DIY Original Halloween Costume Tips and Ideas

Many adults have art and craft skills to make their own Halloween or special events costume. Hand or machine stitching, glue, and paste are the basic fasteners. Creativity and imagination are the magic ingredients.

Simple Adult costumes for Halloween celebrations and other costume events need not be expensive to make.

Tap your talents and skills to imagine and make the costume of your choosing.

The most time-consuming step of costume preparation is deciding what to wear. Once decided, completing the rest of the design is easy and fast.

Are you confused or undecided? I recommend looking at books, magazines, and other alternative sources of visual aids to spark your creativity and imagination. Do not copy every detail.

Look into closets and bureau draws to select clothing and props.
Decide to wear a mask, special makeup, or Halloween facial paints. Your choice depends on cost, comfort, length of time, storage, and cleaning.
Head wrappings may comprise a wig, hair extenders, scarf, hat, and temporary hair tints.
Head wraps and footwear need to feel comfortable, weather appropriate, and in keeping with the costume theme.
We can find most miscellaneous accessories in the home. Create with cardboard, toilet paper rolls, paper, foam cups and plates, and plastic bags.
Traditional ideas:
Angel
Animals – rabbits and dinosaurs
Cartoon characters
Cheerleader
Clown
Cowboy
Devil
Fairy
Gypsy
Indian
Pirate
Simple inanimate objects – a cardboard box, a robot
Sport figures
Television and movie characters
Vampire
Work related uniforms – nurses, doctors, police officer, and executive with a brief case
Zombie
Witch
These traditional costumes continue to be favored, with each generation updating their attire.
Benefits:

Original and self-expressive
Individual or theme designs
Use your art and crafts skills and talents
Memories
Creature and weather comfortable
Use as everyday attire
Recycle for alternative uses
Eliminate waste
An original costume is a one-of-a- kind fantasy. The mask disguises the wearer and provides fun for others to guess their identity. The following is a starter list of DIY costume ideas.
Individual Examples:

Ghost
Famous chef
Mermaid
Lamp shade
A favorite food or product
Animal trainer
Dismembered human being
A super hero
A rock
An ice cream cone
Couple Examples:

The Addams Family
A table with cloth and settings
Salt and pepper
Twin towers
Kermit and Miss Piggy
Celebrity dance couple
Bride and groom
Bicycle for 2
Artist and model
Eskimo and seal
Group Examples:

A bouquet of flowers
Trees
A box of crayons or pencils
The Addams Family
Hawaiian or other cultural dancers
Al Capone and his gangsters
Military men
Seven dwarfs
Elves or leprechaun
A group of bears or other animals
Are you an active participant in costume events? Never wait till the last moment to make a costume. Make a list of the dates and types of interested events. Register for the event in a timely manner. Make your costume wearable for several occasions.

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