Condo Blues: 10 Handmade Halloween Costumes for Adults

Sunday, October 16, 2011

10 Handmade Halloween Costumes for Adults

I am ALL about the costume on Halloween. I don't decorate the house much because I'm usually working on costumes. I start thinking about my costume a least a month or two in advance. I want my costume to be something clever or different or just plain crazy - hopefully all three. Last Halloween's Little Edie from Gray Gardens costume fits the bill. It was super easy to make too. Yay for easy!




"Easy for you Lisa," you say, "You know how to sew. I can't sew. I can't make a Halloween costume. I'm just gonna to buy one at the pop up Halloween shop."

Stop right there! You do not need to know how to sew to make a great Halloween costume! Last Halloween I went to a party. I saw tons of clever homemade costumes. Some were home sewn but most, like the Little Edie costume I made were not.

Nine No or Low Sew Halloween Costumes for Adults

My two favorite costumes from last Halloween are Russell and Carl from Up!


"Russell" proudly pointed to the squirrel on his shoulder all night. "Carl" tied helium balloons tied to his cane.


Sookie from Jersey Shore – Complete with streaky, uneven bronzer.

This one was extra funny because "Snookie" only stand watching 1/2 of the episode of Jersey Shore she watched for research. I can't believe she got that far through it! :)


The Care Bears were smart. They built their costumes using sweat shirts and sweat pants. Most of the party, including the bar was outside. It was a very cold night.

Brrrr! You gotta love October in Ohio! You never know what you are going to get.


Speaking of cold, the angel spent the entire party outdoors. Apparently hot glue and feathers are more insulating than I thought.

The Angel won the Men's division of the party's costume contest.



Yips from Sesame Street!

The Yips are a sorta sew Halloween costume option. They hand sewed (You might try hot glue) stretch velvet over a pool noodle for the mouth. They Velcroed thin black fabric to the inside of the pool noodle so they can see where they are going. They removed the Velcro panel to eat and drink.


Wonder Twin powers...ACTIVATE!

Our hosts hired a local band named The Wonder Twins. They came to the party dressed as Zan and Jana!

Purple leotards with fabric cutouts of Zan and Jana's logos. Easy!


Grrr! Arrrrgh!

The abominable snowman! He was another costume contest winner.

The abominable snowman also made a thin black fabric curtain for the mouth area which he could remove for eating, drinking, and the millions of, "Who is in that costume?!" questions.

The Mayrelle sisters from Saturday Night Live

Most of this costume was purchased and worn as is from a thrift store.

What are you going to be for Halloween?


Jamie @ the Backless Shirt Blog said...

Hil-ar-i-ous! Some really creative costumes! Come over and see a few of our homemade couples costumes!

Mary said...

Great costumes. And a great assortment, too. I love Halloween creativity. Your Little Edie costume is right on target.

Betsy Escandon said...

LOVE this!

Thrifting Denver said...

This has GOODWILL written ALL over it! I love Edie (genius) and the scary girl from SNL....those tiny hands freak me ooouuuut, and I loved the yips as a kid! Great compilation of costumes I would have never thought of!

Big D and Me said...

I love this post - my husband and I are currently trying to decide what will be - last year we went as Dairy Queen & Burger King

Angie - Big Bears Wife said...

haha look at those Yips ! :)

J's mom said...

Love it! Please post this, and anything else you may have, in my link party at



Brave Brooke said...

Those are too funny!

Unknown said...

These are great costumes! The Yips and the Carebears are totally my favorite.

Anonymous said...

Such cute ideas. I'm all putting together costumes from thrift stores. Last year I put a Jack Sparrow costumes together for my son almost entirely out of thrift store finds for less than $10.

I'm going as Jayne Cobb from "Firefly." I got a friend who knits to make the hat for me. I already had boots, pants, and shirt.

Unknown said...

This post totally cracks me up!!! Great Costumes Ideas!!! No excuses now, right! I'm glad you stopped by and you are so right, there's nothing that a can of spray paint can't fix! I'm your newest follower!!! Stop by and visit often and I'll do the same!!!

Aimee @ ItsOverflowing

Marie said...

Great ideas! I love Russel and Carl from UP! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Show & Share! Can't wait to see you again on Wednesday!


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