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10 Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women

These easy Halloween costumes are homemade and simple – even for women who aren’t crafty, creative or artistic! They’re perfect for office costume parties, school events, and even trick or treating on October 31.

Homemade Womens Bubble Bath Halloween Costume
Easy Homemade Bubble Bath Halloween Costume

The Bubble Bath Halloween costume is easy and fun – and it allows you to be creative with stuff you have at home. Put your hair in curlers, rollers, or a towel turban. Carry a bathrobe or loofah back scratcher. Attach white balloons to your body; you might even make a bathtub out of white poster board. This is one of the easiest homemade Halloween costumes for women because it consists mostly of things you already have in your bathroom: soap on a rope, rubber ducks, candles, or slippers for your feet. I included another photo of a different woman wearing homemade Bubble Bath Halloween costume at the end of this article.

Are you searching for easy homemade Halloween costume ideas for women who are curvy, juicy, and round? Check out my 15 Plus Size Halloween Costumes and Ideas. There are some beautiful costumes on that post – and they might help you find something creative, comfortable, and even prize-winning to wear on October 31.

When you’re thinking about homemade costumes, remember that “Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.” What story do you want to tell about yourself, your life, and the world this Halloween? This can help you find ideas for a costume that fits your personality.

Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women

I included several links to Halloween costumes on Amazon in this post. If you have time, you can create an amazing costume from a variety of ideas.

homemade steampunk Halloween Costume for Women
Steampunk Victorian Halloween Costume for Women

Take, for example, the ThePirateDressing Steampunk Victorian Women’s Show Girl Skirt. If you have a long skirt or dress – and you don’t mind cutting or just folding it up to show your luscious legs and knee-high boots – you can be a Steampunk Pirate Woman.

This homemade Halloween costume is perfect for women who’ve always been drawn to steampunk or gothic style, but haven’t take the leap to the dark side yet. I love the red frilly skirt.

“Bag” Lady

When I was growing up, we called homeless women who lived on the street and in shelters “bag ladies.” This easy homemade Halloween costume for women is a play on that idea (but it may not be the most politically correct costume idea). Tape a variety of paper and plastic bags together. You could also staple them to an old jogging suit or pantsuit. You’re a Bag Lady! Get it? This Halloween costume could also tell the story of our environment and all the garbage we throw away, too.

24 Carrots of Gold (a homemade Halloween costume for women who are foodies)

Wear a gold or orange pantsuit or dress, and tie 24 real carrots all over your body. This “punny” Halloween idea is a play on jewelry or other things made of 24 Karat Gold. It’s also an easy homemade Halloween costume. Consider using baby carrots instead of full size ones, and wearing gold glitter in your hair.

Want to dress up like homemade food on Halloween? Read Food Costumes You Can Make at Home.

Alice in Wonderland

A traditional Alice in Wonderland Halloween costume for women is simple to make at home. Do you have a light blue dress with puffy sleeves? Add white socks and black Baby Jane shoes, and you’re dressed for the costume party.

Alternatively…you could search for Goth, Dark, or Steampunk Alice in Wonderland Halloween Costumes for Women. The one on Amazon is pretty good, but it’s not exactly easy or homemade. I like it because it’s edgy – especially for women who don’t normally dress tough!

Baby Girl

This is my least favorite costume for women, but it was submitted by a reader so I’m including it. She said it’s the easiest Halloween costume she’s ever made at home, and wanted to share it with you. It’s easy, that’s for sure. To be a Baby Girl, simply put on a long white a nightgown and slippers. Paint red rouge or lipstick on your cheeks. Pull your hair back with a pretty ribbon, and stick a pacifier in your mouth. You’re a baby, girl!

Birthday Girl

This is an easy Halloween costume for women – and it can be adapted to be a family’s or couple’s costume. Buy a birthday kit from the dollar store (the one that includes paper napkins, tablecloth, birthday hats, plates, etc). Glue all the birthday items to a form-fitting track or body suit. Don’t forget to wear a birthday hat! You could also call this Halloween costume the “Birthday Suit.”

Poem (a super easy Halloween costume for women!)

Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes Women
10 Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women

Have you ever seen those little fridge magnets, all with a different word on them? It’s called magnetic word poetry; you can get a variety of different themes. Shakespeare, pirate, happiness, geek, crazy kitty.

To be a poem for Halloween, simply glue those little fridge magnets all over a white body suit. You can make sentences, or paste the words randomly. The Magnetic Poetry – Little Box of Awesome Kit is the most popular on Amazon.

Dolls R Us (a play on Toys R Us)

Are you into construction, home renovation, and carpentry? This is one of those easy homemade Halloween costumes for women who labor with their hands and bodies all week, and want to add a girly splash to life. If you work in the home hardware, repair or construction industry, why not add a touch of girlishness to your story? To be “Dolls R Us” on Halloween, just put on your painters’ coveralls or even a pair of overalls. Pin big and little baby dolls (paper or real) all over the coveralls. Wear a sign that says “Dolls R Us” or “All Dolled Up.” You’re a doll!

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 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.

homemade halloween costumes for women
Huntress Halloween Costume for Women

If you’re like me, you’re happier buying a costume. One of my Amazon favorites is the Women’s Huntress Halloween Costume – and it actually would be an easy costume to make at home for crafty women who like to sew. The costume pictured 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 Halloween costume also get the men’s Robin Hood costume. What a pair!

If you don’t have time or motivation to create a homemade Halloween costume, check out Rubie’s DC Comics Wonder Woman T-Shirt With Cape And Headband Red. A Halloween costume doesn’t get any easier, more comfortable, or cheaper than this!DC Comics also offers a fantastic Super-Girl T-Shirt With Cape Costume.

Random Halloween Ideas and Tips

Be careful if you’re planning to wear tinted contact lenses. They’re an easy and effective accessory for a woman’s homemade Halloween costume, but they actually shouldn’t be worn without a prescription from a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist. In fact, it’s against the law to sell decorative contact lenses without a prescription. Non-prescription Halloween contact lens come in colors like white zombie, red vampire and “sexy sapphire.” They’re sold in beauty shops, costume stores and over the internet. If you do choose to buy tinted contact lenses as part of your Halloween costume, don’t share them with a friend. Wear them properly and disinfect them with contact lens solution if you’re re-using them.

For more homemade Halloween costume ideas for women, read 30 Halloween Costumes for Book Lovers. It’s my favorite Halloween-costume article.

You might also want to read What Your Halloween Costume Reveals About Your Personality. πŸ™‚


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68 thoughts on “10 Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women”

  1. A reader called Becky shared the Ceiling Fan idea – it’s a super easy homemade Halloween costume for women: Make a shirt that says ceiling on it, then write on your face β€œ#1 Fan” or β€œGo Team” or something along those lines. And you’re a “Ceiling Fan”!
    She also said “I don’t want to take the credit for Halloween costume because I found it online, but it’s so cute, simple, and comfortable I had to share.”

  2. The “all dolled up” idea is brilliant! Thanks to you, I now have a no-cost Halloween costume that I’m excited to wear. πŸ™‚

  3. Is it too early to start getting ideas for Halloween?! I’m getting so excited already πŸ™‚ Great list you have here! Thanks for the ideas!

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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…

  7. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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…

  8. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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? πŸ™‚

  9. Cheap Halloween Costumes For Women

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

  10. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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 πŸ™‚

  11. 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.

  12. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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.

  13. 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!

  14. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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 πŸ™‚

  15. 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.

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

  17. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

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

  18. Julie@Bumblebee Costume

    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 πŸ™‚

  19. This sounds practical! For those who wish to have a lady gaga costume, get ideas from lady gaga’s halloween costume blog. I hope this helps. Thanks.

  20. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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….

  21. 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.

  22. Hier Haarentfernung

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  23. Thanks for taking this opportunity to talk about “Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women”, I benefit from learning about this topic. If possible, as you gain data, please update this blog with new information. Thanks, Hier

  24. 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!!!


  25. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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. πŸ™‚

    TS, your bunny costume sounds cute!

  26. 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.

  27. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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!

  28. 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)

  29. 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.

  30. 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????

  31. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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 β€œJon and Kate Plus Eight”)
    Lady Gaga, Poker Face
    80s Inspired Costumes (Whitney Houston or Tina Turner)
    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?)

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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 πŸ™‚ — 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”….

  35. 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?


  36. 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. πŸ™‚

  37. Gilda the Good Witch

    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!


  38. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

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

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

  39. 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.

  40. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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


  41. 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?

  42. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    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.

  43. 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.

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