Best DIY Halloween Costumes Ideas for Adults & Kids

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

The Complete Guide to the Best Halloween Costumes


halloween costume ideas
halloween costume ideas

Halloween is fast approaching and it's time to start gearing up for all the ghouls, ghosts, and goblins that are sure to come to your door. One of the most iconic figures in horror movies is the zombie. It's time to dress up as one! But be sure not to mix up your zombie costume with a ghoul or ghost costume. All you need are some torn clothes, fake blood, teeth, wigs and maybe even contacts.


We have a list of the best DIY costumes for you! The best part about a DIY Halloween costume is that it can be created from things you already have at home, or from items that are easy to find.

No-sew or low-sew crafts are typically quick and easy to make, but they can still be detailed and unique.

This is a list of the best DIY Halloween costumes ideas for adults and kids:

  • If you’re a fan of the Netflix series Stranger Things, make an Eleven costume. You will need a simple dress, high white socks and a blonde wig. The makeup: fake blood under your nose


  • Dress up as a zombie with shredded clothes and use fake blood for your wounds. You can find and inspiration online. It’s all about face makeup and mastering fake wounds makeup. You can colour and shred your father’s old t-thirt for this character.

Zombie makeup idea for Halloween
Zombie makeup idea for Halloween

  • If you’re feeling scared this year, dress up as Edward Scissorhands with fake blades and use your hands as gloves. Don’t forget the messy hair


  • Wear sheets as a ghost or just paint your face white with some blood spatter on it for an easy ghost costume.


  • The Lego Man - This costume is great because it’s simple and doesn’t require too many materials to put together. All you need is some cardboard boxes, tape, and paint to turn your little one into an adorable Lego man. Tape together two cardboard boxes to create a rectangle, then cut out holes in each side of the box so your child's arms can go through them and the box will look like arms and legs on either side of their head.


Lego man costume for Halloween
Lego man costume for Halloween

  • Cardboard box - All you need is a cardboard box and some basic drawing materials for this DIY costume. Draw the shape of the desired monster, cut it out and paste it on the front side of the box. You can make it as simple or as scary as you like! The great thing about cardboard boxes is that they're usually freebies from stores like IKEA, which can be transformed into beautiful pieces with little effort.


  • Black and White - You'll need: White clothes, black clothes, white makeup and black makeup. Wear white clothes for the top half of your body and black clothes for the bottom half or vice versa. Add white or black stripes with makeup on your face to complete the look!


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - You'll need: A brown turtle neck jumper, a green sash belt, blue jeans, green face paint and turtle shells (plastic cups). Add accessories.


  • Pipe Cleaner Hair - Pipe cleaners are an iconic craft supply every family should have. They can be used as a great way to recreate Rapunzel's hair and turn yourself into a princess for the night. All you need is two pipe cleaners, one small piece of cardboard or paper, and some glue or school glue stick. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the small piece of cardboard and attach to both ends with glue. Let it dry, then cut off any excess cardboard on the ends and loop around for hair!


  • The Devil: You can go as The Devil by purchasing a pair of horns at your local dollar store and adding red eye makeup.


  • A Raggedy Ann Doll: All you need is a red dress and a stuffed animal doll. Scary makeup will complete your image.


The grumpy cat costume
The grumpy cat costume

  • "Grumpy Cat." All you need for that one is a grumpy face mask and a purple shirt with the words "I HATE EVERYTHING" written on it.


  • A Butterfly: A butterfly costume might just be one of the most creative options out there, but it's also one of the simplest ones too! All you need is an old shirt and some wings made from cardboard or paper


  • A Skeleton: All you need is an old white sweater and some black paint. Create two eye holes by cutting two holes in the front and drawing some eyes on them with a black marker or paint.


  • One of the most classic costumes is the "white face" makeup. The makeup includes skin-toned makeup, white powder or face paint to create a pale look, black eyeliner to draw on eyes, black lipstick to give your lips a haunting look and white eye contacts for that finishing touch.


Skittles costume idea
Skittles costume idea

: Skittles has become a staple of Halloween candy in recent years, so why not make your child’s costume out of Skittles? The only supplies needed are rainbow-colored felt and some ribbon.


  • The Magnificent Scrub Lady: You'll need a scrub top or dress, a hair net, a face mask, and some rubber gloves for this funny costume idea!


The most difficult part of any DIY costume is coming up with an idea. There are plenty of ideas online but they can be hard to find because there are too many options. The best DIY costume ideas come from creativity: think outside the box! Use items you may already have around your house, such as clothes, makeup, or cardboard boxes. You can also make something out of nothing by using creativity; use your imagination and try to think of an idea that is both original and clever.


If you don't want to spend any money on a costume, visit your local thrift store or go through your closet for old clothes that can be worn in different ways.