Dress-Up DIY: Ideas for Homemade Halloween Costumes

There are so many reasons to make your own Halloween costumes. For one thing, you know you won’t be one of a million Spider Men or Princesses at a party; you’ll be unique.

Another reason is cost. Spending money on a Halloween costume that will be worn for a few hours (at most) and then discarded may seem pretty wasteful. You can also tie homemade costumes into a green lifestyle – it’s less wasteful and you can use recyclables in your design. And finally, it’s fun!

Here are some ideas for homemade Halloween costumes for kids and adults.

1. Classic Ghost

The fun thing about the sheet-and-eyeholes ghost is that you can personalise and customise it. It’s perfect for kids and adults. Here are some ideas for making a unique ghost that goes beyond the standard white sheet.

  • Add a hat and/or headdress to any ghost costume and you can be anything from ghostly bride and groom to baseball ghost.
  • Stick-on moustaches and “funny glasses” (with the eyebrows and big nose) make for a comic ghost.
  • Go with a tie-dyed piece of fabric, add some beads and a long wig, and go as a hippie ghost.

2. Spilled Food

Using a red-checked tablecloth with a hole cut in the centre, you can dress up as spilled food. Using a hot glue gun, attach various homemade, pretend food items, such as the following:

  • A paper plate, white yarn, and brown-painted styrofoam balls make spilled spaghetti.
  • Glue open packages of candy to the tablecloth and glue the candy in “spills” down the front.
  • Have a plastic cup (or recyclable soft drink cans and bottles) glued upside-down on the front of the tablecloth and use paint and plastic wrap to make a spilled drink. Clear, flat marbles (like you use in planters) can look like ice.

3. Fairy Wings

Make gauzy fairy wings by stretching sheer panty hose over wire frames. You can use a roll of wire (18-gauge will probably work best) to make the wing shapes, and stretch a panty hose leg over each one. You can tie it off when it’s tight enough, then tie the ends together to make double wings.

If you like, repeat with smaller wire frames so you have a total of four small wings that meet in the middle of your back, looking like two wings. Then use a hot glue gun to attach clear marbles or beads to the wings. To attach the wings, you can stitch elastic bands to the nylon where it meets in the middle.

Variation: spray paint the wings white, glue on clear marbles, and use as angel wings.

4. Doctor

This is an easy kids’ costume. Just use an adult’s white, button-down shirt for a lab coat, and accessorise with stethoscope, head band with light, clip board, and so forth.


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