Kids Halloween Costumes

Messy Drawer Costume

Who knew messy could be so cute?

If you've told her once, you've told her a thousand times: Clean up that room! Or perhaps it's the kitchen junk drawer that provides the inspiration for this kids' Halloween costume. But no matter who made the mess, you'll put it to good use making this easy, no-sew messy drawer costume that's bound to result in abundant laughter -- and abundant candy!

What You'll Need

  • Brown sweatpants and a colorful sweatshirt
  • Black fabric paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Long, narrow cardboard box, such as a full sheet cake box, with lid detached
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint: brown, black
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • Small, lightweight household items: facial tissue, crumpled papers, notepad, message slips, batteries, puzzle pieces, plastic toys, socks, keys, cards, tape, tickets, stamps, photos, school report cards, letters from teacher, small phone book, crayons, etc.
  • Bright baseball cap
  • 2 yards wired ribbon, 2 inches wide
  • Duct tape


  1. Wash sweatpants and sweatshirt. Do not use fabric softener. Paint black lines on pants to create wood grain. (If you can't find brown sweatpants, dye white pants brown. Follow instructions on dye box.)
  2. Cut a small semicircle out of back of box for child's body. Paint box brown, inside and out. Repaint if necessary for complete coverage. When dry, paint black lines along sides of box to create wood grain.
  3. For drawer handle, cut toilet paper roll in half lengthwise and discard half. Paint other half black. Let dry. Glue it to center front of drawer.
  4. Hot glue household items inside drawer. Overlap some items and have others pouring out of sides and front. Randomly glue smaller items to baseball cap. Also glue a few items to the sweatshirt.
  5. To make drawer easy to tote, cut a slit on each side of box, attach ribbon, and secure ribbon with duct tape. Box will hang like a peanut vendor's box at a ball game.
  6. Don't forget to add messy hair to complete the outfit!

Nothing like using a mess to its maximum potential. And for even more fun, easy kids' Halloween costume potential, check out the next page for tips on a pencil costume with the write stuff!

To learn more about fun and easy Halloween activities, see:

  • Halloween Crafts: Whether hosting a spooky party or looking to keep little goblins entertained, visit this site for easy arts and crafts directions.
  • Halloween Decorations: Bring Halloween holiday spirit to any location when you create these fun and festive decorations.
  • Halloween Masks: For a quick, fun costume and a disguise, follow these tips for creating your own Halloween masks.
  • Halloween Games: There's more to Halloween than eating candy! Get your party guests moving with these ghoulish games.
  • Halloween Recipes: Spooky treats that are good to eat... find out how to concoct delicious delights here.
  • How Halloween Works: Discover the history and traditions behind trick-or-treating and more. Check out this site to learn what Halloween is all about.