My sister-in-law likes her parties to have themes, and the theme of this particular party was "lost in space". I had a Darth Maul mask from a previous Halloween, and I'd always wanted my wife to dress up like Princess Leia in Jabba the Hut's palace, so?.
I bought some material, a metal hoop belt, a bronze-colored bra, a couple of metal spiral bracelets, gold spray paint, a gold paint pen, found some chain, some big key rings, and made a choker out of an old belt. Voila! Slave Leia!
As for me, I cut the horns off of the Darth Maul mask, shaved my head, painted it, stuck on the horns, cut and layered various articles of black clothing, and quite a while later I was the spitting image of the Sith Lord himself.
This party was held at a club, and I got compliments (and challenges to a duel) from strangers all night. And my lightsaber came in handy when my wife got a little too much attention from the patrons. "Back off! Or I'll pretend to chop your arm off!"
Last Halloween we got lazy. We bought a Yoda costume for my daughter. My son wore the Ewok costume/baby carrier I made four years ago. My wife wore the Princess Leia Slave Girl costume I made for her five years ago. And I turned my homemade Darth Maul costume into a “Jedi Council Member # 6” costume. My wife hates keeping things that aren’t used all the time. She calls it “clutter”. I call it “instant Halloween”.
Last year I made my son a Star Wars homemade Darth Maul costume and it cost me nothing. People of all ages (even those who were wearing store bought Darth Maul costumes) were in AWE of him!
How I did it:
He wore black sweatpants, his regular tennies, a black long sleeved shirt he had, and a hooded long sleeved cotton jacket that I have. The light saber I'm told should be another color but he already had it (75 cents at a garage sale a few months before). This costume would have been fine without the saber though.
I printed a picture of Darth Maul. I looked at the picture and traced the lines with an eyebrow pencil (I'm not an artist either - this is easy to do).
I then took black craft paint (yes, just craft paint) and red craft paint and filled the lines in. I had to give him two coats in some areas but overall it covered well. He was only out for a couple of hours so it didn't hurt him or stain. I removed it with baby oil, warm water and a wash cloth, no problem!
My 5 year old son wanted to be Darth Maul for Halloween this year. We found a Darth Maul costume reference from the 501st Legion. I took a karate pattern and modified it to make the Sith Robe. Then sewed the tabards, the pants, and the loin cloth. I modified some gauntlet style gloves to fit him. Then spray painted some rain boots black. His favorite part was the store bought double ended light saber. Instead of buying a mask, we got a bald cap and some small demon horns. We used spirit gum to glue the horns on, then painted his face, ears, neck, and bald cap, to match the tattoos of Darth Maul. The makeup took about 1 1/2 hours to apply. He looks great!