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Making Halloween Costumes

Updated on October 7, 2014

Making Your Own Halloween Costume

If you're like me, you're not fond of pre-made Halloween costumes and like making Halloween costumes. You don't even need to have a lot of skills like sewing for some handmade Halloween costumes.

I'll show you some options that range from very simple to elaborate get-ups that Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn would either find fabulous or well, not so much.

Making your own Halloween costume can be as simple as using makeup and putting wire in your hair while wearing some colorful clothes.

Photo Source: hu einstein

Use Makeup to Make a Great Halloween Costume - All of These Can Be Made for Under $10 Each (or thereabouts)

Making Halloween costumes doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Start with makeup and go from there to make a simple but great look!

Halloween Makeup - Zombie Makeup, Flesh and Blood, Scary Makeup

Blogs with Handmade Halloween Costumes

Check out these fun Halloween costumes from bloggers. They contain photos to give you inspiration about making your own.

Photos of Halloween Costumes from Blogs

Frog costume designed and made by Hollywood Sucker.  See the link above to her instructions for making this costume.
Frog costume designed and made by Hollywood Sucker. See the link above to her instructions for making this costume.
Fairy Princess and Ninja Halloween costumes made from a child's dress pattern and child's pajama pattern. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood
Fairy Princess and Ninja Halloween costumes made from a child's dress pattern and child's pajama pattern. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Recycled Halloween Costumes - Try your hand at making a great costume and recycle while you're at it!

These Halloween costumes use everything from things you'd typically throw away or recycle like soda cans and cardboard and wagon wheels.

Make Kermit to Wear This Halloween - Start with green sweats or PJs and add some felt accents

Costume Design - To help you make your own Halloween costumes

These books provide costume design at your fingertips. Want to make costumes for yourself and friends or maybe even to sell? Here you go!

What kind of Halloween partier are you?

Do you go all out or do you wear bunny ears and a carrot and call it good?

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Halloween Costumes for Pregnant Gals - Use your assets while you have them

Check out a few photos from Pregnant Chicken below. Who knew that belly would come in so handy?

Pregnant? No Problem! Make a Halloween Costume - To fit the shape you're in

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A pregnant farmer wife with pumpkin. Source:  http://www.pregnantchicken.com/Juno with Paulie Bleeker. Source:  http://www.pregnantchicken.com/A bun in the oven, yessiree. Source:  http://www.pregnantchicken.com/What's in the shell, ma'am? Source:  http://www.pregnantchicken.com/White trash pregnant Halloween costume. Source:  http://www.pregnantchicken.com/
A pregnant farmer wife with pumpkin. Source:  http://www.pregnantchicken.com/
A pregnant farmer wife with pumpkin. Source: http://www.pregnantchicken.com/
Juno with Paulie Bleeker. Source:  http://www.pregnantchicken.com/
Juno with Paulie Bleeker. Source: http://www.pregnantchicken.com/
A bun in the oven, yessiree. Source:  http://www.pregnantchicken.com/
A bun in the oven, yessiree. Source: http://www.pregnantchicken.com/
What's in the shell, ma'am? Source:  http://www.pregnantchicken.com/
What's in the shell, ma'am? Source: http://www.pregnantchicken.com/
White trash pregnant Halloween costume. Source:  http://www.pregnantchicken.com/
White trash pregnant Halloween costume. Source: http://www.pregnantchicken.com/

Martha Stewart Halloween Costume Ideas - Leave it to Martha

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Madame Butterfly. To see the instructions, check the corresponding link below. Source:  MarthaStewart.comBeekeeper costume. Check the link below for instructions. Source:  MarthaStewart.comMustache on a stick. How clever! For all you partiers who are not so fond of big itchy costumes. Source:  MarthaStewart.comSimple spider web costume. See the link below. Source:  MarthaStewart.comThe bat headband is another super simple costume from MarthaStewart.com.Superhero costumes the kids can help make, complements of MarthaStewart.com.
Madame Butterfly. To see the instructions, check the corresponding link below. Source:  MarthaStewart.com
Madame Butterfly. To see the instructions, check the corresponding link below. Source: MarthaStewart.com
Beekeeper costume. Check the link below for instructions. Source:  MarthaStewart.com
Beekeeper costume. Check the link below for instructions. Source: MarthaStewart.com
Mustache on a stick. How clever! For all you partiers who are not so fond of big itchy costumes. Source:  MarthaStewart.com
Mustache on a stick. How clever! For all you partiers who are not so fond of big itchy costumes. Source: MarthaStewart.com
Simple spider web costume. See the link below. Source:  MarthaStewart.com
Simple spider web costume. See the link below. Source: MarthaStewart.com
The bat headband is another super simple costume from MarthaStewart.com.
The bat headband is another super simple costume from MarthaStewart.com.
Superhero costumes the kids can help make, complements of MarthaStewart.com.
Superhero costumes the kids can help make, complements of MarthaStewart.com.

Halloween Costume Photos - Use Makeup and Costumes for the Right Touch

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Make up for a small pirate. Source:  sxu.hu/mrsmasDeath chatting it up on the street. Source:  sxu.hu/jwarlettaMake an elaborate head of hair as the crowning touch to a costume. Source:  sxu.hu/kerenUse bold colors in your Halloween costume. Source:  sxu.hu/kainee
Make up for a small pirate. Source:  sxu.hu/mrsmas
Make up for a small pirate. Source: sxu.hu/mrsmas
Death chatting it up on the street. Source:  sxu.hu/jwarletta
Death chatting it up on the street. Source: sxu.hu/jwarletta
Make an elaborate head of hair as the crowning touch to a costume. Source:  sxu.hu/keren
Make an elaborate head of hair as the crowning touch to a costume. Source: sxu.hu/keren
Use bold colors in your Halloween costume. Source:  sxu.hu/kainee
Use bold colors in your Halloween costume. Source: sxu.hu/kainee

Halloween Costumes that Require No Skill - Just Unpack 'Em and Wear 'Em

Strapped for time? No imagination? Here are a few suggestions for Halloween costumes that are ready to go.

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    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      5 years ago

      @Pam Irie: Ha, ha, ha, ha!

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      Joan Haines 

      5 years ago

      Fun. I like the Kermit the Frog costume.

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      infoprogirl 

      5 years ago

      These are great costume ideas. They seem very easy to make.

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      kathryn-gillespie 

      5 years ago

      Love these costume ideas!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I was here last year and was just wondering where I had seen the pregnant pumpkin and of course it was here....Happy Halloween!

    • SilmarwenLinwelin profile image

      SilmarwenLinwelin 

      5 years ago

      Great Ideas !

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      mouse1996 lm 

      5 years ago

      These are such awesome ideas.

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      Vikki 

      6 years ago from US

      Blessed by a squid angel ;)

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image

      JoyfulReviewer 

      6 years ago

      Lots of neat ideas. Thanks for the fun costume lens!

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Pam Irie: That is perfect, Pam!

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I have a giant 6 ft foam toothbrush. I've always thought about just wearing whatever I wanted and then carrying the toothbrush around at a Halloween party. I'd be a TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER. haha :)

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      travelbroad 

      6 years ago

      Easy Skeleton Love with the bony fingers on the boobs are excellent!

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      gottaloveit2 

      6 years ago

      Boy, that Madame Butterfly sure looks like Martha. My best homemade costume was a trash can. I just wore a black trashbag and pasted "trash" on it. I received the award for most inventive costume but, then again, I was judge and jury.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      How very delightful! You will have brains working for the best ever homemade Halloween costumes this year! I especially like your idea for pregnant women to work around the theme for the shape they're in and a pumpkin will hide a baby bump nicely, fun!

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      Laniann 

      6 years ago

      This is really a great costume idea - Pregnant? No Problem! Make a Halloween Costume.

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @NC Shepherd: Those are a hoot!

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      NC Shepherd 

      6 years ago

      Love the pregnant costumes.

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image

      Gayle 

      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      I don't make too much of Halloween--but you are VERY creative. What a neat article!

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      Amy Stephens 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      I love the Kermit Costume.

    • Showpup LM profile image

      Showpup LM 

      6 years ago

      So many unique ideas! Really enjoyed all of them. LOVE the pregnant oyster costume. LOL

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Brilliant Lens! Best wishes :) costume... ? thinking

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Joan Haines: Then you should! Do you have your costume made? I'd love to feature a photo if/when you get it done!!

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      This year, I want to be a giant banana.

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: I thought about that! That's the only Web site I found though so would have to figure out more pregnant costumes. Thanks for commenting!

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      It's lots more fun to make your own costumes. I bet you can make a whole lens about Halloween Costumes for Pregnant Ladies. Those were fascinating.

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