How to make a superhero costume

Updated February 21, 2017

Superheroes are always popular at the box office, and during Halloween, you see miniature versions of superheroes trick-or-treating door to door. Adults as well as kids enjoy dressing as superheroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman or the Flash. If, however, you'd like to be a one-of a-kind superhero, you can easily do that, too. Just decide what kind of superhero you'd like to be, then make up a costume to suit your super self.

Establish the base of your costume with spandex tights and a leotard, a unitard or bike shorts over bike leggings and a stretchy spandex T-shirt.

Add a cape to your costume. Purchase one from a costume store or make one from a thin blanket or a sheet. All you need is a rectangle or oval of material you can drape over your shoulders and tie, pin or Velcro around your neck.

Choose your headgear--a mask, a helmet or a tiara work well. You may wish to add a wig if you envision yourself as the sort of superhero with long, flowing tresses, which can be found on heroes both male and female.

Select boots, which are traditional for superheroes both male and female.

Choose a few super accessories, such as a Sword of Power, a nifty Batman-esque tool belt or a lasso, à la Wonder Woman.


Remember your super flashlight if you'll be strutting your super stuff after dark. A few strips of well-placed reflective tape are also a good idea, especially on a dark costume.


If you choose to use a mask, make sure it allows you to see and breathe easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Spandex bodysuit and tights or unitard or bike shorts, bike leggings and spandex T-shirt
  • Cape
  • Mask and/or head covering
  • Boots
  • Accessories
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