Halloween seems to always sneak up on me. Before I know it, I have a week to get a costume together for the upcoming Halloween party. But I’m not about to buy one of those overpriced costumes from the store that I’ll end up wearing once. This year, I’m thinking ahead so I’ll be prepared for Halloween (I’ve even picked out the perfect Halloween party invitations). I’ve brainstormed a few DIY Halloween costume ideas that you can feel free to steal:
Channel this pig diva from “The Muppets” by finding a pink dress of your choice and accessorizing it with all of the glamorous must-haves like white gloves, pearls and a tiara. Don’t forget about the pig nose. Oh, and be sure to talk about yourself all night. If you want, take it one step further by bringing Kermit as your date.
This outfit is simple to put together because you likely have all the pieces you need right at home (except the bow and arrow). Rock a pair of black jeans with brown boots, a black V-neck and a black windbreaker. Carry a case of plastic arrows on your back and style your hair into the classic Katniss side braid.
Bats are a spooky, iconic Halloween animal. All you need for this costume is an all-black outfit, whether that’s a black skirt and hoodie or black pants and a long-sleeved V-neck. Wear a bat ear headband (which you can find cheap at any party store). For the wings, you can cut up an old black umbrella. Unscrew the top of your umbrella and use pliers to remove the short wires. Cut the material down the center of one section. Use a simple stitch to attach the wings to your sweatshirt.
Put on an apron and tuck cooking utensils like a ladle and spatula inside the pockets. Carry a clothing iron around with you, and boom – you’re the iron chef.
Pretend you’re a first-timer in a new location by dressing yourself in a Hawaiian shirt and strapping a fanny pack around your waist. Of course, you can’t forget about the visor, sunglasses, giant map and souvenir camera. You can walk around all night taking pictures of everyone to really help your costume come to life.
Mail order bride
Select a white dress you have in your closet, or head to the nearest thrift store to pick out a really cheap one. Place postage stamps all over the dress, and you’ll be transformed into a mail order bride.
The Morton Salt girl
This iconic woman is a part of the Morton Salt label. I love this costume because you can wear pieces that you likely already have in your wardrobe. You’ll need a yellow dress, white tights, a pair of yellow or black flats and an umbrella. You can even carry around a container of Morton Salt if you choose.
Waldo (or Wenda)
With a red and white striped shirt, a pair of black glasses, some jeans and a red hat, you’re ready to hit the Halloween party. Don’t have a red-and-white striped shirt? Make one using a plain white T-shirt, some painters tape and red spray paint. Place the tape on the shirt in a striped pattern, spray it with the paint, and let dry before removing the tape.
This famous Audrey Hepburn character from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is a classic costume idea. You’ll need a long black dress, a pearl necklace, long black gloves, black sunglasses and a tiara. Style your hair into a bun and carry around a coffee cup.