at the hip to her sister or bestie, make them these matching costumes using t-shirts and tutus.

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Coolest Homemade Costumes
DIY Terminator Costume for Teen Boys

Tough-guy teens will feel pretty cool channeling Arnold Schwarzenegger—and you'll be amazed how easy that makeup is to pull off!

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Polka Dot Chair
DIY Ariel from Little Mermaid Costume

Other The Little Mermaid costumes depict the character under the sea, but this fresh take is a little easier for tween girls to move around in.

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Now That’s Peachy
Bambi Deer Tween Halloween Costume

Who knew a baby deer could be so fashionable?

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Simply Potter​
DIY Golden Snitch from "Harry Potter" Costume for Teen Girls

Teens who "solemnly swear they are up to no good" will look bewitching in this beautiful Harry Potter-inspired Halloween costume.

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DIY with Love DaWanda
DIY Rey from "Star Wars" Costume for Teens

May the force be with you as you make this DIY Star Wars costume for tween girls.

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UnSchoolPlus​
DIY iPhone Halloween Costume for Tween Boys

He's on his phone all the time, so why not create a replica of it for his costume?

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