Halloween is becoming more and more popular here in Australia, and on October 31st you can expect a sea of little ghosts and ghouls taking to the streets in the search for candy.

But Halloween doesn't have to be all spiders and pumpkins and fake blood. Overseas kids and families use the holiday as a chance to show off their wit, thinking of cute and clever costumes to take around their neighbourhoods.

If you think that means spending a fortune in the costume aisle, think again. There are plenty of DIY ideas out there to make sure you and your kids have a Halloween to remember.

We've rounded up 20 of our favourites in the gallery below.