Boys Halloween Costumes – From Apes to Zombies

These boys Halloween costumes are a mixture of homemade (Nightmare in a Closet) and store-bought (Buzz Lightyear and Star Wars). There’s something for every boy here.

boys homemade halloween costumesThe Chimpanzee Boys Halloween Costume is awesome not only if your boy likes monkeys, but also if you live in a cold climate. This costume will keep him snug and warm while trick-or-treating! Unless you’re a seamstress, this Halloween costume isn’t easy to make at home.

Have fun exploring these store-bought and homemade Halloween costume ideas with your boy; he’ll be too old for Halloween and trick or treating before you know it. If he loves to read, check out my Literature and Book Character Costumes for Halloween.

This list of Halloween costume ideas for boys isn’t A to Z, but I’m starting with Apes and ending with Zombies…

When you’re looking for a boy’s Halloween costume – or you’re making your own costume at home – make sure it’s comfortable and roomy, so he can collect his trick-or-treat loot easily! Boy, do I miss dumping out my pillowcase after a long night of trick or treating. Sorting it, planning what to eat when, trading it…those were the days.

Boys Homemade Halloween Costumes

Most of these ideas are easy Halloween costumes for boys that you can make at home, but I sprinkled a few store-bought costumes in as well.

What are Little Boys Made Of?

Take rubber frogs, rubber snails, and make some paper puppy dog tails and have them sticking out of the child’s shirt (open his shirt and have some of the items spilling out of the front of the shirt).

Lost Airline Luggage

Take a vinyl garment bag and punch holes out for his arms and legs. Attach some stickers to the bag — preferably some real airline stickers with destinations. Add a sticker that says “Unclaimed.” This is a great Halloween costume for boys who travel a lot!

Headless “Joe” Halloween costume for boys

boys homemade halloween costumesHere’s my favorite store-bought Halloween costume for boys: the Children’s Headless Costume on Amazon. This creepy Halloweeen costume an attached neck and black robe. The head that sticks out is your child’s head.

This wouldn’t be an easy homemade Halloween costume for boys – unless you’re super crafty. You’d need a plastic hand and neck, and a stiff harness that sits on your boy’s shoulders. It’s definitely not a simple “do it yourself” costume idea, but your boy might have a good time helping you make this for Halloween.

Lobster Boy Halloween Costume

Find a red turtleneck shirt, red sweatpants, red knit hat. Put pipe cleaners for antennae on the hat, plastic eyes on the front. You can make good claws out of red plastic plates, pin to the end of sleeves. Make a shell out of cardboard for your back; use black marker to make shell lines. Take three pairs of socks, stuff with rags, pin to side of pants; tie together at ends with fishing line – connect to elbows of shirt (that way legs will raise when arms are raised). This DIY Halloween costume takes a bit of preparation and creativity, but it can be fun.

When you’re looking for boys’ Halloween costumes, don’t forget to browse the girls’ costumes. Why? Because you’ll find creative ideas if you think outside the box! Read Best Creative Halloween Costumes for Girls and Women.

Nightmare in the Closet

Cut the front of a large cardboard box so it opens like a door. He’ll wear the box over his entire body (including his head), using straps to secure it over his shoulders. Underneath, wear any kind of monster costume. This boys homemade Halloween costume is a good way to banish real fears of monsters!

Zombie Hunter Boys Halloween Costume

zombie hunter halloween costume for boysCalifornia Costumes’ Zombie Hunter Costume is an interesting cross between a traditional (a cowboy look) with futuristic (zombies!). It may be difficult for people to guess what exactly this cowboy hunter is hunting – but you could put Zombie clues on this costume.

Oscar the Grouch

Buy a real metal garbage can and attach straps so it fits over your shoulders. Wear the lid as a hat. Make an Oscar costume using green hairy fabric. Ping pong balls work well for the eyes.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Wear a plaid shirt, overalls, straw hat, and carry a pitch fork. Glue toy farm animals to his clothes.

Jack in the Box (a very young boy’s Halloween costume)

Use a baby walker, put a large box over the walker, with a flap on top as the lid. Paint the box and put in a pretend crank. Dress him up as a clown, with a jester’s hat.


Wear green clothes. Make a vest out of synthetic grass (available from a home improvement store). Attach a Frisbee, tennis ball, dog bone, fake doggie-do, etc. Carry around a pink flamingo lawn ornament. This homemade Halloween idea is good for boys who are environmentalists :-)

If your son wants to dress up like a taco or a hot dog, read Food Costumes You Can Make at Home.

Store-Bought Halloween Costumes for Boys

If you don’t have time to make a homemade Halloween costume, check out these store-bought costumes for kids…

Buzz Lightyear Halloween Costume

buzz lightyear boys halloween costumesThe Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Halloween Costume includes a white bodysuit with green trim and attached Buzz Lightyear chest piece, purple hood and white boot spats with green trim.

Now your boy is ready to explore space and fly to infinity and beyond, then be back in time for dinner, of course :-)

Iron Man Costume

boys halloween costumes iron manThe Avengers 2 Age of Ultron Deluxe Iron Man Mark 43 Costume will blow your boys’ socks off!

Tony Stark just keeps on improving himself, so become his super-heroic alter ego, Iron Man, and join War Machine in an adventure to defeat Whiplash! This all-new Iron Man costume includes a chiseled Iron man suit featuring muscled torso and arms, attached light up arc reactor and 3 batteries. A matching helmet is also included with this store-bought boys Halloween costume.

Ghostbusters Boys Halloween Costume

ghostbusters boys halloween costumesThe Ghostbusters Halloween Costume includes jumpsuit with front zipper, screen printed Ghostbusters emblem and vinyl/plastic inflatable “proton pack” backpack (may differ slightly from shown). Remember to pick up extra suits so you and some friends can be Venkman, Ray, Winston and Egon!

Didn’t find the right boys’ Halloween costume? Read Mens’ Halloween Costumes – 19 DIY Ideas for a Man’s Costume.


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  1. My favorite boys’ Halloween costume is a chef or baker. I don’t know why, because it’s certainly not too creative, but it’s so cute!