Save your money for the candy corn and Snickers bars you’ll be giving to trick-or-treaters by skipping high-priced, mass-produced, store-bought costumes.
Here is the second batch of our idea list of 90+ free and easy DIY Halloween costumes that just take a bit of creativity.
One of the funniest Halloweens I remember is wrapping my then-toddler son in toilet paper, to be a mummy. I followed him with a roll of Scotch tape, repairing him with nearly every step.
Check our posting yesterday for Part One, with 25 DIY ideas including Mummy, Ghost and Vampire.
From pop culture and history
26. NCIS Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (played by Pauley Perette)
Supplies: short black skirt or tight pants, black top, black platform shoes, white lab coat, black pigtails, heavy leather and metal dog collar, fake tattoos. Optional: 20 oz. lidded soda with straw or stuffed hippopotamus. Instructions: Dress Goth style in the clothes, put on the lab coat and braid (or attach) pigtails. Talk about testing samples with your major mass spectrometer, drink from your soda or hug your hippo.
27. Flo from Progressive Insurance
Supplies: White polo shirt, white apron, paper name tag with “Flo” written on it, blue marker, wide head band, red lipstick. Instructions: You either love or loathe this TV insurance commercial personality, and dressing as her makes for a recognizable and easy costume. Just wear a white shirt and apron. Use a blue marker to write “Progressive” on the apron and attach the paper name tag. Put the head band on your hair leaving the bangs out and swept to one side. Tease hair behind head band to create volume. Pucker up with your best bright red lipstick. Progressive even has apage and a costume for sale.
28. Troll Doll
Supplies: Nude bodysuit, troll wig, large costume gemstone. Instructions: Remember the troll dolls you loved playing with as a kid? Now you can be one. You will be completely covered up in this costume so it’s ideal for cold weather, but the tight-fitting body suit leaves little to the imagination, so be sure to buy the correct size. Pair the bodysuit with a bright-colored troll wig and sew or stick a gem to your belly. If the no-coverage look leaves you feeling exposed, add a tutu.
Supplies: Tan coveralls, black boots, black gloves, black elbow pads, utility belt, large backpack and a vacuum hose. Optional: black, red, and white duct tape, swim mask.
30. Sister Mary Severity
Supplies: Several yards of cheap black cloth, a black long-sleeved T-shirt, rope or twine, white cardboard, staples, black stockings and shoes and a yardstick. Instructions: Cut a piece of cloth that’s a two times’ your height less about six inches. Fold it in half and cut a hole for your head in the center. Put on black T-shirt, stockings and shoes and pull the black cloth “habit” over your head. Belt with a piece of rope or twine. Make a neckpiece and wimple out of white cardboard and staple well into shape. Drape remaining piece of black fabric over the headpiece. Grab a ruler or yardstick and threaten to rap the knuckles of every bad boy in sight. This look is particularly funny on a man with facial hair.
31. Greek Philosopher or Goddess
Supplies: White bedsheet (twin or full-sized), cord or belt, safety pins Instructions: Click here for step-by-step visual instructions on appropriately wrapping a toga. Pin at the waist and shoulder to keep it from falling off and add a cord for style. Really Greek out by making a laurel wreath from twigs in your yard to wear on your head.
32. Brunhilde the Valkyrie
Supplies: Viking helmet (find one cheap at a party store or discount outlet), twin-size sheet, gold belt or length of rope spray-painted gold. Optional angel wings, pet dog, toy spear and shield. Instructions: Wrap yourself in the sheet and cinch it with the belt. Wear the Viking helmet. If you have a dog, put the wings on him and tell people he’s your flying horse. If not, carry the toy spear and shield.
33. Prom Queen from Hell
Supplies: Old bridesmaid or prom dress (the uglier the better) from thrift store; torn black fishnets, cheap tiara, eye makeup and bright-colored lipstick. Optional: Length of material for sash, glitter and glue. Instructions: Rip the dress in places and create a jagged slit part-way up the leg. If you want to create a sash, take a strip of white material that is long enough to go across your body. Fold it in half and staple or glue the bottom edge. Write “Prom Queen” on the sash with glue and then sprinkle copious amounts of glitter over the glue. Put on the dress, torn fishnets and tiara. Apply heavy, dark eye makeup and let it smear down your face. Put on bright lipstick and streak it beyond your mouth.
34. Naughty Maid
Supplies: See Maid costume above. Short, sexy dress, short apron, fishnet tights, high heels, bold makeup. Instructions: Wear clothes and do your makeup in bolder colors. Play up your eyes, wear a bold color on your lips and add a beauty mark with an eyebrow pencil or eyeliner. Style your hair in an updo. Carry a feather duster and use it to tickle potential clients.
35. Carmen Miranda
Supplies: Prairie skirt and peasant blouse from thrift store, straw hat, plastic or felt fruit, red lipstick, glue. Instructions: Glue plastic or felt fruit in a high stack onto the hat. Wear the skirt, blouse and hat, and apply red lipstick.
Supplies: Rubber snakes, three hair extensions, bobby pins, long dress. Instructions: Braid hair extensions and pin into hair. Wrap braided extensions and hair into a bun. Pin and weave small snakes around extensions and throughout hair. Use more bobby pins to secure larger, dangling snakes. Pair with a long (preferably white) dress. Stare at people and see if they turn into stone.
Supplies: Red and white striped shirt, blue jeans, red beanie. Instructions: Photo bomb pictures in large crowds. Continually lose your friends and wait for them to find you.
Supplies: Pig nose, old prom or satin dress, pumps, blond wig, false eyelashes, purple eye shadow. Instructions: Wear dress and wig with pink pig nose. Carefully put on false lashes and go heavy on the purple eye shadow. Speak in a high falsetto; oinking is optional. Make it a double date: Get a guy to wear green and be Kermit the Frog.
39. Miss America
Supplies: Old prom dress, sash, crown, glitter, glue. Instructions: Write “Miss America” across sash in glue, then sprinkle on glitter. Wear all items. Practice your parade wave all night: elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist.
Supplies: Use clothing that you have or buy something at Goodwill or another secondhand store. Choose grossly mismatched plaids or prints, or oversized plain pants and jacket, or clothing that might seem out of place such as a large flowered nightgown (especially on a man), a belted lab coat or overalls with a blazer. Consider accessories such as a white belt, red suspenders, or a piece of rope to hold up pants. Add a wig (or “afro” your hair per instructions below). Use any hat: a man’s fedora, fishing hat or even a doll’s hat. Add other accessories such as a plastic flower sticking out of a lapel or hat, or carry something odd, such as a stuffed dog on a leash, a musical instrument or a tool. For makeup, the basics are white face makeup, black eye pencil, red blush, red lipstick and baby powder (to set the makeup; just make sure you don’t inhale it), plus a sponge or brush to apply makeup and a large brush to apply baby powder (you can also put baby powder inside a sock for this purpose). Instructions: Wash and set your hair if you don’t have a wig. If you have longish hair, wet it and wrap thick strands in strips of cloth and tie the end. You can wear your hair in these rags; or let it dry, unwrap the rags, and you should have a large afro-mass of hair. For short hair, use lots of gel and mess it up like you just got out of bed. Wash your face and hands before applying makeup. For makeup ideas, watch How to Make a Clown Face on PBS or check the ideas pictured here. After applying makeup, finish your hair or put on your wig. Dress in your clothes. Any finishing touches? Would the pants look funnier if they were shorter? Hem them with masking tape.
41. Tardis from Doctor Who
Supplies: Large moving box, blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans, blue spray paint, white spray paint, box cutters or scissors. Instructions: Paint the moving box blue. Cut out a hole at the top for your head, and cut off the bottom end. Paint white outlines on the box for windows. Don a blue hoodie and jeans, then get into the box.
42. Fortune Teller
Supplies: A cheap muumuu from a discount store, a scarf or turban, sandals, makeup, bling, a goldfish bowl, glue and glitter. Instructions: Wear the muumuu (you can find garishly colored, polyester ones in the lingerie department of stores like Ross, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx) with sandals. Wrap the scarf or turban around your hair, and wear as much bling and makeup as you have at your disposal. For your “crystal ball,” wipe or spray the inside of a cheap goldfish bowl with glue and liberally sprinkle on the glitter.
Supplies needed: Toy sword or purchased pirate accessory kit (available inexpensively at big-box stores), black construction paper, black eyeliner, flowy white shirt, dark pants, calf-high dark boots, kerchief, long scarf. Instructions: Cover your hair with the kerchief Johnny Depp-style. Tuck your pant legs into the dark boots. Cut out a mustache with the construction paper (or you can draw a mustache and goatee on your face with eyeliner). Drape the scarf around your waist over the white shirt and tie it to the side. Brandish your sword and practice your best pirate “Aaargh!”
Supplies: White clothes, gold jewelry, bubble wrap, clear packaging tape, gold ribbon. Instructions: Cut two wings out of bubble wrap, taping together pieces as needed. Cover the edges of the wings with tape to strengthen and stiffen the wings. Punch holes in the top of the wings and thread ribbon through them. Wear white clothes and gold jewelry. Tie the wings around your shoulders. Take a second piece of gold ribbon and tie it around your head for a halo.
45. Gene Simmons, member of KISS
Supplies: Black jeans, buttoned shirt, platform shoes, heavy leather and metal dog collar, white and black face makeup, black makeup pencil, red color soda pop or red candy. Optional: heavy leather black jacket or black wings, electric guitar. Instructions: Using a black pencil, line a deep ‘V’ on your forehead, four “flames” or “wings” above and below each eye, and your entire mouth. Fill in your face and sides of forehead with white makeup (outside the black lines). Then fill in inside the lines with black makeup. Drink the red soda or suck the red candies to make your tongue red. Put on the jeans, shirt opened to the navel, shoes, and collar. Put on the jacket or wings and hang the guitar around your neck. As you trick or treat, stick your tongue out as far as you can and make hissing noises and scream “I Love It Loud!” ad “Watchin’ You!” (famous song titles ).
46. Tippi Hedron in The Birds
Supplies: Old white shirt, red marker, red lipstick, scissors, birds (make them from black construction paper using these instructions or buy some from the craft store), glue gun, glue. Instructions: Make several birds and attach them to your shirt — don’t forget the sleeves — using hot glue. Near a few of the birds, make a small slit in the shirt and draw a blood stain around it with the red marker. Use the lipstick to create cuts on your face and hands. You may want to put a bird in your hair, on your shoes, etc. Wave your arms to try to keep birds from attacking you.
47. Tinkerbell from Peter Pan
Supplies: Cheap sparkly dress, wooden spoon, aluminum foil Instructions: Wear the dress and make a magic wand from the wooden spoon and aluminum foil.
48. Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter
Supplies: Denim jeans, denim work shirt (or chambray shirt if you have one in your closet), red lipstick, red and white polka dot bandana. Instructions: Tuck in your shirt and roll up your sleeves to show off your muscles. Put your hair up in a bun and tie the bandana around your head with a knot at the top. Secure in place with bobby pins if needed. Top it all of with fierce red lipstick. Now, remember your line, “We can do it!”
Costumes for couples or groups
49. The Great Lakes
Supplies: Five oversize light-blue shirts, markers or fabric paints. Instructions: This costume requires five people. Each person selects one lake — Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie or Ontario, for those of you who don’t quite remember your fifth-grade social studies classes. On the back of the shirt, write the name of your lake. On the front, paint shapes to reflect your lake’s different land and water features. Stand with your friends in a complete set. This look can easily be adapted to other bodies of water.
50. Blue Man Group
Supplies: Black shirts, black pants, blue body/face paint, paint brushes, fabric paint in various colors. Optional: bongo drum, beach ball, bald caps. Instructions: This costume is best three people. Splatter various colors of paint Jackson Pollock-style onto the shirts and pants. Paint all exposed skin in blue — extra points if you can find a bald cap and paint your entire head. Carry paintbrushes, drums or beach ball and don’t talk a lot.
51. Puppet Master
Supplies: Two thin wooden slats (rulers work if you don’t have any scrap lumber), glue or tape, yarn or thin rope. Instructions: This costume requires two people — a parent and child work well. Cross the slats over each other to form an X shape, securing it in the middle with your choice of adhesive. Run yarn or rope from each end of the slats; tie securely (but not too tightly) to second person’s wrists. Optional: The adult can dress in a costume as well — we found an old serape from a South America trip and a leather cowboy hat for our puppet master. But the real secret is practicing a few times with the human puppet to make sure he or she knows to move when you put pressure on the strings.
52. Salt and Pepper
Supplies: White T-shirt, black T-shirt, white face paint, black face paint. Optional: iron-on transfer letters in white and black. Instructions: “Salt” wears the white T-shirt and face paint with a black letter “S” ironed on to the front of the shirt. “Pepper” wears the black T-shirt with a white letter “P” ironed on to the front of the shirt. Hang out together and act spicy.
53. Publisher’s Clearinghouse Winner
Supplies: Suit and tie for man, hair rollers, bathrobe, slippers and coffee cup (optional) for woman. Big cardboard check, balloons. Instructions: The man should dress for business, and the woman should dress as if she just got out of bed. Put the Publishers Clearinghouse logo on the check and have the man carry the check and the balloons.
54. Rock, Paper, Scissors
Supplies: Black clothing, rock, paper, scissors and strings, lanyards or chains. Instructions: The three people should dress all in black. Attach the rock, the paper and the scissors to string or chain so that each person can wear one around his or her neck.
55. Mario and Luigi from “Super Mario Bros.”
Supplies: Overalls (or blue jeans and suspenders), red T-shirt, green T-shirt, white caps, white gloves, brown work boots, fake mustaches (or black eyeliner to draw them in), red and green fabric paint. Optional: boxes to carry. Instructions: Wear overalls — or pair jeans with suspenders. Mario wears the red shirt; Luigi gets the green shirt. Paint a red M on Mario’s cap and a green L on Luigi’s. Don or draw on your mustache — the thicker the better — and wear the gloves. The box makes for an easy prop that can double as a trick-or-treat container.
56. Orange is the New Black Inmate
Supplies: Orange or khaki scrubs. Minimal makeup. Instructions: Organize a group of girls. Channel your inner inmate.
57. Tight Pants from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Supplies: You’ll need (tight) white pants, a striped shirt and a bowl-cut brown wig. Instructions: Fight over Tight Pants with a friend on Halloween. One town isn’t big enough for two people with tight pants, according to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. YouTube “tight pants skit” to learn the simple dance move and the tune that goes something like this: “Everybody’s talkin’ bout my tight pants, I got my tight pants, I got my tight pants on.”
58. Too Busy To Make a Costume Costume
Supplies: Halloween-themed T-shirt; you can get one inexpensively at stores like Target and Walmart. Instructions: Wear the shirt. It speaks for itself, although you can also say that you are a sexy person who is too busy to make a costume. Save it for future years. If you feel the need, add a name tag that says “This is my Halloween costume.”
59. Gift box or Christmas gift (suggested for a young girl)
Supplies: A medium-size cardboard box, any brightly colored gift or Christmas wrapping paper, tape and ribbon. Tights and leotard in a coordinating color. Instructions: Cut the top off of a medium-size cardboard box. Cut a head-size hole in the other end, and arm holes on each side. Check the fit and make sure the trick-or-treater can walk comfortably and the box covers her torso. Gift-wrap the box with paper and ribbon, punching through the head and arm holes and securing all paper edges with tape. Wear the leotard and tights and put the box on top. Style hair in pigtails or add hair ribbon and a little blush on her cheeks.
60. Bag of Trash
Supplies: Large lawn-leaf bag, duct tape, crumpled newspaper, a few empty cereal or other food boxes, crumpled candy wrappers. Safety reflectors. Long underwear and a black plastic top hat. Face paint optional. Instructions: Cut arm and leg holes into the bag. Reinforce the holes with duct tape. Put on long underwear (dark is best), put on the bag and fill the empty spaces with crumpled newspaper and an empty box or two for show. Tie the top shut around the neck (not too tight) with either the bag’s drawstrings or more duct tape. Glue or stick candy wrappers onto the hat. Paint face if desired. Stick a couple of reflectors onto the trash bag for visibility.
61. Freudian slip
Supplies: Old slip, pieces of paper, pen. Instructions: Cut paper into strips. On each strip of paper, write a word or phrase associated with Sigmund Freud — for example, Id, Ego, Superego, Oedipus Complex, Oral Fixation, Repression, etc. Take the phrases to your slip, and you’re a Freudian slip. Wear thick glasses and smoke a fake cigar like Sigmund Freud.
Supplies: Glasses, a pad of super-sticky Post-It notes, black marker. Instructions: Write “Eye-Pad” on one of the Post-It notes, and stick it to one lens of your glasses. Wear.
63. Fresh Produce
Supplies: Two fresh produce boxes (or three, depending on how tall you are) from the grocery store (ask the store manager to give them to you); duct tape, green tights, long-sleeve green T-shirt, cabbage leaves, carrot tops, and any other produce you have at home. Instructions: Cut out a hole (big enough for you to fit through) in the middle of the three boxes. Stack them and duct-tape them together. Make duct-tape “suspenders” and attach them to the top box. Wear green tights and shirt; drape cabbage leaves over your head and glue a few carrot tops to the top box lid.
64. No, I Did Not Steal Your Pumpkin (maternity costume)
Supplies: Old T-shirt (either a couple sizes too big or a maternity style); fabric paint, preferably in orange. Instructions: Use fabric paint to write a message on the belly of the T-shirt: “No, I Did NOT Steal Your Pumpkin!” This costume can also be worn by those with large beer bellies.
65. Mad Chef
Supplies: Mixing bowl, flour, apron. Optional: chef’s hat, mixing spoon or whisk. Instructions: Don the apron, Place flour in the bowl and toss it all over yourself, making sure to get a sufficient amount in your hair and eyebrows as well as on the apron. You may leave any remaining flour and other baking utensils in the bowl for visual effect.
Supplies: Your regular clothes. Instructions: Explain to others that Halloween didn’t fall on a full moon.
Supplies: A Christmas sweater and drugstore shopping bags stuffed with gift wrap and bows. Instructions: Wear the Christmas sweater, carry the bags and tell people that you want to get ahead the game and focus on the next big holiday.
Supplies: Set of long underwear, matching paper for hat, stapler, string, iron-on black letters. Instructions: Iron the word “crayon” or “Crayola” sideways on your long underwear top or bottoms. Roll paper into cone shape and attach a chin strap using the string and stapler to wear as a hat. A lone crayon is a sad crayon. Get a few friends to join you wearing different colors.
69. Raining Cats and Dogs
Supplies: Rain jacket, rain boots, umbrella, black paper, scissors. Instructions: Wear raincoat and rain boots. Cut out silhouettes ofand (use linked stencils if you need help); tape to umbrella.
Supplies: Large cardboard box, white paint, black paper, scissors, glue or tape, black clothing. Instructions: Wear black pants and shirt. Paint a cardboard box white. Cut black circles out of construction paper. Attach to sides of box in dice formation. Cut holes for your arms and head. Go with a friend as a pair of dice.
71. Bag of Jellybeans
Supplies: Large, clear plastic bag; scissors, duct tape, curling ribbon, colored balloons. Instructions: Blow up lots of colored balloons. Cut holes in plastic bag for arms and legs and reinforce them with duct tape so they don’t split. Fill bag with balloons. Loosely tie the top of the bag at your neck using curling ribbon. Try not to sit down all night.
72. Pot of Flowers
Supplies: Large bucket (big enough to go around you), fake flowers, thin rope, scissors, tape. Optional: Store-bought fake butterflies or paper ones made at home. Instructions: Cut off bottom of bucket so you can wear it. Poke holes in the top of the bucket and attach rope to create makeshift straps to hold the bucket up on your shoulders. Pull the bucket up around your torso and attach straps. Add fake flowers to your hair and tape them to the inside of the bucket to create a garden. Fake butterflies make a great bonus accessory.
73. Floor Lamp
Supplies: Black clothing, electric cord, lampshade. Instructions: Dress in black. Put the lampshade on your head. Tie the electrical cord around your waist and let it hang down.
74. Cereal Killer
Supplies: Mini or regular-size cereal boxes, black clothing, red paint, fake knives (store-bought or made at home with cardboard and silver paint), tape or string to attach boxes to clothing. Instructions: Wear black clothing. Splash red paint on cereal boxes, and stab fake knives into boxes. Tape boxes to you or string them around your neck and scare people away from breakfast. As Tony the Tiger would say, this costume is Grrreat!
75. Playing Card
Supplies: Large pieces of poster board, red or black ribbons, red or black construction paper. Instructions: Cut construction paper into hearts, diamonds, clubs or spades and numbers to replicate a card. Glue them onto to the “card” in the proper places. Make two cards that are alike. Cut holes in top upper corners of cards, lace ribbon through to allow “card” to be worn like a sandwich board sign.
76. Grocery Bag
Supplies: Brown craft paper or actual grocery bags, cardboard or a box large enough to go around body, brown ribbon, glue, empty food packages. Instructions: Cut top and bottom off of box, and cut armholes on the sides. Wrap paper around cardboard or box and cut top with pinking shears to simulate top of grocery bag. Cut holes in top corners of front and back of “bag,” loop ribbon through it to go over your shoulders (think sandwich board sign) to allow it to be worn. Glue empty food packages such as pasta bags, cereal boxes and tin cans around the top of “bag.” 77. Wind-Blown Guy Supplies: Armature wire, tape/hot glue gun, hairspray or hair sculpting product, undershirt, dress shirt, tie and umbrella (optional). Instructions: Look like you are standing in a wind tunnel … all night long. To give yourself the wind-blown look, attach wire inside the seam of your shirt and tie so it looks like the wind is blowing against you in one direction. Style your hair so it flows in that same direction. An inside-out umbrella completes the look. 78. #Hashtag Supplies: White shirt and thick marker. Instructions: Draw a huge # (hashtag) on the front and the back of your shirt. Speak in hashtags throughout the night: Hold up your hands, make two peace signs and then hit them together to make a the hashtag sign #. For inspiration, watch Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’son YouTube.
Supplies: Old cheerleader uniform or pleated skirt and team logo sweater or shirt; white socks, athletic shoes, glitter for your face, team ribbons, pompoms. Instructions: Wear your hair in a ponytail and don your uniform. Paint your school logo on your cheeks using glitter. To show extra school spirit, pin team ribbons to your sweater. Shake your pompoms as you yell, “Trick or treat!”
80. 12th Man / Super Fan
Supplies: All the clothing you own from your favorite college or pro sports team — hat, jersey, scarf, face paint, socks, shoe laces, etc. Optional: air horn, foam finger. Instructions: Wear insignia items from your favorite sports team. Carry a foam finger and sing your school song if you’re really a super fan. Blow the air horn at random intervals, and shout everything (true fans have no inside voices!).
81. Outdoor Enthusiast
Supplies: Equipment and clothing from your favorite sport or pastime, whether it be hiking, rock climbing or anything else. Instructions: Sport your gear and pair it with easy-to-carry accessories for a shop-free costume. Consider carrying along binoculars and a canteen.
82. Croquet Player
Supplies: White pants, shorts or skirt; sweater vest, socks, shoes, croquet mallet, iron, spray starch. Optional: straw hat, croquet ball. Instructions: Iron and starch clothes for maximum crispness. Put on outfit and carry croquet mallet (and ball, if you have one).
83. Baby Football (baby costume)
Supplies: Brown onesie, self-adhesive white felt. Instructions: This creative costume by Love Bug Living can also sub as a game day outfit for baby. Cut a one-inch wide strip of felt and attach it vertically down middle of the onesie. Cut five thinner short strips to lay across the vertical strip. Carry the baby like a football — but avoid actually using baby as a football.
84. Football Player
Supplies: Football jersey, pants, cleats (shoes), padding and helmet (with mouth guard attached), football. Optional: black grease paint, sports drink. Instructions: Wear the gear and carry the ball. Paint horizontal lines of grease paint below your eyes. Randomly raise your arms and shout, “I’m open!”
85. Basketball Player
Supplies: Basketball, long shorts, socks, your biggest and brightest athletic shoes, ball Optional: mouth guard. Instructions: Wear the gear. Don’t forget to dribble the ball as you walk.
86. Tennis Player
Supplies: Shorts or tennis skirt, polo-style shirt, socks, tennis shoes, tennis racket, tennis ball. Instructions: Wear outfit; carry racket and ball, and periodically bounce ball on top of racket.
87. Yoga Instructor
Supplies: Yoga pants, shirt, head band, ballet flats (if outdoors), yoga mat, yoga mat bag, towel. Instructions: Wear outfit and sling the towel around your shoulders. Pull your hair into a high ponytail. Put the yoga mat into the bag and carry it over one shoulder. If you’re going to remain inside, you can go barefoot or wear yoga socks.
Supplies: Bathrobe, knee-length athletic shorts, boxing gloves, towel, sneakers, black or red makeup. Instructions: Wear shorts, sneakers and bathrobe. Put a towel over your shoulder and use black makeup to give yourself a black eye. Put on your boxing gloves and hum the Rocky theme song.
89. Golf Pro
Supplies: Plaid pants, polo-style shirt, golf shoes (or saddle shoes), golf club. Optional: golf tees, score card, short pencil, golf cap or sun visor. Instructions: Dress in the golfer outfit. Stash golf tees or your score card and pencil in your shirt pocket. Adding a golf cap will add authenticity, as will carrying a golf club. If you’re borrowing one, we recommend you ask first and choose an iron, as some golfers tend to get prickly if you scratch one of their woods.
90. Bicycle Racer
Supplies: Bicycling pants or shorts, shirt, shoes and helmet. Optional: bike chain, map, tire pump, water bottle and energy bars. Instructions: Dress in cycling outfit and carry the bike chain, water bottle, map and tire pump. Hand out energy bars.
91. Baseball Player
Supplies: Baseball jersey, pants, socks, stirrups, cleats, mitt or glove, bat. Optional: green paint. Instructions: Wear uniform and carry mitt hanging off bat. Use green paint to mimic grass stains.
92. Soccer Player
Supplies: Soccer jersey, shorts, knee socks, and soccer ball. Optional: red paper or cardboard square. Instructions: wear the soccer uniform and carry the ball. Occasionally bounce the ball on your toe or kick it around. Hold up the red card and yell out penalties like “bad candy score!” “no throwing candy!” “no illegal stealing of candy!”
93. Band Member
Supplies: Band uniform, musical instrument (any type of horn, cymbals, or a marching drum), and hat. Any military uniform or bulky pants suit could substitute, with a military style hat – add a team logo, cords, or feather for effect. Instructions: wear the uniform and carry the instrument. Walk with a marching step in a straight line and occasionally do an about face and walk in the reverse direction before turning around again. At corners, turn sharply. Talk about John Philip Sousa, sing Stars and Stripes Forever, clang the cymbals or bang the drum and yell “Go Team”!”.
Supplies (girl): Old cheerleader uniform or pleated skirt and team logo sweater or shirt; panty hose (with or without short socks), athletic shoes, regular makeup, and a baton. Instructions: Wear the uniform, put your hair in a ponytail, do fairly strong makeup with rouge and bright red lipstick and put a big, big smile on your face. Hold up your boaton (or toss it high in the sky if you can pull it off) and yell, “Fight, fight, fight for your right to trick or treat.” Walk with a prance, glance from side to side, to show off your bright smile and team spirit.
Supplies: Black leotard or dress, black tights, black shoes, black eyeliner, pink lipstick, head band with black ears (store-bought or easily make your own using a plain head band and black ribbon using these instructions. Optional: Cat tail, either store-bought or made using one leg of a black stocking filled with crushed black paper) and attached with a safety pin. Instructions: Buy or make your cat-ear head band (and tail, if you want one). Paint your nose pink with lipstick. Draw whiskers on your face coming from your nose. Wear the black leotard or dress and black tights, and if you’re wearing a tail, have someone help you pin it in the right location. Randomly “Meow” and paw at things during the evening.
Supplies: Black tights, leggings, or sweatpants; black long-sleeve top or leotard, two pairs of black tights, pillow stuffing or two pool noodles cut into two pieces each, black thread, black stocking cap. Instructions: Cut top of tights so you have four tubes that are closed on one end and open on the other. Stuff with stuffing or noodles. Hand-stitch them closed and sew two onto either side of shirt under the sleeves. Use long pieces of thread to stitch fake legs to each other to give them extra support and help them to move when you move your arms.
Supplies: Black clothes, black felt, hot glue, black stocking cap. Instructions: Cut felt in the shape of bat wings (try out). Using hot glue gun, glue wings to bottom of sleeves and side of top. Cut 2 triangles out of remaining felt and hot glue to top of hat.
Thanks to sister site Living on the Cheap for creating this list of DYI Halloween costumes.