DIY Creative Costumes

Halloween is but another chance to whip out your creativity and what a great opportunity to come up with something unique. Don’t spend a ton of money on a store-bought costume. Instead, start with items you already own and/or things that are easy to get your hands on locally at Dollar Tree, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or Goodwill. Here are a few ideas. Try one of these creative, fun and cost-effective get-ups, or let them inspire one of your own! 

Costume: Mary Poppins

Item: Umbrella

There are lots of costumes you can build around an umbrella. Think about attaching items to the umbrella with fishing wire. How about little plastic cats and dogs and go as “Raining Cats and Dogs,” or photos of attractive male movie stars to go as “It’s Raining Men!” This Mary Poppins costume was built around the umbrella, too. You just need a black skirt, white shirt, red ribbon, hat and artificial flowers.

Costume: Crazy Cat Lady

Item: Bathrobe

No one wants to spend a ton of money on costumes for toddlers. After all, they only wear them once. Dress your little one as a “Crazy Cat Lady” This even uses little stuffed animals (cats in this case) that your child probably already has. Put her hair in rollers, add some fuzzy slippers and you have a funny outfit. This could obviously work for adults as well. A guy in this get-up would be hilarious!

Costume: Spaghetti
Item: Mop
A chef and his spaghetti, the perfect couple. Wear red sweats. Purchase a mop. Trim off the ends and glue on bunches along with brown pom-pom “meatballs.” Put the rest of the mop on your head for hair and finalize the look with a colander as a hat. This costume is perfect for kids, too. 

Costume: Chef
Item: Apron
With a white apron, anyone can become a chef. Add a paper chef’s hat and a mustache and your husband is Chef Boyardee in no time. A wooden spoon, whisk and a menu in the apron pocket add a few nice finishing touches.

I hope I’ve gotten your creative juices flowing. Here are a few other items around which you could build costumes: bandanas (cowboys, Rosie the Riveter), wings (butterfly, fairy, tooth fairy, social butterfly—complete with social media icons). Even a sash and a tiara could turn you into Miss Informed, Miss Behaved, Miss Understood…you get the idea. Have fun with creating your own costumes and have a safe and happy Halloween! 

Kerry Molina
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An artist, writer, teacher, and tutor, as well as the owner of Yellow Brick Road Studio and Enrichment Workshops, Kerry Molina was voted Lifestyle’s 2018 Best Local Artist. She holds a BA in Art History from Ithaca College and an MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University.  She resides in Gainesville with her husband, two children, and two cats.

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