One of my favorite holidays is right around the corner! That’s right, it’s about to be Halloween! I have already explained the pure awesomeness that Halloween entails in this blog post, but now I’m here to give you some tips on my favorite part of this festive day. That’s right, I’m here to tell you how to go about creating your own costume. I take pride in my Halloween costumes, and probably spend too much time daydreaming about what the next one will be. Over the years, I feel like I have almost perfected this craft and would like to share with you what I have learned so far.


Brainstorm Possible Options

This is the fun part! I like to think about 4 different categories when it comes to my costumes: is it a unique idea, is it funny, will it make me look good, and is it currently relevant? Not all of my past costumes have hit all four of these points, but all good costumes strike at least one. Whenever you get an idea, make sure you take note of it! It’s so easy to forget  random ideas, and you don’t want to let that awesome costume fly away in the wind.


Get some Pinsperation

Pinterest is awesome when it comes to food recipes, makeup looks, and fashion, but it’s also a wonderful place to get inspiration for homemade Halloween costumes! You don’t have to copy a costume you find on Pinterest exactly, but you might be able to copy parts of it or find an easier way to execute your plan. I’ve created different Halloween “boards” in the past, and they have helped me bring my look into one cohesive masterpiece.


Set a Budget

This can be difficult! Even though I’m cheap by nature, I tend to overspend on Halloween. The fact of the matter is that great costumes cost a lot of moola. I have found that pre-deciding what areas of the costume you’re willing to spend more on and what areas you’d like to be more thrifty on will go a long way. You might want to spend more on the clothing and do your own hair and makeup, or vice versa. It’s really up to you to decide what works better for you and what is more attainable.


Make a List of Stores to Shop at

I like to think about all the things I need to buy in order to pull of my costumes and then create a shopping plan from there. Not only can you buy several items at one store, but if you’re lucky you can also find all the stores you need in the same mall or shopping center. Even though I prefer to shop at Target, Walmart has a lot more options when it comes to art projects and crafting. If you can find an area with clothing stores, makeup shops, crafting supplies, and a giant chain such as a Walmart, you are all set!


Decide if You Want to Turn it into a Couple’s or Group Costume

I have a soft spot in my heart for couple and group costumes. Not only is it hard work to coordinate something with a large group of people, but it can also be the moment to really shine as a creative collective! I love group costumes, but they can be extremely hard to carry out, so I tend to go with couples costumes. Some of my best costumes have been a piece of a larger theme.


Make Sure It’s Easy to Move Around In

This tip is much more important than you’d think. Halloween costumes are, obviously, not the most practical things in the world. That being said, make sure you can comfortably move around in your costume! The least transportation-friendly costumes I’ve worn have involved wearing a box when I went as a box of Jello Pudding, and wings when I went as a Butterfly. Even though these things were hard to get around in, luckily both folded up If I wanted to take them off later in the night.


Please be safe and have fun this Halloween! We only get one day a year to do this (at least one socially acceptable day a year), so why not go all out?


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Question of the Week:

What was your favorite Halloween costume you’ve worn in the past?

6 thoughts on “How to Go About Creating Your Own Halloween Costume

  1. In my twenties I was a “Freudian slip”. I wore my slip and put a sash (like Miss America contenders wear) that said “Freudian”. I saw Meg Ryan wear it in a movie. It was a great conversation starter and it was inexpensive!

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  2. One year I cut holes in a trash bag and wore it and glued old wrappers on it and wore earrings that were cockroaches and I was “poor white trash” . . . no, it wasn’t too sexy, but it was almost free and I had a lot of fun in it!

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