T minus 6 days until Halloween! Is your costume ready? Mine isn’t either! No worries, over the years I have often waited until the last minute and still come up with some great costume ideas that you can throw together using mostly things you find around the house or can get pretty easily and cheaply. Check out these DIY costume ideas!
Mario and Luigi Costume:
For a girly take on this classic costume I cut and hemmed some overalls I found at a thrift store. The letters on the hats are just cut out of paper and the matching t-shirts were also thrift store finds. Dig some black boots and white winter gloves out of the closet and you are ready to go fight Bowser!
The Cheshire Cat Costume:
I found this perfect Cheshire cat inspired striped fabric at the store and knew just what to do with it! I made this body suit by laying down on the fabric and having someone trace me. Then I simply cut out the tracing and sewed it together. Add some ears and a little drawn on nose and whiskers and voila! You are ready to give cryptic advice to everyone at the party. The best part about this costume is that the back of it is made out of black fabric so that when I turn around…
—I disappear! 😀
80s Fab Costume:
I made this costume completely with stuff I found in my own closet! This is a fun costume to do in a group because everyone can participate just by being creative with clothes and accessories they already have. I used an old full piece bathing suit as the base (a tank top would work just as well) and I wore a pink tube top as a skirt. I cut a hole in the crotch of some black fishnet tights and put my head through the hole and my arms through the legs (after I cut off the feet of the tights) in order to wear it as a shirt. Some black leggings and leg warmers paired with a pair of heels and I was ready to rock out and get physical like Olivia Newton-John!
Poison Ivy Costume:
Whether you want to go as the plant or as the super villain, this easy costume covers all the bases! Just grab a green tank top and some green socks with the toes cut out, wrap yourself in ivy from the garden or from the craft store and you are ready to wreak itchy havoc everywhere!
Corpse Bride Costume:
This costume is pretty versatile because it can also double as a zombie bride costume! I found a wedding dress and veil from the thrift store (any white dress will do) and cut the top of the dress to make it strapless like the Corpse Bride’s dress. The dress and veil were a nice pristine white so I made them look aged by soaking them overnight in a bath of tea. I got the blue wig and face paint from a costume store and put on my poutiest face to go in search of my groom!
Leeloo from The Fifth Element Costume:
I made this costume for a friend who looks JUST LIKE Milla Jovovich. I cropped a white t-shirt and spray painted some white tights gold; then used a black sharpie to draw the lines on the tights. To make the orange jumper I took a large orange shirt and traced out the design while my friend was wearing the shirt. I cut out the design and sewed the front and back hems together to make a crotch seam. We added some black boots, an orange wig and a paper multipass and Leeloo was ready to go save the world!
Have a safe and fun Halloween!