30 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Updated on March 6, 2016

There's no need to spend a lot of money on a Halloween costume! Make your own this year with these 30 awesome ideas. Dress yourself and your kids up in fun DIY Halloween costumes you can make with everyday household items.

1. The Morton Salt Girl

The Morton Salt Girl | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
The Morton Salt Girl | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

This is so cute and easy for you or your little girl, simply don a yellow coat and yellow pumps and add a dash of salt for best results.

2. Alfred Hitchcock: "The Birds"

The Birds Costume | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
The Birds Costume | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Pop on a light green suit or 1950s style dress and add some fake birds and drops of blood on your face to pull of this whacky look.

3. Easy Werewolf Costume

Easy Werewolf | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Easy Werewolf | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Use a brown sweatshirt to recreate this look for boys or girls. This idea is particularly good if you don't want them wearing a mask, since you can just paint their face with face paint. Remember: it's all about the eyebrows.

4. Pop Art Makeup

Pop Art | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Pop Art | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Look like you just stepped put of a comic book with this awesome idea. You'll need a round paint brush which you can get from a craft store, and some face paint.

5. Butterfly Woman (Effie from the Hunger Games)

Butterfly Woman | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Butterfly Woman | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Lady Gaga has nothing on this one! Purchase faux butterflies at the craft store and glue them onto the base dress with a glue gun or plain craft glue. Don't be afraid to go crazy with the fake eyelashes for this costume.

6. Deer Makeup

Deer Make Up | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Deer Make Up | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

You'll need black, white, and brown eyeliner, a bronzer, and a beige lip liner with a nude lip gloss on top. Mac white chroma cake can be used around the eye area. You can have fun pretending to be a deer in headlights.

7. Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Minnie Mouse | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Mouse ears are so simple to make out of cardboard and attach to a hairband. To complete the look, wear a cute red skirt with a black top and funky sneakers.

8. Ninja Turtle Girls

Ninja Turtles: DIY Costume Ideas
Ninja Turtles: DIY Costume Ideas

Could there be a better excuse for prancing around in a green tu-tu and eating pizza? Cowabunga!

9. Ursula

Little Mermaid | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Little Mermaid | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Have fun with tulle, shells, and makeup to make you or your little one look like a pretty mermaid.

10. Holly Golightly

Audrey Hepburn | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Audrey Hepburn | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

A great costume for moms and daughters: Don a black dress, sunglasses, and some bling —voila!

11. DIY Zombie Pinup Girl

Zombie Pinup | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Zombie Pinup | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Cover yourself in green body paint and set your hair in vintage rollers to look as pretty as a zombie!

12. Twin Incredibles

Twin Incredibles | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Twin Incredibles | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Red stockings and black shorts work a treat for this look. You can simply cut the emblem out of paper and tape it onto a red turtleneck. Top it off with fur lined boots to keep warm while trick-or-treating.

13. Scary Skeleton Makeup

Scary Skeleton Makeup | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Scary Skeleton Makeup | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Black and white face paint with long fake black talons make this a great costume for Halloween parties. It takes a little time and skill, but it's so worth it!

14. Poker Player

Poker Girl | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Poker Girl | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Dress up a funky headpiece with cards and paint your face to match. It would also work well for an Alice in Wonderland-themed party.

15. DIY Creepy Doll Costume

Creepy Doll | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Creepy Doll | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Make sure to use plenty of brown eyeshadow to achieve that sunken eye look to make this look even creepier. The white pencil under the eyes makes them look bigger (and creepier) from a distance.

16. Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Cheshire Cat | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Wear pink and purple striped pantyhose or leggings with purple shorts for this one, and if you buy an extra pair of pantyhose you can fill one leg and tie the other around your waist to make the 'tail.'

17. Winnie the Pooh Babes

Winnie the Pooh Babes | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Winnie the Pooh Babes | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger: An adorable group costume for three friends or sisters. Look for pink or orange leggings and tops in the same color.

18. DIY Cookie Monster Dress

Cookie Monster Dress | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Cookie Monster Dress | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

A little blue dress looks sweet for this with cookies made from felt tacked on. A little baby could pull this off with a blue romper suit.

19. Tearful Clown

Tearful Harlequin | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Tearful Harlequin | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a mime artist, this is a great one for you. A bit of black tulle gathered on elastic as a collar and some clever face paint makes this a great costume for all you last-minute-Lauras.

20. Unemployed Kid

Unemployed Kid | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Unemployed Kid | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Your kid will just love his beard painted with chocolate body paint (let's hope he doesn't lick it all off). The cardboard sign pulls the whole look together.

21. "Up" Costume

Baby Up Costume | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Baby Up Costume | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Get some PVC pipes and joints and place tennis balls at either end for the "walker." Attach balloons for the 'zimmer frame.' As an extra measure, dad could dress up as a boy scout (or a goofy dog)!

22. DIY Bat Girl and Robin

Bat Girl & Robin | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Bat Girl & Robin | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Buy elastic and tulle in black and green from your local craft store to make the skirts and wear black and red tops. The masks can be made or painted on with face paint.

23. DIY Cute Shark Costume

Cute Sharks | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Cute Sharks | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Grey onesies are easy to find for kids and work perfectly as the base for shark suits. Make fins from cardboard to complete the look.

24. Little Girl as Old Woman

Little Girl as Old Woman | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Little Girl as Old Woman | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Make sure the skirt isn't too long, as you don't want her to trip!

25. Zombie Makeup

Zombie Eye Makeup | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Zombie Eye Makeup | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

You'll want to use a foundation with yellow tones to get the base of this look right. Black lipstick can be purchased in most drugstores and black face paint works great for the smudged look around the eyes.

26. DIY Velma Costume

Velma | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Velma | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

A pleated red skirt with an orange turtleneck may not make the greatest fashion statement, but it looks great as a Velma costume. Don't forget the glasses!

27. Ventriloquist Doll Makeup

Ventriloquist Doll or Dummy | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Ventriloquist Doll or Dummy | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

This also works really well as a couples costume, or might give him the perfect excuse not to dress up (as he is the 'puppeteer')!

28. Sugar Skull Makeup

Sugar Skull | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Sugar Skull | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Such a beautiful and colorful way to celebrate Halloween. You'll need . . .

  • black liquid and pencil eyeliner
  • eyeshadow brush/blush brush
  • black and white eyeshadow
  • white Halloween makeup or white shimmer powder
  • mascara (black or brown)
  • bright eyeshadows (any color will do, I used gold and teal)
  • large stand mirror
  • plastic jewels or sequins for embellishment

29. DIY Dead Couple Costume

Couple of Skeletons | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Couple of Skeletons | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Get as creative as you like with this one—you could even buy a fake skeleton and stick the 'bones' onto your suits.

30. Funny Pregnancy Costume

Halloween Bump | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
Halloween Bump | DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Pregnant ladies! Have fun while it lasts! Disguise your bump by attaching doll's arms and legs to make it look like baby is trying to escape.


31. Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy

This is a great costume for teen girls—think brightly-colored shirts and leggings!

If you love these ideas remember to share around :)

32) Thing 1 and Thing 2

Great for best friends and simple to put together. Simply don a red tee shirt and team with a blue tutu

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        Certified Noob 

        2 years ago

        The unemployed kid is funny.

        Please include a a poll .

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        Nikki 

        2 years ago from Worcester, MA

        I love the sugar skull makeup idea , now I know what I can do with all my leftover glittery beads from the witch hat I made !

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        Tete Buriasco 

        2 years ago

        Thank you for the very good ideas!

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        Joe Sellers 

        3 years ago

        Great Idea I just wish my kids would go for it instead of having to spend a lot of money on something they will only where once.

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        Angela Mesquita 

        3 years ago

        The beautiful halloween costumes.

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        Linda Robinson 

        3 years ago from Cicero, New York

        Good Morning Ezzly what a fantastic interesting hub at a time when saving money is on nearly everyone's mind but still so original and very creative, just love this hub, and I will be sharing to help others as well, terrific ideas and costumes. Happy following you and to meet you. Linda

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        Melody 

        3 years ago

        Haha, mermaid man and barnicle boy! :)

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        Adri 

        3 years ago

        The girls in the last picture have the Spongebob Squarepants superheroes Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy outfits :)

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        Stellla 

        3 years ago

        i would like to be the doll however I wanted to see the full costume :/

      • ezzly profile imageAUTHOR

        ezzly 

        3 years ago

        Thanks Deborah Diane , ha I love the birds too :)

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        Deborah-Diane 

        3 years ago from Orange County, California

        Incredible Halloween ideas ... or perfect for lots of other types of costume parties, too. I love the costume from "The Birds." So clever.

      • ezzly profile imageAUTHOR

        ezzly 

        4 years ago

        Ha ha very true ! Happy Halloween to you too!

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        Mackenzie Sage Wright 

        4 years ago

        Great ideas, and great tips-- that baby 'let me out' shirt is just a wee bit unsettling though, lol. Happy Halloween.

      • ezzly profile imageAUTHOR

        ezzly 

        4 years ago

        Love it! Thrift stores rock! I made cat in the hat costumes by refashioning leprechaun hats I had , just covered them with red and whit fabric :)

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        Mike 

        4 years ago from Harrisburg Pa

        Definitely more fun. They can be less expensive and last longer than store bought ones. Especially when parts are found around home and are destined for the trash or thrift store. My hippie costume has lasted about 4 years even though I also use the jeans for work/weekend wear.

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