Over-the-Top Homemade Samurai Costume by “OCD” Dad

Over-the-Top Homemade Samurai Costume by "OCD" Dad

Let’s just start by saying this Samurai costume has been 4 months in the making give or take.  It started with a creative itch and a grown man’s love of  action figures kinda dream, I digress.  The costume is 98% recycled cardboard (most of which was hoarded from Costco as workers glared) the other 2% … Read more

Cool Homemade Costume for Women: Ugly Betty

Cool Homemade Costume for Women: Ugly Betty

I was a fan of Ugly Betty when it aired and always liked the big, bright poncho she wore in the pilot episode. That got me thinking it might be a fun costume to put together for Halloween. I looked online for a similar poncho but there was nothing of any quality available, so I … Read more

Coolest Ever Homemade Ghostbuster Costume: Project Ghosthead!

Coolest Ever Homemade Ghostbuster Costume: Project Ghosthead!

In 2011 a co-worker decided to be a Ghostbuster for Halloween. He had one of those inflatable Proton Packs that he had bought online. Being a lifelong tinkerer, I decided to look into building something akin to ‘the real thing’, movie accurate (or at least mostly so). So I got online and started searching, what … Read more

Cool Homemade Sweetums the Muppet Costume

Cool Homemade Sweetums the Muppet Costume

I’ve made pretty elaborate costumes in the past, but don’t go overboard every Halloween.  I wasn’t planning on something real time consuming, until I saw a car commercial that featured some of the Muppets.  One sighting of the Muppet called Sweetums and I knew that’s what I was going to make.  The best feature of … Read more

Mother and Daughter Hunger Games Costume

Mother and Daughter Hunger Games Costume

Catching Fire Effie (Mother) and Katniss (Daughter) Costumes These costumes were definitely the most ambitious ones I’ve made yet.  I already made an Effie Trinket costume from the first Hunger Games movie so when I saw Effie’s butterfly costume, I knew I just had to make it.  All those butterflies!  Gorgeous! So, the research began … Read more

Awesome Homemade Avatar Na’vi Warrior Jake Sully Costume

Awesome Homemade Avatar Na'vi Warrior Jake Sully Costume

My wife Katie and I, along with two other couples (Crystal and Eric Eller, and Mike and Leslie Deery), were hanging out on our patio one weekend when we came up with the idea of planning a group costume for Halloween. Eric quickly made a suggestion, and before we even had a chance to really … Read more

Cool Retro Wolfman Costume

Cool Retro Wolfman Costume

Having come off the high of winning one of last years prizes, I wanted to submit another of my favorite costumes. I have always loved the old Universal Pictures versions of monsters, Frankenstein, Dracula, etc. I wanted to try and recreate my favorite: The Wolfman. It took hours of gluing prosthetic pieces and fur on … Read more

Easiest Costume Ever: Duff Man

Easiest Costume Ever: Duff Man

For all you Simpson’s fans out there, This was the easiest costume I have ever made. I started with a set of blue scrubs, a red sheet, an old belt, 3d glasses from the theater, a red baseball cap and half a dozen beer cans, Avery sticky paper, and iron on transfer paper. I created … Read more

Cool Homemade Plus-Size Queen of Hearts Costume

Cool Homemade Plus-Size Queen of Hearts Costume

Queen of hearts is my favorite Alice in Wonderland character. This costume was completely made by hand from a female vampire costume from years past. I cut the old costume down the front and added in the white panel down the front that I had previously sewn hearts too. On the back a row of … Read more

Well Done Steak and A1 Steak Sauce Couple Costume

Well Done Steak and A1 Steak Sauce Couple Costume

Years ago, I was sitting on my bed with my mom and she asked me what I wanted to be for Halloween. Instead of being a princess that year I asked to be a steak. I was half joking but my mom got so excited about it! She began work on the steak costume and … Read more

Grotesque Zombie Makeup and Costume

Grotesque Zombie Makeup and Costume

This is my Zombie makeup look… You will need: Liquid latex Tissue paper Stage blood Thick blood Ben Nye Colour Wheel – Death Mehron Fantasy FX Face Paint (white) Red eye liner pencil Sponges Setting powder Castor oil Barrier spray Foundation Brown eye shadow Black charchoal powder Hair dryer   Steps for Applying this Grotesque … Read more

Fun Couples Costume Idea: Barbie and Ken

Fun Couples Costume Idea: Barbie and Ken

The best part of doing this theme was that he was totally in for it! The minute he said, “yes” to Ken I knew we could pull it off because creativity is my thing especially during Halloween time!!! I literally started on this costume October 1st and it came out exactly as I had imagined! … Read more