Coolest DIY Fire Truck Costume for a Wheelchair

Noah's Fire Truck Costume for a Wheelchair

Our son Noah is 3 ½ and has Acute Flaccid Myelitis and this was his first Halloween using his wheelchair. Noah very much wants to be a firefighter when he grows up and my wife and I fully support him in that goal.  Noah does intensive physical therapy 3 times a week to regain his … Read more

Cool Pinata Costume for a Toddler

Pinata Costume

Ryan, my 13 month old is the stud wearing the piñata costume.  This piñata didn’t provide any candy, but he sure looked sweet wearing it! I found it on Pinterest. It’s felt cut into strips and fringed, then glued onto a long sleeve one piece outfit.  The hat is cones made from a sheet of … Read more

Funny Chia Head and Chia Pet Costume for a Couple

Cool Chia Head and Chia Pet Costume for a Couple

I wanted to create a couple’s costume for my husband Philip and myself that was different and funny – here’s our Chia head and Chia Pet costume. Plus…who doesn’t love 80’s nostalgia. I started off by making the Chia head. Then I spray painted a bald cap green with paint I already had. I bought … Read more

Cool Zoo Keeper and Peacock Couple Costume

Zoo Keeper and Peacock Couple Costume

For the Peacock costume, I will start with the top and work down. For the headpiece, I sewed together 4 fascinator hat bases in blue satin to form a dome shape. This “hat” was them covered in swirled pipe cleaners. I made the corona feathers by painting shish kebob skewers white, then glueing feathers on … Read more

Spooky Homemade Costume – White Wendigo Forest Spirit

Spooky Homemade Costume - White Wendigo Forest Spirit

Years ago, I saw the film Pan’s Labyrinth for the first time. Haunted and inspired by the ageless, withered, beautiful faun on the screen, I developed the desire to create my own glassy-eyed, cloven-hooved forest spirit. Dozens and dozens of the designs in my head gave themselves to my sketchbooks. Months, a year, close to … Read more

Luke Skywalker Costume: Jedi Training with Master Yoda

Luke Skywalker Costume: Jedi Training with Master Yoda

This Luke Skywalker costume took some time to make, but I am very proud how it turned out and made on a budget. I won a costume contest at a local bar and received tons of attention with many compliments! Yoda stole the show of course, but the rest of the costume is still very elaborate as … Read more

Coolest Miley Cyrus Costume – Riding a Wrecking Ball Illusion

Miley Cyrus Costume Riding a Wrecking Ball Illusion

My daughter has been obsessed with Miley Cyrus’ song “Wrecking Ball” from the moment it first debuted on the radio. So naturally when she waltzed up to me and said, “Maaa! This year I want to be my favorite song for Halloween!!”, I knew immediately what I had to do. Intense research on how to … Read more

Cool Atreyu and Falkor Dad and Daughter DIY Costume from Nevereding Story

Cool Homemade Dad and Daughter Costume - Atreyu and Falkor from Nevereding Story

My family loves costumes and dressing up for Halloween. Since our youngest child was born, I’ve really enjoyed dressing up with her. Our dad and daughter costumes have become something I look forward to every year. I’ve always loved the movie The Neverending Story. We’ve watched it many times as a family and recently my 7 … Read more

Coolest Homemade Trolls Costumes – What a Troll of a Family!

Coolest Trolls Costumes

We had so much fun making these Trolls costumes. My 10 year old daughter won out this year with her idea for Halloween – characters from the Trolls movie.  She was dying to be Smidge from the movie – OMG!  So my wife took Princess Poppy and I (the dad) took King Peppy.  My 12 … Read more

Last Minute Crazy Cat Lady Costume

Crazy Cat Lady

When my daughter said she wanted to be a “Crazy Cat Lady” I didn’t know what she meant. But she was a nine year old girl with a plan. To say this girl loves cats is an understatement! If she is at a loss for words she “Meows”. The look on her face in this … Read more

Awesome DIY Costume – Exact Replica of Willy Wonka

Exact Replica of Willy Wonka

My son loves movies and wanted to be Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp). I used crushed velvet for the coat, lined it with satin. I have never made a coat before, or sewn with stretchy velvet, so needless to say there were many stitches ripped out. I made the jacket, the vest, the undershirt and the … Read more

Epic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume – Michelangelo

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle [Michelangelo]

The Inspiration for this TMNT Costume Mikey has been on my list of costumes for several years, I just need to build my foam-crafting skills before taking on a costume with this many parts. The primary factor is that I like the costume/character to be recognizable and fun for kids.  If time and money hadn’t … Read more

Cool DIY Jane Jetson Costume

Jane Jetson

To make this Jane Jetson costume, I paper mached a 54″ balloon and cut cardboard for the tail and edges. I used rope for the straps. The wig was bought online. The dress from forever 21, and the tights from Walmart. I used white fabric and hot glued it on top of the triangular carboard.

Coolest Beauty and the Beast Couple Costume

Belle of the Ball and her Beast Couple Costume

Let’s just start by saying that the reactions our Belle of the Ball and her Beast couple costume got was well worth the energy it took to put them together. We were invited to attend a party around here called the witches ball, we had never been and have only known about it since someone we knew … Read more

Cool Moana Group Costume

Moana Family Costumes

My daughters are obsessed with Moana and since this was our first year trick or treating, I decided to go all out and a create a Moana group costume for the family It all began with hei hei, my youngest daughter’s costume. I took a white onsie and sewed a “tail” on with a piece … Read more

Super-Original Homemade Gary the Snail Costume

Coolest Gary the Snail Costume

This Gary the Snail costume was so much fun! I planned on making the costume in 2015 but just couldn’t figure out how to quite make the costume and did a trial make but didnt work. So this year I decided to make it paper mache. I got a balloon and paper mached for the … Read more

Awesome Homemade Groot Costume

Homemade Groot Costume

For my homemade Groot costume, I used pipe insulation tubs for the body and gym mat flooring that I carved with a hot knife for the chest pieces. I used over 140 full size glue sticks to attach the pipe insulation tubes. I soaked tissue paper in white glue and applied to the tubes for … Read more

Amazing Lumiere Costume (and his Plumette) from Beauty and the Beast

Lumiere Costume (and his Plumette) from Beauty and the Beast

While watching the newest version of Beauty and the Beast this year, I was struck by the characters and their extravagant costumes (or potential for costumes), specifically those whose character transitioned from houseware to human and vice versa. I knew that I had to make one come alive for myself this Halloween. I studied the … Read more

Coolest DIY Mr. Potato Head Group Costume

Potato Head Group Costume

My wife had the idea to be a family of Mr. Potato Heads for Halloween for a few years now, and we finally did it. So here comes the Mr. Potato Head Family – with interchangeable parts of course. Like most of our costumes, the potatoes started as solid models on the computer.  It was … Read more

Cool Rick and Morty Costume with Paper Mache Mask

Rick from Rick and Morty- Paper Mache Mask

The mass production of costumes and clothing these days has a massive impact on the environment. Halloween costumes are typically made with petroleum byproducts which are cheaply made and uncomfortable; two things that sound pretty terrible to me.  Also I’ve always believed the old adage that “a penny saved is a penny earned”. Making my … Read more

Homemade Anubis Costume

ANUBIS COSTUME

This costume was made for an office party we had that had an Egyptian theme Sure, I knew there would be a lot of pharaohs at the party so I decided to be the Egyptian god of the underworld – Anubis. The mask was made by using a base of a predator mask and other body garments were hand … Read more

Cool Victims of American Horror Story Illusion Costumes

Victims of American Horror Story

I build costumes for my partner and I every year. The great thing is we are almost identical in size.  I construct one costume and learn from my mistakes making the second build easier. I began with building the structure that would hold our “killers” . 2 wooden dowels you can find at any hardware … Read more