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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. πŸ™‚

Source: Keikolynn.com



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 aΒ 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.Β (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. VoilΓ !

Source: Seventeen.com


(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 (likeΒ 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.

Source: RookNo17.com
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?

Image: Thinkstock.com


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  1. the_real_me101

    Posted by the_real_me101 on April 9, 2014 at 06:31

    I was a pirate last year :3

  2. AChild0fGod

    Posted by AChild0fGod on November 1, 2013 at 16:42

    Loved these ideas! I sewed my own costume this year -a Snow White dress! πŸ™‚

  3. StandingTall76

    Posted by StandingTall76 on October 28, 2013 at 19:36

    I did the Mary Poppins idea for a thing at my church this past Saturday! I loved it! It was adorable!

  4. kungfugirl

    Posted by kungfugirl on October 25, 2013 at 14:15

    I am going to be luna lovegood\cho. (from harry potter)

  5. Uchiha_Kaida

    Posted by Uchiha_Kaida on October 24, 2013 at 14:52

    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

    • luna2002

      Posted by luna2002 on August 21, 2017 at 03:45

      Pagan holidays ain’t God’s Holy Days

    • amberfishnets00

      Posted by amberfishnets00 on November 8, 2013 at 17:32

      I totally agree! Even if you are not doing the pagan practices we should have nothing to do with the day.

  6. GodGirl4eveh

    Posted by GodGirl4eveh on October 23, 2013 at 13:24

    I’m going as a hippie with one of my friends,we coordinated our costumes!

    • Silvey

      Posted by Silvey on October 23, 2013 at 18:26

      Me and my friend are going as hippies too!! πŸ™‚

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by MeganSiebrecht on October 22, 2013 at 19:38

    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. __meaganbaby__

    Posted by __meaganbaby__ on October 22, 2013 at 07:34

    My boyfriend and I are going as Pikachu and Ash from Pokemon πŸ™‚

  9. koliver195

    Posted by koliver195 on October 21, 2013 at 19:08

    I love the Mary Poppins Costume, It’s my favorite πŸ™‚

  10. cuteykittygirl75

    Posted by cuteykittygirl75 on October 21, 2013 at 10:53

    I want to go as Alice in Wonderland (me and my friends are doing that theme. they chose me to be Alice.) I’m not sure how to make my costume….Any suggestions??????

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by sammyshrink101 on October 24, 2013 at 12:25

      look up Alice in Wonderland costume ideas on Pinterest, they usually have some really cool, creative ideas. Hope you have a fun time!

  11. lilyworshipsongs

    Posted by lilyworshipsongs on October 20, 2013 at 17:45

    Weeping angel is another good one πŸ™‚ Sorry, whovian…xD

    • DaisyPopDrop

      Posted by DaisyPopDrop on December 4, 2013 at 11:06

      Awesome! (I went as 11) πŸ™‚

    • livylu316

      Posted by livylu316 on October 23, 2013 at 19:34

      That is so cool! I’m going as the TARDIS! πŸ˜€

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by deserthorse on October 20, 2013 at 20:09

      HAHAHA! Yes. I don’t know how much more covered up you can get than that!

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by ginnyrox on October 21, 2014 at 11:27

        Well, as a major whovian myself I love the idea of weeping angel but I too am going as the tardius and am very excited about it

  12. SunComesSmiling09

    Posted by SunComesSmiling09 on October 20, 2013 at 17:41

    That Mary Poppins costume is absolutely ADORABLE! I just wish I had a “Dick Van Dyke” to go with and I’d SO do it!

  13. kathylynn96

    Posted by kathylynn96 on October 20, 2013 at 17:31

    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.

  14. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on October 20, 2013 at 12:18

    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.

  15. spyder

    Posted by spyder on October 19, 2013 at 21:51

    I’m going as Tonks! πŸ˜€

  16. sparklehannah13

    Posted by sparklehannah13 on October 19, 2013 at 17:47

    I don’t know if I should be Red Riding Hood or a Mermaid.

    • kungfugirl

      Posted by kungfugirl on October 25, 2013 at 14:17


    • im.His

      Posted by im.His on October 20, 2013 at 19:41

      Oh my goodness! I say mermaid! Especially if you can find a stylish modest swimsuit top! And then have a friend be the crab or fish and have them wheel you around on a skateboard or something! Just suggestions! Either one is cute!

  17. hobbithobbithobbit52891

    Posted by hobbithobbithobbit52891 on October 19, 2013 at 15:57

    oooh i love the lady bird costume but this year i’m going as annabeth chase from the percy jackson series πŸ™‚

    • Rosie0109

      Posted by Rosie0109 on October 20, 2013 at 17:02

      So am I!!!! And my boyfriend is going as Percy!! πŸ˜€

      • XClover17

        Posted by XClover17 on October 27, 2013 at 09:48

        AHHH!! That’s soo brilliant! I have to remember that for next year! So cool!

  18. Sydney_Andrews

    Posted by Sydney_Andrews on October 19, 2013 at 11:48

    I’m going as a kitty this year, but next year I’m going to be Marry Poppins. πŸ™‚

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by graceandfreedom on October 19, 2013 at 07:08

    Love the Mary Poppins one!

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by Godsmasterpiece on October 18, 2013 at 18:48

    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.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by lordslady108 on October 28, 2013 at 16:56

      Though Halloween started with some pagan roots, by the late 8th century it had been taken up by the Catholic church. Hallow’s Eve was a celebration similar to the Hispanic holiday Day of the Dead. It sounds a little macabre when I say it like that, so here’s a website I think might explain it better: http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/civilization/cc0070.html

    • applebypie123

      Posted by applebypie123 on October 19, 2013 at 14:38

      But he also didn’t tell us to celebrate the fourth of July, Thanksgiving, or even Easter and Christmas.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by KaylaKakes on October 21, 2013 at 15:46

        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.

      • Godsbabygirl2007

        Posted by Godsbabygirl2007 on October 20, 2013 at 18:41

        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.

      • Anynoumous

        Posted by Anynoumous on October 19, 2013 at 17:27

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

  21. ElvenPrincess

    Posted by ElvenPrincess on October 18, 2013 at 14:18

    I probably won’t end up doing anything for Halloween, but if I did, I’d go as an elf — Arwen from Lord of the Rings. πŸ˜€

  22. ashlynnelizabeth97

    Posted by ashlynnelizabeth97 on October 18, 2013 at 09:53

    I’m gonna be a Christmas elf with my brother!!

    • PumpkinGirl

      Posted by PumpkinGirl on October 20, 2013 at 17:05

      That’s so awesome!!! I should incorporate another holiday with Halloween this year!!! πŸ˜€

  23. misstake

    Posted by misstake on October 18, 2013 at 08:51

    Oh yeah, I agree, I dont agree with celebrating Halloween, but we do a “fall festival” were we dress up.

  24. misstake

    Posted by misstake on October 18, 2013 at 08:50

    Okay, the Mary Poppins one is the coolest thing ever!
    Im gonna be a film noir girl πŸ˜‰

  25. PolkaDot

    Posted by PolkaDot on October 18, 2013 at 07:38

    I am dressing up as a Medieval Princess. πŸ™‚ I normally don’t do anything for Halloween but I am going to an event and dressing up is part of the thing.

  26. susi0994

    Posted by susi0994 on October 17, 2013 at 20:04

    i dnt think dressing up for halloween is ok

  27. iam_priceless

    Posted by iam_priceless on October 17, 2013 at 17:46

    I would totally wear the Mary Poppins and the Rag Doll costumes! Love these ideas!!!!!! πŸ˜›

  28. nonnie

    Posted by nonnie on October 17, 2013 at 17:38

    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. =)

  29. nonnie

    Posted by nonnie on October 17, 2013 at 17:34

    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

  30. RachelMeeko

    Posted by RachelMeeko on October 17, 2013 at 16:38

    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 πŸ™‚ I wear a stetson now, stetsons are cool. πŸ˜‰

    Here is what I used to figure out what to get: http://whoismattsmith.com/gallery/albums/screen/DoctorWho/Series6/Ep1/promo/normal_Matt-Stetson.png

    • annelisajanae

      Posted by annelisajanae on October 23, 2013 at 19:33

      YEAAAHHH! That’s awesome!

    • kathylynn96

      Posted by kathylynn96 on October 20, 2013 at 17:43

      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.

  31. cococookies

    Posted by cococookies on October 17, 2013 at 16:10

    That Hot air Balloon idea is really cute. I just might try it!

  32. dancestars

    Posted by dancestars on October 17, 2013 at 15:53

    I love the Mary popens costume and the hot air balloon

  33. Publicpassion

    Posted by Publicpassion on October 17, 2013 at 15:18

    I’m going as Marilyn!