Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas - Part 2: Think Out Of The Box

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Fall is my favorite season, and Halloween is my favorite holiday.   I really love making costumes, and the more creative, the better.  For the next couple of days I will be sharing some homemade costumes I've made in the past.  If you are looking for costume ideas this year, I hope my posts will inspire you!

Past Posts:  Part 1: Costumes For Kids

Part 2:  Think Out Of The Box 

creative halloween costumes

 

One of my favorite costumes was this Rabbit In A Hat. 

The hat was created by first making the rim

from cardboard and covering it with fabric.  Then

I attached the fabric that formed the hat, using

a hula hoop sewed into the hem to weigh it down. 

The hat is actually hanging from my shoulders using

fishing line for straps.

 

What was convenient about this costume was the fact that I could simply remove the straps from my shoulders and drop the hat to the ground and step out of it whenever I needed to.  It transported really easily too.

 

 

 

half bride half groom costume

 

After making the half girl/half boy costume for my daughter (see Part 1), I decided to give an adult version a try and made this half bride/half groom costume

 The following year, I added half bridesmaid/half groomsman costumes for my mother and my aunt and we were a "half and half" wedding party.

half and half wedding party

One of my more dramatic creations was a dead couple in their coffins.  

I made each coffin by covering a three-sided foam board presentation display with brown fabric, which hung to the floor. 

The coffins had straps on the inside which slipped over our shoulders, enabling us to walk around hands free, coffin and all.

skeleton in a coffin costume

My uncle, Jim, hand painted the skeleton bones onto my black body suit.  I purchased the mask and gloves.  It's great to have an artist in the family!

My husband was a decomposing corpse in the other coffin.

 halloween corpse

For his costume, I sliced up his shirt, pants and tie with a razor blade.  I soaked the shirt in strong tea to discolor it.  I attached spiders all over the clothing.  He wore rotted teeth and carried a dead lily. 

Decomposing Face:  See makeup recipe below

 

skeleton crew

 

 

My skeleton costume was recycled by my daughter.

1.  Lose the coffin

2.  Add orange vest and hard hat

3.  Add boyfriend in construction barrel

and...voila:

you have a  Skeleton Crew. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are two examples of Optical Illusion costumes:

halloween costume     halloween costume

Two of our more original ideas:

christmas stocking halloween costumecorn on the cob costume

When in doubt...go in drag!

halloween costumeshalloween costume

Recipe for Face Makeup  (enough to do  approx. 3 faces)

3 TBSP Cornstarch

1 TBSP Flour

3/4 C Karo light corn syrup

1/4 C water

Mix cornstarch and flour.  Gradually stir in corn syrup and water until smooth. 

Divide into 4 portions.  Leave one portion untinted, use as glue.  Use 1/4 tsp of food coloring of choice to color three remaining portions.

Decomposing face:

Separate facial tissues into single layer, and tear lengthwise into 2 inch wide strips.  Generously paint forehead with untinted mixture and place strip of tissue over area, pat firmly with fingertips.  Add more mixture to cover any dry spots of tissue.  Continue the rest of face, one section at a time.  Avoid eye area.  Let dry 15 mins.  You can use hair dryer to speed drying.  Build up multiple coats of tissue in some areas to look like the skin is falling off.

Use red tinted mixture for blood.  Make dark circles under the eyes using eye shadow.  Complete with very light face powder to appear really pale.

 

 

 

 

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Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
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Sharon you just out-do yourself with every new post. You are so creative and I so enjoy seeing all the costume photos. You're even  recycle - love the skeleton turned skeleton crew ... Lose the coffin, add orange vest and hard hat, and add boyfriend in construction barrel :)

October 13, 2009 10:09 AM #2
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Lori Bowers
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I love your creativity!  I am sure you must be a ton of fun and laughs....

October 13, 2009 10:34 AM #3
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I totally love your creative costumes! You guys are so clever! I may do the rabbit in the hat this year. That looks easy and fun!

:)

 

October 13, 2009 11:03 AM #4
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Sharon Tara
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Edward and Celia:   Thank you!  I'm glad you found it interesting.  I learn something new here every day!

Lee and Carol:  All of my costumes have been used many times and keep getting reworked to bring new life into them.  I'm glad you are enjoying the posts.  Thank you!

Lori:  Thank you!  I really do love Halloween.

Betina:  Thank you!  I come from a very creative family.  If you make the costume and have any questions, feel free to contact me.  Also, please come back and post a photo, I would love to see it. 

October 13, 2009 12:40 PM #5
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Sharon

Cool costumes and a lot of smiling faces.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

October 13, 2009 03:09 PM #6
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Cynthia Bartch
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OMG Sharon, you are a scream, love the rabbit in hat and the decomposing corpse! You are super creative, I do not sew :(  Now is someone being naughty there in one of those photos ;-D

October 13, 2009 03:19 PM #7
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Lou:  Thanks!

Cynthia:  Get your mind out of the gutter...LOL!  No naughty going on!  These costumes are PG rated.

October 13, 2009 07:34 PM #8
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Sheila Kennedy
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You certainly are the most creative lady I know.  I love these ideas - I need to come up with a costume for this year and you certainly have given me plenty of food for thought.  Love it!

October 13, 2009 09:06 PM #9
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These are co cute and CREATIVE!  Why am I not surprised?!  You are amazing!

October 14, 2009 12:15 AM #10
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Sharon Tara
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Sheila:  Thanks so much!  I hope you will share with us when you decide on a costume...would love to see a photo!

Janna:  Thank you, I appreciate it!

October 14, 2009 10:32 AM #11
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Pat Starnes
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These are so fun! Great ideas. You know your ideas WILL be replicated.:)

October 14, 2009 12:54 PM #12
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Sharon Tara
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Pat:  Thanks, I hope so!

October 14, 2009 03:57 PM #13
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Sharon- I love your rabbit in a hat and toadstool optical illusion.  What's in store for this year?

October 14, 2009 07:34 PM #14
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Sharon Tara
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Kathy:   Those were two of my favorites!  Nothing planned as of yet for this year. 

October 14, 2009 09:43 PM #15
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Oh I remember that weekend with the costumes!!!!  It was sooo much fun!  I remember pinning all those leaves!!!!  Jimmy and Claudette that was great!!!!

October 27, 2009 07:36 PM #16
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Sharon Tara
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Kylah:  What leaves?  Oh, you mean these leaves....

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October 28, 2009 07:31 PM #17
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LOL I LOVE it!!!!!  the thongs were a great hit!

October 28, 2009 07:47 PM #18
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Sharon Tara
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Kylah:  Of course, thongs are always a hit!

October 28, 2009 07:57 PM #19
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Sharon you're are just so creative.  Love them all and need help with one ASAP.  ANy ideas for me for a real estate related costume party?  It's gotta be quick and easy.

November 10, 2009 12:23 PM #20
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Lora:  I sent some ideas via email.  I hope you will share a picture of whatever you end up doing.  I would love to see the finished product.

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