The best Halloween costumes are often those you make yourself. Whether you want quick, creative or inexpensive, you can often make it at home. You get exactly what you want at a fraction of the price of store-bought. Luckily, inspiration is all around.
Start with what you have on hand. Everyone’s got a few hairbands or ski caps lying around. They’re a great base for animal ears or antenna. This costume needs little more than a yellow ski cap threaded with pipe cleaners and a yellow T-shirt. Many costume stores have Minions goggles, or you can make them at home with cardboard.
One mom deconstructed an old pink umbrella to create bat wings. She hot-glued the sections together, attached flowers and stitched it to an inexpensive sweat suit. This takes planning but not much time to make.
Another quick and easy look is a Rapunzel braid. It is a snap to create with some yarn, artificial flowers and simple braiding skills.
If you have a lot of socks without mates lying around, repurpose them into puppy dog ears, dyed-to-match shoe covers, or spider legs.
Now is a great time to re-use those old boxes that are lying around. Depending on their size, they can be transformed into a Rubik’s Cube body suit or a Minecraft character head.
Halloween is a great time to do an at-home scavenger hunt and put together an outfit from the back of a closet. This Walt Disney look took advantage of old playthings, a suit jacket and some eyeliner.
Felt is Mom’s Best Friend for Halloween. It’s cheap, forgiving and doesn’t require sewing skills. Just cut and hot-glue pieces together. Add feathers and embellishments. Felt is also perfect for creating layered scales or feathers.
Look how felt creates the perfect elements for a cute homemade scarecrow. Real straw would be too itchy! Buy on sale at Michael’s or Jo Ann.
If you’re handy with a needle and thread, this cute turtle superhero outfit is very simple. Start with a matching green hoodie and pants. Create a turtle shell from felt, using a simple fabric store pattern. The cape is a few yards of satin cut with pinking shears. A red knit cap is basted to the hoodie.
A popular adult costume that can be modified for older kids is the gumball machine. Buy bulk pompoms and glue enough to completely cover a sweatshirt. Add a red bottom and a 25-cent sticker. Another variation: fashion a shirt from a clear can-liner or plastic wrap, carefully insert balloons and cinch at the bottom.
Another creative DIY Halloween costume is a tornado. There are a lot of versions. Chicken wire, a tomato plant cage or a small hula hoop can provide the funnel top. Wind with grey and white raffia, batting, spider webs and tulle around it. Add plastic barnyard toys and twigs. Taper at the bottom and you’ve got the makings of a heck of a twister, Auntie Em!
With some creativity and a few simple supplies, you can make a DIY Halloween costume even if your kids can’t decide what to do be until the last minute.