I work at a summer camp and on the last day before the kids go home all the counselors dress up in fancy dresses. All the lifeguards decided we don’t want to dress up, so we always come up with matching costumes.
The Pirate Halloween Costumes were extremely simple. We all had grey sweatpants and black tank tops. We just took any plaid shirt we could get ahold of. The only things we bought were bandannas and eye patches from the dollar store. To make our hooks, we stuck a stick through a plastic cup and wrapped it in tin foil and shaped it like a hook. We printed off parrots from the internet and colored them in, then taped them to our shoulder. We Googled how to make a hat out of construction paper, then drew a skull on it.
This was the first time the lifeguards decided to dress up, and it just got better each time. All the kids loved it and the counselors were always looking forward to what we would come up with next. We followed it up with cavewomen, hula girls, hippies, Superheros, Seven Dwarfs, Pacman, robots, and finally the Flinstones.
Authentic Pirate Crew Costumes
Every year my boys pic a theme and we try to push the envelope in costume making! Everything is homade or altered and at least 90% of the materials are reused and purchased second hand. The jackets are womens blazers bought at Salvation Army and altered. The swords are reconstructed wooden loofa handles! We try to watch our footprint on Halloween and were proof, you can do it in style! Sure, it dosent hurt to have such adorable models! (boys ages: 5, 2, 6mo)
Awesome and Original Maori Pirates Couple Costume
So it’s a struggle to get my Samoan to dress up in costume. I’ll usually come up with something and then guilt him into participating. I’m not proud of myself but it works. Well, we got invited to an incredible Halloween Party, I mean the kind that would make Walt Disney want to be there. Just think Pirates of the Caribbean meets Disney Haunted Mansion and then hooks up with a Hollywood Steam Punk Movie kind of party.
I honestly don’t know how we got invited but I wasn’t going to question it. I just crossed my fingers that no one would find out our invite was a mistake. The husband was actually excited to go and even had ideas! What!? I’m jumping on this run away train and riding it as long as I can!
The party was a pirate themed soiree and I knew I’d better bring my A game. Everyone there would be a pirate so what could we do to stand out? My Samoan wanted to take advantage of his tattoos and his heritage and add some warrior to the mix. Maori Pirates it is!
I started with his costume and tried to blend the pirate and the Maori together with a little plundering from across the seas. I made his shirt and coat sleeveless to show off his tattoo and used a lot of vintage trims and notions to make it looked aged. I wanted lots of texture. I also wanted the traditional black and white beaded puipui skirt made from flax but knew I couldn’t afford it.
My cheap version was to buy up two yards of striped knit fabric, make a casing for the elastic waist band at one selvage edge and then cut one inch strips starting from the other edge. When I pulled the strips, they rolled in on themselves and Holy Toledo they looked like the puipui! His sash looks like it could have been plundered in Asia or India, his pants from Morocco. Add a wrist band made from an old belt and a second hand chunky necklace and a few guns for fun. Then last, but not least, finish off with temporary full face Maori tattoos and you’ve got one very happy Polynesian husband.
My costume I made to match his and stayed within the traditional Maori color pallet. I took an existing corset and added trim down the front as well as sleeves with oversized cuffs and a stand up collar and pocket flaps. I attached a bustled skirt to the corset to add bulk and hide my hips and rear. Plus, it’s just fun! I made black and white vertical striped leggings out of the same fabric as the puipui skirt. My finishing touches were jewelry made from vintage metal buttons and a beautiful antique fringed and embroidered piano shawl wrapped around my hips.
We plundered and pirated our way through the evening and had a wonderful time. It was fantastic getting all the complements and seeing my husband being so proud and confident through all the ooing and awing. He looks forward to being able to wear that again! Enjoy making your own Pirate Halloween Costumes.
Coolest Homemade Pirate Costume
We went to a Ren Fair last year so that was like 3 days of being about to dress up in home made outfits and not even be Halloween. We went as a Pirates on Friday. Knight and his Lady on Saturday, and Roman soldier on Sunday. Well first the Pirate, I bought the vest and suit at a thrift store. I used my own pants. And cut up this black leather looking stuff I bought at Walmart very cheap.
For the Pirate Halloween Costumes I made the Boot covers and the cuffs. Made the eye patch out of cardboard and string and wore a wig. The sword I already had. I cut up red silky things into strips for the head and around my waist. And that’s about it. We joined some friends and went. We had a great time but there were so many people that had really good outfits there so we didn’t really stand out at all. But we had a great time and we will go again this year.
10 Minute DIY Pirate Costume
Well, my son has forgotten to tell me that he is having a costume party at school that morning! What to do? School is about to start in 15 minutes!
This is all I came up with at such short notice; I decided to dress him up as a pirate. I looked around in a closets for something that I could use.
- Mom’s blause, scarf and belt.
- Sister’s vest and necklesses.
- Dad’s shorts.
- Eye patch (ask some old pirate if he can spare one).
- Black eyeliner for beard painting .
More Pirate Halloween Costumes
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