Costume-Making Tips: Nothing to Be Afraid Of When DIYing Halloween

The  homemade, DIY costume is easy - all it takes is a little time and inspiration.  Here are some tips to get you started on a creative costume!

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One of the coolest aspects of the Park Slope Halloween Parade is the impressive array of people who turn out in homemade costumes: robots fashioned from cardboard boxes and HVAC ducts, alligators made of felt, superheroes stitched out of old spandex tights. You don’t need a degree from RISD to come up with a great homemade costume. All you need is a little imagination and some preparation. But first you’ve got to get inspired. Here are some things that can help you get your creative juices flowing.

Thrift shops: Pay a visit to a local thrift shop. There are a slew of them on 5th Avenue in the Slope: Beacon’s Closet, Yona Lee Vintage, Guvner’s Vintage Thrift—or hit the Salvation Army or a Goodwill store. Disco Diva, Bloodthirsty Nurse and Zombie Bus Driver are just a rummage rack away!

Troll the Internet: The web is full of great costume ideas to steal or pay homage to:

  • The website has a full index of homemade costumes to peruse.
  • Disney’s FamilyFun site has a great gallery of homemade costumes from the last-minute to the laborious.
  • Parents magazine offers a treasure trove of costume-making ideas—including those for the craft-impaired.