Unique Homemade Costumes for Teens

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Unique Homemade Costumes for Teens
Make original Halloween costumes for teens. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Halloween stores and costume stores stock all types of Halloween costumes and accessories. While purchasing a costume can achieve good results, you can always identify a store-bought costume. There's also the risk of showing up in the same costume as another guest. Working at home to create Halloween costumes allows for creativity and originality. Costumes can be customised to fit the wearer. Creating unique homemade costumes for teens can be a shared project between parent and teen, too.


A rock musician costume allows a teen to portray a favourite rocker or take on a unique rock-and-roll identity. When designing a costume based on a particular rocker, choose an easily identifiable artist, such as Marilyn Manson or Alice Cooper. Use pictures as references and pay attention to details. Creating an original rocker look allows teens to focus on musical preferences. Each style and period of music has particular "looks" associated with it. Use those as guidelines. Many times apparel can found in the closet for a rocker costume.

Media Costumes

Media can serve as inspiration for a unique costume. Start with a large cardboard box. Cut holes for the head and arms so it will fit over the body. Paint the box to resemble a book ,TV or monitor. Paint a representation of the chosen media on the box. Wear the box over a base costume of a black turtleneck and leotards or a black bodysuit. Alternately, cardboard boxes can form costumes based on a favourite electronic device. For teens permanently connected to a particular tech toy, such as an MP3, becoming that device for Halloween would be an obvious choice.


A dark trench coat, along with business clothing and dress shoes, serves as the starting point for an agent costume. Dark, professional looking sunglasses add to the effect. Other optional details include an earpiece and fedora hat. Use a head shot image and design an ID card, stating the name of the agent and the agency, and have the card laminated. For FBI agents, the ID card should be worn with a name tag clip, available from office supply stores.

Cereal Killer

A play on the soundalike term, a "cereal killer" costume can be assembled at home. You will need to save empty cereal boxes beforehand. Cut and slash the boxes and splash them with fake blood or red paint. Use an old sweat suit for the base costume and glue the boxes to the clothing. Glue prop knives or scissors to the boxes. Some fake blood splashed on hands and clothing adds to the effect.

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