149 easy DIY Halloween costumes to make at home
Planning a spot of trick or treating or wondering what to wear to an upcoming Halloween party? Here's over 140 DIY Halloween costumes for you to craft and sew in style!
There's nothing more fun than crafting your own easy DIY Halloween costume in October! It's lots of fun and you can really let your imagination run wild.
We've gathered up some of our favourite homemade Halloween costumes and sewing patterns for all ages. We've included a mix of no-sew and easy-sewing projects, so there's something for everyone.
There's over 100 DIY Halloween costume ideas in this round-up and they're all quick and easy to make – perfect for when you're looking for last-minute Halloween costume inspiration!
Read on to discover our favourite easy-to-make Halloween costumes…
1. Easy T-shirt Mummy Halloween Costume
If you're not great at sewing, this simple easy-to-make Halloween costume idea could be the one for you.
It's also a great way to reuse any old t-shirts that you might have hanging around. Find out how to make it on Chelsey Brooke's blog.
2. DIY Flamingo Costume
Make a statement with this easy Halloween costume created by Stefanie Ziajka! Find out how to make it at thediaryofadebutante.com.
3. DIY Hot Chocolate Halloween Costume
This cute Halloween costume looks good enough to eat!
The squishy-looking marshmallows have been cleverly made using foam rollers. Head over to studiodiy.com to find the full project.
Once you've made this DIY Halloween costume why not put your spooky sewing skills to the test with these Halloween sewing projects?
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4. DIY Bat Bow Tie
If you're looking for a more understated Halloween look, have a go at making this charming DIY bat bow tie created by The Crafty Gentleman.
Papercraft lovers will also enjoy our Halloween origami projects!
5. DIY T-shirt Skeleton Costume
Looking for a last-minute homemade Halloween costume? This crafty skeleton costume from marthastewart.com can be put together quickly, so it's perfect for when you're short of time.
There's even a video to show you how to make your skeleton costume.
6. DIY Spider T-shirt
Give your t-shirts a creepy makeover by adding a contrasting spider's web!
Visit thecraftygentleman.net to find out how to sew your own.
7. DIY Cactus Costume
This easy no-sew cactus look designed by @laurdiy is perfect for when you want to make a last-minute Halloween costume at home.
All you need is a green jumper, some white pipe cleaners and some pink flowers for your hair!
If you don't want to risk jabbing anyone with the pipe cleaners, you could use a chunky yarn instead. Watch Lauren making her costume on YouTube.
8. DIY Scarecrow Halloween Costume
Live out your Wizard of Oz dreams with this easy scarecrow costume from Brit+Co.
Perhaps you could persuade your friends to dress up as the Tin Man and the lion too?
In this tutorial, they've glued patches and leaves to a pair of dungarees, but if you'd like to be able to wear them again you can tack on the patches with loose stitches – or use safety pins!
9. Bat fascinator
Are you more into Halloween accessories than over-the-top costumes? We've got you covered.
You can add just a touch of spookiness to your outfit with this bat fascinator project. Find out how to make your bat fascinator.
10. DIY Sun and Moon Headbands
Make a more sophisticated Halloween costume by crafting your own sun or moon headband using this easy tutorial by Lia Griffith.
11. DIY Aquarium Costume
This wonderfully creative DIY Halloween costume from Damask Love is a great way to recycle any cardboard boxes that you might have lying around.
This one doesn't require any sewing, but if you own a Cricut electronic cutting machine then you might find it useful! Find out how to make an aquarium costume.
12. Ziegfeld girl Costume
This DIY Halloween costume by Keiko Lynn requires a bit of extra effort, but the finished result is stunning! She's taken a pair of fairy wings and added thick steel wires to create this beautiful galaxy effect.
Find out how to bring a little Hollywood glamour into your life and make your own Ziegfeld girl costume on keikolynn.com.
13. DIY Lighted Galaxy Skirt
Continuing with our space theme, we've completely fallen in love with this light-up skirt created by Dream a Little Bigger.
There's very little sewing required, but you will need to do a bit of painting to add your own swirling galaxy.
14. Head in the Clouds Halloween Costume
This charming idea from Damask Love is a quick and easy way to make a last-minute Halloween costume.
She's used a Cricut machine to cut out the sun, but you could still make this outfit without one (a pair of scissors will do!).
Find out how to make a Head in the Clouds costume over on her website.
You've got a Halloween costume, now you need a pumpkin!
No Halloween celebration is complete without a pumpkin. Follow our how to carve a pumpkin and make your own creepy door decoration.
15. DIY Paper Doll Costume
Did you ever play with paper dolls as a child? They were so much fun! We spent hours carefully changing their outfits and folding over the tabs.
Relive those childhood games by becoming a paper doll yourself! The Merrythought has designed this inventive costume for you to try this Halloween.
Head over to themerrythought.com to find out how to make your own DIY Paper Doll Costume.
16. DIY Picnic Table Costume
This quirky costume from Oh Yay Studio is so much fun! You'll need to be able to sew to make your own gingham t-shirt dress, but you might be able to substitute a floral dress to get a similar look.
Find out how to make a DIY picnic table costume over on ohyaystudio.com.
17. Homemade Genie Costume
This inspired design by the Crafty Little Gnome requires a little skill to make, but the finished result is truly stunning.
Head over to craftylittlegnome.com to find the tutorial.
18. Easy 10 Minute Bat Wing Halloween Costume
Why should children have all the fun? Fly away with this batwing DIY Halloween costume by Merrick White at sheknows.com.
It's a great last-minute Halloween costume to make when you don't have much time.
19. Bat shoes
These bat shoes are the perfect finishing touch for any Halloween costume!
Find out how to make them with this bat flats tutorial from the talented Damask Love.
Looking for more specific Halloween costumes?
Families, friends, groups, and even pets can join in the spooky fun this year! Here's some specific DIY Halloween costume inspiration so you can find your dream fancy dress outfit.
Three's never a crowd on Halloween! Whether it's three besties or three siblings, check out our collection of trio Halloween costumes to find a group DIY Halloween costume.
Looking for a DIY Halloween costume that's cute, not creepy? We have the round-up for you.
Head over to our collection of cute Halloween costumes and put a smile on everyone's face.
Feel comfortable and look fabulous in these plus-size Halloween costume ideas.
It includes everything from wonderful witches' outfits to famous TV characters!
Give everyone a good giggle this October with these DIY Halloween costumes.
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Head over to our 21 pregnant Halloween costumes and include your bump in the fancy dress fun.
If you like these easy kids Halloween costume ideas then we'd recommend checking out these easy Halloween face paint ideas.
Create your own unique DIY Halloween costume
Crafting your own easy DIY Halloween costumes is a rewarding and satisfying process.
Making your own Halloween costume allows you to get creative and create something truly unique.
Use our DIY Halloween costumes for inspiration, get your Halloween candy at the ready, and spend an evening making the best fancy dress costume your friends and family have ever seen!
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Zoe is the launch Editor of Gathered.how. She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for radiotimes.com, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.
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