DIY Costumes for Halloween

October 24, 2017

If you’re the plan-ahead type, you probably have your DIY costumes for Halloween picked out, planned or completed and ready-to-wear and didn’t even click this blog open to check the possibilities. But if you’re like some of us who are still a little surprised that it’s late October, here are some easy, last-minute and clever ideas for make-up, gussy up and dressing up – yourself and the ones you love!

Celeb Costume Picks

DIY Costumes

Martha Stewart loves to shed her domestic diva persona and don costumes and props that turn her into an Ice Queen, Golden Goddess and Glampire. Check out Martha’s different Halloween personalities – complete with make-up tutorials and wardrobe ideas for DIY costumes for Halloween. Martha offers make-up tips for transforming teens and toddlers into big cats, mean monsters, mummies and superheroes, too.

Seventeen Magazine’s gallery of DIY costumes for the rich and famous range from Beyoncé and Jay-Z as Barbie and Ken dolls, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas as Dorothy and the Scarecrow and Khloe Kardashian as Storm, the Halle Berry’s character in X-men. Interestingly, celebs often choose to cosplay other celebs – check out Kylie Jenner’s impersonation of Christina Aguilera and Keke Palmer as Selena!

Groups and Spooks

The Spruce comes through this Halloween with DIY costumes for groups of family members or friends, exploring themes from Harry Potter and the Minions, to Willie Wonka and Alice in Wonderland. You’ll find a hit movie or children’s story for your family, right out of central casting!

DIY CostumesAnd while we wouldn’t call this one family-themed, it’s definitely for a group of trick-or-treaters: a black-and-white KISS-themed foursome (from Pinterest). Just a bunch of ordinary people turned heavily made-up, iconic heavy metal rockers.

YouTube has endless make-up tutorials but if all you want is a mask, Handmade by Charlotte, DIY Crafts and Popular Mechanics have awesome ideas for last-minute DIY costumes for Halloween.

Scary clowns are all the rage this year, thanks to Stephen King and the 2017 remake of IT. If you dare, you can apply your own makeup with some mentoring from a Youtube tutorial (BTW, there are several), get inspired by these Pinterest photos, or buy the mask on Amazon Prime for $40 – clown costume extra!

Low and No-Cost DIY Costumes

Pop Sugar has 101 DIY costumes for Halloween “on the cheap” culled from a variety of websites and Instagram. These take an afternoon or less to put together, like the unmistakable Frida Kahlo look. With just a peasant blouse, flower hair barrette, and a black crayon eyeliner to draw a unibrow, the transformation is complete. A Sharpie® might work, too – but then you’d be Frida for a lot longer than this weekend!

DIY CostumesDressing up for Halloween can include deft make-up tricks and techniques with DIY costumes playing a supporting role. HGTV has tutorials for a Glam Dark Fairy, a Zombie Bride and a Capitol City airhead (from the Hunger Games trilogy) to get you started.

Most of these Halloween looks could use extra window dressing, like a not-very-expensive wig ($7 to $30) from With synthetic tresses, you can instantly morph into Cruella de Ville, Princess Leia, Dolly Parton, Don King, a troll doll or an 80s pop singer.

Toddlers to Tweens

Personal Creations has 75 DIY costume options to scroll through for toddlers, and Parenting Magazine offers up a few that require no sewing, from chocolate chip cookies and cupcakes to Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls.

With a king-sized pillowcase, cereal box and flip flops, you can create a last-minute costume fit for Roman royalty. Step-by-step instructions from make this clever costume a snap.

Also from HGTV, transform your little wanna-be swashbuckler into a yo-ho-ho pirate with an easy-to-follow makeup tutorial and costume tips. Get step-by-step instructions here. Plus, four more last-minute DIY costumes for Halloween that you can make from a hoodie: including a shark, frog, bat and dinosaur.

DIY Costumes for Fur Babies

DIY costumesLooking for the perfect DIY costume for your pet? Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with a dinosaur, spider, pumpkin and bat costume for your fur babies, plus five more guaranteed to elicit double-takes from trick-or-treaters!

Customized at Southshore

Your creative energy can turn one of the new homes in the master-planned community of Southshore into a home with your personal stamp and style. We invite you to tour the new Delaney model from Richmond American Homes and explore the latest home designs from Century Communities at The Hills in Southshore! These lakeside homes are available in ranch and two-story models and priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.