6 Best Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costumes

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Published Oct 23, 2015

Finding unique Halloween costumes becomes more and more difficult with each passing year. Those who thrill at finding truly extraordinary costumes are seldom satisfied by those that can be purchased. Most do-it-yourself costumes come across looking hokey or overly simplistic.

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Finding unique Halloween costumes becomes more and more difficult with each passing year. Those who thrill at finding truly extraordinary costumes are seldom satisfied by those that can be purchased. Most do-it-yourself costumes come across looking hokey or overly simplistic. The task can be frustrating.  

The following costumes are perfect if you are a DIYer who wants to stand out in the crowd of plastic masks and boring cliches.

1. Head in a Jar

Not for the faint of heart, the Head in a Jar costume provides thrills and chills along with oohs and ahhs. Best of all, you can make this costume with little to no expense, as it utilizes items found around your home. Start by filling the arms of a dress or trench coat with filling material. The arms should be stiff enough to bend at the elbows and stay in place. Use the same material to stuff the gloves. Attach gloves to the sleeves of the coat or dress with safety pins. Wear the coat so that the neck is at the top of your head, leaving several buttons at the torso open so you can easily slip your head through. Place a large plastic jar over your head, and then tape the gloves to the underside of the jar. It should appear as though you are holding your own head in your hands.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Cost: Zero


2. Art Inspiration
Your favorite work of art can also be your best Halloween costume. Magritte's "Son of Man" can be recreated with a suit and a green apple suspended from a bowler hat. Your take on a Liechtenstein print can be achieved with a steady hand and some makeup. Perhaps the easiest is a take an Munch's "The Scream." A black body suit, a bald wig, and the willingness to hold your face in a frozen scream throughout the night will make you one of the best dressed on All Hallow's Eve.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Cost: Low

3. Kevin Bacon
The Freudian Slip, a slip with Freudian phrases written throughout, has become a still clever, but overdone pun. The same can be said for torn boxes of cereal glued to a t-shirt to represent a "cereal killer."

Try a more original pun this year.  Here's one idea.  Use a large sheet that has been starched to be very stiff. Use spray paint to create the effect of bacon (the spray paint will make it even stiffer). Cut a hole for your face, and then wear over your regular clothes or a single color body suit. Attach a tag reading "My name is Kevin" and you are Kevin Bacon.

Difficulty: Moderate
Cost: Low to Medium


4. Cult Favorites
Every Halloween allows you to pay homage to your favorite cult classics. You can go over-the-top with costumes that eat up your budget and take weeks to perfect. Conversely, you can choose costumes that allow you to wear street clothes that can be re-worn throughout the year.
Motorcycle apparel that can be worn in multiple costumes s a great idea: Eddie from "Rocky Horror Picture Show," Mal from "Firefly," or Gemma and Clay from "Sons of Anarchy." 

Difficulty: Easy
Cost: Medium


5. No Costume
You find yourself, every year, searching for that one idea that will win the Halloween contest once and for all. You may not be able to wear an oversized
LED display board, but you can use Surface Mountable Displays, or SMDs, to create a unique costume that will ensure all eyes are on you. A blue skin suit, a small LED board or SMDs, that reads "Error: Costume Not Found," and you have the perfect non-costume costume.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Cost: Medium to High


6. Scary Ghost
There is nothing unique about dressing up as a ghost for Halloween. All you need is a white sheet with a pair of eye holes and you have a classic, timeless costume. However, you can take the classic and make it stand out. Use LED lights to make your costume shine. Glow-in-the-dark fabric paint can be either frightening or funny. Draw images of hands reaching out from the fabric or simply write the word "Boo!" for comic relief. If you have the time, patience, and talent, you can use glowing paint in multiple colors to create the effect of a skeleton shining from behind a sheer fabric. There are no limits to what your imagination can provide.


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