Costume Pointers & Tips

Costume Ideas

Hunt through your closets for old clothes you might be able to use. That old shirt you never wear anymore can get cut up for a vest, hood, or sash. That old skirt can be made into a cape.

Rip that chiffon layer off your old prom or bridesmaid dress and use it to make a harem girl costume. And old sheets are great for more than just ghost costumes.

Hey, Scarlett O’Hara made a drop-dead dress from some curtains, so keep an open mind! You can always dye things to make them the color you need.

Items like belts, hats, or even old boots can be spray-painted for a new look. And don’t forget to surf the web for images of your costume character to help spark your creativity.

DON’T SEW?

If the costume is for an adult, you can piece together items with staples and/or masking tape. (Well, they only need to last one night!)

Just turn everything inside out, staple along the seams, and cover the staples with masking tape. Hemming can be done with just tape (hide a couple of staples along the seams if you can, to make it stronger).

QUICK TRANSFORMATIONS

An easy way to make a skeleton – use all white clothes and then put on electrical tape to form the bones. Or use all black clothes with white cloth medical tape.

You can use tape to make stripes on clothes for a prison uniform, or to put stripes down the sides of pants legs for police uniform, etc.

The beauty of this technique is that the tape comes off and you don’t have to destroy anything to make your costume.

OTHER TRANSFORMATIONS

Leather look: black trash bags over something padded

Metal items: cardboard covered with aluminum foil

Poor man’s bald wig: cut up some pantyhose and stretch it over your hair

Five o’clock shadow: burn a piece of cork and rub on your face… or create stubble
by using coffee or tea grounds stuck on with eyelash adhesive

Facial hair: cut some fur off an old stuffed animal and apply over eyelash adhesive

Ghoulish skin: for skin that actually peels and falls off, use any type of peel-off facial mask, found in most drug stores.

SIMPLE OLD AGE MAKE-UP

Apply base make-up all over face and neck. “Scrunch” up your face first to emphasize your “natural” wrinkles, and apply make-up that is lighter than your natural skin-tone (work on a small area at a time for best results).

Then “de-scrunch” and fill in the creases using a soft brown eye-liner pencil. Create sunken cheeks by darkening the cheek hollows.

Emphasize the creases around your nose, and darken along your jaw line. Create crows feet by your eyes. Pucker up your lips to create wrinkles around your mouth. Add liver spots, broken capillaries, etc.

Blend everything with a make-up sponge. If you use make-up with a small amount of yellow added, you’ll get a more realistic look. Use the same techniques on your hands for more realism.

When you are all done, powder all over with baby powder to set make-up and give a dry skin appearance. You can also use baby powder to make your hair look gray.

HOW TO MAKE FAKE BLOOD

Take some light corn syrup and add a lot of red food coloring until it looks about right. Then add blue food coloring a drop or two at a time to make the color closer to real blood (a little green might help too). If you mix in some peanut butter, the blood will be less likely to stain.

IF YOU WANT SCARS

It’s possible to make homemade scar “stuff,” but it’s much easier to purchase a Halloween scar kit from your local store – they only cost a few bucks and they work fine.

Be creative to make the scars look as ugly as possible. Throw in some dry oatmeal to add a gross texture. Be sure to mix in lots of fake blood. To make burn scars add something black (burn a piece of cork, or use wadded-up pieces of a wet magazine page).

HOW TO MAKE FAKE INTESTINES

Take a pair of pantyhose and cut off both legs. Use a sewing machine or glue gun to make a seam all the way up the middle of each leg (don’t make the seam very even).

Cut off unneeded halves and turn the others inside out. Fill with cotton or cut up cotton cloth. Twist at random places and make a few stitches to make them look more realistic. Soak in fake blood and let them hang from torn shirt or zombie costume!

CREATE A GRUESOME BOIL

Get a band-aid about the size of the boil you want. Then, dip some tissue (toilet paper works best) into a mixture of PVA glue and water, and form it onto the band-aid. Make a groove by pushing a pencil about halfway into the tissue.

Wait for it to dry and cut around the hardened glue and tissue. Peel the backing of the band-aid off and place it in the desired location. Use makeup to blend it onto your skin.
Submitted by John Simon

HOMEMADE WITCH’S BROOM

Find a good tree branch to use for the handle (a little crooked works best). Take some straw (pine needles can also be used) and tie it into many small bundles using strong thread or string.

Tie each bundle as tight as possible. Then begin attaching the bundles around the bottom of the branch, tying them one or two at a time, winding the string around, and then adding more.

When you get to the last bundle, wrap the string around that one and tie it off tight.


Quick & Easy Costume Ideas

Quick Costume
Melted Snow Man: Drench yourself in water and carry around two sticks, a scarf and a carrot.
 
Updated>> Got Milk?: Wear a sign that says “Got Milk?”. Paint a milk mustache over your lip with make-up or other non-toxic white substance.
Submitted by johncar
 
New>> Leafblower: Wear a baseball cap with a leaf dangling down in front of your face. When someone asks what you are, blow on the leaf.
Submitted by Jessica
 
Head in the Clouds: Stick cotton balls all over your hat or visor.
Submitted by Kathleen from Arlington Heights, Illinois
 
White Trash: Wear all white, and attach trash (i.e., milk cartons, paper, candy wrappers) all over yourself. Or step into a white trash bag overflowing with trash.
Submitted by FlyersHawk (similar idea submitted by Djw1175)
 
God’s Gift to Women: Wrap yourself like a present using romantic wrapping paper. Attach a large tag that says “From: GOD To: WOMEN”.
Submitted by Joel
 
Black-Eyed Pea: Take a fabric pen and draw or pin a giant “P” on a shirt. Put black makeup around one eye and you have become a “Black-Eyed P.”
Submitted by GillsCreek and also by Kelly Ann DeMauro
 
Babysitter: Strap a baby doll to your behind and sit on it.
Submitted by Sunny
 
Kangaroo: Tape a brown paper lunch bag to your stomach.
Submitted by Gwen Infusino
 
Sugar Daddy: Attach candy all over yourself.
Submitted by Baller
Devil’s Advocate: Wear buttons and carry signs that say “Devil is #1” and “Vote for Satan,” etc.Submitted by Vicki
 
Nudist on Strike: Dress in normal clothes and carry a sign that says “Nudist on Strike.”Submitted by KLK
 
Signs: Use foil wrap to make a pointy, Hershey Kiss-shaped hat to keep the aliens from reading your mind.Submitted by stormm303
 
Jackson Pollack Painting: Splatter drips of paint on your clothes and hang a picture frame around your neck (or just hold it up in front of you).Submitted by Jen
 
Updated>> Mucho DeNiro: Photocopy several pictures of Robert DeNiro and attach all over your body.Submitted by George McMurtry
 
Updated>> Johnny On The Spot: Wear a name tag that says “Johnny” (not necessary if your real name is Johnny). Create a circle out of cardboard or plastic, big enough to stand on. When someone asks you what you are, throw the circle on the floor and stand on it.Submitted by Ashleigh
 
First Class Male: Buy some stamps and paste them on your face or glue some onto an old shirt.
 
Chip on Your Shoulder: Dress in regular clothes, and glue a poker chip to your shoulder.Submitted by David S.
 
Hose Bag: Climb into a green/black garbage bag and wrap a garden hose around yourself.Submitted by Christine Grover
 
Chest of Drawers: Pin underwear to your shirt. Works best with a formal looking business suit.Submitted by Monica


Group Costume Ideas

Group costume ideas
Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol: Everyone dresses in navy blue business suits. Make a large fake check out of the poster board. One person carries red roses, another person carries balloons, and others carry a camera and microphone.
Submitted by CT
 
Circus Performers: Clowns, ring master, lion tamer, acrobats, etc.
Submitted by cheerbaby0o0
 
Three Men in a Tub: The butcher (bloody apron and fake cleaver), the baker (white apron, chef?s hat, flour sprinkled on cheeks, rolling pin) and the candlestick maker (a thick gray apron, candles). Bring along a plastic tub.
Submitted by SpecialK
 
President and his Secret Service: One person is the President trying to shake everyone?s hands. The rest dress as secret service, and try to move people out of the way, looking from side to side constantly.
Submitted by Jen
 
Wizard of Oz: Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Wicked Witch, Professor, Wizard, Glinda, Munchkins, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, etc.
Submitted by Paul Valencia
 
Goldy Locks and the Three Bears: Great for a family of four especially if Dad is Goldy Locks!
Submitted by Phil P.
 
Three Out of Four Dentists Who Chew Gum: Four people dressed as dentists, with three of them chewing gum.
Submitted by Chris Boggs
 
Angry Mob: One person dresses up as Frankenstein?s monster. Everyone else dresses as villagers with pitchforks and torches. Torches could be made of a piece of lumber with different colored construction paper glued to the top.
Submitted by Rose
 
Different Stages of Michael Jackson: Everyone dresses from a different stage?from the time he was a 5-year-old, to the 80s sequined-glove days, to the present-day Michael Jackson.
Submitted by Kat
Angry Mob: One person dresses up as Frankenstein’s monster. Everyone else dresses as villagers with ragged clothes and rope belts, carrying pitchforks and torches. Torches could be made of a piece of lumber with different colored construction paper glued to the top.Submitted by Rose and mereo236
 
Different Stages of Michael Jackson: Everyone dresses from a different stage?from the time he was a 5-year-old, to the 80s sequined-glove days, to the present-day Michael Jackson.Submitted by Kat
 
Fab Five from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”
 
Race Car Driver and Pit CrewSubmitted by Andrew
 
Cinderella and Her Ugly StepsistersSubmitted by Michele Psillos
 
Dominoes: Wear all black and pin circles of white paper to yourselves in a domino pattern. When you arrive at a house, one person leans in, and you all fall over.Submitted by Kate
 
The Three Kings: Elvis, King Kong, Don King
 
Nuclear Waste Disposal Unit: Wear orange or white coveralls. Stencil numbers on the back and the words Nuclear Waste Disposal Unit, with the biohazard symbol. Add goggles, helmet/mask, gloves, and boots. Carry containers of ?hazardous? substances.Submitted by Derek Kormish
 
Gilligan’s Island: Gilligan, the Skipper, the Professor, Mary Ann, Ginger, Thurston and Lovey Howell.Submitted by Dan Seidensticker
 
News Crew: Reporter, cameraman, soundman, lightman, producer, etc. Go around interviewing people! (So, how did you hear about this party?)Submitted by nesto
Beverly Hillbillies: Jed, Granny, Jethro, Elly May, Mr. Drysdale, Miss Hathaway, etc.
Director of Human Racehorses: One person wears a tux and carries a director?s baton. Everyone else dresses like horses.Submitted by Daz5871
White Trash Bridal Party: She wears a ragged wedding dress, with a pillow stuffed underneath. He wears overalls and glum expression. Everyone else dresses as shotgun-carrying in-laws.Submitted by K. Franck
Russian Gymnasts: Wear red stretch pants and a white tank with RUSSIA stenciled on it. Wrap your hands with tape and chalk and put gold meals around your neck!
The Three Stooges
Blue Man Group: Wear all black (long sleeved turtle-neck, pants and boots). Wear a bald cap or bathing cap and latex gloves, and cover your face, head and hands with blue grease paint.Submitted by Aniline
Candy Bars: Reese’s, Hershey’s Bar, Hershey’s Kiss, Almond Joy, Kit Kat, Butterfinger, Goobers, etc.Submitted by Kelly
Pink Ladies and the T-Birds from “Grease”Submitted by Alliesun23
Riverdance: Have “dancers” wear all black with plaid sashes. The Michael Flatley character should have tight Lycra pants, boots, and a bandana; no shirt, and plenty of stage make-up. The less athletic you look, the better!

Unique Costume Ideas

costumes

Catcher in the Rye: Find a set of (baseball) catcher’s gear and wear it. Then take a clear garbage bag, and draw or glue labels on it to duplicate a bread bag from a loaf of rye bread.

Cut holes for your legs, arms, and face, and put it on over the catching equipment. Twist tie the bag on top.
Submitted by Sarah

Deviled Egg: Wear all white. Paint or attach a yellow circle to your stomach. Wear devil horns and carry a pitchfork.
Submitted by Dawn C.

Frank Einstein: Get a Frankenstein mask and attach an Albert Einstein wig, spray the wig with green hair color, wear a lab coat with a pocket protector, pens, etc.
Submitted by Jack Mitchell

Runaway Bride: Wear a bridal gown and sneakers.
Submitted by William

Castaway: Take an old pair of khaki pants and tear off the legs to create shorts. Wear a dirty white T-shirt, beard and long hair. Carry a volleyball with red handprint and face.

Grim Rapper: Wear a grim reaper costume, but accessorize with baggy pants, gold teeth, thick gold chains, and radio on your shoulder.
Submitted by Letty

Static Cling: Wear any kind of mismatched clothes, pin one pant leg up, pin dryer sheets on you as well as socks, small towels, etc., and then use hair gel to make your hair look like it has static.
Submitted by Kellie

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon: Get an appropriate costume, such as Bullwinkle or Snoopy. Attach long strings all around and then attach tiny plastic clowns at the end of each string. Then walk in slow motion humped over with the clowns just dragging the floor.
Submitted by ChrisG

King Con: Dress like a jailbird, and add a crown.
Submitted by Mr. Hileman

Beekeeper: Buy or make a beekeeper’s hat, complete with netting all around it. Wear khaki clothing. Glue fake bumblebees all over hat and clothing. Carry around a fake beehive, which works well as a candy collector!
Submitted by Angie


Costume Ideas for Sexy Couples

Couple costume ideas

Crocodile Hunter & Wife (Steve & Terri Irwin): Each wears khaki shorts and shirts, with hiking boots and socks. Take a white pillowcase or laundry bag and put rubber snakes inside the bag. “Terri” or “Steve” could have one snake around their neck and the other could carry a stuffed or rubber crocodile. Have fun, Mate!
Submitted by Pat Lyons

Caught on Lover’s Lane: He wears shirt buttoned up the wrong way, pants unzipped, looking all disheveled like you just sent a nude, with lipstick kisses all over his face and neck (along with some on his shirt and one or two strategically placed close to the zipper of his pants).

She wears a dress with the waist band all bunched up and twisted, lipstick smeared all over her mouth with the back of her hair all messed up, she could be missing a shoe and have holes in her panty hose. For added fun, have the man stick an empty condom package in his shirt pocket.
Submitted by Kilroy

Money Grubbing Lawyer and Car Accident Client: One dresses as a lawyer in a suit with a briefcase and the other dresses as an accident victim with gauze, fake blood, crutch and a noticeable bruise. Make up some fake business cards and have the lawyer hand them out.
Submitted by Audrey Murrell

Baker and A Bun-In-The-Oven: This is cute if the woman is really pregnant! She wears a cardboard stove around her neck with a large cutout in the center for her belly. Velcro or tape a cardboard bun, bread, cookie, etc. in the middle of her belly. The man wears a chef?s hat and apron.
Submitted by RachEM, FL

Spartan Cheerleaders from Saturday Night Live: Wear red and black Spartan cheerleader outfits and carry pom-poms.
Submitted by cma926, and Craig and Gina

Cardiac Arrest: She dresses up as a big red heart (cut out of cardboard or cloth) and wears handcuffs. He dresses like a cop.
Submitted by cshyanne

Spartan Cheerleaders from Saturday Night Live: Wear red and black Spartan cheerleader outfits and carry pom-poms.
Submitted by cma926, and Craig and Gina

Cardiac Arrest: She dresses up as a big red heart (cut out of cardboard or cloth) and wears handcuffs. He dresses like a cop.
Submitted by cshyanne

Hershey’s Hug and Kiss
Submitted by Cara McCuskey Buy Online

Cousins from the Boonies: Wear old, ripped clothes, bucked or missing teeth, greasy hair, pigtails, freckles, rolled up pant legs, and bare feet. Carry a burlap bag filled with with road kill.
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Raisin’ Hell: One person dresses up as in a California Raisin costume, and the other dresses up as a devil.
Submitted by Ryan C.

Brick and Bricklayer: Woman is a brick made from a box, with stockings underneath; man is a bricklayer (mason) with all the masonry accessories.
Submitted by NCSam

New >> Kevin and Britney: She dresses like Britney…either from one of her videos, or pregnant with bare feet. He wears a fedora hat, “wife-beater” shirt, etc.
Submitted by Alexis

Roll In the Hay: Dress up like a farmer girl and boy. The girl can have braided pigtails, tight short-shorts, white t-shirt, etc. The boy can wear dungarees, old straw hat, etc. Take hay and stick it in your hair, make it so it?s coming out of your pant pockets, and so little bits are stuck all over yourself, etc.
Submitted by Diana