Easy ideas for homemade Halloween costumes

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Easy ideas for homemade Halloween costumes
A devlishy easy Halloween costume. (Getty Thinkstock)

You don't have to be a seamstress to create your own homemade Halloween costume. Creating a costume from scratch doesn't have to be a big production. Whether the costume is for yourself or your child, use your imagination and create a simple and clever costume using everyday items that are easy to come by.

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Static electricity

Use clothing, hot glue or safety pins and a wash basket to create this simple costume. Use a solid, matching coloured shirt and trousers as the basis of the costume. Hot glue or attach with safety pins some socks, a few pairs of underwear and some baby clothes to both the trousers and the shirt. After putting on the costume, use hair gel to spike hair up to make it looks as if the costume wearer has static electricity in his hair. If the costume wearer is a child, a small laundry basket can be used as a treat bucket; if it's an adult, fill a small laundry basket with a few pieces of clothing and carry it around for the night.

Flower child

Bring the 1960s back to life with this costume. Tie dye a white shirt or baby onesie and a white cloth hat with a tie dye kit purchased from a craft store. If the costume is for a baby or child, you could also tie dye a white bib. Once the articles of clothing are tie dyed, clip the blooms off of some artificial flowers and hot glue them to the items you have dyed. For an older child or an adult, use face paint to draw a flower or a piece sign on the face. The costume wearer will be decked out as a 1960s flower child.

Picnic table

Turn a large, flat piece of cardboard into a picnic table costume. Cut a hole in the centre of a piece of flat cardboard for your head to go through. Cover the cardboard with a red and white checkered tablecloth and use craft or hot glue to adhere it to the cardboard. Cut a hole in the part of the tablecloth that covers the hole in the cardboard. Purchase plastic food from a toy store, as well as a salt and pepper shaker and a plastic ketchup and mustard bottle and glue them on top of the tablecloth covered cardboard. The wearer of the costume can use a picnic basket as a treat basket.


Create a witty costume with literal translation of this football position. Blow up an image of a quarter from Clip Art and print it out. Glue the image to a piece of cardboard and cut it out. Attach the quarter to the back of a shirt and you've transformed into a "quarterback."

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