10 Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women

These ten easy Halloween costumes are not only homemade, they’re easy and simple even for women who don’t like sewing. These ideas are perfect for October 31 costume parties, school events, and even trick or treating.

Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for WomenI’m kicking off this list with a Halloween costume that’s not so easy to make at home: a Rubber Ducky Halloween Costume. Why? Because it’s an original costume that you don’t see at every Halloween party :-) It would be an easy homemade Halloween costume for women who are creative, artistic, and have lots of time on their hands.

Here’s the first easy Halloween costume idea for women:

Be a Bubble Bath! Make a bubble bath Halloween costume by wearing white clothes with balloons attached all over your body. Get a baseball hat or toque (if you’re Canadian), and attach more small balloons. Complete your Halloween costume with whatever you normally use when you have a bath: soap on a rope, rubber ducks, candles, or loofah for your feet.




Another easy costume is to get a scary mask, and wear your bathrobe or nightgown. I also shared several Halloween costume ideas for plus size women, which may help you find something creative and interesting to wear on October 31.

When making your costume, remember one of my favourite quips: “Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.”  ~ Mason Cooley. What story will you tell this Halloween?

The most important thing is time. The more time you have, the easier it’ll be to create a Halloween costume that tells the story you want it to tell. If you don’t have enough time to make your costume – at least three days, depending on how elaborate you want to get! – check out the New Halloween Costumes for Women on Amazon.

Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women

I added a few pictures of Halloween costumes from Amazon, to give you more ideas. For instance, Women’s Huntress Halloween Costume from InCharacter Costumes is awesome! It may be difficult to make at home – not exactly DIY unless you’re super creative. It comes with a hooded cape with chain closure, tunic dress with lace-up front, attached strap, printed gauntlets and waist cinching belt. The boots aren’t included. Many women who buy this Halloaween costume also get the men’s Robin Hood costume. Very romantic :-)

“Bag” Lady

Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes Women

10 Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women

Before the politically correct days, we used to call women living on the street “bag ladies.” This is a play on that: grab all the paper and plastic bags in your house, and tape them together to make a dress or outfit. This easy homemade Halloween costume for women can make an environmental statement, too – it’s not just about being a bag lady from the days of yore.

24 Carrots of Gold

Wear a gold or orange pantsuit or dress, and tie real carrots all over your body. This is a play on 24 Karat gold.

Alice in Wonderland

One of the easiest Halloween costumes for women, this just requires a light blue dress that has big puffy sleeves. Add white socks and black Baby Janes, and you’re Alice!

Homemade Halloween Costumes for WomenThe Batman Arkham City Adult Harley Quinn Costume isn’t exactly Alice in Wonderland, and it may not be an easy homemade Halloween costume for a woman who doesn’t normally dress like a biker! But it’s kinda fun and tough. If I didn’t have the body of a short curvy 44 year old woman, I’d love to wear it!

Dolls R Us

Get painters’ coveralls, and pin big and little baby dolls all over your body. Wear a sign that says “Dolls R Us” or “All Dolled Up.” This is sort of a play on the Toys R Us store.

Baby Girl

This is my least favourite Halloween costume for women, but it was submitted by a reader so I feel obliged to include it. It’s easy to make at home, that’s for sure. Wear a nightgown and slippers, put dabs of red rouge on your cheeks, pull your hair back with a purple ribbon, and stick a pacifier in your mouth. You’re a baby, girl!

Want to be a beef taco for Halloween? Read Food Costumes You Can Make at Home.

Poem – a super easy Halloween costume for women

Have you ever seen those little fridge magnets, all with a different word on them? It’s called magnetic poetry, I think, and you can get different themes. To be a poem for Halloween – which I think is an easy homemade costume for women – simply glue those little fridge magnets all over a white body suit. You can make sentences, or paste the words randomly.

Birthday Girl

This is a super easy Halloween costume – buy a birthday kit from the dollar store (the one that includes paper napkins, tablecloth, birthday hats, plates, etc). Glue all those cheap birthday items to a form-fitting track or body suit. Don’t forget to wear a birthday hat! In some Halloween circles, this costume is also known as Birthday Suit.

Halloween costumes for women

Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women

Biker Babe

This is two easy costumes in one: a baby costume and a biker costume. Dress in traditional baby gear (eg, diaper, baby bottle, baby bonnet, baby rattle) and traditional biker chick garb (eg, leather jacket, red bandana, biker boots). You’re a biker, babe!

Finding an easy Halloween costume that suits your personality style isn’t always a simple task. You want to be comfortable in the costume you choose to wear, and it may take the sewing skills of a seamstress to make it the way you want it! I love ornate embroidered clothes, but I’d never spend the time it takes to make a homemade embroidered Halloween costume, no matter how much time I had to create it.

Be careful with tinted contact lenses as part of your Halloween costume

If your normally blue eyes would look better if they were white, black, or orange for Halloween, be very careful about wearing colored contact lenses! Contact lenses should never be worn without a prescription from a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist. In fact, it is against the law to sell decorative contact lenses without a prescription.

DIY halloween women costumes

Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women

Non-prescription Halloween contacts come in such colors as white zombie, red vampire and “sexy sapphire.” They are sold illegally in beauty shops, costume stores and over the internet. Many buyers are teenagers and young adults. When purchased without a prescription, these lenses may not be fitted properly, and buyers usually do not receive proper instruction on how to care for and wear contacts. Users might, for example, use the wrong solution, share with a friend, wear improperly, fail to disinfect or use tap water rather than contact lens solution.

Improper use of decorative contact lenses as part of your homemade Halloween costume for women can cause inflammation and infections, making eyes red and painful. Even when these complications are treated, there’s still a risk that scar tissue could permanently impair vision and require a corneal transplant. Even when worn for a relatively short period of time, such as during a Halloween party, decorative contact lenses can damage your eyes if not used properly.

Tinted or decorative contact lenses may seem like a lot of fun, but they’re not worth the risk. Never wear a contact lens, whether for vision correction or for decoration, without a prescription.

For more homemade Halloween costumes for women, read Book Character Halloween Costumes – it’s my second most popular article about Halloween.




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66 Responses

  1. Carrie says:

    Is it too early to start getting ideas for Halloween?! I’m getting so excited already :-) Great list you have here! Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Laurie says:

    Taking pictures for these Halloween costumes – especially at each stage of creation – is a really good idea. Now if I could only find the time to actually make each of these costumes and take pictures of them…

  3. Kelvin says:

    A very good list of easy Halloween costumes for women. Now if you have a picture or if someone can send you the picture of what they have done along this article it would be a better list. Usually people like to see how Halloween costumes look before start to create it.

  4. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    This has been my most popular Halloween costume article, and women seem to start planning their costumes in the spring and summer!

    If you have any tips for creative easy homemade Halloween costumes for women, please share here…

  5. Mickeala says:

    I’d love to know how to make a cheap easy but flirty pirate costume;D any ideas ?!

  6. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    I think we should throw a Halloween party this year. I’ve only been to about 2 or 3 in my adult life, and I’m tired of waiting to get an invitation! It’s time to take Halloween into my own hands…

  7. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for commenting, Cheap Halloween Costumes! Last year, this article was my most popular Halloween article – millions of women were looking for homemade Halloween costume ideas. This year, it’s dead in the water.

    The internet is weird. Or is it women who are weird? :-)

  8. Cheap Halloween Costumes For Women says:

    Fantastic article about Halloween costumes – thanks for your great ideas! They are affordable and really easy to make.

  9. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your comments! Halloween is four months away, and already we’re planning our homemade Halloween costume. It’s never too early to start brainstorming :-)

  10. Charlotte says:

    I used to make Halloween costumes and sell them to neigbhors, but I got too busy in my regular job to keep doing it. People really liked buying homemade Halloween costumes especially if they didn’t have time to make their own. or have the creativity.

  11. Mallory Matsu says:

    Hey, Great blog you have here. I found this post really interesting. Thanks

  12. Limo says:

    Wow, I love the 24 Karat Gold theme, that’ll be so fantastic! It’s a good choice if you want to look luxurious.

  13. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your comments! No, I didn’t think of these easy homemade Halloween costumes myself…I had a lot of help from a woman called Xerlan.

  14. TriNi says:

    Those are some really great ideas! Did you think of those yourself? Cuz some of them are really funny.. I love the 24 “carrot” gold one lol.. Too bad I already bought my costume for this year!

  15. David says:

    Wow! Ideas are both funny, amazing and easy to do. Thanks for the guide

  16. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your comments, and for your tips on easy homemade Halloween costumes for women…I can use all the help I can get with Halloween costumes :-)

  17. MP says:

    kt – For the Lady GaGa costume, how about the red vinyl dress she wore when she met the Queen? You could buy a red vinyl table cloth, shower curtain, or whatever and make it. Very easy and recognizable, too. There was also an episode of Glee where the cast dressed in Lady GaGa costumes. It could inspire you, perhaps.

  18. Maynard Paye says:

    Thanks for the Halloween costume tips. I just found the costume I want to wear- Police Costume. Visit policehalloweencostume.net and see awesome costumes.

  19. frank crowther says:

    hi am dressing as a woman for halloween an wonder what color dress an high heeled shoes to wear that goes with green eyes

  20. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your comments! Soon, I should put photos of these easy Halloween costumes…it would make them easier to imagine.

  21. Julie@Bumblebee Costume says:

    I love these suggestions! I’ve never seen so many unique ideas in one place! I especially love the idea of going as 24 “carrot” gold – that one is priceless :)

  22. Keiththezombie says:

    Nun fancy dress is straight forward and can be traditional or sexy…

  23. Keiththezombie says:

    A site ideal for cat fans who want to dress the part…

  24. Jen says:

    Some great ideas here. I’m looking to put my outfit together ahead of time so I don’t wait until the last minute again this year!

  25. Alexa B says:

    This sounds practical! For those who wish to have a lady gaga costume, get ideas from http://www.ladygagacostumesite.com. I hope this helps. Thanks.

  26. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your comments — I can’t believe it’s already time to start thinking about Halloween costumes! I hope I’m invited to a cool Halloween party this year….

  27. sexy cop costumes says:

    I just want to recently organize one party for my friends I think Homemade Halloween Costumes idea is best o0ne for that. I was not comfortable with my decision but here I got some very nice review for that so I will do it with Homemade Halloween Costumes.

  28. keithezombie says:

    Some ideas for Witches costumes on this blog:http://www.witchesfancydress.co.uk/

  29. Fancy Dress UK says:

    Nice, plenty of detail here! In need of some Californian raisins now though.

  30. Olivia says:

    I love this idea for a halloween party! Try gothic corsets also.

  31. Fancy Dress London says:

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  34. lauren says:

    some of these Halloween costumes for women are cute but then yet again some of them aren’t

  35. sophie o says:

    For lady gaga just ware a funky short dress dye yur hair nd put a lightn on ur face!

  36. sophie o says:

    me nd my friend need costumes 4 halloween ! were only 13 nd we want sumthing cheap nd easy 2 make . and something we will look cute in!!!

    help!!!!

  37. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Okay, this idea for a Fashion Police Halloween Costume isn’t mine — I saw in on Yahoo — but it’s fun! Someone there described a fashion police officer costume as a black and pink cop costume, with pink shades and a pink note pad for “fashion tickets.”

    Any police officer costume with frilly or feminine accessories would work. Or, you could dress up as a Private Investigator or detective and be a Fashion Investigator. :-)

    TS, your bunny costume sounds cute!

  38. TS says:

    The guy I’m dating is a bullrider, I’m going to go as a buckle bunny, cowboy hat, jeans a belt buckle and the finishing touch ~ Bunny ears and a bunny tail.

  39. kt says:

    oh well thanks anyway!!!!! Do you have any ideas for a fashion police officer??

  40. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for these extra tips for Halloween costumes for women!

    KT, sorry but I don’t have any ideas for lady gaga….I did do some searching for costumes ideas for her, but the stuff I found was very revealing. She’s too much!

  41. Kitkat says:

    my brother of all people came up with this one…

    Dress all in pink with tanky pink heals, bright makeup and long blonde hair (or wig)

    Then attach to your body a large cut-out letter “Q”

    You’re a BARBEQUE! (barbie q)

  42. Becky says:

    I don’t want to take the credit for this because I found the idea on-line, but it’s so cute, simple, and comfortable I had to share.
    Ceiling Fan- Make a shirt that says ceiling(s)(s is optional, whatever you prefer.) on it, then write on your face “#1 Fan” or “Go Team” or something along those lines. And you’re a Ceiling Fan.

  43. kt says:

    i really want to be lady gaga but im only 13 and i have no clue what to wear!!!! I dont want to wear anything that is too reveling but i want to have a good costume. Any ideas????

  44. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for the costume tip, Leah — definitely an easy Halloween costume idea!

    I saw a list on WGNtv in Chicago, which revealed the Top 6 Halloween Costumes for Women:

    Harry Potter
    Kate (of “Jon and Kate Plus Eight”)
    Lady Gaga, Poker Face
    80s Inspired Costumes (Whitney Houston or Tina Turner)
    Octomom
    Vamps (inspired by Twilight)

    Octomom might be easy — maybe you just need a bunch of babies? (is it in poor taste to dress up as Octomom?)

  45. Leah says:

    One year I dressed in all blue with cotton balls all over me. I had a squirt gun and was “Cloudy with a chance of rain.” It was well recieved.

  46. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Another easy Halloween costume for women is a nun’s habit! I just read about that in a book last night.

  47. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    This is a great Halloween costume for couples; thanks “Danny and Sandy”!

  48. Dany and Sandy says:

    This is for Noelle, for halloween last year me and my boy friend dressed up as Sandy and Dany from the movie Greece. Picture the lasgt secen of them at school at the carnival and thats what it looked like. I wore high leather leggings, with a thick black belt and a tight black shirt, and i got a short blond curly wig. He wore black jeans, a tight white tee shirt and a teahter jacket that says T-BIRDS. it was great, just an idea. Good luck!

  49. Jessie says:

    Halloween is next month….now is the time to start planning your costume!

    Thanks for giving us this list, it’s the best.

    Jessie

  50. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    I’m glad for you and your boyfriend, Noelle — and that’s a great question.

    No, I don’t think it’s too soon to ask him to dress up as part of a couple for Halloween. If you keep it light and fun — and don’t suggest dressing up as a bride and groom :-) — then he’ll probably love it. I guess it depends on his personality, but I think alot of guys get a kick out of dressing up in a costume for Halloween. It may also depend on his costume — he might want something gory or macho. Have fun figuring out your “Halloween personalities”….

  51. Noelle says:

    Hi Laurie,

    I’ve been dating my boyfriend for 2 months, and he’s such a great guy! But I have a question about Halloween costumes: I think my sister will throw a Halloween party, and I want my boyfriend and me to go together, in a costume for couples. Like a celebrity couple or something.

    Do you think it’s too soon to ask him to dress up as part of a couple?

    Thanks,
    Noelle

  52. Joni says:

    I like your idea of a costume exchange party for Halloween costumes. I’ve gone to clothing exchange parties, and they’re alot of fun. Exchange parties are a great way to clean out your closet and get new clothes, but I hadn’t thought of one for Halloween costumes. :-)

  53. Gilda the Good Witch says:

    I have 3 Halloween parties to go to this year! One costume will be Gilda the Good Witch because I love her. I still have to figure out the other two and figuring out what to wear is the best part of Halloween!

    GGW

  54. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for sharing your Halloween costume ideas — it’s always great to hear what people are thinking!

    I’d go as Mrs Santa Claus :-) If your partner can go as Santa Claus, it’d be fun. But, that costume might be really hot and uncomfortable at at party.

  55. Titania Maxwell says:

    I went as a sexy Mrs Santa Claus last year. It was a great costume but very expensive. My sister is wearing it this year, to her company’s Halloween party.

    This year, I want an easy costume. I like the Gold Digger one above, but I’m still thinking about it.

  56. Rhianna says:

    It’s not a creative Halloween costume but I’m going as Mrs Claus. I’ve always wanted to!

  57. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Hi Natalie and Addie,

    Thanks for motivating me to write an article about Halloween costumes for plus sized people! Here’s the link:

    Halloween Costume Tips for Plus Size People and Pregnant Women

    Laurie

  58. Addie says:

    I have the same question, what about Halloween costumes for oversized women?

  59. Natalie says:

    I love these Halloween costume ideas, but I’m overweight. Do you have any tips for costumes for overweight women?

  60. Jissy says:

    I can’t wait until Halloween!!!

  61. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Yes, I do, Brandilyn!

    One of my favorite tips for finding an easy, inexpensive Halloween costume for women is to have a special type of costume party. Invite all your friends and family to a “Halloween Costume Exchange Party.” This is an eco-friendly way to enjoy October 31!

    Here’s the link:

    http://theadventurouswriter.com/blog/quipstipsachievinggoals/home/7-tips-for-throwing-a-halloween-costume-exchange-party/

  62. Brandilyn says:

    I can’t afford to buy a Halloween costume, I don’t want to buy a cheap one, and I don’t have time to make one. Plus, I’m not crafty! I don’t sew or have stuff to put on a costume. Do you have any tips for an easy Halloween costume for me?

  63. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Yes, the Bottle of Champagne Halloween costume is a wonderful idea – especially if you like getting all dolled up for Halloween (which I do!).

    I like Castaway, too…but might be cold for October 31st.

    I dressed up as Jane of the Jungle several times; loved that costume — got it at Value Village for $5.

  64. Sydney says:

    Holy, what a list! Thanks. I am considering the Bottle of Champagne for this year – love it!

  65. Laurie PK says:

    Wow — it’s already time for my easy homemade Halloween costumes article to start getting popular again! How time flies….

    Thanks for the info about your costume company, Rose.

  66. Rose says:

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