DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Don’t tell her I said so, but my mom is one smart cookie. She managed to keep my siblings and I out of a Halloween costume “superstores” until we were in college and after stepping foot in one such store in my senior year, I can see why. Kids throughout the store begged for these overpriced, poorly made costumes. I couldn’t turn down an aisle without running into a temper-tantrum. Good choice, mom.

Growing up, we’d all pile in to the bus-burban, as we fondly called our gargantuan family vehicle, and head to the local Goodwill store. Each of us were given a certain amount of money and then let loose for an hour. I remember turning choir robes into scary monster costumes, old sheets into capes, and used prom dresses into an outfit fit for a queen. Not only did she minimize her expenses and our tantrums, my wise momma encouraged creativity and pushed us to think outside-the-box.

I absolutely loved creating my Halloween costume as a kid, so when I had the opportunity to work with the Socks4Life.com team to put together a DIY Costume Ideas guide, I jumped at the chance. If you’re looking for costume ideas we’ve got it all—from character costumes to clever, funny costume ideas for groups, and the best part is everything you need for the costumes can be found around the house or at the local secondhand store! Below are a few examples:

1. Harry Potter:

  • White button-down shirt
  • Yellow and red striped necktie
  • Grey sweater
  • Dark dress pants
  • Dark shoes and dress socks
  • Black robe: Use an old black sheet to save money
  • Round glasses
  • Use eyeliner or face paint to create a lightning bolt ‘scar.’
  • Wand: Use a thin stick or roll brown construction paper to make your own.

2. Raining Cats and Dogs:

  • White button-down shirt
  • Yellow and red striped necktie
  • Grey sweater
  • Dark dress pants
  • Dark shoes and dress socks
  • Black robe: Use an old black sheet to save money
  • Round glasses
  • Use eyeliner or face paint to create a lightning bolt ‘scar.’
  • Wand: Use a thin stick or roll brown construction paper to make your own.
  • Wear a raincoat and rain boots and carry an umbrella.
  • Attach small stuffed cats and dogs to your costume and umbrella.

3. Mad Scientist:

  • White lab coat: Check out a second-hand store or used medical supply store.
  • Necktie: Have this loosely tied around your neck so that it looks disheveled.
  • Dress pants and shoes
  • Fake nerd glasses
  • Stick your hair straight up with a lot o, carry around beakers, test tubes, eye droppers, and a text book.

4. Peanut Butter and Jelly:

  • One person wears all purple and one all brown.
  • Cut large pieces of bread out of cardboard. Each person wears one sliced of
  • bread—put shoulder straps on the cardboard to wear it on your back or put a
  • string through it to wear it around your neck.
  • Couple must join together throughout the night to make a full sandwich.

5. Girl Scout:

  • Green shorts or skirt
  • White short-sleeved button-down shirt
  • Wear a green vest or make a green sash: Wear over your shirt and cover with
  • patches and badges.
  • Green socks
  • Dress shoes Red neck scarf
  • Wear your hair in pigtails and carry around a box of cookies.
About The Shopping Mom