Are you looking for different Halloween costumes? Store-bought ones are okay. I have worn them a few times. Homemade Halloween costumes are really the way to go. A little creativity and a sense of humor can make for some unique ones. I wanted to share a few of the ones I have done over the years.
Cereal Killer costume is great for foodies. How fun for a twist on serial killers. Especially with the popularity of the show Dexter these days. You will need a t-shirt or sweatshirt, a variety pack of little cereal boxes, big safety pins to attach the boxes to the shirt and then your own imagination on ways to kill the cereals. This is what I did:
- Overdose – Glued pills under the lid and on the outside
- Stabbed – Stuck a plastic knife though the side
- Torn to shreds – ripped up the box
- Hung – Tied it with rope
- Strangled – Wrapped it with a plastic tie
- Ran Over – Flattened it, attached a small car, and drew skid marks
- Impaled – Inserted nails
- Electrocuted – Glued a battery and wires to it
The possibilities on ways to kill the cereal are endless. Interesting side note on this costume. I wore it with a cheap wig of long red hair. A few people told me I looked good in red hair. I changed my hair color to red for a few years. It was surprising to see how people react to redheads versus blonds.
Goddess costume was semi-homemade. I had to buy a super cheap costume to get the dress part. I didn’t have a white dress that would work. If you have one, then all you need is a gold curtain tieback for the belt and then make the head piece. It was made with a thin metal headband and some gold glittery things I found in the Christmas decorating section of a craft store. My handy husband is the one who put the head piece together. Oh, and you know I’m a domestic goddess so this was perfect for me.
The Jackson Pollock painting costume. It took about a week to make from start to finish. All I had to buy was a canvas drop cloth from a home improvement store. The paint was from all the paint sitting around in my basement and some from my neighbor. I spread out a plastic sheet first so I would not get paint on the floor. I cut the drop cloth to size and with a hole for my head. Then I drizzled layers of different colors on it using those wood paint stirrers letting each layer dry before adding the next. I think that is even one of the methods Jackson Pollock used but I’m not totally sure.
The painting costume story does not end there. I brought it upstairs and laid it out on my dining room table. I had let it dry on the floor for days. I thought it was all finished. I picked it up to wear it and found the paint had continued to cure and ruined my table. It was a disaster. Imagine ruining one of the nicest pieces of furniture in your house. My ever-so-handy husband had to refinish the top. It is beautiful now. Whew!
Want more costume ideas? How about these…
- Identity Crisis – Get packs of those “My Name Is” name tags at the office supply store. Write a different name on each and stick them all over you. For added fun, take extra name tags and a sharpie to a party and tell people to help identify you. Those can get quite hilarious.
- Highway – Get a black sweatshirt and paint lines for a road. Attach small cars in the lanes by sewing the wheels to the shirt.
- Hoarder – Attach all kinds of objects all over you including pieces of trash. Carry a big bag or purse overflowing with stuff.
Halloween is a big fun time. You might as well have some funny and unique costumes. Have you ever made a creative costume? What was it? I would love to know your ideas for homemade Halloween costumes.
A very special thanks to my friend Terry for the photos that she took of my costumes at her beautiful home.