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Easy Halloween Costumes to Make

Updated on August 21, 2014

Looking for a Quick and Easy Halloween Costume to Make? No Sewing Required!

I've put together some ideas for easy Halloween costumes to make this year for Halloween parties and celebrations. Not everyone wants to spend a king's ransom buying a costume. In any case, part of the fun of Halloween can be making your own costume.

The best part of these Halloween costumes is that you don't necessarily even need sewing skills or equipment. Some of them you can put together from existing clothes, with the addition of a few clever and inexpensive accessories and perhaps a touch of Halloween face pain. So have a browse at these easy Halloween costume ideas.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween ghost costume image courtesy of peasap shared on Flickr under Creative Commons Licence.

Easy Halloween Costume to Make -- A Scary Ghost
Easy Halloween Costume to Make -- A Scary Ghost

Easy Halloween Costumes to Make for All the Family: Classic Ghost

Go Spooky This Halloween

Now come on, could there be anything easier to make for Halloween than a ghost costume? You don't even need a mask or fancy make-up, all it takes is a big white sheet. This Halloween costume works no matter what age you are.

1. Take a large, inexpensive white sheet. If the costume is for a kid, you might need to cut the sheet down before you start.

2. Find the center by folding the sheet in half, and then in half again. Mark center point. This will be where the top of your head goes.

3. Place on the person the costume is intended for. Pin up the edges of the sheet where they brush the ground. No need to cut them just yet, you might decide to make a ragged edge or to have a little extra sheet trailing behind.

4. Now gently mark with a pen where the eye holes need to be. Your 'model' should help with this as you don't want to poke them in the eye. For a child, be sure to mark the mouth too. Kids need to know they can breathe normally and probably want to be able to eat without a lot of fuss and bother. If for an adult, it still makes sense to have a small hole or slit through which to at least sip a drink!

5. Take off sheet. Decide whether you want a tattered hemline or a trailing one, and cut away accordingly.

6. Admire your ghost costume. Spooky!

Image courtesy of celebdu shared on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

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Video Guide to Making Your Ghost Costume - From ExpertVillage

This series of videos from ExpertVillage will talk you through each step of making and finishing your ghost costume -- and keeping it on! (Note: the same intro is repeated on each video, but each one explains a different step.)

Easy Halloween Costumes to Make for Women: Mystical Gypsy

Quick and Easy Halloween Costume for Girls and Women

Another writer on Squidoo shared with me that her favorite Halloween costume was a gypsy. This really is the perfect costume. After all, a gypsy fortune teller is full of Halloween mystery with her crystal ball and tarot card prophecies.

It also happens to a super easy Halloween costume to make, and one that does not need to involve expensive purchases of items that you will only wear one night of the year.

At its simplest, a gypsy Halloween costume can be a long skirt (even better if it is ruffled or you have a frilled underskirt or petticoats) with a peasant blouse or similar top. Then simply pile on the bangles and beads, and put on a pair of large hoop earrings.

A bandana completes the look and you can add some bright lipstick and dark eye make-up for that mysterious gypsy charm. Oh and paint your nails scarlet or get some false ones.

There... in only a few minutes, you have a gypsy Halloween costume! Easy!

Image courtesy of Alaskan_Dude shared on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

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Easy Halloween Costume to Make for Couples: Cowboy and Cowgirl

Yeee Haw! Halloween with Western Style!

Sometimes you have a brilliant idea for a Halloween Couple's Costume, only to find that HE just won't consider it. You know how it is, some guys love dressing up and some, well, anything other than jeans is way too formal no matter what the occasion. What do do when your man won't wear a Halloween costume?

Actually, it's not so tricky. If he goes as a cowboy, you have an incredibly easy Halloween costume to make -- and he gets to stay in his jeans! Even better, you can look cute as a cowgirl. Problem solved!

To put this easy Halloween outfit together, once again you need to think accessories. In addition to your blue jeans, you'll need a denim or check shirt each. Add a wide leather belt with a big buckle, a leather or denim vest or jacket, and a red bandana for your neck.

Cowboy boots are a great finishing touch if you have them or can buy them cheaply.

Now add a cowboy hat each and your easy Halloween couple costume is complete!

Image courtesy of BrentDPayne shared on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

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Easy to make a Halloween flower costume
Easy to make a Halloween flower costume

Easy Halloween Costume to Make for a Girl: Flower

Go Girly at Halloween!

This one is a little unusual, but believe me, any girl who loves pink and glitter will adore a Halloween flower costume. Ideal for a little girl who doesn't like scary things or for very little ones who don't have much patience with dressing up.

It's a very easy Halloween costume to make for a little girl who already owns a leotard and a ballet skirt.

Simply help her to draw and cut out some flower petals in her favorite color from some inexpensive shimmery fabric or craft paper. Attach firmly with glue or stitches to a piece of elastic that will fit snugly around her waist, and she can wear it over her ballet skirt.

A pair of green pantyhose (tights) is perfect for a flower stem.

Then all you need is a headband to which you can glue some paper petals that are stiff enough to stand up on their own. And there you have it, a pretty Halloween flower costume made with items you probably already had at home.

If you have face paints, make her flower costume extra special by drawing a lovely butterfly design on her face!

Image courtesy of doug_hodel shared on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

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Was your Halloween costume easy to make or did you wish you had bought one instead?

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    2 years ago from Harrisburg Pa

    Home made costumes are the best. All I did was taken what I had maybe $10 for accessories from a sewing store and thrift shops. This year I'll be a hippie. 2 years ago I was a hobo girl. It was like I opened a truck full of laughing gas. That same year I went to a costume fund raiser. 25 cents per vote I won first prize for most hilarious and most money raised. Instead of putting quarters in my jar people were putting dollar bills in my jar.

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    6 years ago

    my mum made me an evil clown costume i don't know how she is a dressmaker.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

    6 years ago from Washington State

    Yep, I just love some good inspiration like this to get a great costume on, thanks.

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    6 years ago

    Costumes that you craft yourself always come out better than the ones you just buy at the costume store.

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    Indigo Janson 

    6 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Excellent idea for a Halloween costume that's not too difficult. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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    6 years ago

    My aunt made me a pretty simple halloween costume, the ace of hearts. It does involve sewing, but gluing I guess would work. Take two sturdy pieces of fabric, and put a red 'A' on the top left corner of each one and an upside-down 'A' on the bottom right corner. Attach a large red heart to the middle. Then you have to attach the two pieces together though. An easy way to do that is attach three pieces of strong string to each side of each card about 18 inches from the top, the middle, and 18 inches from the bottom. Tie the two pieces together.

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    Indigo Janson 

    6 years ago from UK

    @Ramkitten2000: Halloween sounds a lot of fun in North America. Here in the UK it's a cold time of year and hard to imagine anyone sitting out on the street. Mind you, if they did sit out dressed as scarecrows I'm sure it would fool people! Of course, a few days later we have Guy Fawkes Night when they burn the guy so it's not a good idea to look like any kind of effigy then. :)

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    Deb Kingsbury 

    6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

    I have made my own Halloween costume, yes. My other half and I dressed up as scarecrows one year and sat under the streetlamp in front of my parents' house. We sat really still and, with the light above us throwing our faces in shadow, people weren't sure if we were real or not. In fact, many were sure we weren't. So we'd wait till they got close and then move just a little. Many of them gasped and laughed and some even screamed. There's nothing better than homemade costumes, including both the making and the wearing. I was actually thinking about being a gypsy this year, so thanks for the idea.

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    Cheryl Paton 

    6 years ago from West Virginia

    I used to love the home made costumes we came up with as kids. Spook-tacular lens!

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    Loraine Brummer 

    6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

    Cute ideas. Well done!!

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    6 years ago

    Great easy to make ideas. And yes I have made my own costumes before. I was a scary doll one year, put together an outfit of my own and did my own scary makeup. Thanks for sharing this lens

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    7 years ago

    Nice Tips

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    Indigo Janson 

    7 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Thanks for a fantastic -- and easy -- homemade Halloween costume idea, Lorry. Love the bag of balloons, very original!

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    7 years ago

    i was a bag of balloons: you take a clear lg garbage bag, tape sm blown up balloons to it, Paint your face in colors: makeup works grt, add a colorful hair tie and you're done I've also at last minute went outside grabbed some sm twigs & leaves, teased my hair sprayed it tucked the leaves & twigs in painted my face scary: zombie like thrown on pj & scared the kids crazy! it was great fun! the bag of balloons also works for a gumball machine add a hat put on a sing that says 5cents & your done. hope this helps

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    7 years ago

    'Most every year, we've made our own Halloween costumes. I loved it when the kids were home 'cause they always came up with truly unique ideas.

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    7 years ago

    Really great easy suggestions here. Thanks for the list!

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    7 years ago

    Thanks for the fun costume lens!

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    7 years ago

    I really enjoyed your ideas on how to make easy Halloween costumes. Blessed by a wandering Squid Angel.

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    Jennifer P Tanabe 

    7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

    I'm sure I must have been a ghost at least once in my life - love those classic ghosts! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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    Virginia Allain 

    7 years ago from Central Florida

    Oops, I forgot... Angel Blessings on this lens for having lots of good, inexpensive ideas for homemade costumes and for being well-illustrated.

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    Virginia Allain 

    7 years ago from Central Florida

    I loved the year I dressed up as a gypsy for 2nd grade. Long, full skirt, scarf on my head, lots of jewelry borrowed from mom AND I got to wear make-up. I thought I was the greatest!

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    8 years ago from Montreal

    Can't go wrong with a cowboy hat - instant costume!

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @Timewarp: Exactly! :)

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Thanks so much, Tipi. Yes, I'm face painting crazy! :)

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    8 years ago

    Great ideas for making a costume. I like the idea of face painting, and see that you have that well covered too. Great job on this lens.

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @Sylvestermouse: Thank you, Miss Mouse!

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    8 years ago from United States

    These are all fabulous ideas! The little "flower" is quite lovely. Featuring on my Halloween Haven lens.

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @spunkyduckling: Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it, I had fun putting it together!

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    8 years ago

    Wonderful ideas..with easy to follow instructions. Lots of cute pictures too.

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @justholidays: Thanks Prosperity, the best thing is that they should also be cheap to make, though you can dress them up as much as you like!

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    8 years ago

    Love your ideas for easy to make Halloween costumes! Easier than that, I don't think I'd find anywhere!

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    Indigo Janson 

    8 years ago from UK

    @Virginia Allain: LOL... I can imagine! A mummy does seem like a quick and easy Halloween costume to make but it's clear that it can in fact be rather time-consuming! Hope they went as ghosts the following year... ;)

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    Virginia Allain 

    8 years ago from Central Florida

    I love holding a Halloween party for adults and seeing what great costume ideas they come up with. One couple were very late arriving, because it took them longer than they expected to rip up sheets into strips and wrap themselves as mummies.


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