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Inspiring Halloween Costume Ideas for the DIY-er

By Melissa Summers

I’ve spent a good number of hours looking at the inventive costumes people come up with. We’re a family with a lot of respect for the DIY costume. My husband once spent almost $100 making this Shriner costume (complete with little car) and I almost killed him. I’m cheap you see. I’ve been browsing all these great ideas while my kids are around hoping one of the lovely ideas presented boosts their brains beyond Pokemon and Spiderman. So far no luck, maybe you’ll have more creative kids.
Halloween Costume Ideas
Here’s a great Instructable helping you to make yourself (or your child) into an enormous sandwich for Halloween. Now this certainly wouldn’t be filed under “Quick and Easy Do It Yourself” costume, but it could be filed under: “Big Laughs At The School Halloween Party.”
Halloween Costume Ideas
As a kid I always wanted to be a bunch of grapes, but considering the frigid October temperatures in Michigan in the 70’s and 80’s, it was never to be. Thankfully global warming has changed all that and your child will most likely be very comfortable clothed in balloons on a balmy October night.
Halloween Costume Ideas
HGTV offers an extensive ‘Reader Submitted’ section of Halloween costumes at their site. Like this lobster, a lobster wearing Crocs, it’s official everyone’s wearing them. No instructions available but it doesn’t look terribly difficult to figure out.
Halloween Costume Ideas
Here is a tutorial for a little skunk costume using felt and a black hooded sweatshirt. We had a skunk in our yard over the summer and for as bad as they smell they are awfully cute. When you dress your child up as a skunk you get all the cute and none of the smell.
Halloween Costume Ideas
Check out this iPod costume. Super easy and the tech savvy kids among us would think it very cool. Unless you think it’s cool and then it can’t be cool because parents are not cool.
Halloween Costume Ideas
Similarly, this Razr phone costume may appeal to the gadget obsessed tween. I love how this kid seems to have made this costume all by himself. Of course, everybody knows Razr’s are so last year. You’ll have to make yourself into an iPhone.
Halloween Costume Ideas
If you love your family and America enough you’ll put together this family costume set. This was an entry in the Make: Blog’s Halloween costume contest. I can actually imagine myself making almost all these costumes, all except the Mt Rushmore one. Which is amazing but yeah, let’s not fool ourselves into thinking I’d commit that much time to a costume.
Halloween Costume Ideas
I love this DIY Mario costume from the Mario Bros. game. This mom made everything except the overalls, turtleneck and shoes. I’m not sure how I’d go about making the gloves and hat, but I’m guessing I could find something which would work.
Halloween Costume Ideas
Super simple is this Garbage Can costume in this Craftster thread. I admit, being a garbage can isn’t all that fun. But imagine the fun you’d have while out trick or treating, waiting silently for a passer by, jumping out of the top to surprise them. I think it might give my mother a heart attack, and that’s always good for a couple of laughs.
Halloween Costume Ideas
Most irreverent DIY costume goes to this tiny Frida Kahlo. I love the story of the costume, no one really knew what she was supposed to be (must be in the suburbs) and the two year old answered their (misguided) attempts to guess her costume with an exasperated “NO! I’m Fweedah Kahwo!” I mean, duh.

Up next: What Not To Wear This Halloween.

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Melissa Summers
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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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  • CoolerbytheLake

    I am cracking up at the sandwich picture. My husband made a sandwich costume for our (then) 5-year-old son to wear a couple of years ago. The results were way, WAY too heavy. Guess who wore the sandwich costume to the preschool Halloween party? Mom did. Inspired weirdest looks ever from non-costume-wearing parents. I hesitate to post the photo.

  • pnuts mama

    that frieda kahlo is awesome. too bad she didn’t have a brother to be diego rivera.
    my 26 month old doesn’t really understand halloween yet, but we’ve asked her what she wants to be and for months it’s been “spiderpig” from the simpsons movie. i’ve looked online at pig costumes- those things are expensive! i may just have to bite the bullet and make her one.
    besides my husband dressing up as homer and going with her, how do we tell people she’s “spiderpig” vs. just being a pig? i want to put a spiderman symbol on her back, but i don’t know. do i go as marge? i’d rather not.
    p.s. i was princess leia one year in college. one of my best costumes ever! i saw a great mom/baby costume of the mom as a flower and baby in a carrier as a bee. so cute! also saw a pic of someone in brooklyn last year mom was rainbow, baby pot of gold, dad leprechaun. some people are so friggin creative.

  • Oscar the Grouch costume!
    This is from a parade/party/pub-crawl from last year. It all happened by bike.
    You could probably size this down for a kid. Smallish rubbermaid garbage can, green sweatsuit, googly eyes.
    Because he cut off the garbage can to about hip-length, he was even able to wear this costume while riding a bicycle.

  • Dolly Marie

    I really liked the patriotic family costume set. Good thinking. I think this would win a prize for most original costume.
    I am trying to find something for a newborn. I would like to try making your skunk costume but am afraid I will not be to successful.