DIY: 5 Modest and Fun Halloween Costumes!

    PI Girls, are you dressing up for Halloween this year? It can be tons of fun, until you realize how expensive it is to buy a fabulous premade costume. To help get your creative juices flowing, we searched for five DIY costumes that are modest and can be made on a budget. Because getting dressed up should be fun…not stressful!



    Want one of the easiest and sweetest costumes of all time? Check out your closet and local thrift stores and find black tights and shoes, a black skirt, red belt, white blouse, red bow tie, black umbrella, large purse and black hat. All of these items are things you may already own or easy finds while thrifting, and though the outfit involves a lot of pieces, you should be able to get everything for less than $30! Bonus points for dressing up your hat with things around your room. Psst…this is an especially great costume if you’re heading out with your boyfriend or guy friend. Just help him gather the items worn by the chimney sweep in this photo. 🙂




    Materials needed:

    • Yarn in the color of your choosing (red looks awesome) cut to desired length (adult pictured here was 40 inches)
    • Felt strips (10 x 2 inches)
    • Scissors
    • Embroidery floss or thread
    • Two hair combs per wig

    Here’s how to make a simple yarn wig with a middle part:

    Steps 1-3: Gathering your yarn together, find the center. Using your felt strip as a backing, begin sewing small sections with a backstitch. The area you’re stitching together will end up being your center part.

    Steps 4-6: Continue sewing on small sections until you reach the end of your felt strip. Once it’s completed, flip it over. Starting at the same spot you began sewing on the yarn, stitch a comb onto the “front” of your wig. After you’ve gotten the comb on, trim the ends of your wig and try it on!

    To complete this super-cute look, style the wig with pigtails, braids, bows and flowers! Wear a fun outfit and be sure to OVER-accessorize by adding bows, aprons, tights and cute details.

    Source: A Beautiful Mess



    Materials needed:

    • Pillowcase
    • Multiple textured, colored and patterned fabrics (scraps work great for this project!)
    • Scissors
    • Push pins
    • Hot glue gun or sewing machine
    • Ribbon or edge tape

    Step 1: Lay your pillowcase on a flat surface. The opening will be the bottom of your dress, so you’ll need to cut out a hole in the opposite end for your head and two arm holes on either side of the pillowcase. Hold up against your body to spot where your holes should be and what size.

    Step 2: Using your scissors and all your fabrics, cut out fist-size half-ovals (each oval was created from squares that measured 3 x 4 inches, then round two of the corners). The dress pictured called for about 45 of these half-ovals. If you’re purchasing fabric, you’ll need at least one yard. These will act as your owl’s feathers.

    Step 3: Beginning at the bottom of your pillowcase, lay fabric feathers alongside one another, making sure they cover the edge of your pillowcase. The straight edge of your feathers should be at the top of your row. Pin straight edge into place. Make sure you alternate your fabrics for a whimsical, charming look. (Note: You can make the dress longer by adding more half-ovals to the bottom!)

    Step 4: Once you’ve completed pinning your bottom row, sew or use hot glue to attach the straight edge of your feathers to the pillowcase. Moving on to the next row, make sure to stagger your fabrics so they cover all seams you created on the line before. Repeat this step until you’ve reached the top of your pillowcase.

    Step 5: Trim any excess fabrics that might be hanging over in the neck or arm areas. Now, taking your edging tape or ribbon, edge the neck and arm holes so that they cover all loose fabrics and give the entire costume a polished look!

    By adding fun eye shadow, a few feathers, black pants and a messy nest-like side bun, the outfit is complete!

    Source: A Beautiful Mess



    If you’re going out with friends, dressing up as breakfast is the perfect way to be a yummy match. Simply dress in all black with comfy shoes and make your chosen food item out of cardboard or large poster board. Hole-punch two holes at the top and attach a string to wear around your neck. Voilà!



    (While the costume in this photo was made for a younger girl, it’s totally doable for you, too!)


    Materials needed:

    • Extra-large balloon (36 inches)
    • Large basket
    • Old dress with straps that you don’t mind cutting up. Works best with straps that adjust (like overalls).
    • Off-white, “bumpy” yarn
    • Ribbon
    • 4 brown paper lunch bags
    • 4 plastic grocery bags
    • Jacket
    • Scarf
    • Knit hat
    • Scuba mask
    Step 1: Find a 36-inch balloon at a party supply store. (This type of balloon is often used for car lots when they want to advertise a big sale.)

    Step 2: Buy a basket at a craft store (like Michael’s) and cut a hole in the bottom to fit around your hips.

    Step 3: Take an old dress with straps, and hot-glue the bottom of the dress to the bottom of the basket. This way, you can “wear” the basket and it will stay upright.

    Step 4: Tie yarn to the basket and fasten it to the knot at the base of the balloon to make it seem as if the rope were holding up the basket.

    Step 5: To make stripes on the balloon, use colored ribbon and carefully double-tape them from top to bottom.

    Step 6: For sandbags, crumble and stuff four brown paper lunch bags each with a plastic grocery bag (so it will be light) and hang them off the four corners of the basket.

    Step 7: For an “aviator” look, wear a jacket to hide the strapped dress, put on a scarf and add a scuba mask (that you paint black) to a knit hat.

    Girls, are you dressing up for Halloween this year? Do you know what you’re going to be yet? Have you ever handmade your own costume?
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    1. I’m going as the 11th Doctor – He is fairly easy to recreate. I have a cowboy hat that looks similar to his stetson, a big blue hair bow that I am going to use as a bow tie, some black jeans, a white dress shirt, a jacket very similar to his, and his sonic screwdriver 🙂 I wear a stetson now, stetsons are cool. 😉

      Here is what I used to figure out what to get:

      • My school had our spirit week a couple weeks ago. The days we had were:
        Monday: Neon Day.
        Tuesday: Sports Jersey Day.
        Wednesday: Superhero Day.
        Thursday: Crazy Hair Day.
        Friday: Camo Day.
        I participated in all of the days except for Crazy Hair Day because I had Senior Pictures later in the day.
        On Superhero Day, I went as a character one of my previous Social Studies teachers came up with the name of but I am developing in a play I’m writing, The Cranium (knows any- and everything about everything except romantic love and doesn’t rub it in). My teacher gave me that name because I’m the smartest kid in my class, and the “competition”, two guys, already had the names Rapid Rebuttal (always quick to make an argument, which this kid was) and Kaptain Kata (really fascinated with Martial Arts, which this kid is).
        What I’m trying to get to is, one of the ninth graders went as the 11th Doctor for Superhero Day. I knew she was a Doctor, but I couldn’t tell the difference between the 10th Doctor and the 11th Doctor, because I don’t watch Doctor Who. The only reason I am interested in different parts of Doctor Who is because the actor who plays the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, voices a character in How To Train Your Dragon, which I am trying to keep up with, and that still seems impossible to me.

    2. aaahhhh! i love the mary poppins-chimney sweep thing! saving this idea for the future cuz i dnt have a bf and even though i have a couple of really close guy-friends 1 wouldnt do it and the other would be great for it but is being like 3 different things O.o lol

    3. im going to try to pull off going as the 90’s but im gonna need some help with that so if yall want to help me with that or if yall need help with yalls im about to make a forum in random thoughts and questions for it. =)

    4. I don’t want to argue with anyone about Gods word but simply say that I don’t think Jesus dressed up when he was in this world. I mean if he would have wanted us to celebrate Halloween he would’ve told us in The Bible.

        • But Christmas and Easter Celebrate Jesus. You can gather candy and dress up anytime. What does halloween celebrate and why is pagan????

        • What about Valentines day? Hm? It’s just a holiday that’s meant to be a fun way to relax and have fun! Especially for children. It’s not seen as an ‘evil’ holiday unless someone CHOOSES to see it in such a way.

        • No, but the Lord did make it clear that we are not to associate ourselves with anything demonic. Many, many people associate death and ghosts with halloween is a very spiritually demonic way.

      It is so cute! I will definitely do it next year.
      This year, I am going as a Steampunk Masquerader. I am so excited! Although I need to modify my dress (gold and so pretty) so the back laces up.

    6. I think the rag doll is kinda cute.
      I’m going as Abby Sciuto (shoe-toe, for anyone who hasn’t seen it) from the TV show NCIS for Halloween. Even though her attire is not entirely modest half the time, I’m trying to make it as modest as I can.
      I’ll probably change my profile picture on here and Facebook to me in my costume after this Friday, which is my school’s Halloween Dance.

    7. I’m going as Little Red Ridding hood the once upon time version. I made my own hood/cape then went to a thrift shop and bought a long skirt. I also bought a peasant top and ordered a corset online. I really really love my costume and since I made it, it’s modest.

    8. sorry if this offends anyone, but honestly I don’t believe holloween should be celebrated.
      when I think and my family thinks that its satin worship holiday and I don’t like it

      but I do know someone that uses the holidy as an excuse to dress up and act weird :b

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