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10 Tips for Making Halloween Costumes

A guide for Halloween costume ideas that will get you crafting in a jiffy.

By: Alison Soley, Editor,
10 Tips for Making Halloween Costumes
10 Tips for Making Halloween Costumes
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Every year rolls around and you’re faced with the challenge of coming up with a show-stopping, brilliant Halloween costume idea that beats out last year’s. No matter how creative you are, coming up with fresh ideas for DIY Halloween costumes can be taxing. Bring the fun back to this annual task with 10 Tips for Making Halloween Costumes. Not only can you discover new tidbits on how to make Halloween costumes, there are some epic DIY costume ideas to get you started.

Whether you’re a master at costumes or are in charge of dressing up the little munchkins in your life for the first time, these spooky and splendid tips will be a great addition to your expertise. Halloween is a great time to reminisce about your childhood while creating new memories for your children, grandchildren, and even neighbors. The Halloween ideas at the bottom are sure to make you smile and give you a chance to explore something new.

How to Come Up with Amazing Ideas

Whether you seek a DIY Halloween costume for kids or one for yourself, the ideas phase is perhaps the most important of all. Brainstorming costume ideas can be a ton of fun or a major stressor. Make it more spooktacular with these helpful tips.

  1. Ask your inner child. What was your favorite costume as a child? Pirate or princess, chances are you have that one costume that sticks out to you the most. Use that as a launching point and move from there. 

    This Pirate Costume is sure to remind you of your trick-or-treating days.

  2. Browse your favorites. Your favorite comic book character, movie star, or animal could be the seed of inspiration you need to create a unique Halloween costume. This works for your child as well. A huge monkey fan could make an adorable monkey on Halloween night.

  3. Take things too literally. If you’re a book worm, consider dressing all in green and carrying an apple and a book around with you. You’re sure to get some giggles out of this Halloween idea.

  4. Consider the group approach. Turn your love of superheroes into an excuse to deck your whole family out in DIY superhero costumes.

How to Dress for Warmth

Halloween falls at the inconvenient time of year where the air can be just a wee bit too chilly once the sun sets. Warm Halloween costumes can be just as fabulous and spooky as any other, so never fear with these handy tips.

  1. Consider tights, stockings, or leggings. This is an easy fix for many DIY girls’ costumes. If the costume incorporates a dress or skirt, adding nude, pink, or black tights can add warmth without taking away style.

  2. For witches and warlocks and other such scary DIY costumes, adding a cape or cloak can be a quick and easy addition to a costume for warmth. Even something as simple as T-shirt weight cotton can block the wind and make your little munchkin (or you) warmer this year.

    Check out these Easy Tee Shirt Superhero Capes for inspiration.

  3. Incorporate a coat into a DIY child costume for automatic coziness. A cowboy, zombie, or even a DIY animal costume can benefit from an extra layer without throwing off the look. Picture your child wearing a horse costume and a jacket with a “racing number” attached to it. It can still be a cute Halloween costume with a little extra flair.

How to Save Money

A DIY costume is a great opportunity to save money on Halloween this year with these great Halloween craft ideas. There are ways to create inexpensive Halloween costumes that don’t look cheap. Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck.

  1. Look out for possible costume components at your local thrift store. Thrift stores can be great sources for unexpected Halloween ideas. You might be surprised at how an old dress can be transformed into a fabulous vintage Halloween costume.

  2. Recycle old T-shirts by turning them into any number of creative costumes. Whether you cut up a T-shirt to use as a base for a costume or write something witty on a shirt for a quick costume, this is a great, thrifty option.

  3. Take advantage of past fashions. If you still have an old sweater from decades past, consider using it to create a retro costume idea for your pre-teen daughter. The possibilities are endless when you use old clothes for fresh ideas.

Adult Halloween Costume Ideas

Here are just a few ideas to get you started on your Halloween costume crafting.

Kids Halloween Costume Ideas

Kids Halloween costumes come in all shapes and sizes. Here are some extra fun ones.

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