We're not saying there's anything wrong with browsing online Halloween retailers for the perfect store-bought costume, and if we're being honest, going into one of those brick-and-mortar stores that pop up on the corner every year is highly entertaining — but it just ain't really Halloween if you don't make your own costume.
Maybe it's because it adds the extra nostalgic element to the holiday. Breaking out that sewing kit and going to town on a DIY Halloween costume just really makes it feel like the good old days when making your own get-up was practically a requirement.
If you're on the hunt for easy Halloween costume ideas, you've come to the right place. We've got DIY ideas galore. And if you're not so hot on the DIY, we've got some costumes that are easy to put together with just a couple of simple purchases thrown in here too.
Originally published October 2012. Updated August 2017.