26 Tween Halloween Costumes for 2020 You & Your Moody Kid Will Love

26 Cute Halloween Costumes Your Tween Will Actually Want To Wear This Year

August 10, 2020 Updated September 28, 2020

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Having a tween all too often means having to beg your kid to do, well, anything. But that’s precisely why you should be counting down the days until October 31 — tweens love Halloween! Yours might even be agreeable (could it be?!). There’s just one hurdle you have to clear before you and your tween can enjoy the holiday of their dark little heart: what they’ll wear.

Don’t fret, though. There are some fantastic tween Halloween costume ideas to consider. And, bonus, a lot of them are easy-peasy DIY. So, basically, you don’t have to spend a million dollars to make their tween Halloween dreams come true. You may even get through the entire holiday with minimal eye-rolls cast in your direction. The secret is to find a costume idea that is clever, smacking of pop-culture cred and, as the tweens say, snatched.

We may be biased since, you know, we put this list together. But still, we think it’s packed with perfect tween Halloween costumes — whether you have a 9-year-old, 10-year-old, 11-year-old, or 12-year-old. At the very least, these costumes will command your tween’s attention long enough for them to break their TikTok gaze. So, take a look at the following tween-friendly ensembles and prepare to earn a few cool mom points.

TikTok Influencer

Is your tween always showing off her latest TikTok dance and rattling off about some Charli D’Amelio or something? (No big deal but with her 87 million followers Charli is quite literally the most followed TikToker in 2020.) Want to earn cool mom points? If the answer to both is yes then why not help your tween pull together the easiest costume ever and go as TikTok influencer Halloween costume this year. All you’ll need is a tie dye sweatshirt or sweater, some ice coffee from Dunkin Donuts with a #ad written on it, and, uhh, that’s it! If that’s not the easiest and cheapest costume we don’t know what is.

@charlidameliogot my own song and it just hits different. show me how you “do the charli” while you drink ‘the charli’ using ##charlirunsondunkin!! @dunkin ##ad♬ The Charli – dunkin

Lola Bunny

Now that Space Jam has a remake on the way (starring LeBron James, no less), the OG live-action/animated sports movie has worked its way back into the spotlight. And when it comes to Halloween costume ideas from the cult classic, there’s no one tween girls will want to bring to life more than Lola Bunny.

VSCO Girl

You can’t get much easier than this for tween girls since, let’s be real, this is basically their everyday ensemb anyway. Not sure where to start with this costume: Ask your 10 year old.

Ouija Board

Is your tween a little emo? They might be drawn to the occult-ish appeal of a DIY Ouija Board costume. If you don’t leave yourself enough time to order a Ouija Board t-shirt, you can always stencil the board design across your kid’s sternum like this.

Woodland Creature

Your tween will love transforming into a deer (or other woodland creature) because they get to play with makeup and feel whimsical. You’ll love it because it still seems innocent and sweet.

A Bubblegum Machine

If you ask us, this costume is the ideal combination of precious and sassy. In other words, it’s peak tween! You can buy plenty of variations online, but you can also easily DIY it. Bonus? It’ll be comfortable, so your tween is far less likely to burn out after 20 minutes of trick-or-treating.

Cup of Noodles

Got a graphic designer in the fam? Enlist their help in creating a printable label that’ll turn your tween into a walking Cup of Noodles. Older tweens might think this is too silly, but your Ramen-slurping 9-year-old will probably think it’s the coolest.

Fortune Teller

In full disclosure, we like this idea so much we might steal it for ourselves! Definitely don’t do that if your tween claims it, though — if you show up on Halloween in the same costume, you won’t need a crystal ball to predict a meltdown in your tween’s near future.

Arthur

Didn’t you hear that all things old are new again? Tweens have discovered this late-’90s PBS series, and they’re fans. C’mon, though… you’ve got to admit this makes for one cute (and pleasantly easy) costume.

Kylie Jenner

No matter what you think of Kylie Jenner, your 12-year-old is probably obsessed with her. Hey, they could have worse role models! She is a boss female entrepreneur, after all. You’ll want to scan Jenner’s IG feed to find the most tween-friendly looks, then present that narrowed down list to your tween.

A Pineapple

Pineapple costumes are always cute! Plus, as surfer-slash-skater London Meza showed in 2019, there are funny shirts on Amazon that make this a quick pick. We’re suckers for the message a pineapple sends, too: Be tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.

Alexa and Katie

Netflix’s Alexa & Katie is a huge hit with the tween crowd, which makes it a great suggestion for sisters or besties who want to coordinate this year. And since there are countless outfits to choose from, there’s sure to be something you and your tween can agree on.

M&Ms

Got a group of tween BFFs who insist on coordinating their costumes? Make them happy without losing your mind by letting them go as M&Ms. A simple t-shirt, colored tutus, leggings — genius.

JoJo Siwa

If your tween isn’t already in a JoJo Siwa phase, give it time. TBH, we’re not even mad about girls’ obsession with Siwa. Have you seen interviews with her? She’s so pure and sweet! So, if your tween wants to dress up as this budding entrepreneur, you can feel good about it. Besides, it’s a pretty easy costume to pull together… especially if you already have a few JoJo bows.

Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu was, hands down, one of the best family movies of 2019 — thank you, Pokémon! And you can relive that fun when you work with your tween to do a playful spin on a costume of the title character. Time to break out the old magnifying glass collecting dust in your office!

Eep from The Croods

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"So from now on, we'll stay out here. Where we can follow the light." -Eep . . . So I rewatched The Croods recently, and man I really don't know why it wasn't more popular. I was obsessed with it when it first came out and was super disappointed I was the only one that seemed interested in this movie. So here I am reminding you all of this beautiful movie, and if you haven't seen it yet, please do. It's so wholesome and just a good family movie with a BOMB cast btw. . . These photos are from 2013 taken by my mother in our backyard 😂 baby's first impromptu photoshoot. Also, I didn't fluff up the wig nearly as much as I wanted to, but I was so afraid of ruining it completely that I kind of just left it as it was. Maybe I'll re make her and do a "glow up" side by side 🤔 . . . #thecroods #dreamworks #dreamworksthecroods #thecroodscosplay #Eep #cosplay

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At long last, The Croods 2 comes to theaters on December 23! Although we aren’t sure why, this DreamWorks cave-fam hasn’t been a rampant costume in years past. So, with the sequel on the way, your tween can show off their originality and trendiness by channeling their best Eep.

Basically Anyone from Stranger Things

Have you let your tween watch Stranger Things yet? Those of you who did may have just saved yourself a huge Halloween headache — there are a ton of possible costumes at play here. We’re particularly partial to anything from ‘80s-tastic Season 3.

A Starbucks Beverage

If your tween is anything like ours, their obsession with Starbucks has officially begun brewing (see what we did there?). You can find this costume at tons of online vendors for a quick order, or you can just as easily whip up a DIY version. And you must admit: It’s a whole latte cuteness.

Hippie Chicks

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☮️❤️ Happy Halloween! 🎃 #hippiechicks

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What’s not to love about this costume idea? You can probably create it just by pillaging your own closet. Plus, it’ll put a smile on everyone’s face and make for great snapshots.

Dora the Explorer

Thanks to 2019’s live-action Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Dora the Explorer is once again a popular pick for Halloween. Fair warning: Your tween might have to tell your friends “swiper, no swiping” if they want to be the only person in their social circle as this intrepid adventurer.

The Notorious R.B.G.

There’s nothing we love more than a fierce young feminist, which makes this costume a no-brainer. That’s the truth, and you can’t spell truth without RUTH. Most of this look would be quick and easy to pull off, but you might have to do a bit of digging to find a gavel.

Elliott or Gertie from E.T.

When it comes to Halloween costumes, you can’t get much more iconic than the beloved child characters from 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. You also can’t get much easier since you’ll essentially only need a red sweatshirt or striped sweater and overalls, depending.

Sadness from Inside Out

Make some core memories of your own when you team up with your tween to turn them into Sadness from Disney’s Inside Out. This would make a great family idea, too, because you’ve obviously can’t have Sadness without Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, Bing Bong and, of course, Riley.

Mulan

With Disney’s live-action Mulan dropping on Disney+ in September, this fierce character deserves all the love in 2020! You’ll definitely want to watch the new movie together before Halloween rolls around to show proper honor.

The Baby-Sitters Club’s Claudia Kishi

The best part about Netflix’s new adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club is that it plays on both your nostalgia and your tween’s love of trends. And let’s be honest, the coolest BSC character is Claudia Kishi! You can recreate one of her effortlessly hip outfits with a bit of style ingenuity.

Moesha

One of the few highlights of 2020 has been finding out Netflix acquired the streaming rights for the classic ‘90s sitcom Moesha. Help your tween bring out their best Moe by binge-watching the show together before Halloween.