Halloween Costumes DIY

Store bought costumes are pricy and if you have a growing child perhaps spending money on something they will wear once isn’t an option. If your going to an adult costume party I have some simple solutions here too. These are some simple, less expensive alternatives to spending a lot of money. You will just need to go through closets and craft rooms for the costumes here. Accessorize your costumes from the toy box, thrift store or dollar store finds. Add glasses, wigs, plastic swords and knives and whatever else suits your costumes.

  • Black Cat – This is simple and straight forward. All you need is a black top and black leggings. Glue some black cardstock ears on a black headband. Add a triangle of pink cardstock or felt to the inside of each ear. Make a tail by stuffing a long black sock with crumpled paper or tissue and pin to the back of your outfit
  • Farmer – An old pair of coveralls and a plaid shirt are the basics for this outfit. Add a straw hat, rubber boots, bandana, or a handkerchief to hang out of the back pocket.
  • Happy Pumpkin – Use an orange dress or shirt, cut out black felt happy face features and glue to the front. Add an orange hat or toque for the topper.
  • Rock Star – This one lets your imagination go wild and for this one the wilder the better. Glitter tops, patterned pants, leather boots, leggings or gowns will work great. Mix and match patterns and colors, top with large sunglasses and a wig or hat. Be a rock star!
  • Snow White – as lovely as she was wore a very simple outfit. She wasn’t about glam and wore a simple blue dress, add a yellow apron and pin a large red bow in your hair or black cropped wig.
  • Queen Of Hearts – This one is also quite simple. All you need for this one is a red dress, long or short and an old deck of cards. Glue the edges of the cards together, long ways to create a “fan” effect. It can be worn around the neck as a collar. Hole punch the two end cards and add string, or glue it to the front of the dress. For the topper you can use an old head band and glue on cards or cardstock hearts.
  • Men In Black – This is classic, you need a black suit, white shirt and dark glasses. That’s it!
  • Hawaiian Tourist – If you don’t already have one of those colorful, floral Hawaiian shirts they can be readily found quite inexpensively at thrift shops or borrow one from a friend. Just add a few leis, make your own with twists of colorful plastic bags strips tied to a string or purchase at the dollar store or thrift store, a touristy straw hat and sunglasses. Ladies can accessorize with a straw bag and sandals.
  • Mary Poppins – This outfit just needs some conservative clothing and a large umbrella. A blazer, dark skirt, leggings and frumpy hat.
  • Hot Dog – The hot dig requires three colors of poster board. Cut a brown oval to glue to the front of a solid color beige shirt or dress. Add long zig zag strips of red and yellow for catsup and mustard.
  • Peter Pan – This only needs a green shirt, green leggings and a piece of green felt to make a beanie hat.
  • Soldier – A soldier is quick and easy but very effective. Face paint with brown, black or red to be realistic Green, beige or camouflaged shirts and pants and black or brown boots. Plastic hard hat painted green. Accessorize with plastic rifles, guns and grenades.
  • Jedi – Use a white sheet or shirt for the top. Cut off the collar for tunic style. Add white boots, black belt and a Jedi sword.
  • 50 Shades of Grey – Paint swatches from your hardware store of different shades of grey, hot glue them to your a solid grey shirt and pants.

Before you head out to spend some serious dollars on a costume I suggest you google some of your favorite characters, super heroes and villains. See what they are wearing, then see if you can duplicate it with things from your closet and craft room. Just use your imagination!

“Imagination is the beginning of creation.

You Imagine what you desire.

You will what you imagine.

And at last, you create what you will”

~ George Bernard Shaw

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