Halloween has always been up there on my list of favorite holidays, and not only because I have a serious thing for tiny candy bars. Dressing up for Halloween is a must for me, but so is not blowing my budget on something I’m going to wear once or twice.
That’s where DIY comes in - and yes, guys, this is an option for you too. Pinterest might be overrun with options focused on the ladies, but there are great DIY costume options for anyone and everyone. Whether you want to go as something scary, sweet, or totally topical, here are five DIY options that will make your Halloween fun for you and your budget.
This DIY option is pitched as an addition to a little black dress, but you could just as easily add it to a black t-shirt and black pants to make it gender-neutral. Plus, a costume in ten minutes or less? That’s my kind of costume. To make this costume, you’ll need scissors, some black fabric and a black t-shirt or dress to pair it with.
Show me a person who doesn’t love tacos and I’ll show you a person who is officially uninvited from my Halloween party. Again, this DIY costume is pitched as a ladies’ costume, but could just as easily be made with a plain t-shirt or tank top. (And as any of my fellow cold-weather-dwelling humans know, sometimes it is just too cold not to wear pants on Halloween, no matter who you are.) To make your very own taco costume, you’ll need construction paper, a brown t-shirt or dress, glue and either yellow upholstery foam (recommended) or hey, yellow Bristol Board might do the trick too.
Want a cute, topical, relevant costume? Pick your favorite emoji and go to town. This could be as easy as grabbing a yellow t-shirt and some felt, or as involved as dressing up as the emoji girl. Here’s a tutorial on how to tackle the yellow-t-shirt emoji costume. To create it yourself, you’ll need either a yellow t-shirt or a yellow dress, some glue and some felt or construction paper.
If you’re willing to put in a bit more work, you can really go to town by creating a cardboard Pac Man costume. Here’s a detailed tutorial, which sure, is aimed at kids, but we all love retro video games - plus it makes for a great group costume if you have friends dress up as the ghosts. While it’ll take some time, all you really need for this costume is some big pieces of cardboard, some spray paint, glue and a few straps to keep the costume on your shoulders!
If you’re looking for something that will basically allow you to say “No look, I DID dress up!” while still wearing what you feel most comfortable in, why not dress up as a Snapchat filter? With choices ranging from adorable puppy dog faces to rainbow puke, you can easily find a filter that works for you and your budget - building this costume will only cost you some felt, glue and construction paper.
So what are you waiting for? Now that you have a cheap and easy costume sorted out, you have my full permission to go buy that extra bag of Halloween candy. For uh… the kids. It’s totally for the kids.