Halloween is kind of like the Do-It-Yourself Olympics – a time to really go all out, go for the gold! But you don’t have to be a seamstress to make your own (or your kids’ own) costumes – in fact, the Star Wars costumes above were made using a hot glue gun, bits of random clothing from the Goodwill and re-purposed objects like skittles & pizza boxes(Darth Vader’s chestplate).
Here are some ideas of Halloween Costumes you can make at home – please leave comments with any costume ideas you have!
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Playing Card: 2 pieces of card/posterboard tied over shoulders – decorate like a playing card
“Drama Queen” (or “Coupon Queen”): Buy a cheap prom dress at the thrift store, add a tiara and a sash with “Drama” written across it (Or Coupon). Also could carry fake flower bouquet.
Handyman: Overalls, plaid shirt, toolbelt, toy tools. Add a cap or nametag reading “Mr. Fix It”
Bag of Jelly Beans/Skittles: Wear white clothes with a big white or clear garbage bag on top – fill bag with small balloons
Dice (As many as you want, for single or group): Wear all black and cut a few circles out of posterboard to tape to yourself *Or wear white and cut out black circles.
Lego: Cut holes in a rectangular piece of cardboard (or use a whole box) and paint it all red. Stuck red plastic cups through the holes (bottom side facing out)
Robot: Put on a long sleeve shirt and pants, (same color) like blue for instance. Take some tin foil and tape to some body parts, (arms, legs, chest). Afterwards, take a cardboard box for the helmet and cut out holes for eyes, then let your little cyborg help decorate it. *For extra detail, sharpie in some circuitry on the tin foil.
Raggedy Ann: Bright blue dress from thrift store, striped socks, DIY red yarn wig, facepaint triangles on cheeks
Indiana Jones: Fedora, Leather bomber jacket, khakis and homemade rope whip rolled up and attached to belt loop (thrift store finds)
Classics: Clown, Princess, Cowboy, Indian, Pirate, Ninja, Bum, Scarecrow, Ghost, Cat, Mummy, Hippie, Disco dancer, soldier….
Family or Group Theme Costumes:
Wizard of Oz
Snow White & Dwarves
American Idol Judges
Super hero group
Bands (Beatles, Monkees, Village People, Kiss, etc)
Charlie Brown characters
Harry Potter characters
Red Riding Hood & characters
Mario Brothers & Princess
Lord of the Rings
Static Cling: Wear black clothes and attach socks, baby clothes, other small items of clothing with a few stitches. Add “wow” factor by making crazy big hair with hairspray!
Bag of Leaves: Get a big black garbage bag and cut arm & head holes in it. Stick arms and head through and staple/tape leaves straight out of the yard to the bag. Hot glue a few leaves to a headband or hat.