DIY Costumes for Adults, Kids, and Even Pets

It’s that time of year again: Halloween. Whether you’re trick-or-treating, hosting a party, or just passing out candy, it’s time to dress up and be someone or something that you can’t be the rest of the year. We’re here to help with some simple-costume ideas for you, your little ones, and your pets.

Adult Disguises

There’s no need to rush out and spend good money on a store-bought costume. You probably have everything you need to make an awesome disguise right in your home.  If you want to keep things really simple, throw on some black pants and a black garbage bag. Presto, you’re a raisin. Have an old white sheet? Cut out a couple eye holes, throw it over your head, and you’re a ghost. This stick figure is easy to make, and creative too. Click on the photograph credit for 28 other DIY ideas.

Costumes for Children

Kids are easy to dress up, and they usually have pretty specific ideas about what they’d like to be. The easiest way to make a costume for undecided kids is to ask them what they like. For example, suppose they like lambs. Simply attach cotton balls or clumps of batting to a T-shirt, add black tights and ears, and you’re done. You can make other animal costumes in a similar fashion. Whatever they like, if you do an internet search, you’ll probably find that someone’s made it before. Here’s a case in point. This kid clearly loves fried eggs!.

Dress up Your Pet

Some of you will go the extra mile and dress your pet up, too. Here are 27 DIY costume ideas for your pet. Some of them take a little leg work, like crocheting a hot-dog bun. Others are bound to be torn off rather quickly, such as spider legs on the back of a dog. But all of them are bound to bring laughter and conversation. Only you know what your pet will tolerate.

Whatever you decide to be and whoever (or whatever) you decide to dress up, you can always take comfort in the fact that you will have an entire year to think about what you’ll do next year. Happy Halloween!

Greg Gladman
Greg Gladman has two degrees from the University of Cincinnati and prides himself on managing the operations and customer service at Ink Technologies. With a mind like a vault, he is full of useful and useless information, making him an asset to the company and to his Tuesday night trivia team. When he is not working, he spends his time bowling and playing golf. Greg dedicates much of his free time to raising money and awareness in support of the fight against blood cancers.

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