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Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes and Fun Party Ideas
Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes and Fun Party 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 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 attach each piece to your body.
- black duct tape or electrical tape
- acrylic pain 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 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 your are ready to go.
Not So Cute
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.
This is a winner if you are looking for a quick costume! Also easily modified to become a Sudoku board.
- Poster board
- Draw the bingo board on the poster board. Make yourself a winner!
- Use the string to hang the board from you 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 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 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.
Do You Buy Or Make Your Costume?
Do you usually buy or make your Halloween costume?
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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!