Health Team

Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costume Tips

Posted October 1, 2007 1:21 p.m. EDT
Updated October 13, 2007 1:20 p.m. EDT

Dos and don'ts of do-it-yourself Halloween costumes:


  • Start with a store bought foundation, such as a sweat suit, pajamas, leggings, leotards or tights
  • Select a pattern that fits your ability.
  • Use glue or other adhesive products if you can't sew.
  • Look around the house for everyday things that can be transformed into a costume.
  • Choose fabrics such as felt and flannel that are easy to work with and don't fray easily.
  • Embellish your costume with glitter, glow-in-the-dark paint, fringe, boas, etc.
  • Use trims to hide mistakes, such as an uneven hem or poorly stitched neckline.
  • Use Bathing caps and headbands to attach ears or antennas.
  • Consult the Internet and magazines, such as Martha Stewart Living, Family Fun and Craft: magazine for ideas.


  • Wait until the last minute.
  • Use velvet, silks or other costly fabrics that are difficult to sew.
  • Forget about your face and hair. A well-painted face or stylish headpiece can make a costume.
  • Wait until your child is in bed to work on the project. Kids have lots of creative ideas.
  • Forget to theme your treat bag to the costume.
  • Leave home without accessories, such as wands, crowns, capes, etc.
  • Be afraid to ask for help.


Sources: Martha Stewart Living, Craft: and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.