6 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Happy October! This is the first year we’ll have trick-or-treaters at our house so we’ve started to get into the festive Halloween spirit. I also recently found these old pictures on my hard drive so let’s take a trip down memory lane!

We’re both big fans of DIY costumes so here are a few quick and easy ideas, just in time for Halloween and perfect for couples.

#1. Monsters Inc.

One of our first dates was at Disneyland for Alex’s birthday in January. I wanted to impress him so I made pretty adorable Sully and Boo hoodies for us. This was about 4 years ago so the details are fuzzy, but here’s a step-by-step.

Supplies for Sully Hoodie

Step by Step | Time Needed: 2 hours

  1. Using mason jars and bowls of various sizes, trace circles in the purple velvet and cut.

  2. Glue to front and back of hoodie. (Bonus points: I put three circles together on the back left to make a Hidden Mickey)

  3. Draw horns on cardboard and cut.

  4. Use the cardboard as a template and trace on gray felt with a 1” seam allowance. Cut and repeat with opposite sides. You should have 4 total pieces.

  5. With opposite sides facing in, sew together but leave about 3 inches open and turn inside out. Before you close the seam, insert the cardboard and cotton balls/stuffing. This will give the horns shape and help them stand up when the hood is worn.

  6. Sew horns onto hoodie. Rawr!


Supplies for Boo Hoodie

Step by Step | Time Needed: 2 hours

  1. Use a mason jar as a template for the eyeball pupil. Trace onto black felt and cut. (2 pieces)

  2. Now find a mason jar that’s about 1-2 in. wider. Trace onto white felt and cut (2 pieces). Repeat on black felt and cut (2 pieces).

  3. Glue the pupils onto the white circles.

  4. With the right sides facing in, sew the white circle to the black circle. Leave about 2 in. to turn inside out and fill with cotton balls/stuffing.

  5. To make the eyeball “bases,” cut approx. 4”x6” pieces from the black felt. Fold and sew into little tubes and attach to the main eyeballs. They should kind of look like lollipops. Eyeball lollipops. Does this even make sense lol.

  6. Sew the entire eyeball situation to the hood. They’ll be a little top-heavy, but that’s ok. It’ll look super cute and floppy.

  7. To make the teeth, draw a rounded rectangle onto the cardboard. Use this as a template and trace onto white felt with a 1/2” seam allowance. Repeat so you have 8 total pieces.

  8. With the right sides facing in, sew the perimeter and turn into out. You’ll end up with 4 teeth total. Sew onto the front of the hood.

  9. To make the “hair,” cut about 10” long strands of gray yarn. Gather about 20 strands and tie together in the middle. Now sew this bundle around the eyeball lollipop base.

  10. Repeat as needed to achieve a mop-like effect. Lol. I think I did it 5 times.

  11. Be cute and make Boo proud!

#2. Star Wars

A few months later, we dressed up as Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper for Yuri’s Night at the California Science Center. This was a super easy costume, and we got so many compliments.

Supplies for Darth Vader


Supplies for Stormtrooper

  • Stormtrooper Helmet

  • Black and white top (I found my crop top on sale at Charlotte Russe for $10)

  • White tutu (I made mine from tulle and an elastic headband, but this tutu would also work great. I also wore this knee-length tutu for our wedding reception).

#3. Unicorn

Same tutu, different costume. I planned this costume the night before Halloween in a frenzy to wear something cute to the office costume party the next day.

Unicorn Supplies

#4. Penguin

This was a spontaneous buy from the CVS in Vegas. It’s a very safe office costume for those moments when you’re not sure how committed your coworkers are going to be on Halloween. Amazon doesn’t have the vest, but they do have this cozy robe.

#5. Tinkerbell

Also a relatively safe go-to that involves yet another tutu.

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Tinkerbell Supplies

#6. Grandma

I wore this “costume” for my friend Sharon’s murder mystery holiday party. All you need is glasses, baggy clothes, a walking cane, and a cranky attitude.

Happy Halloween!

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