DIY Original Halloween Costume Tips and Ideas

Many adults have art and craft skills to make their own Halloween or special events costume. Hand or machine stitching, glue, and paste are the basic fasteners. Creativity and imagination are the magic ingredients.

Simple Adult costumes for Halloween celebrations and other costume events need not be expensive to make.

Tap your talents and skills to imagine and make the costume of your choosing.

The most time-consuming step of costume preparation is deciding what to wear. Once decided, completing the rest of the design is easy and fast.

Are you confused or undecided? I recommend looking at books, magazines, and other alternative sources of visual aids to spark your creativity and imagination. Do not copy every detail.

  1. Look into closets and bureau draws to select clothing and props.
  2. Decide to wear a mask, special makeup, or Halloween facial paints. Your choice depends on cost, comfort, length of time, storage, and cleaning.
  3. Head wrappings may comprise a wig, hair extenders, scarf, hat, and temporary hair tints.
  4. Head wraps and footwear need to feel comfortable, weather appropriate, and in keeping with the costume theme.
  5. We can find most miscellaneous accessories in the home. Create with cardboard, toilet paper rolls, paper, foam cups and plates, and plastic bags.

Traditional ideas:

  1. Angel
  2. Animals – rabbits and dinosaurs
  3. Cartoon characters
  4. Cheerleader
  5. Clown
  6. Cowboy
  7. Devil
  8. Fairy
  9. Gypsy
  10. Indian
  11. Pirate
  12. Simple inanimate objects – a cardboard box, a robot
  13. Sport figures
  14. Television and movie characters
  15. Vampire
  16. Work related uniforms – nurses, doctors, police officer, and executive with a brief case
  17. Zombie
  18. Witch

These traditional costumes continue to be favored, with each generation updating their attire.

Benefits:

  1. Original and self-expressive
  2. Individual or theme designs
  3. Use your art and crafts skills and talents
  4. Memories
  5. Creature and weather comfortable
  6. Use as everyday attire
  7. Recycle for alternative uses
  8. Eliminate waste

An original costume is a one-of-a- kind fantasy. The mask disguises the wearer and provides fun for others to guess their identity. The following is a starter list of DIY costume ideas.

Individual Examples:

  1. Ghost
  2. Famous chef
  3. Mermaid
  4. Lamp shade
  5. A favorite food or product
  6. Animal trainer
  7. Dismembered human being
  8. A super hero
  9. A rock
  10. An ice cream cone

Couple Examples:

  1. The Addams Family
  2. A table with cloth and settings
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. Twin towers
  5. Kermit and Miss Piggy
  6. Celebrity dance couple
  7. Bride and groom
  8. Bicycle for 2
  9. Artist and model
  10. Eskimo and seal

Group Examples:

  1. A bouquet of flowers
  2. Trees
  3. A box of crayons or pencils
  4. The Addams Family
  5. Hawaiian or other cultural dancers
  6. Al Capone and his gangsters
  7. Military men
  8. Seven dwarfs
  9. Elves or leprechaun
  10. A group of bears or other animals

Are you an active participant in costume events? Never wait till the last moment to make a costume. Make a list of the dates and types of interested events. Register for the event in a timely manner. Make your costume wearable for several occasions.

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