Halloween means it’s time to be scared and dress up creepy. It’s even more fun if you make the costume yourself! Whether you’re an adult or a kid, homemade costumes can be fun (and shocking!). Check out these ideas for scary Halloween costumes you can make yourself.
Head in a Jar
This is one that looks professional but it’s actually really easy to make. It works best for kids because of their short stature. Here’s the directions:
Use cardboard to cut out fake shoulders. You’ll want to attach sideways cardboard panels to the top of the “shoulders” to make them look three-dimensional – or you can use shoulder pads that you’ve cut out of a coat or shirt. Then you place the cardboard shoulders on top of your child’s real shoulders, behind his or her head, and attach them by cutting 2 holes in the bottom and running a strap or piece of cloth through the holes and under your child’s arms.
Place a long, thin coat over the fake shoulders. Stuff the coat’s arms with old t-shirts or whatever you have on hand. Then pin thick gloves to the ends of the arms. Button the coat around your child’s neck, so only his or her head shows.
Take an empty plastic bin (like the kind that pretzels come in) and cut out the back and the bottom. You may want to cut out the center of the lid, too. Fit the jar over your child’s head and place the gloves under the jar (use tape if you need to), so it looks like your child is carrying his or her own head.
Variation: cut a hole and part of the back out of an aluminum baking dish for a head on a platter.
Zombies are all the rage these days, and you know I’m on board for this costume year around at events. Very easy one to make. Go for ripped, torn clothes (it doesn’t matter what kind of clothes at all – you can use anything from a nightgown to jeans to a formal dress). Spot them with fake blood and smudge them with charcoal pencils or chunks.
Check your backyard grill – smear your zombie get-up with ashes and charcoal for a great look. With a little improvising, you can use eye shadow, lipstick, and charcoal to create bruises and “wounds.” Make sure you get those characteristic dark under-eye circles.
If you want to spend a little money then hit the makeup store for cheap extra light or white foundation and white powder to set all the makeup. There are great zombie makeup kits at halloween stores.
Slash through a shower curtain to make it look torn and tattered, then splash on some fake blood or red paint. Wrap it around yourself and just add a shower cap.
Classic Bloody Mary
This one is super-simple but really scary looking. Dress in white and go outside or to a place where you can pour fake blood without making too much of a mess. Just pour about 2 cups of the fake blood over your head and shoulders, and let it dribble all over. Wear whatever shoes you’ll be wearing so they will get a dose of fake blood, too. That’s all there is to it – easy but scary!
There is no limit to the creepy costumes you can make at home. Don’t forget to hit your favorite thrift store for really cheap ideas to put together yourself. The key is to get to planning your costume now so you can save the most money.