Our Favorite DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

It's that time of year that everyone becomes a creative director/costume designer and begins dreaming up complicated, funny, scary, or gross costumes for themselves, loved ones, pets and friends.  We have divided up the categories and picked our top 3 DIY costumes in each.

 

Kids and Babies

A Spider and its Web!  How adorable for you and your little one?  And so easy, too!  I imagine you can stay simple with all white clothing and a black sharpie, a black onesie and some stuffed black tube socks.  And hey, not only is it cute, but black and white is always chic.

This is one of the coolest costumes for either adults or kids.  I first saw this costume on a couple one Halloween in Chicago and completely fell in love with it.  This can get as complicated or as simple as you want, depending on how many layers you add.  The most essential ingredients are the clear umbrellabattery powered Christmas lights, and some awesome shiny fabric cut into strips.  The best part about this costume other than the oohs and ahhs when you walk by is that your kids will be easily seen by a car.

I have yet to meet a child, girl or boy, who is not enamored with this series.  I can't get over the cuteness of this little yellow costume, and again the bright yellow color makes it easy for cars to spot.  You don't have to make this from scratch, just a little shopping around and you can put together this little yellow number: pants, jacket, hat, satchel.

Adults

Who doesn't have a trench coat (it doesn't have to be red) an awesome hat (if you don't have one, its not a bad investment) and a globe? If you don't have a real globe or just don't want to carry one around all night get a blow up one!  

For a dramatic, simple costume, Mother Earth is a great costume.  You can make it by purchasing a green or black dress or pants and shirt and hot glueing faux foliage from Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

This has got to be the best find yet… OMG!  I have no words except that I love it!  The link gives you the perfect tutorial.  Pair this makeup with a color blocked outfit and you are good to go!

Pets

 

A scuba dog!

A scuba dog!

Ok, this is seriously cute! I can hardly contain my laughter! This poor dog looks miserable in the cutest way possible. If you have a smaller dog, use a kid's scuba mask and 20oz bottles rather than the larger ones in the photo. Most everything in this costume can be easily made and you may even have most of the items in your home already.

A dogion? A liog?

A dogion? A liog?

I have a soft spot for pit bulls, bullies, pitties, etc. They make excellent lions because of the short hair and square head. ADORABLE! Click the image to find the Instructables "how-to" on making your own lion mane for your four-legged friend. Really, this will work well for any tan dog, big or small.

Puss N Boots--just try not to give this precious cat all the treats!

Puss N Boots--just try not to give this precious cat all the treats!

If you have an orange cat, this is the perfect costume! My boyfriend has a chubby orange cat and this would be perfect costume for him, but I doubt I could get him in a costume and come away with all my limbs intact. If your cat doesn't hate being dressed up, this is sure to impress all his feline friends!

Couples

Google Maps!

Google Maps!

Feeling clever? Try this easy DIY costume on for size. Wear a comfy t-shirt in a tan or grey, use yellow duct tape and print out road names from your surrounding areas, then make a pin headpiece out of red poster board and paint. Voila! A simple and cute costume for you and your significant other that feels personal and local because of your choice of street names. 

Feeling fancy and French?

Feeling fancy and French?

Here's a new twist on an old favorite, French maid Halloween costume--try being a delicious and pretty croquembouche and have your fella dress as a chef! This costume is DIY friendly and very original. Don't forget to use your French accent all evening to really sell it. Oui oui!

Paula Deen and a Stick of Butter

Paula Deen and a Stick of Butter

This one makes me laugh so much! It's simple and easy to make, and you probably have nearly everything you need on hand already. Maybe you need to run out and get some materials to make a giant stick of butter and some grey hairspray, but isn't it worth the trip for the laughs?

We hope you'll have a great time planning your Halloween and coming up with a costume you love! Have any great ideas for a clever costume? Share it with us! We'd love to hear from you!