Unicorns are undoubtedly having a moment. Toddlers and adults alike are obsessed with the mythical creatures, and it doesn't look like that popularity is going to wane anytime soon. Make your little one's Halloween even more unforgettable this year with a DIY unicorn costume that's sure to be the brightest amongst all the trick-or-treaters. (Or, make one for yourself!) To help you get inspired, we rounded up some DIY Halloween costume ideas that you can put together in a short amount time—yep, even if you waited until the last minute to prepare your costume—with materials you likely already have on hand.
There's a unicorn costume on this list for everyone, from kids to teens to best friends, for all ages. Projects also range in skill level. Some are so easy to make that you can get your child in on the crafting fun, while others require some basic sewing skills. Of course, all you really need is a horn to declare yourself a unicorn, but where's the fun in that? Bring on the glitter, tulle, and wigs! (And if you're not sure if a unicorn costume is up your alley, mermaids and aliens are two other creatures that are tons of fun to dress as on Halloween.)
Talk about a bright idea! Dress up a plain pink leotard and tutu with a rainbow tail and mane. Top the look with a unicorn horn and you're ready to trot into Halloween.
Get the tutorial at Shwin and Shwin.
SHOP RAINBOW TULLE
A next-level unicorn costume calls for a magical makeup look. This tutorial calls for lots of glittery and shimmery products.
Get the tutorial at Twist Me Pretty.
SHOP COSMETIC GLITTER
Don't feel like going all out in a head-to-toe costume this Halloween? DIY your own unicorn horn to transform a plain T-shirt and jeans into a low-key costume.
Get the tutorial at Claire, Collected.
SHOP GLITTER CARDSTOCK
Get your little artist involved in making his or her own unicorn costume. All you need is a box and some art supplies, like craft paper, paint, glitter, and ribbon.
Get the tutorial at The Reject Shop.
SHOP CRAFT GLITTER
Create a faux fur tail and wrist and leg warmers to transform a simple tights-and-leotard getup into a magical unicorn costume. Make your own horn or shop one online. (We love this one.)
Get the tutorial at A Girl and a Glue Gun.
SHOP FAUX FUR
This adult unicorn costume is more about the hair, makeup, and horn, so if you don't want to go full-on leotard, you don't have to. You could just as easily channel the vibe in white jeans and a white T-shirt.
Get the tutorial at Brit + Co.
SHOP PASTEL WIGS
This blogger took a unicorn costume purchased at Target to the next level with the addition of a pastel wig, flower crown, and sparkly makeup.
Get the tutorial at Liiraven.
SHOP FLOWER CROWNS
Just when you thought unicorns couldn't get any cuter! This soft-as-a-blanket bonnet is made of fleece, so your little one can sport it all night long.
Get the tutorial at Taylor Made.
SHOP WHITE YARN
Are you handy with a sewing machine? Your little one will flip over this pastel unicorn dress and headpiece.
Get the tutorial at Joann.
SHOP DRESS PATTERN
Have a child with an aversion to itchy, scratchy fabrics? This no-sew unicorn costume, which utilizes a solid color hoodie as the base, is for you.
Get the tutorial at Watch Out For The Woestmans.
White onesie pajamas are the foundation for this adult unicorn costume, but you could just as easily use a solid color jumpsuit or sweatpants and sweatshirt combo. And the idea easily translates to little sizes, so why not make one for the whole family?
Get the tutorial at Brit + Co.
SHOP ONESIE PAJAMAS
We love the sweet simplicity of this green, white, and gold DIY felt unicorn costume. It's a great option if you're not into all the cotton candy hues and glitter typically associated with unicorn costumes.
Get the tutorial and download the pattern at Lia Griffith.
Why buy a unicorn horn when you can make a kid-friendly Halloween activity out of crafting one? This one features flowers, glitters, and feathers. Go big or go home!
Get the tutorial at The Inspiration Edit.
SHOP CRAFT HEADBANDS
Want to keep it simple? Buy your child this tulle skirt and unicorn horn and pair it with a T-shirt and sneakers.
If you don't want to go the tutu route for your child, modify the concept a bit and buy this tie-on tulle tail with a matching headband. Wear it with a leotard and any other accessories you want.