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Making Your Own Halloween Costume

If you're like me, you're not fond of pre-made Halloween costumes and like making Halloween costumes. You don't even need to have a lot of skills like sewing for some handmade Halloween costumes.

I'll show you some options that range from very simple to elaborate get-ups that Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn would either find fabulous or well, not so much.

Making your own Halloween costume can be as simple as using makeup and putting wire in your hair while wearing some colorful clothes.

Photo Source: hu einstein

Use Makeup to Make a Great Halloween Costume - All of These Can Be Made for Under $10 Each (or thereabouts)

Making Halloween costumes doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Start with makeup and go from there to make a simple but great look!

Blogs with Handmade Halloween Costumes

Check out these fun Halloween costumes from bloggers. They contain photos to give you inspiration about making your own.

Photos of Halloween Costumes from Blogs

Frog costume designed and made by Hollywood Sucker.  See the link above to her instructions for making this costume.

Frog costume designed and made by Hollywood Sucker. See the link above to her instructions for making this costume.

Fairy Princess and Ninja Halloween costumes made from a child's dress pattern and child's pajama pattern. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood

Fairy Princess and Ninja Halloween costumes made from a child's dress pattern and child's pajama pattern. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Recycled Halloween Costumes - Try your hand at making a great costume and recycle while you're at it!

These Halloween costumes use everything from things you'd typically throw away or recycle like soda cans and cardboard and wagon wheels.

  • Recycled Halloween Costumes -- the daily green
    Great homemade costumes made from recycled materials. These homemade Halloween costumes are cheap, fun and creative! From recycled witch costumes to ironic robots, superheroes and more.

Make Kermit to Wear This Halloween - Start with green sweats or PJs and add some felt accents

Costume Design - To help you make your own Halloween costumes

These books provide costume design at your fingertips. Want to make costumes for yourself and friends or maybe even to sell? Here you go!

What kind of Halloween partier are you?

More Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas - Use recycled what not for your next costume

Halloween Costumes for Pregnant Gals - Use your assets while you have them

Check out a few photos from Pregnant Chicken below. Who knew that belly would come in so handy?

Make Kids Halloween Costumes - Keep It Simple

  • Easy to Make Halloween Costumes
    These super easy to make Halloween costumes require no shopping. You just need some things you already have around your house. Easy Halloween costumes for the 11th hour Halloween party, or if you've just procrastinated right up to Oct 31st.
  • Dollar Store Crafts --Homemade Costume Week: Spider
    It's Day 2 of Homemade Costume Week at Dollar Store Crafts! This week, I'm bringing you several costume ideas that are simple, no-sew, and frugal, of course! Today's featured costume is the no-sew Spider costume.
  • Halloween Costumes for Kids from Country Living has step-by-step instructions for making 24 homemade Halloween costumes for kids. From Lego costumes to a Rubxi cube and from a fairy to an owl, these costumes are fun and easy!

Halloween Costumes that Require No Skill - Just Unpack 'Em and Wear 'Em

Strapped for time? No imagination? Here are a few suggestions for Halloween costumes that are ready to go.

Halloween Coloring Pages and Crafts

  • Halloween
    Coloring Pages for Halloween from Barbsgalaxy.
  • Printable Fun Halloween Coloring Pages for Kids
    Fun interactive printable Halloween coloring pages for kids to color online. Halloween color page readers - great for beginner readers and ESL readers. Pics make great mouse practice for toddlers, preschool kids, and elementary students.
  • Halloween Coloring Pages
    Free printable halloween coloring pages. Color Halloween sheets and pictures of ghosts, witch, jack-o-latern and more.
  • Halloween Fun from Crayola
    Halloween coloring pages and printable BINGO cards courtesy of Crayola.

Learn to Sew and Make Your Costumes

  • Beach Stickers Sticker | Zazzle
    Made in 24 hours. Beach Stickers Sticker created by ScarlettOHairy. Customize this design with text or images, or order as shown. Choose from multiple shapes and sizes.

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Share your Halloween costumes you've made or plan to make!

Joan Haines on October 18, 2012:

@Pam Irie: Ha, ha, ha, ha!

Joan Haines on October 18, 2012:

Fun. I like the Kermit the Frog costume.

infoprogirl on October 17, 2012:

These are great costume ideas. They seem very easy to make.

kathryn-gillespie on October 02, 2012:

Love these costume ideas!

anonymous on October 01, 2012:

I was here last year and was just wondering where I had seen the pregnant pumpkin and of course it was here....Happy Halloween!

SilmarwenLinwelin on September 28, 2012:

Great Ideas !

mouse1996 lm on August 29, 2012:

These are such awesome ideas.

Vikki from US on October 31, 2011:

Blessed by a squid angel ;)

JoyfulReviewer on October 17, 2011:

Lots of neat ideas. Thanks for the fun costume lens!

Peggy Hazelwood (author) from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on October 16, 2011:

@Pam Irie: That is perfect, Pam!

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on October 16, 2011:

I have a giant 6 ft foam toothbrush. I've always thought about just wearing whatever I wanted and then carrying the toothbrush around at a Halloween party. I'd be a TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER. haha :)

travelbroad on October 15, 2011:

Easy Skeleton Love with the bony fingers on the boobs are excellent!

gottaloveit2 on October 14, 2011:

Boy, that Madame Butterfly sure looks like Martha. My best homemade costume was a trash can. I just wore a black trashbag and pasted "trash" on it. I received the award for most inventive costume but, then again, I was judge and jury.

anonymous on October 04, 2011:

How very delightful! You will have brains working for the best ever homemade Halloween costumes this year! I especially like your idea for pregnant women to work around the theme for the shape they're in and a pumpkin will hide a baby bump nicely, fun!

Laniann on October 02, 2011:

This is really a great costume idea - Pregnant? No Problem! Make a Halloween Costume.

Peggy Hazelwood (author) from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on September 26, 2011:

@NC Shepherd: Those are a hoot!

NC Shepherd on September 26, 2011:

Love the pregnant costumes.

Gayle from McLaughlin on September 05, 2011:

I don't make too much of Halloween--but you are VERY creative. What a neat article!

Amy Stephens from Missouri on September 03, 2011:

I love the Kermit Costume.

Showpup LM on September 03, 2011:

So many unique ideas! Really enjoyed all of them. LOVE the pregnant oyster costume. LOL

anonymous on August 31, 2011:

Brilliant Lens! Best wishes :) costume... ? thinking

Peggy Hazelwood (author) from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 25, 2011:

@Joan Haines: Then you should! Do you have your costume made? I'd love to feature a photo if/when you get it done!!

Joan Haines on August 25, 2011:

This year, I want to be a giant banana.

Peggy Hazelwood (author) from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 19, 2011:

@Virginia Allain: I thought about that! That's the only Web site I found though so would have to figure out more pregnant costumes. Thanks for commenting!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on August 19, 2011:

It's lots more fun to make your own costumes. I bet you can make a whole lens about Halloween Costumes for Pregnant Ladies. Those were fascinating.

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