Halloween costume madness
Halloween is sneaking up. Are you ready with an outfit that’ll win you best Halloween party costume? No need to drop big bucks at the costume store. Make your own, and have something original and creative that’s budget friendly, too.
As a former professional costume designer, Jessica Cruzan, who now sells handmade clothing and accessories online, says being crafty doesn’t mean needing a sewing machine. “The hot-glue gun is your friend,” she says.
She also believes in repurposing items when possible. For a butterfly costume, she took wire from a costume witch hat to shape the wings. Craft and hobby stores are helpful, but she also frequents hardware and auto supply stores. “Think of what you’re using a completely different way,” she says.
Westfield, N.J., mother Jennifer Lane creates her kids’ Halloween costumes each year, just as her mom did. “Simple is better,” she says. When making a Wonder Woman costume, she used duct tape (which comes in various colors and patterns) to cover the crown and boots. “You can use simple things that you might already have, and you can cover and repurpose them.”
If you’re looking for some clever do-it-yourself costume ideas, here are some costumes to get you started.