DIY Halloween Costumes

By Amanda Moses

Halloween is just around the corner, so if you haven’t made your costume purchases just yet then you are in for long lines at stores such as Party City and Ricky’s NYC. Costumes for children are usually the easiest—a vampire requires fake blood and a cape, a werewolf means donning a mask and a princess basically involves a beautiful dress, but what about teens and adults?

Halloween enthusiasts require scarier, more intricate costumes. However, this may also mean that you are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a costume you will most likely wear for one night. If you are on a tight budget, but still want to look awesome this Halloween, here are a few tips on some ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) outfits.


Makeup: The key to a good Halloween costume is the makeup. You can purchase a Halloween makeup kit at any local drug store, or use the makeup you have at home. Artists like Madeyewlook, Jordan Hanz, LaCindina and so many others film tutorials on YouTube to help you prepare for Halloween. The most popular look this year is Harley Quinn from the summer flick Suicide Squad. There are hundreds of tutorials to get that genuine guise, and some artists even incorporate their own artistic spin on the comic book anti-hero’s appearance.



Props: In addition to makeup, you can add props such as prosthetics. If you want to look like a scary demon, purchase stick on fangs and horns. Throw on some red and black makeup and you will look like you crawled up from the depths of the underworld. If you want to dress as a tortured soul, try using a zipper and some facial glue to make your appearance look torn and bloody. If you are not into dressing like the undead, grab a helmet and hammer like the Mighty Thor, or a brown robe and light saber like a Star Wars Jedi.


Be Creative: You don’t have to dress as something dead and dreary for Halloween. Many aficionados try comical approaches to their favorite celebrities, such as Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and others who’ve established their iconic looks. Throw on an oversized black or blonde bob-wig and voilà, you are Sia, or wear your favorite LeBron James’ jersey with a little bit of zombie makeup for a creepy costume.


Buy Something You Will Wear More Than Once: If you feel that you are not able to hack the makeup tutorials, have no fear, you can still purchase a costume. If you are a fan of Star Wars, why not purchase a storm trooper dress? It’s perfect for Halloween and cosplay events like New York Comic Con and everyday wear. Likewise, you could purchase a 1920s flapper dress that would be great for Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties. These outfits are purchasable at Hot Topic, Torrid, Super Hero Stuff and ReedPop.