Not sure what to wear this Halloween? That’s OK! We have selected 7 of the most popular DIY Halloween Costumes for 2023. And since we have a deep love of all things balloons, we’ve also included some of the best balloon suggestions to go along with whatever costume you choose this Halloween!
Planning a haunting Halloween party? Check out last year’s post for Halloween party theme suggestions! These party themes are a perfect match with our DIY Halloween Costumes.
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1. Dress as a DIY Jack O’ Lantern
Nothing screams Halloween quite like the orange glow of a grinning Jack O’ Lantern. This DIY Halloween costume is both traditional and simple (Pumpkin skirt optional). Grab your orange and black attire and carve yourself your own Jack O’ Lantern get up!
- Orange short sleeve or long sleeve t-shirt or dress
- Black felt or fabric paint
- Green headband or ribbon
- Cut out facial features like eyes, a nose, and a mouth from the black felt.
- Glue or sew the facial features onto the orange garment.
- To create a stem, twist and shape the green headband or ribbon. Attach it to the top of your head or the costume.
2. Go as a DIY Ghost
Dressing up as a ghost for Halloween isn’t cliche’ it’s classic. With a mere bedsheet and some crafting tools you can go from human being to ghostly entity in half an hour! Your DIY Halloween costumes can go from a boo-tiful idea to a ghoulish masterpiece.
- White bedsheet or white fabric
- Safety pins or fabric glue
- Black felt or fabric paint (for eyes)
- Throw a large white bedsheet over your head and adjust the length as needed.
- Find where your eyes will be and make a mark on the sheet to know where to cut.
- Cut holes where your eyes will be and use the black felt to create large eyes around the holes.
- Glue the felt eyes to the bedsheet.
- Use safety pins or fabric glue to secure the sides and create armholes.
- Use black face paint or makeup to create a dark, smokey look around your eyes.
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3. Bare Your Bones like Jack Skellington
DIY Halloween Costumes are bone-shaking fun! Jack Skellington introduced us to his nightmare before Christmas. Become the nightmare this Halloween and embrace the sleek style of a misunderstood skeleton.
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- Pinstripe suit or black suit
- White gloves
- White face paint
- Black fabric paint or adhesive black felt (for the bat bowtie)
- Black top hat (you can make one from black cardboard)
- Optional: A Jack Skellington mask or makeup
- Wear the pinstripe suit or a black suit.
- Put on white gloves.
- Apply white face paint to achieve a skeletal look.
- Create a bat bowtie using black fabric paint or adhesive black felt and attach it to the suit.
- Wear the black top hat (or make one from black cardboard).
- Alternatively, you can use makeup or a mask to create Jack Skellington’s face.
4. Sway like Wednesday Addams
She’s everyone’s favorite gothic, dance queen. The hilariously dry-witted and pale Wednesday Addams costume is a guaranteed hit at this year’s Halloween party. The suggestions below are for the traditional Wednesday look. If you want to look like Jenna Ortega’s version, hit your local thrift store and search for an old school, black lace dress!
- Black dress with a white collar (or a white shirt to wear under a black dress)
- Black tights
- Black shoes
- Braided wig (optional)
- Red ribbon
- White face paint (for the classic pale look)
- Put on the black dress or black dress with a white collar.
- Pair it with black tights and shoes.
- If you have a braided wig, wear it. Otherwise, you can braid your hair.
- Tie a red ribbon around your neck in a bow.
- Apply white face paint to achieve the iconic pale complexion.
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5. Let’s A’Go like a Super Mario Bro.
The Super Mario Brothers are universally loved. Since the 80s, we’ve been entertained by games, movies, and pop culture references. Mario is the perfect costume this Halloween because no matter what era of Mario you love, the clothes are simple and easy to find.
- Red hat
- Red shirt
- Blue overalls (or blue pants and suspenders)
- White gloves
- Brown shoes
- Self-adhesive white felt (for the “M” emblem)
- Black face paint (for the mustache, if needed)
- Wear the red shirt and blue overalls (or pants with suspenders).
- Put on white gloves and brown shoes.
- Create the “M” emblem using self-adhesive white felt and attach it to the red hat.
- Use black face paint to draw on a mustache, or wear a fake mustache.
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6. Be Brave like the Batman
The Batman is brave, cunning, rich, brooding, and stylish? Well, his outfit is easy to mimic. Most of the costume can be found using items currently in your closet! Dig deep and announce to your friends: “I’m Batman.”
- Black pants
- Black T-shirt
- Black cape (you can make one from black fabric)
- Black mask (use black felt or fabric)
- Yellow fabric paint or adhesive yellow felt (for the bat symbol)
- Cardboard or thick paper (for the bat symbol)
- Yellow belt
- Create a bat symbol using cardboard or thick paper. Paint it yellow and let it dry.
- Attach the bat symbol to the chest area of the black T-shirt using glue.
- Wear the black pants, T-shirt, and cape.
- Craft a black mask to conceal your identity.
- You’re now the Dark Knight!
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7. Be a Web-slinging Wonder as Spiderman
His name is Peter Parker. A common name with a not-so-common secret- he fights crime as a web-slinging spider . . . man. You can too! Become the web-slinging wonder with these easy, yet crafty suggestions for your Spiderman DIY costume.
- Red T-shirt
- Blue pants
- Black fabric paint or adhesive black felt
- White fabric paint
- Cardboard or thick paper (for the spider symbol)
- Create a spider symbol using the cardboard or thick paper. Paint it black and let it dry.
- Attach the spider symbol to the chest area of the red T-shirt using glue.
- Use black fabric paint or adhesive black felt to create web patterns on the red T-shirt.
- Finish the look with the blue pants, and you’re ready to swing into action!
There are a myriad of brilliant DIY costumes you can make at home. All you need is a little bit of inspiration and your own unique creativity. Give one of these seven costumes a try, or come up with something else. What DIY costumes can you think of? Tell us in the comments!
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