These costume ideas range from Trophy Wives to Washing Machines; all are unique and most are easy to make.
Before the tips, a quip:
“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, May luck be yours on Halloween.” ~ Author Unknown.
There aren’t any black cat or pumpkin Halloween costumes in this list — those aren’t creative enough! One of the best ways to find unique do it yourself Halloween costumes is to browse store-bought costumes. For instance, a Wonder Woman Super Hero Costume can give you some ideas for a DIY costume.
I’ve also included a couple of banners in this article that lead to BuyCostumes.com — a great source of Halloween costume ideas! BuyCostumes.com also has an extensive list of clearance costumes and party supplies, in case you don’t have time for a do it yourself Halloween costume.
And, here are dozens of Halloween costume ideas…
Unique DIY Halloween Costumes for Women
Paper Woman: Make clothes out of newspaper (pants, shirt, hat, etc.) You can tape the paper together, and then tape it to a jogging suit or body suit. This was a more popular costume when journalism was more exciting.
Paper Doll: This wouldn’t be my first choice for a Halloween costume, because I was never into dolls – paper or otherwise! But this is an easy costume if you have white knee high socks and a white slip. Cut out cardboard to make it look like a dress, and don’t forget those tabs on the sides! Use ribbons to attach the cardboard “dress” to your body.
Are you a teenager? These costume ideas might be more fun: Original Teen Halloween Costumes.
Rapunzel: Do you have long hair that you can braid? Attach a small action figure to the middle of your braid, so it looks like your hero is climbing up your hair. If you don’t have long hair, get a wig. Wear a princess dress – a Rapunzel dress. You could even make a “castle” out of a box, but that takes a lot more work.
Runaway Bride: Wear your wedding dress and a pair of sneakers. I love this unique do it yourself Halloween costume for women — it’s a chance to wear your wedding gown again! Or wear one for the first time. Buy a gown at a thrift store.
Sleepy Housewife: This isn’t really a politically correct Halloween costume for women, but here goes…put rollers in your hair and cold cream all over your face. Wear an old bathrobe or housecoat, and big fluffy slippers. Carry a big alarm clock and pillow. This unique do it yourself Halloween costume for women won’t make you feel sexy — but you will be comfortable!
Spice Girl: Wear a cinnamon-coloured body suit, and attach spice labels all over your body. Oregano (no wait that’s an herb), pepper, steak seasoning, Indian spices, etc – I bet you have tons of spices in your kitchen. That’s what make this Halloween costume both unique and DIY.
Starving Artist: Wear a painter’s smock and French beret. Spatter yourself with paints. Wear or carry a hand-painted sign that says “Will paint for food.” This unique do it yourself Halloween costume for women is especially funny if you’re an artist. Or maybe it’s not so funny.
For more do-it-yourself food Halloween costumes, read Food Costumes You Can Make at Home.
Taco Belle: This would be fun and unique, but not exactly easy. Wear a Southern Belle outfit – like Scarlett O’Hara – complete with a hoop skirt. Get a Mexican sombrero. Learn to speak Spanish with a southern drawl, and you’ll charm the pants off the other Halloween costume wearers.
Tea Bag: Hot water makes strong women stronger! To be a tea bag for Halloween, find netting or sheer white cloth. Stuff it with dried leaves (easy to find in the fall season!), and create a tag for a super huge tea bag. Wear white clothes under your netting or mesh and dried leaves.
Trophy Wife: Maybe this isn’t a unique DIY Halloween costume for women – maybe you’re really a trophy wife! If you want to dress up as one, you could wear a blonde wig, find a huge fake or real diamond ring, and carry a bowling trophy.
Voodoo Doll: Wear a body suit or sweat pants and a turtleneck sweater. Stick pins all over your clothes, and wear a head covering that lets you breathe and see.
Washing Machine: Forget this one. It’s too much like “women’s work”!
What are Little Girls Made Of? Sugar and spice and everything nice, of course! Wear a body suit, and stick things all over it that represent what you think little girls are mad of. Candies, cookies, sweets, spices, and luscious fruits would work well. I’d go as “What Are Little Boys Made Of” myself, but to each her own
For more unique DIY Halloween costumes for women, read Book Character Costumes – Dress Up as a Literary Character.
Wicked Witch of the East: Colour and/or paint a large cardboard box to look like a house. Cut holes so you can see where you’re going. Let your legs show. (This isn’t the best unique do it yourself costume for women who want to look pretty on Halloween!). Wear striped socks or pantyhose, and red glittery shoes.
Wind-Up Doll: Dress like a doll or princess. You could wear a cute girls’ dress, Mary Jane shoes, white kid gloves, pigtails, rosy cheeks and fake eyelashes. Make a key out of a piece of cardboard, and paint it with silver paint. Attach it to your back, so it sticks out of the back of your dress.
Witch Doctor: Getting or making a witch costume is easy – it’s as simple as a witch’s hat, wig, green make-up, fake nose, warts, and black nails. Add a doctor’s accessories, such as scrubs or a laboratory coat, stethoscope, mask, rubber gloves, etc. You’re a witch doctor for Halloween!
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I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; my husband Bruce and I live in Vancouver, BC with our critters. We can't have kids, and are learning to accept whatever life brings - both good and bad. I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology. I hope you say hello below - I can't give relationship advice, but writing can bring you clarity and insight.