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9 Creative DIY Halloween Costumes

By Melissa Summers

I’ve spent a good number of hours looking at inventive DIY Halloween costumes on the Internet. We’re a family with a lot of respect for the homemade costume, well, other than my kids, I mean. They are all about Pokemon and Spiderman and whatever other polyester options the Halloween store is selling this year. So far I have been unable to sway them from their Licensed Character costume dreams, but maybe you have more creative kids.

Here are nine of my favorite DIY costume projects. Let me know if you make any of these!

Creative Halloween Costumes to Make This Year

Halloween Costume Ideas
Why not make yourself (or your child) into an enormous sandwich for Halloween? Note the basketball for scale because this thing is HUGE. While it certainly wouldn’t be filed under “Quick and Easy Do It Yourself Costume,” it’s guaranteed to be memorable. (A friend’s son once dressed up as a taco. Five years later, kids are STILL talking about that costume.)
Halloween Costume Ideas
As a kid I always wanted to be a bunch of grapes, like the Fruit of the Loom guy, 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
I love this lobster lobster wearing Crocs — it’s official, everyone’s wearing them, even crustaceans! No instructions available for this project but the lobster costume doesn’t look terribly difficult to figure out. You’re on your own for the Crocs, though.
Halloween Costume Ideas
I did find a simple 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. Hopefully.
Halloween Costume Ideas
Check out this iPod costume. Super easy and the tech-savvy kids among us would think it was very cool. Unless you think it’s cool and then it can’t be cool because parents are not cool. So do not mention that this is a cool costume. Got it?
Halloween Costume Ideas
If you love your family and America, you can put together this family costume set. I can actually imagine myself making almost all these costumes, except the Mount Rushmore one. I mean, it’s amazing but yeah, let’s not fool ourselves into thinking I’d commit that much time to a costume. But the little canine White House? I would do that in a heartbeat.
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. In fact, you could probably just buy those if you’re feeling really desperate. Whatever works.
Halloween Costume Ideas
I came across this garbage can costume in a Craftster thread. I admit, being a garbage can doesn’t sound all that exciting. 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. Probably best for kids who are pranksters at heart (so, middle schoolers, really).
Halloween Costume Ideas
Most irreverent DIY costume goes to this tiny Frida Kahlo, who I also discovered at Crafster (go figure). I love the story of her costume: She’s two and no one really knew who or what she was supposed to be (must be in the suburbs). According to her mom, every time an adult tried to guess what she was dressed up as, she responded with an exasperated “NO! I’m Fweedah Kahwo!” I mean, duh.

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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

    September 26, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    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

    September 26, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    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.

  • MichelleD

    October 5, 2007 at 10:08 am

    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

    August 24, 2009 at 2:52 am

    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.