We’ve all been there, rolling up to the fancy dress Halloween party absolutely delighted with ourselves in our tissue paper and felt-tip pen designed outfit, only to stroll in and see someone who just shelled out 60 bucks for a professionally made costume from the local fancy dress shop. What a jerk. Everybody knows you’re supposed to make the costumes yourself, that’s the whole point. It’s a creative process. A little bit of this added to a little bit of that with one of these on top and one of those hanging off the front. We might buy a little something to polish off the look but there shouldn’t be any hiring of professional costumes. That’s straight-up cheating.
So, for all of you maintaining the true Halloween party spirit, here’s some tips and ideas for some home-made Halloween costumes to scare and surprise your fellow party goers.
Home-made Mummy Costume
Let’s start off with some classic Mummies and zombies as they’ll always be popular costumes at Halloween. Here’s an awesome trick you can do to become a realistically mummified corpse. First, dip paper towels in coffee the day before and them dry over night.
Then, on the day, make a paste of two parts flour and one part corn syrup, adding some extra colour with brown make-up. Now apply the paste to your face and any visible skin areas and add strips of the paper towels on the pasted areas to create that ancient rotting carcass effect.
Simply wrap the rest of yourself in bandages or toilet roll, or torn and bloodied clothes for a modern zombie look.
Home-made beekeeper costume
Dress as something a little friendlier (though still terrifying to some) with this beekeeper outfit, easily done with a pair of decorator overalls and some cheap tulle fabric attached to the rim of a wide brimmed sun hat.
Stick on lots of bees made of pipe-cleaners, or use a black marker to add stripes to balls of any kind of orange/yellow material. If you can also get a buzzing sound app on your phone to accompany you around everywhere, then you’ll definitely be making a good few people rather nervous.
Home-made Bat Wings Costume
Make bat wings out of old umbrellas which can attach to the arms of any top or jacket you want. It’s a reasonably complicated process, dismantling the umbrella and attaching the wings, but the Evil Mad Scientist has a step-by-step guide plus a picture walk-through. Once you have your wings, finish off the dread vampire look with some red contact lenses.
Home-made Big Boobs Costume
Why not coordinate with a pal to become a giant pair of boobs! A couple of beach balls inside extra large t-shirts and some cleverly cut material and you’ll have the most titillating costume at the party. Just be prepared to get fondled.
Home-made Transformer costume
Go retro and make an evil robot costume out of cardboard, old piping and tin foil. And if you don’t fancy wearing a box on your head all night, then invest in a bit of silver body paint for your face and a pair of silver android contact lenses for your evil robot eyes. Alternatively, use old beer boxes and cereal cartons to become a Transformer like Kelloggstimus Prime. (Sorry, that sounded way better in my head.)
Home-made Bride of Chucky Costume
Got some old dungarees and a stripy t-shirt? Then get yourself a ginger wig and a large kitchen knife and you too can be Chucky the killer doll. Probably best to get a rubber knife to avoid accidents, but otherwise you just need to add that famous scar across the face and you’ll be the spitting image of the demonically possessed murdering toy. Well, maybe a little taller but who’s measuring. Add some bright blue UV contact lenses to give your eyes that demonic shimmer under black light.
Home-made iPad costume
If you’re bored of ghouls and ghosts then you should embrace technology and party as an iPad. It’s easy to make at home as you just need the right sized box, head and arm holes and some creative paint work. You could even print out the proper app pictures and stick them on too. Or why not go as an old school Nokia 3210? Just don’t go jumping off buildings to prove your indestructibility, no matter how tough the tequila says you are.
Home-made Weeping Angel Costume
A painted pair of cardboard wings on a long grey dress, a grey wig or hair colouring and some matching grey body paint for your arms and face, are all you need to transform yourself into a terrifying Weeping Angel from the rebooted Doctor Who series. Get some grey contact lenses to finish off the look and then practice standing very, very still. Then just wait for your friends to blink…
Home-made Cat Post costume
Sometimes the best Halloween costumes aren’t scary at all, but just utterly bizarre. Here’s a man whose brain actually thought of going as a giant cat scratching post. It might seem a little out there at first, but it’s actually an incredibly practical costume, as he has his own little table to rest his drink on. Some cardboard and a bit of old carpet should do the trick.
Home-made Obama poster costume
Creativity knows no bounds when it comes to Halloween costumes, just ask the guy on the left of the picture below. A cheap suit and tie with some awesome face paint has him blending in to the picture he’s attached to his back, portraying Barrack Obama’s HOPE poster from his presidential campaign. I stared at this for ages and could still barely believe it. He even looks like a 2D picture when he’s swigging on his beer.