Coolest DIY Grim Reaper Costume: Free Hugs from Death

Coolest DIY Grim Reaper Costume: Free Hugs from Death

The scythe is actual plasma cut metal, with a plastic skull. The wings actually articulate up and down with the help of a switch in the sleeve, which controls a power window motor and pulley system on the back and wings. Cheap clothing materials from local stores torn and shredded sewn and stapled onto costume. The … Read more

Cool Wordplay Costume: Do the Harlem Shake!

Cool Wordplay Costume: Do the Harlem Shake!

I’m a Halloween nut. Last year I spent weeks sewing a Honey Boo Boo pageant dress and, despite much protest on my part, ended up wearing it to work and winning a prize! After years of stressful Octobers with a lack of sleep crafting costumes for myself and friends, preparing for parties, and decorating the … Read more

Cool Homemade “Shark Week” Group Costume

Cool Homemade "Shark Week" Group Costume

These costumes were epic!  The best we have ever done. We won overall best costume at one of the costume contests in West Des Moines, IA. When other people are asking to take pictures with you, then you know you did good!! I was sitting on the couch watching TV one day, and saw previews … Read more

Baby Bump’s First Costume: Pot o’ Gold at the End of the Rainbow!

Baby Bump's First Costume: Pot o' Gold at the End of the Rainbow!

In early September I was Googling maternity costumes without much luck. I saw plenty of zombie baby parts affixed to bloodied t-shirts and wasn’t feeling it. There were also myriad pictures of women with their cute little bellies painted like the Earth or a basketball or a fishbowl, but these days I’m not really feeling … Read more

Awesome and Topical Costume – Victorian Someecard

Awesome and Topical Costume - Victorian Someecard

Every year I go to a competitive Halloween Party and over time, coming up with new ideas have gotten more and more difficult.  This year, I thought of the most amazing costume and dressed up as a Someecard.  You know, those images you see on Facebook where an image like a Victorian lady or 80’s … Read more

Cool Cackling Hens DIY Couple Costume

Cool Cackling Hens DIY Couple Costume

When my friend and I go out on the town we are accused of sounding like cackling hens, so that’s what we decided to go as for Halloween this year.  We searched garage sales for items to make our costumes. We used painter disposable suits and glued feather boas to them. We found Mohawk wigs … Read more

Cool Homemade Couple Costume Idea: Garfield and Jon Arbuckle

Cool Homemade Couple Costume Idea: Garfield and Jon Arbuckle

Much of our shopping for supplies took place at thrift stores. We shopped around at a few locations to find the correct colors for Jon’s pants and shirts, and the orange Garfield hoodie. Garfield’s skirt and tights were purchased new to match the color of the hoodie. A photocopier and fabric paint were used to … Read more

Cool Homemade Oola the Twi’lek Costume from Return of the Jedi

Cool Homemade Oola the Twi'lek Costume from Return of the Jedi

I have always loved the original Star Wars trilogy. But as a woman, if you wanted to dress as someone from the movies, you were generally stuck with two options: Princess Leia in regular clothes or Princess Leia in slace gear. Not my thing. I decided to try making a costume of Oola the Twi’lek … Read more

Cool Homemade Lobster Zone Claw Machine Costume

Cool Homemade Lobster Zone Claw Machine Costume

I work in a bar/restaurant and the bar has a game called Lobster Zone. It’s a claw machine, but instead of trying to win a stuffed animal, you try to win a real live lobster, and if you succeed the kitchen will cook it for you. Patrons of the bar go nuts over this tank, … Read more

Awesome Homemade Couple Costume: Firebirds from The Labyrinth!

Awesome Homemade Couple Costume: Firebirds from The Labyrinth!

I created Firebirds for Halloween 2013. I got the idea from the movie The Labyrinth. My husband (Tim) is the male bird, and I (Shellaina) am the female bird. I pieced these costumes together myself. I started with red body suits as a base. I then sewed together my red and yellow body suit that … Read more

My Costume From Dream to Reality: I am Master Chief!

My Costume From Dream to Reality: I am Master Chief!

How do you write how-to directions for a 1 year build process?  Well, you really don’t. The first step is making the commitment that no matter what, you will put in the work to do the process the right way, and not just rush to finish by a certain deadline. I missed Halloween last year … Read more