You also get the benefit of saving some money!
Besides, making your own outfit means you can get the kids involved in choosing which homemade Halloween costume ideas they want to create and they get to enjoy putting it together with you.
The only limitation to making your own costumes is your imagination, so get creative and see what you can put together.
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Emergency Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas
If you are short on time here are a few quick homemade halloween costume ideas!
You’ll need a long black dress as the base for your witch costume. Make sure it has long black sleeves. You can buy pointed witches hats cheaply enough, or you can make your own fairly quickly using paper card stock.
You will need
- Paper card stock
- Black craft paint
- Cut a square from your paper card stock that is the same width as how tall you want the hat to be.
- Roll the square into a cone shape and check the size against your own head. Glue it in place or you can use staples to keep the cone firmly in shape.
- To make the hat brim, trace a circle around the rim of your hat with a pencil. This will tell you where the edge of the hat is. Create a bigger circle around the outside to form your brim.
- Cut out both circles carefully and slip it over the cone end of the hat until it fits snugly at the wide end. Glue the brim to your hat.
- Paint your hat with black craft paint. You could get creative and decorate your hat with stars or moons painted in silver. It’s up to you.
- To complete your witch outfit, you’ll need an old broomstick. If you can’t find an old fashioned type of broomstick, you can make one quickly using a broom handle and tying a few loose twigs to the end to give a really authentic feel.
The old white-sheet ghost costume is a good stand-by costume if you’re caught short on time and money. Simply use an old white sheet and cut out two holes for eyes.
Remember to trim the sheet so it’s short enough not to get tangled beneath little feet. If you have any sheet left over, sew up a simple treat bag from the same material.
You can dress up your ghost costume by drawing on a black mouth. Give your ghost an old-fashioned hat and a tie or maybe even a drawn-on moustache.
If you want to make your ghost look more feminine, draw some eye-lashes around the eye holes or perhaps even use a blue marker to add some eye shadow.
Hang some costume jewelry around the neck. Try to find a cheap straw hat and decorate it with large fake flowers.
Making a scarecrow Halloween costume is quick and easy. You’ll need a large flannel shirt and some old blue jeans. Stitch patches of contrasting material onto the jeans fabric with large stitches and use contrasting thread color to make it stand out.
Tie a piece of rope around the waist of the shirt and also around the cuffs on the sleeves. An old straw hat will complete the costume.
If you want to give your scarecrow a little more authenticity, buy some face-paint and paint the entire face with a light brown or beige color.
Paint a black line along the mouth and out across each cheek and draw in stitch marks across the line. Draw black stitched crosses over each eye.
Spooky Spider Costume
You’ll need a black lycra leotard with long sleeves and black lycra tights to make your spider costume. Buy two pairs of cheap black hose and stuff them with lightweight material or stuffing to make legs.
Attach the legs along the sides of the body. To make your spider’s head, you can use a black beanie hat or ski mask. Add some face make-up to complete your spooky spider.
You will need black pants, a white shirt and a black cape as the basis of your vampire costume. Slick back your hair with gel or wax and use some cheap plastic fangs.
We hope you enjoyed these homemade Halloween costume ideas. Now check out these Halloween party food ideas.