3 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Erica dressed as Joy from Inside Out

Halloween feels a little wonky this year. Do we get together with friends? Do we hand out candy? How can we do this all safely? For our part, Greg and I are probably going to spend the evening hanging out at home watching Hocus Pocus. If you do end up with last minute plans, here are three easy DIY Halloween costumes you can probably make with things you already have in your closet, and less than $25 with Amazon Prime. These are also super kid-friendly in case you’re just staying home for Trick or Treaters. One of the houses in my neighborhood has rigged up a ghost zipline/pulley system for delivering candy while maintaining distance, so I think there are still opportunities for a fun but distanced Halloween!

Costume #1: Joy from Inside Out

This costume is one of my personal favorites because my hair is already teal, so I just need to put on a yellow dress and call it a day. I made my costume (the photo at the top of this post) using this yellow dress from Amazon. I painted on the blue starbursts with fabric paint. If you want to put in a little extra effort and you don’t have blue hair like me, you can use a blue wig. The rest of this costume is super easy. Joy is barefoot, so you don’t need to worry about shoes. Keep your makeup minimal, but use a lot of highlighter because Joy kind of shimmers. Then you’re good to go. Optional add-on: gold balloons or balls in a backpack to represent the core memories.

Costume #2: Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins DIY Halloween Costume

Mary Poppins is probably the easiest DIY Halloween costume because she’s so iconic, there is some wiggle room in the execution and it will still be recognizable. You just need a black blazer, white collared shirt, black skirt, black shoes, and some kind of red or pink necktie. I used a pink scrap of fabric I had floating around, but you could also use a piece of ribbon or a bow tie. Optional accessories that add to the overall effect are a black hat and a black umbrella. Easy. Done.

Costume #3: Katniss Everdeen

Katniss DIY Halloween costume

Katniss is another easy costume with a lot of wiggle room. You basically need either cargo pants or black skinny pants/leggings, a black shirt, black jacket, and black boots. Add the braid and the mockingjay, and the character is immediately recognizable. In the Hunger Games movie, Katniss’ braid is a Dutch braid (basically an inside-out French braid) that starts on one side of her head and wraps around to the other side. Bonus points if you have some kind of bow/arrow situation, but I like costumes that don’t require carrying things all night.


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