Creative Homemade Female Costumes for Halloween


These creative homemade female costumes for Halloween are easy to make – you may already have everything you need in your closet, basement, or garage! I’ve collected ideas from real women who’ve actually made and worn these costumes, and they’re much more creative and interesting than those you buy in a store (not that there’s anything wrong with buying Halloween costumes!).

“I rarely buy Halloween costumes because I think that it’s much more fun and creative to make your own,” says Brandi, a reader who contributed to this article. Rana agrees, saying “I hate spending money on a costume that I’m only going to wear one time.”

If you feel the same way, check out these creative homemade female Halloween costumes…and click on the Pirate Swashbuckler for info on that gorgeous costume!





Creative Homemade Female Costumes for Halloween

If you’re having a Halloween party, you might want to read Scary Halloween Decorations for Parties.

Carrie costume from Stephen King. “This was my all time favorite homemade costume for women: Carrie from Stephen King,” says Kathleen from Lucky Day Boutique.com. “I went as Carrie for four years in a row and won quite a few awards. In case you don’t know who that is, Sissy Spacek played her in the 70’s movie Carrie. She went to prom, was the homecoming queen – and gets pig’s blood poured all over her. I put on a long blonde wig, wore my white graduation dress from high school, had the same homecoming sash on and had fake blood all over me.  It was awesome.  People recognized me right away.  Nothing is worse that having a costume that you have to explain!”

“Day After” Bridesmaid costume from your closet.  “Wear your most hideous, wrinkled, stained bridesmaid’s dress, the one you balled up and threw in a bag and never dry cleaned because it wasn’t even worth selling at a yard sale,” says Leanna who blogs at Atlanta Bridal Blog. “Put on a lot of makeup and color your lipstick outside of the lines and smear heavy eye makeup just slightly.  Put hair up, but in a tausled in an off-to-the-side up-do. Wear a bow tie and, if you’re cold, a man’s tuxedo or suit jacket. Carry a dead bouquet of flowers that match your heinous dress if you want to go all out.”

White Trash costume from your garbage. “Wear all white and tape “trashy” trash (e.g. cigarette butts, etc) to your outfit,” says Leanna of WinoWriters. “Wear lots of make up and, preferably, clear heels.” (This creative homemade female costume is also eco-friendly – you’re cleaning up the environment!).

Gang Green costume with friends. Leanna is the Queen of Female Halloween Costumes! “You and a group of friends wear dark green sweatsuits and large gold jewelry,” she says. “Pull one pant-leg up and put a black mark under one eye, or any other signature gang symbol, tattoo, accessory you like.”  (This homemade female Halloween costume is also a pun — “gangrene”….get it? Gang green?! Gangrene! That’s creative, isn’t it?).

Super Mom costume from your closet. “Last year for Halloween I dressed up as Super Mom,” says Jennifer, of LivHealthy. “I wore a black top, black yoga pants, black knee-high boots & borrowed my son’s cool toy, light-up utility belt. I picked up a pretty blue sparkly mask from the dollar store and wore that too!”

The Martyr costume from your emotions! “The inspiration for this was that I didn’t really want to go to the halloween party in the first place and I felt like a ‘martyr,'” says Shirley, of The Domestic Episodes of a Rodeo Princess. “So I dressed as one! I got some burlap, cut a hole in it, so I could wear it like a poncho. Before putting it on, I burned the edges with a candle and then I stabbed it repeatedly with a steak knife. This was my martyr dress. I went out in the back yard and got a thorny vine and wove myself a crown. Then, I tied my wrists and ankles with left over strips of burlap.”  (This is creative homemade female costume allows you to express your anger 🙂 ).



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Black Widow costume from a Halloween store. “I found a big inflatable spider at a Halloween shop,” says Shirley. “I glued it to a black ski hat.  I wore the hat:  voila!  I was a black widow! It’s easy and you don’t have to be worried about complicated costumes in the car.”

Eve costume from the Bible. “Last year I was Eve of ‘Adam and Eve.’ I went to Michael’s and bought a ton of fake green leaves and a plastic apple,” says Brandi, who blogs at Bee’s Runway. “I cut all the leaves from the fake branches and hand-stitched them onto a strapless bra and a pair of seamless panties. It only took about two hours to make. This year I’m going to be making my own Pocahontas costume with materials I’ve bought from a local fabric store.”

Grocery Bag costume from the grocery store. “I took a box and cut the top off and taped the bottom. Then I cut a hole in the bottom (for my head) and that became the top of costume. I covered the box in paper bags from the grocery store,” says Brandi. “I bought toy groceries from the grocery store and put them all along the top of the costume surrounding the hole to look like the grocery bag was full. My headpiece was a milk carton with the words missing in the front and thats where my face went. People wanted to take me home!” (This is an incredibly creative female Halloween costume – and if you’re a single woman, you may find a new man).

Leftovers costume from your cupboard. Brandi has yet another creative costume idea – she’s rivaling Leanna for the Queen of Female Halloween costumes! “One year my friend and I created a “leftovers” costume for her with aluminum foil, super glue, and stretchy fabric,” says Brandi. “That one was slightly more difficult because aluminum foil tears.”

Patsy Stone costume from your cosmetic bag. “One year I decided to go as Patsy Stone from the BBC’s cult TV show Absolutely Fabulous. I don’t think I spent one penny on that costume but everyone at the Halloween party knew who I was!” says Rana from San Diego. “I took a black suit that I had and made the skirt really short and the jacket more revealing…just like Patsy would wear. I wore four inch stiletto heels and really bold gold jewelry that I already owned.  I also did my make-up very thick and a little smeary. I have blond hair so the trick was to spray it as much as possible to get the height.  I managed to capture Patsy’s signature beehive pretty well. Finally, my props were a cigarette (unlit) and martini glass (empty) which I toted around all night.”

If you have any tips for homemade female costumes for Halloween, please share below!  You may also like to read More Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women

If you want to dress up with your partner, go to 30 Homemade Halloween Costumes for Couples.



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  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    I’ve been invited to a costume party, and I’m glad I found these costume ideas! I really like the Carrie from Stephen King costume 🙂

  • LauriePK

    Here are the “Hottest Costumes for 2008”, according to Halloween Adventure (a Halloween costume retail giant):

    1. Batman: The Dark Knight — The title character from the hottest film of the year is sure to become the hottest Halloween costume of the season due to the film’s massive popularity.

    2. The Joker — Heath Ledger’s phenomenal rendition of the Joker has fans flocking to the costume shops in droves to pay homage to the dark character and a beloved, talented actor.

    3. Indiana Jones — Harrison Ford still has it after all of these years and a new generation of aspiring adventurers have found a new hero.

    4. Hannah Montana — She’s cute, trendy, and a favorite Halloween costume among young girls.

    5. The Clone Wars — Commander Cody and Leader Rex share the number five spot on the list. From infants to adults, the Clone Wars costumes, offer something for everyone this season.

    6. High School Musical “Sharpay” — Sharpay is as glamorous as any teen queen could ever be. Her beauty, style, and incredible personality thrusts her into the Halloween costume industry in a big way.

    7. Ironman — Expect to see the title character of one of Hollywood’s most popular films around every corner this Halloween.

    8. The Incredible Hulk — Bruce Banner’s alter ego is hotter than ever this season thanks to one of this summer’s hottest films.

    9. Barack Obama and John McCain — It seems as though these two political contenders will duke it out for the number nine spot before the November 4th presidential election.

    10. Harry Potter — The release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” may have been delayed, but that’s not stopping loyal fans from donning the robes for a magical night of adventure this season.