DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on what may be the best part of the season. No, it’s not the candy or the pumpkins—we’re talking about the costumes! Young or old, there’s something thrilling about dressing up and pretending to be someone or something else for a night. Or for the entire week. We’re not judging!

Costumes are not just for trick-or-treating, either. Why not throw an online costume contest with your friends and family? Zoom just got a whole lot spookier and more exciting!

Don’t have a tickle trunk full of costumes ready to go? Want to be something different this Halloween? Why not make it yourself! DIY costumes are a great way to be creative, learn some new skills and have fun. Whether you want to be a spooky vampire costume or a sparkly princess this Halloween, we have plenty of resources to get you started!

DIY Costume Inspiration

1. Epic Cosplay Costumes by Kristie Good

Learn how to mix and match pieces—from hand-sewn items to DIY foam armour—into original costumes.

2. DIY Kids' Dress up by Jessica Near

All the instructions you need to sew up a range of accessories to turn you or your little one into a magical creature, wild animal, bird or superhero.

3. The Hero's Closet by Gillian Conahan

With patterns and ideas for beginners to experts, this essential handbook offers step-by-step instructions to help you make the costume of your dreams. Also available as an eBook.

4. Playful Hoodies by Mary Rasch

Not super confident in your sewing skills? Not to worry. Start with a hoodie and this book and you’ll be good to go. Limited or no sewing required!

5. Extreme Costume Makeup by Brian and Nick Wolfe

Get all the skills you need to create believable creepy costume makeup—from insects and werewolves to cyborgs—from world-renowned special effects artists. Extreme Costume Makeup is also available as an eBook.

6. Super-simple Creative Costumes by Sue Astroth

With some simple sewing skills and everyday items, this book will guide you through making everything you need for a whole household of fun costumes!

Don't let the Halloween spirit pass you by! A costume can be a fun project to work on with a family member or friend. It can also put a little spook in your step. Happy Halloween from all of us at EPL!