Recipe for Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

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There are many ways to incorporate your interests into an exciting Halloween costume.

Senior Grayson Ragsdale dressed up one year as a Roy Liechtenstein comic book character, which included “a ton of makeup but was super fun.” In addition to the excitement of wearing something that you created, there are many advantages that come with wearing a DIY (do it yourself) costume, and according to senior Sarah Moon, “you can save money and show off your creativity.”

Senior Cassie Henning said, “I love making my own costumes because I can add my own personal flare.”

Major disclaimer: I am not artistic by any means, so if I am able to make these DIY Halloween costumes all by myself, I know that you can do the same. If you are in a pinch on Oct. 31 and have been too busy to create a look that is grandiose and frightening all at the same time, just follow one of the “recipes” below to master the perfect Halloween look.


Prep time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials: Black Jeans, Black Shirt Paper, Scissors, Tape, Black Shoes, White Face Paint (optional)


  1. Start by laying out the black jeans and black shirt. Cut out a skeleton and tape those bones onto the clothes.
  2. Add some black shoes to complete the outfit.
  3. This last step is completely optional, but you can paint a skull on your face.


Prep time: 20 minutes

Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate

Materials: Overalls (pants or shorts), Flannel Shirt, Boots, Hay, Makeup


  1. Start by putting on overalls, a flannel shirt and boots.
  2. Hay isn’t very common in Peachtree Corners/Wesleyan, but find some at Pikes or The Home Depot. Stuff it in your shirt so it looks like the hay of a scarecrow popping out of the buttons.
  3. Another fun idea to add to this quick and easy DIY costume is some makeup. Take some blush and draw big circles on your cheeks. With brown eyeshadow, draw a triangle on your nose. Connect all of those with black lines created by black eyeliner to look like stitches. Finally, pop on a cute red lipstick.

Squints and Wendy Peffercorn from “The Sandlot”

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials (for Squints): Jeans, Baseball Cap, Baseball Shirt, Dorky Glasses, Converse

Materials (for Wendy Peffercorn): Red Bow, Red Bathing Suit, Red Shorts, White Glasses


  1. For Squints’ costume, grab some jeans and a baseball shirt and throw those on with a ball cap and Converse. To completely incapsulate this character, get a pair of big, dorky glasses.
  2. For Wendy Peffercorn’s costume, slip on a red swimsuit and pair it with red shorts. Pull your hair into a high, retro ponytail with a big red bow. For the face, add heavy, red lipstick and big white sunglasses to complete the look.


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials: Black Jeans, Black and White Striped Shirt, Black Beanie, Black Gloves, Money Sign Cut-Out, Bag


  1. Grab black jeans, add a black and white striped shirt and a black beanie. To add to the bandit effect, take a reusable brown sack and glue, sew or even tape a printed-out money sign on the front.
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