By Sareena Denis, Community Manager at ShopYourWay
Halloween will soon be upon us, and with it, ghouls, witches, and zombies will be roaming the streets.
Whatever the kids in your neighborhood choose to wear, (i.e. hopefully they’ll lean towards the government shutdown instead of Miley Cyrus), we’ve got tons of ideas to make your Halloween fun.
Check out our ideas for last minute costumes, how to set the mood for trick-or-treaters, and how to give your neighbors a good scare.
Don’t Settle for the Toilet-Paper Mummy
Whether you are spending the next week putting your Halloween costume together, or need a last minute fix, we’ve got some great ideas for you.
The best way to come up with a costume is to scour through what you’ve already got. Look in your closet, what do you see? Do you have a suit? What about something colorful? Some retro-inspired clothes? If you have craft paper, tape, scissors, glue, and some old wire hangers lying around, you’ve got endless possibilities. Here are some ideas to get you started.
If You’ve Got a Suit…
What you’ll need: A suit, glasses, a blue t-shirt, red and yellow construction paper, scissors, glue, tape.
How to: Create Superman’s “S” emblem with red and yellow construction paper using a print out from the internet (here’s one to make with construction paper, here’s the full emblem to print out). Tape the emblem to the blue shirt, and wear the blue shirt under the full suit. Unbutton the top four buttons in the suit to reveal the blue superman shirt underneath. Voila! You’ve got yourself a super costume.
What you’ll need: A black suit, white t-shirt, black construction paper, tape, scissors, black and white face paint.
How to: If you’ve got a black suit, you’ve got yourself more than half of the Jack Skeleton costume. All you have to do to finish it is to create a “Bat” collar using construction paper, scissors, and glue (here’s a print out). Put final touches on by painting your face white with black makeup detailing. You’re ready! Now go steal Christmas.
Wendy Davis, the Filibuster Superstar
What you’ll need: A suit, sneakers, big pearls, stack of papers, black and grey construction paper, cardboard cylinder (use the inside of a paper towel roll), tape, scissors, tinfoil.
How To: The actual costume is pretty self-explanatory, but you’ll have to create a microphone. To do this, cover the cardboard cylinder in black construction paper. Then, create the top of the microphone out of a ball of tinfoil. Stick the end of the tinfoil into the cylinder “handle” that you’ve already created and secure with tape. Put your running shoes on an you’re ready to go.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis
What you’ll need: A suit, pink lipstick, pearls, a lot of hairspray, big sunglasses, gloves, a dainty purse.
How To: Make sure to get the big bouffant in your hair by slicking it back and backcombing the bottom layer.
If You’ve Got Something Colorful…
Captain Kirk from Star Trek
What you’ll need: A long sleeved v-neck red shirt, a black under shirt, black pants, construction paper, tape, scissors, colored pencils.
How to: Look online for a printout of the star trek emblem (you can find one here). Cut it out and color it in gold. Then take the black under shirt and layer it under the red shirt you have – just make sure the collar of the black shirt sticks out a bit. Put on black pants, attach your “pin” and you are ready to go!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
What you’ll need: A green shirt, yellow construction paper, a cardboard box, 5 strips of red/purple/blue/orange cloth (choose one color), tape, glue, and scissors.
How to: Take a piece of yellow construction paper, and with a marker, draw a “six-pack” on the yellow paper. Take the paper and turn it into a soft-rectangle/oval shape by rounding off the corners. Stick this to the green shirt and you have half your costume ready.
Next, cut eye holes into one of the pieces of colorful fabric for the eye mask, tie another two pieces to your left and right upper arms, and another two pieces to your left and right wrists.
For the shell, take the cardboard box and cut out a round-rectangular shape. Secure the “shell” with string so that you can wear it like a backpack.
What you’ll need: red top/dress, black leggings, black construction paper, tape, scissors, a headband, two black pipe cleaners.
How to: Take the two black pipe cleaners and twist them around the headband to create antennas. Take the black construction paper and cut out small circles for the “spots.” Stick the spots to the dress with tape, pull on your tights, and you are ready to hit up the town.
What you’ll need: A single color dress or shirt, black leggings, black construction paper, tape, glue, and scissors.
How to: Look online for crayon stencils; use the stencils to draw on the black construction paper. Cut out the pieces and stick them to the colorful shirt or dress with tape. To finish, create a crayon-point hat by rolling construction paper into a cone shape and tape shut. Tie a string to two ends of the pointed hat to secure it around your chin.
A Spooky House for Trick-or-Treaters
Want your house to have some spook, but you don’t have time to set up a whole elaborate theme?
No problem, you can still let trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood know that your house wants in on the fun with these last-minute decoration ideas.
Set the Mood with Music
Thanks to the invention of YouTube, you don’t need to buy spooky music. To keep from getting bored with howls and cackles on repeat, try playing these scary soundtracks. They are a lot spookier and are sure to give you goosebumps!
Nightmare Before Christmas
Give Your House the Creeps without Breaking the Bank
There’s no need to go to extremes when simple scaries will do the trick.
Light up the Way: Line the path to your door with paper bagged candles. What you’ll need: Paper lunch bags, sand, tea light candles.
Ghost Shadows: TPing your own house? This is just pure fun! What you’ll need: double ply toilet paper
Leave the Leaves: An unkempt yard screams spooky! What you’ll need: Relaxation! Don’t bother cleaning up your yard leaves for a couple days before Halloween and let the grass grow a bit taller. Just make sure to turn on a light outside and inside your house so it still looks inviting for trick-or-treaters.
Spook them Yourself: Want to scare the wits out of your trick-or-treaters? Dress up as a scarecrow and sit outside your house with a bowl of candy and a sign that reads “We’re not home, but help yourself to candy.” Remain very still, and then when the trick-or-treaters put their hand in the bowl to grab candy, move slightly. This always gets them!
Shut the Lights: Keep the lights in your house on so that it will be inviting for trick-or-treaters. When they ring the bell, shut off all the lights, open the door, and talk in a creepy voice. The kids will go running!
Black Bats: Do you have black construction paper? Triple up on the paper and cut out some bat shapes to paste to the walls and hang from the ceiling. You can also do the same with orange paper for pumpkins, and white paper for ghosts.
HELP!!!! Do you have red paint at home? Paint “HELP” on your door with some “blood” smeared around it for ticker-or-treaters to see as they approach your house.
Want more ideas and inspiration for Halloween? Check out our Shop Your Way Halloween page!