16 Creative Halloween Costumes You Can Make at Home

Cigarette girls, flappers, Christmas gifts, and gypsies are a few of the creative Halloween costume ideas for women on this list. You can make most of these costumes at home, but I included a few links to Amazon as well. You may not have time to get too creative before October 31 hits!

Creative Halloween Costumes You Can Make at HomeA Vampiress Deluxe Corset Costume is creative, but you’d have to be skilled with a sewing machine if you want to make that costume at home for Halloween. In New Moon (The Twilight Saga)Bella Swan says, “More than anything, I wanted to be fierce and deadly, someone no one would dare mess with. Someone who would scare Sam Uley silly. I wanted to be a vampire.”

My favorite way to make a creative Halloween costume at home is to go to Value Village or a thrift store. I usually end up with an eclectic assortment of clothes and accessories that I love and that people don’t recognize as a specific Halloween costume, but it’s fun for me! :-) If you’re a full-figured woman, read 15 Halloween Costume Ideas for Plus Size Women. And here are some ideas for Halloween costumes you can make at home…

16 Halloween Costumes You Can Make at Home

If you want to get really creative, host a Halloween Costume Exchange Party in preparation for creating the most unique costume without spending a lot of money. This is one of my all-time favorite Halloween articles.

eMail inbox or E-Male

Dress up like a man (wear a man’s suit, perhaps) and tape an “E” onto your chest. You can be email or E-male  – this creative homemade Halloween costume for women is comfortable, as well as a great conversation starter!

Fortune Teller Costume

Gypsy Halloween Costume You Can Make at Home

Gypsy Halloween Costume

This would be my favourite Halloween costume – go to the thrift store, and buy clothes and accessories that make you look like a gypsy. Add the fortune teller aspect by pinning fortune cookies all over your gypsy attire. Carry a deck of Tarot cards.

InCharacter Costumes’ Gypsy Fortune Teller Dress is one of my favorite Halloween costumes for women. It may not be the most creative idea, but it’s so pretty. Maybe I’m a gypsy at heart! :-)

Family Tree

Dress up like a tree, in brown tights and a brown t-shirt. Write the names of all your ancestors with a gold paint pen in large letters all over the tights and t-shirt. If you want the full tree effect, add a bird’s nest to your head, or a wreath of leaves and twigs.


Find a black body suit, and paint all over it in bright neon colours (clothing paint). Splatter colorful designs all over — make sure you paint your clothes BEFORE putting them on. If you have long hair, pull it all up in a pony tail and add sparkly barretts. Being splashy fireworks is definitely a creative Halloween costume idea for women.


Wear a trench coat with flesh-coloured tights and a beige t-shirt underneath. Attach two camera flashes (if you can find them – they’re not exactly easy to buy these days) to a belt in front of your private parts. When you open the trench coat, activate the flashes. (Okay, so this has to be tweaked to be a women’s Halloween costume — but it’s certainly a unique, easy costume to make at home!).

Flower Power

Flower Power Halloween Costume You Can Make at Home

Flower Power

Find a costume made of roses or tulips, and attach an electrical cord somewhere behind you. Think of it being a tail (the source of the electricity on your flower power!). Let drag it behind you – but don’t make it too long, or people will step on it.

Speaking of “flower power”, Fun World’s Sexy 60s 70s Hippie Halloween Costume comes with bell bottom pants that I don’t miss wearing! A throwback Halloween costume is a creative way to dress up on October 31.

For more easy women’s Halloween costume ideas like this — the easiest costumes to make at home — read 18 Creative Halloween Costumes for Women.

Mother Nature

I love the idea of dressing up as Mother Nature for Halloween! Put your hair up in a messy mess, and entangle leaves, vines, twigs, etc in it. You could wear a green shirt with “Freak” painted on it. Glue more leaves and twigs all over your body.


A creative Halloween costume for women is to dress up like a Christmas present. Wrap a cardboard box with Christmas gift wrapping paper, cut arm holes and a head hole so you can wear it. Add bows and ribbons, and a gift tag. Add a bow to the top of your head. You’re a Christmas present for Halloween!

Gold Digger

Wear a gold dress or track suit, and put gold glitter in your hair. Don’t forget the gold glitter make-up for your face, glitter in your lip gloss, and gold nail polish. Carry gold-painted rocks in a bag, and a gold shovel for digging. If you’re married or in a relationship, make your partner a miner.

Kitty Litter

Dress in black from head to toe, such as in a body r track suit. Draw a kitty nose and whiskers on your face, and add a headband with cat ears. Pin a kitty cat tail to your bummy. Then, add litter such as gum wrappers, cigarette butts, chocolate bar garbage, etc, all over your body. Don’t forget the coffee cups – they work great as litter.

Cigarette Girl

Cigarette Girl Halloween Costume You Can Make at Home

Cigarette Girl

Galham’s Sexy Cigarette Girl – Women’s Halloween Costume may not be politically correct and it’s as far away from a kitty litter costume as you could get, but it’s a creative idea. Cigarette girls remind me of flappers and the 20s, for some reason.


A Roaring 20s Flapper is another creative idea for an October 31 Halloween party. That and the gypsy fortune teller are my two favorite costume ideas.

Letter to Santa

Take an old white pillowcase or a white sheet (like you used to make ghost Halloween costumes out of). Cut out arm and head holes. Use a black felt to write Santa’s address on your chest: 1221 Candy Cane Lane, North Pole, HOHOHO.

Little Girl in PJs

This is an easy costume for women – wear your cutest pajamas, and put your hair up in pigtails or braids. Add freckles and carry a teddy bear. This is an easy costume to make at home. It’s not necessarily the most creative women’s Halloween costume, but it is cute!

This blog post is the third in a series of articles about homemade Halloween costume ideas. If you fancy nothing here, read Going to a Costume Party? 11 Dress Up Ideas From Your Closet.

What is the most creative Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? I welcome your comments below…


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7 thoughts on “16 Creative Halloween Costumes You Can Make at Home”

  1. I’m planning my Halloween costume early this year, because I waited until the last minute last Halloween. Thanks for these ideas!!

  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comments! I think making a costume at home is better than spending big bucks on a costume that anyone can buy.

  3. Great information here! You have done an excellent job of providing loads of costume ideas for many people for halloween. You have really given me some great ideas on what to dress my son up at this Halloween. Thanks