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Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas
Halloween always comes faster than you would expect. As the thrift stores get picked over and time runs low, there is no better solution than one of these easy homemade Halloween costumes.
In this article, you can learn not only how to make a costume for under five dollars, but also how to apply Halloween makeup, and how to make black Halloween punch with a scary hand. I am a regular Halloween writer, so check out my profile for articles on other festive ideas, such as how to pimp your pumpkin.
What Is Halloween?
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on October 31. It is often associated with the colors orange and black and symbols such as jack-o'-lanterns and witches. Halloween activities include wearing costumes (which is done by people of all ages), trick-or-treating, visiting ghost tours and haunted attractions, throwing costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, entering decorative pumpkins in pumpkin contests, pranking people (no mean pranks!), watching scary horror movies, and reading scary stories.
Rubik's Cube Costume
For a simple Rubik's Cube, read the following instructions. If you would like yours to turn like the picture above, you can cut the cube into thirds horizontally, but then must find a way to attach each piece to your body.
- Black duct tape or electrical tape
- Acrylic paint or colored paper (at the dollar store, you can find solid-colored rolls of wrapping paper) in five of the following colors: red, orange, yellow, blue, green, white
- Cover each side except for the bottom in a different color.
- Use the black tape to draw lines dividing each side of the box into nine squares.
- Cut out the top middle hole for your head.
There are endless variations on dressing up as an undead ancient Egyptian. You may be tempted to buy loads of gauze and wrap it around yourself, but you will find that it is hard to get it to stay where you would like. Here's an easy way to fix that problem.
- An old white sheet or 2–3 yards of fabric (you will find that this is actually cheaper than buying the necessary amount of gauze)
- Old sweats or any other long-sleeved shirt and pants
- Spray glue or a hot glue gun
- Cut the fabric into long strips.
- Put on the old sweats or long-sleeved shirt and pants.
- If you have spray glue, spray the fabric, then wrap it around your clothing. Repeat until you have fully covered yourself and wrap a few remaining strips around your head.
- If you have a hot glue gun, glue the end of the strip to your clothing (be careful, the glue can get hot). Wrap the strip around your arm, leg, or torso until you reach the end. Then glue down the end of the strip to your clothing. Repeat until you have fully covered yourself and wrap a few remaining strips around your head.
Patriotism is always in. The best thing about this costume is that you can wear it in earnest come Independence Day.
- Patriotic bikini
- Sash (you can buy wide ribbon at Target or Walmart)
- Iron-on letters
- Glasses (you can also buy the sash and glasses as a kit from Amazon)
- Measure ribbon against your body and cut off as much as is needed to go from your hip, over your shoulder, and back down to your hip.
- Iron on the letters spelling "Miss Alaska."
- Pin or tie the ends of the sash together.
- Wear sash over the bikini.
Some things are worth a try.
- Printer paper
- Aluminum foil
- Duct tape
- String (optional)
- Pick which side of the box you will cut open to reveal your face, as in the picture.
- In one piece, cut off the face of the box closest to you along with a four-inch strip from the top and both sides. This will leave you with a lower ledge like you see in the picture.
- Cut another hole at the bottom for your head.
- The piece that you have cut off will look almost like the lid to a box with the rim missing on one side. On the side opposite the missing rim, cut out two semi-circular shapes boob's-width apart.
- Overlap the "lid" of the box with the bottom of the box's opening and tape the two together.
- Cover in foil.
- Use the computer paper and string to create signs if wanted.
People will be taking their hats off to this costume by the end of the night—maybe.
- White acrylic paint or computer paper
- Toilet paper
- Duct tape
- Sweatband (optional)
- Cut your cardboard into the shape of the the toilet lid and seat.
- Duct tape the lid and the seat together
- Cover the cardboard in white paint or computer paper.
- Use the string and tape to tie the toilet paper to the bottom.
- Recommended: Wear the sweatband, then put the toilet seat around your head. Tape the back of the sweatband to the toilet seat, so that it doesn't fall backward and flap around all night.
- Optional: Look around your house for something that resembles poo and put it on your costume. But only if you really want to.
Everyone will be wanting to borrow your costume for a selfie. Be forewarned.
- Poster board or cardboard
- Cut a square in the top left corner.
- Paint the rest of the board to resemble your profile.
This costume takes a certain kind of bravery, but on the bright side, you get to eat a pizza.
- Pizza box
- Some sort of adhesive
- This ventures into the territory of too much information, so I will let you figure it out for yourself!
Beyoncé is a woman of many leotards. One of her more distinctive outfits, however, is from her On the Run Tour, where you can only see her eyes through a ski mask as she plays Bonnie to Jay-Z's Clyde. She also does variations on this where the ski mask is made of fishnet and where she is wearing a white suit over a white bra.
- Black leotard
- Black ski mask
- Black fishnet tights
- Black heels or knee-high boots
- Beyoncé wig
- Put on the above ensemble.
- Sing Beyoncé's verse from Jay-Z's "Part II (On The Run)." Cliché, cliché, cliché.
Winner of The Office Costume Contest
If this costume won the costume contest in The Office, there is no reason to believe that it would not be a winner at whatever party you decide to attend.
- Party hats
- Colored tights (try to find a color that matches one of the party hats)
- If the cardboard is not already in the shape of a box of crayons, cut and tape it accordingly.
- Paint the outside of the box with the Crayola design, and set it aside to dry.
- Fasten the party hats to the top of the box, leaving a space for your head in the middle. Put two of each color in each column.
- Choose the party hat that matches your tights to wear on your own head. Put on your tights and your box, and you are ready to go.
A pumpkin costume is perfect for a picture, but not to wear all night long. However, it can be worth it just for that baby photo that will follow the child into adulthood.
- Pumpkin (choose the size so that it will fit comfortably)
- Carving tools
- Cut the pumpkin in half and thoroughly clean out the insides.
- Cut two holes for the baby's legs in the bottom half of the pumpkin.
- Optional: Cut a circle around the stem on the top of the pumpkin to place on the side for decorative effect.
B-I-N-G-O or Sudoku
This is a winner if you are looking for a quick costume! Also easily modified to become a Sudoku board.
- Draw the bingo board on the poster board. Make yourself a winner!
- Use the string to hang the board from your neck.
Anyone can be a zombie—just take your normal look and add a few undead touches.
- Normal clothes you are ready to retire.
- Latex liquid
- Scouring pad
- Red lipstick
- Fake blood
- Splatter your clothes with fake blood and set aside to dry.
- Choose an exposed area of your skin to create your wound. Apply the latex liquid on that area of your skin (if you are not aware of whether you are allergic to latex, it would be best to test a small batch of your skin first).
- When the latex has almost dried, dab it with a scouring pad in order to create a rough, scab-like texture.
- Once the latex has dried, smear the red lipstick over its center.
- Cover the edges of the latex with concealer, and blend it so that you cannot see where the latex starts.
- Splatter some fake blood on the wound.
- Put on your blood-splattered clothes, and apply blood elsewhere on your skin if desired.
This costume is much easier to make than it appears! All you need is some cardboard and two pillows.
- Two pieces of cardboard
- Two pillows
- Chocolate-colored shirt
- Duct tape
- Permanent marker
- Use a permanent marker to draw a graham cracker pattern on the pieces of cardboard.
- Tape one edge of the pillows to the front graham cracker and the other edge to the back graham cracker.
- Double the duct tape back on itself to make two straps. Tape these straps to the front and back graham crackers over your shoulders like a sandwich sign.
Dress Up As Santa!
Always an option if you have a Santa costume lying around!
This is a very easy costume to throw together—it's all in the makeup. And what's more, smurfs are notorious for hanging out in groups, so you and your friends can go in on this together!
- Red beanie
- Blue shirt
- Blue and white face makeup
- Put on your blue shirt (you don't want to pull it over your head after you've finished your makeup.
- Paint your face blue. If you are a gentleman, leave the bottom half of your face alone for now so that there is space to paint a beard.
- Paint over your eyebrows with white. If you are doing facial hair, paint the bottom half of your face white, and curve the line to suggest a mustache and beard.
- Put on your red hat.
Black Punch With Hand
This punch is perfect for grabbing attention at your costume party.
- 1 (0.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix
- 1 (0.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix
- 3 quarts cold water
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 liter ginger ale
- Disposable latex or rubber glove
- Rubber band
- Wash a disposable glove, fill it with water, seal it with a rubber band, and freeze it until hard.
- Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, sugar, and water until solids are dissolved.
- Combine with chilled ginger ale just before serving.
- Dip the frozen hand briefly in warm water, then peel off the glove.
- Float the prepared hand in the punch bowl for a ghastly effect.
Thank You for Visiting!
Backward, turn backward,
O Time, in your flight.
Make me a child again,
Just for tonight!
—Elizabeth Akers Allen
Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween!
© 2009 VarietyWriter2
InsasiaSic on November 12, 2015:
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Lisa-Marie-Mary on October 29, 2012:
Totally fun lens - really enjoyed it! Thanks!
Othercatt on October 28, 2012:
I was here last year. Looks like you've added a lot more Halloween costumes since then. My friend is looking for some Halloween costume ideas so I sent her here. I think she'll get lots of inspiration! ~Blessed by an Angel
cbjones on October 09, 2012:
The mammogram costume is one I would wear, if I still wore costumes for halloween. I may have to swallow my pride, and give it a shot, just one last time. Very fun lens. great job!
VspaBotanicals on October 08, 2012:
You're a geniuse!
Maurice Glaude from Mobile on August 20, 2012:
Gets me in the spirit!-Blessed
justDawn1 on April 01, 2012:
Love Halloween! Great ideas! The Octo-Mom! LOL =D
Pangionedevelopers on January 30, 2012:
lots of infonice jobim reading now
mountainstevo on November 15, 2011:
I like the Rubik cube costume idea!
paydayadvanceuk on November 08, 2011:
ErHawkns7100 on October 20, 2011:
Funny funny stuff. Go as a bag of trash, LOL!!
mothersdayflowersmacon on October 13, 2011:
This is one funny lens. I called all of my older children in here and we laughed for a while looking at these lens
JoyfulReviewer on September 29, 2011:
Lots of unusual costume ideas I hadn't thought of before.
Lisa Musser from Kansa, USA on September 28, 2011:
I like the rubik's cube costume and the dude with the pizza box!
GabrielaFargasch on September 26, 2011:
The Rubik's Cube costume was priceless!! :)
darciefrench lm on September 25, 2011:
Making the costume is a big part of the fun :)
Jen Maskill on September 23, 2011:
I have just laughed so much my sides are hurting. Some of the costumes you have pictured are hilarious! Thank you Ive shared on FB with an FB like :)
joannejgg lm on September 16, 2011:
Wow you have pretty much everything you need for halloween on this lens. I really like some of the ideas you have here:)
Mia Carter from SW Florida on September 09, 2011:
Love it! The mammogram costume made me laugh! Also, the baby in the pumpkin is great!
RazzbarryBreeze on September 06, 2011:
Great Lens! I enjoyed the entire page...
XBlade on January 26, 2011:
Philippians468 on January 12, 2011:
the Rubik cube is hilarious! cheers
ChemKnitsBlog2 on November 04, 2010:
I made the black hand punch for halloween (with vodka), although I reduced the sugar and used 2L of ginger ale and less water. I always make my own costumes, this year we did Wilma and Fred flinstone. 2 4XL tshirts, some hotel sewing kits and black felt. :)
BelindaBlevins on November 01, 2010:
those are the craziest costumes I have ever seen, but they're cute.
squid-pinkchic18 on October 28, 2010:
Cute and humorous ideas! Love the cleverness of it, thanks for sharing :)
Oliversbabycarecouk on October 26, 2010:
very fun and imaginative costumes ideas here. great job. I especially love the pizza box pants!
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 25, 2010:
Fabulous compilation of costumes! Blessed! and lensrolled to my Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes lens.
charder on October 22, 2010:
Great ideas here, nice job! If ya have a moment, check out my lenses for more costume ideas!
anonymous on October 19, 2010:
Great creative ideas for Halloween costumes, had lot of fun browsing through the unique costumes.
DataLaura on October 17, 2010:
Great Lens! I had so much fun scrolling down and seeing what unique costume was next! You deserve to be in the top 100!!!
kimbesa from USA on October 11, 2010:
Awe-some! Lots of inspiration and great ideas here! Thanks!!
Canela Ajena from Houston on October 11, 2010:
fun and funny lens
TheGoodSource101 on October 09, 2010:
SofiaMann on October 08, 2010:
Very fun lens. Thanks.
anonymous on October 08, 2010:
I loved the Pics. Some were really funny
Rita-K on October 07, 2010:
I love all of the funny costumes...you have such a good selection! Great fun! Thanks!
heresheis on October 07, 2010:
Im'e worn out what a fabulous lens i hope mine may be as informative as yours. bloody amazing ideas forever may fangs moooowwahhhhhhhh
WendyArts on October 06, 2010:
Wow, there are so many clever and creative ideas here that I could just use your lens for Halloween costumes for years!!! thanks for posting them.
Abseaz LM on October 06, 2010:
Lol, now some of these are what I would call CRAZY costumes. :D
jgelien on October 06, 2010:
Love this lens. The Rubic's Cube costume is great. The kid in the toilet seat looks a bit flushed. I am going to make the hand in the punch bowl recipe. So many great ideas
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on October 05, 2010:
Some great costume ideas!
taliasmith23 on October 05, 2010:
hese are super fun ideas :)
vitar on October 05, 2010:
Mark N on October 03, 2010:
This is totally awesome :D Reminds me of when my overweight friend from high school came in wearing a black garbage bag with "GOODYEAR" on the side.
cindylee10 on October 01, 2010:
these are very original. great work! i do Halloween face painting designs and i can certainly use some of these for inspiration
Brian Stephens from France on October 01, 2010:
Now that's what you call a Halloween lens. Thumbs up and a lensroll.
richDik on September 29, 2010:
Halloween just got a whole lot more funnier.. great lens!! **Blessed by an Angel**
HMQ on September 28, 2010:
Wow what a list! Great job!
annel lm on September 27, 2010:
LOL! this is the funniest collection of the funniest Halloween Costumes!
Seeking Pearls from Pueblo West on September 24, 2010:
Love your costumes and totes. Congratulations on making the top 100!
Mickie Gee on September 24, 2010:
Love the candy corn dress for a little girl. Do you know where the instructions are? Or do you have to buy it?Going to Disney and I need an easy, comfortable costume to wear to the Mickey's Halloween Party.
Lisa-Marie-Mary on September 23, 2010:
I absolutely, completely, totally freaking LOVE this lens!!!!!!!! So many great ideas! Most definitely awesome!! :-D
anonymous on September 20, 2010:
Now this is a funny Halloween lens. Awesome!
JeffreyTymczak LM on September 18, 2010:
That was a great read! Thank you for sharing that. I rated it up and started to follow you, hope to see you in my list of friends too!Jeff
Sami4u LM on September 18, 2010:
Hi,Nice lens. Unique ideas for homemade Halloween Costumes. Lensrolled to my 3 Halloween lens. :)
anonymous on September 17, 2010:
Laughed from top to bottom of this lens, don't know which costume I thought was the funniest, they were all great.
squid-janices7 on September 16, 2010:
WOW!! So many great costume ideas here. I literally laughed out loud when I saw the cleverly placed pumpkins on the Halloween Lawn decorations polaroid. Have a Happy Halloween!
Petstrel LM on September 14, 2010:
What a biggggg lens :) I bookmarked it, considering Halloween is getting pretty close.
Lisa from Rhode Island on September 12, 2010:
this lens was very cool and wonderful I loved it my husband used to tell me stories of all the Halloween costume ideas he and his mom would come up with a this lens has fantastic Ideas! lens roll to my Halloween fun and news .
mosaic lm on September 11, 2010:
Hahaha! This lens is fantastic. Wow. Who dreams up these costumes?
TriviaChamp on September 11, 2010:
Wow! I had a few laughs at some of the funny costumes. It's going to be hard to choose this year.Awesome lens. Kudos.
David Gardner from San Francisco Bay Area, California on September 10, 2010:
Wow! Great lens! And yes, it's time to start planning and creating for that next Halloween costume event. This lens is definitely a thumbs-up, liked, favorited, and lensrolled to my lenses on Halloween! Thanks for visiting my lenses, too!
ssuthep on September 09, 2010:
What a wonderful lens. Love it. Great costume ideas. My favorite is Miss Alaska costume. :)
norma-holt on September 09, 2010:
Clever and very funny. Loved the mammogram one. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Witches.
nukemdomis lm on September 08, 2010:
That costume of jeans would make me look twice.
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on September 08, 2010:
Brilliant Lens! So many great ideas and wonderful photographs. I love the baby in the carved pumpkin, and as for the pizza guy - you had better be slim to wear that one, else need an XXXL pizza box!
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on September 08, 2010:
Many great idea son this page!
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on September 08, 2010:
Many great idea son this page!
Kapalbility on September 05, 2010:
LOL. This had got me laughing so hard! I will be trash bag man.
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 02, 2010:
It would take a really brave (or crazy) soul to wear some of these costumes! They are hilarious! I really like the "Snapped" skeleton mug :)
Tarra99 on September 01, 2010:
ha ha...some great ideas here! lensrolled to my Halloween costumes & decorations lens...thanks by the way for the Angel Blessings on my bottlecap embellishments lens...I appreciate it!
ThomasC on August 19, 2010:
I bet this will be a popular lens coming up!
Airinka on April 19, 2010:
It is very sad that Halloween isn't so popular in my country. However, this lens is great! 5 stars!
Kharadriisa LM on January 10, 2010:
I've never seen so many costume ideas. Very cool :) Blessed by an Angel.
RollingLuggage on November 09, 2009:
Wonderful lens & Great information
anonymous on November 05, 2009:
nice and funny!hahaha=]
clouda9 lm on November 05, 2009:
I'll take two of the pizza boy ;) This is one awesome lens sure to please tons of people!
anonymous on October 26, 2009:
Lol, these are funny!
lasertek lm on October 26, 2009:
Nice! You've probably completed the Halloween stuffs necessary. No need to go to other pages. Great job! Thanks for coming up with this lens.Do visit my lens if you got time. Thanks again.
hlkljgk from Western Mass on October 18, 2009:
The Party Animal from Partytown USA on October 16, 2009:
I loved this lens and all the great photos - I love the Rubiks Cube too fun - oh and the guy in the pizza box - That looks kinda yummy. You have been Blessed by The Party Animal. Party On....
TulsaTees on October 13, 2009:
I think I've been stuck on your lens for over an hour! Lots of great stuff here. LOL'd at a lot of the costumes! I added my store's Halloween section to your list. Thanks for letting me hang out. Oh, and I rated you, too. Well done!(My capcha security word for this post is "twitnose"! LOL)
Sketchart26 on October 13, 2009:
As someone that doesn't celebrate Halloween living in Australia I have to say your lens is excellent in gaining knowledge on the subject thank you. Very well put together and a delight to read.
CherylsArt on October 04, 2009:
You've got a lot of neat Halloween stuff here. Nice job.
oztoo lm on October 04, 2009:
Love this. A fantastic range of all things halloween here.
kdspenart on October 03, 2009:
EveStock on October 02, 2009:
Nice lens, added my store link, rated & lensrolled. Cheers!
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on September 29, 2009:
Wow, you've packed a lot of Halloween onto this lens!
KimGiancaterino on September 21, 2009:
I needed a laugh today. Thanks so much! Boo-lessed by a Squid Angel.
olmpal on September 18, 2009:
Thanks for featuring my tie here!
geothermalminnie on September 18, 2009:
That solves it; I'm going to be a bag of trash for Halloween. Couldn't be more excited. Minnie
cleanearth on September 17, 2009:
Very thorough and good work here. You didn't leave anything out. I love zazzle and still navigating my way through everything, including learning about squidoo too. I love it though and I have already made nearly 500 products. There's always something new to come up with. Thanks for sharing all this about halloweeen
HorseAndPony LM on September 15, 2009:
These are great. I loved the Halloween Lawn Decorations.
SharonFosterArt on September 13, 2009:
SharonFosterArt on September 13, 2009:
KonaGirl from New York on September 13, 2009:
This is a fantastic lens!. I laughed so hard at some of these costumes that I had to call my husband over to have a look too. I especially liked the pumpkin lawn ornaments. Great job deserves more than the 5 stars I can give. I lensrolled you to my 3 Halloween type lenses:Haunted HawaiiNox ArcanaDog Halloween Costumes and joined your fan club.
elizabeth_16 on September 12, 2009:
I think it's a little oversolf but i really like all the costuem ideas :] I will try some of them when halloween rolls around. Thanks :]
Cptindy LM on September 12, 2009:
I love Halloween! This Lens is so full of ideas! Great Job!
anonymous on September 10, 2009:
OMG!!! I love some of the ideas on this site, especially the ones for the kids and the pregnancy ideas... they rock!!
justholidays on September 08, 2009:
Oh! I didn't know you made such a great Halloweens lens! Will lensroll to my Halloween party one... it's really a GREAT one!Congrats,Dom.