Halloween How-To: DIY Halloween Costumes

DIY Halloween Costumes Photos - Ice Cream Cone, Movie Star

Making your own Halloween costumes can be easy and fun -- and you won't break the bank. Check out these ideas and step-by-step instuctions below.

Halloween How-To: Homemade Ice Cream Cone Costume!

I scream, you scream, your kids will scream for this creative costume.

Difficulty: 3 out of 4 pumpkins

Materials & Tools

2 pairs kids white tights

Adult white tshirts

Tan or Brown leggings

Black or brown sharpie

Child sized Brown tshirt


Giant safety Pins


White long sleeved top

Brown or black shoes

Small safety pins

Red hat

Step 1: Create Ice Cream

Stuff white tights with white tshirts, or stuffing if you have it, and tie at the end. Depending on how long your child's torso is, you will either be stuffing 3 or 4 legs.

Step 2: Create Cone

Draw criss-crossing diagonal lines on leggings with thick black or brown sharpie.

Step 3: Create Hot Fudge Topping

Take brown tshirt, approx 6 inches down from the collar, start cutting a wave pattern. Cut the curves up and down around the shirt, at different lengths, to look like drizzled hot fudge. When done, the sleeves and body of the shirt will fall away and you will be left with a collar.

Step 4: Create Sprinkles

Dip giant safety pins in paint -- either brown for chocolate sprinkles, or multiple bright colors for rainbow sprinkles. Let dry.

Step 5: Get Dressed

Put on white top and leggings. Wrap stuffed white tights around your child's torso and secure together at the back with safety pins. Also pin the tights to the shirt.

Step 6: Finishing Touches aka "The Cherry on Top"

Put on hot fudge collar. Once safety pin sprinkles are fully dry, fasten them all along the shirt, tights, and collar. Put on red hat.

Halloween How-To: Homemade Ice Cream Cone Costume

Halloween How-To: Homemade Movie Star Costume!

Lights, camera, action! Your daughter will take center stage in this award-worthy costume that's easy to put together.

Difficulty: 1 out of 4 pumpkins

Materials & Tools


Belt, scarf, or tie

Costume jewelry

Fancy Shoes

Christmas Bows

Possible accessories: gloves, sunglasses, tiara, boa


Action Figure


Krazy glue

Gold Spray paint

Step 1

Search through your closets or costume box for a dress. This can be anything from Mom's old bridesmaid dress, to your daughters Sunday finest, or a dress up costume.

Step 2

Accessorize with a belt. To make it fun and colorful, use a scarf or a tie.

Step 3

Top off the look with whatever costume jewelry you have -- earrings, broaches, necklaces, bracelets, rings (or even a ring pop!). Old broaches add extra sparkle pinned in the hair or on the belt.

Step 4

Bedazzle shoes with a Christmas bow on the top of each foot.

Step 5

Add additional accessories: gloves, sunglasses, tiara, or a boa. Don't have a boa? Dig through some old Christmas decorations to find some Christmas garland. A pretty purse makes a great functional prop -- it's a cute accessory and your child can carry their candy in it.

Step 6

Make your daughter an award winning costume with her very own statuette. Find a container with a flat bottom -- could be Tupperware, a butter dish, even a tuna fish or cat food can. Remove all labels and wash clean. Turn the container upside down and Krazy glue an action figure to the top. Let dry. Spray paint gold.

Halloween How-To: Homemade Movie Star Costume

Halloween How-To: Homemade Scuba Diver Costume!

Is your child "hooked" on under the sea adventures? Then he is sure to make a splash in this homemade costume!

Halloween How to: Homemade Scuba Diver Costume

Difficulty: 3 out of 4 pumpkins

Materials & Tools

2 soda liter bottles

Silver spray paint

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