DIY or Buy the Best Skeleton Costume For Halloween
The skeleton is a classic fancy dress idea at Halloween, along with witches, vampires, mummies, ghosts, zombies, devils and other spooky ghouls! Skeletons, however, are a very good choice for any last-minute costume DIYs as you only need two colors - black and white - and it's pretty simple to create an effective costume.
On this page I have listed the best costumes available to buy, along with awesome accessories like skeletal shoes and arm warmers, plus some excellent craft tutorials for painting, gluing or sewing your own fancy dress outfits. There are also recommendations for products which will help you achieve the best homemade costume, and online video lessons for face painting like a pro.
I hope you find the following information useful :)
Dressed Up For The Monster Ball
Top-Rated Men's All-In-One
Cute Toddler Costume
DIY Skeleton Costume Tutorials
Here is a selection of step-by-step instructions for making your own skeleton costume, involving a few different method ideas including sewing, bleaching and painting:
- Pregnant Skeleton
Fun maternity fancy dress you can make at the last minute.
- Bleached Skele-Dress
A creative way you can add a design to black cotton.
- Sewn On Felt Bones
Sewing version of the costume using white felt applique.
- Contact Paper Bones
Kids costume made with the temporary stick-on paper method.
- Glittery Bones
Designer inspired idea for a glam skeleton costume.
- Free Skeleton Template
You can even add glow-in-the-dark powder to the white paint!
- Cut-Out Skeleton Pattern
Use scissors or a fabric cutter to make this symmetrical tee.
- Skeleton Jeans
Fashion not just for Halloween!
- Fun Skeleton Shoes
Cool skeleton shoes made with contact paper and a free template guide.
White Contact Paper, Fabric, Glue & Paint Options
The base for any handmade skeleton costume is plain black; including a long sleeve t-shirt, a pair of trousers, gloves, socks and shoes. Cotton clothes are best if you're going to paint them, and also try not to go for clothes with too much stretch because this may make the fabric paint crack.
White contact paper can be stuck onto your black outfit or even your shoes to create the bones pattern, or white fabric paint can be used to paint the skeleton onto the black clothes - either freehand or using homemade stencils.
I personally think that gluing or sewing fabric bones onto a black outfit would 'pop' more than fabric paint, simply because you can get a solid white color which is hard to create with white paint on top of a black background. I think the best material to use for the skeleton bones would be white (wool or acrylic) felt due to the fact that it is easy to cut and sew, and doesn't fray at the edges.
Glow-in-the-dark fabric paint and embellishments can also be used to great effect within your costume to make them stand-out in the dark (which would look awesome at a disco party!)
Freezer Paper For Stencils
Skeleton Costume Video How-Tos - Plus Skeleton Shoe DIYs
Zombie Skeleton Kid's Costume
Skeleton Masks & Accessories
Once you have the main body of the suit, you need to complete the look with either face paints or a mask, plus gloves, sock and the coolest shoes I've ever seen!
Face Paint Close-Up
Face Paint How-Tos, Ideas & Masks
- Half Skull Instructions
How to apply face paint to half the face for an unusual look.
- Skeleton Face Step-by-Step
Great outline for the basic skull pattern.
- DIY Skeletor Skin
Classic scary skeleton face paint.
- Make-Up Examples
A range of examples of skeleton face paint designs.
- Day Of The Dead Mask
Made by decorating a ready-made paper mache skull.
Halloween Face Painting Kits
If you're planning on getting artistic this Halloween, face paint is an absolute must to really complete the look. You can choose as simple or as complicated a design as you like, and if you really try with it you may just scare some kiddies too!
The skeleton is about the cheapest make-up to do you'll be pleased to know - because the only colors you need are black and white!
Skeleton Face Painting Lessons
Please Leave a Comment!
Tricia Deed from Orlando, Florida on July 29, 2014:
I thought all the skeleton ideas were great.
NuttSoRuff on October 31, 2013:
Liked the video...thanks!
Stanley Green from Czech Republic on October 31, 2013:
Those skeleton costumes are really scarry.... I prefer some more "life-orientated" outfits :)