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It's incredibly hard for me to believe that there is only a week left of my absolute favorite month of the year. October always comes so slowly and goes so quickly for me!
Over the next week I'm going to be very busy making my daughter's Halloween costume (she wants to be ice cream this year...haha). For this blog post, I'm going to share some of my favorite ideas for simple, DIY Halloween costumes that you can make yourself with items you most likely have lying around your home! Side note: these are actual costumes that I have done in the past :)
Image credit: www.landress.co.uk--so disappointed I couldn't find the actual photo I had of myself rocking this costume!
So...honest question...who DOESN'T have a closet full of bridesmaid dresses just hanging around? One of my very favorite (and super easy costumes) was taking an old bridesmaid dress, a garter, and a bouquet of fake flowers, and creating an entire costume out of the whole "bridesmaid who caught the bouquet" trope. People thought it was hilarious--as one person said, "That moment when your life becomes a Halloween costume". Bonus? If you actually don't have a bridesmaid dress hanging in your closet, you can almost definitely always find one at Goodwill for a few bucks, OR you can use an old prom dress!
80s Workout Girl
Photos courtesy of my daughter's adorableness and my ridiculous duck lips
The EASIEST costume you will ever DIY? 80s workout chic (I mean, chick!). All you need is a pair of leggings, a leotard (or one piece swimsuit), a loose-fitting sweatshirt (bonus if it is cropped!), sneakers, and leg warmers. Don't own any legwarmers? Simple--cut the toes off a pair of socks, and pull them up over your leggings, then tuck the cut-off ends into the tops of your sneakers (which is exactly what I did for my adorable toddler daughter's costume above). Don't forget to tease your hair like crazy and add some super colorful eye makeup--then tie your hair up in a side pony, pop on a sweatband a la' Olivia Newton John in the original Physical video, and party on!
This classic photo of me epically pulling off this costume back in college (notice that the sash says 2008!) featuring my friend Megan Reigner, and my natural hair color
Welcome to yet another fabulously easy costume--pageant winner! Grab any formal dress you have (old prom dress? Awesome. Bridesmaid dress hanging in your closet? Score. Goodwill haul? Amazing), create a sash out of a wide ribbon, and add a party store tiara to complete the look. Don't forget some epic makeup (eyelashes are a must!), and a cheesy acceptance speech to really pull the costume off!
One of my favorite DIY Halloween costumes to date. Fun fact--I was pregnant with my daughter here! Also, this was a Walking Dead themed party--hence why my husband is dressed as Negan with his infamous bat, Lucille.
Get ready for the comfiest, easy, and most entitled costume you will ever create. Welcome to the Millennial, a costume near and dear to my heart. Pair faux leather leggings with an oversized tunic and OTK boots, then accessorize with large sunnies, a hat, a huge shopping bag, and of course a camera for selfies. Bonus points if you include a Starbucks cup as part of the costume. Get ready to irritate Boomers every time you say "Hashtag #Halloween2021!"
There you have it, friends! Four of my favorite DIY Halloween costumes I've done over the years. Funny story, one of my favorite costumes was one I called "Breakfast at Tiffany's"--I put my hair in a bun and wore a fancy black dress, then carried a Tiffany bag in one hand and a big box of breakfast cereal in the other. I thought I was mad clever, but few people got it. Pride goes before a fall I guess, haha!
Do you have any favorite costumes you have created over the years? Comment below!
I hope that you all have a safe, wonderful, and Happy Halloween, and talk to you soon!