DIY Halloween Costumes

Feeling uninspired about your Halloween getup this year? We've compiled a few of our favorite DIY looks from over the years, from gross to glam. You might already have the all the supplies in your closet, or it may only require a quick trip to the craft or thrift store. Let's get spooky!

ZOMBIE LIFEGUARD

I think this might be one of my favorite looks I've ever done - probably because of the zombie makeup. I wore a red one-piece swimsuit, track pants, flip flops, windbreaker, and fanny pack, and carried around an inflatable shark - the one that ate me. (Side note: you would not believe how many shark-themed items Amazon thinks I should buy after purchasing the shark toy.) The key was caking on the eyeliner and setting the stitch marks with a translucent powder after applying. Blonde wig optional.

KATY PERRY CANDY GIRLS

Owner of Olden to Golden style blog and thrift store/DIY queen Sarah whipped up a completely inspired group costume a few years ago that I just had to feature. Besides the fact that her boyfriend also dressed up as a gingerbread man (that's true commitment to the theme), each girl made their own costume! The candy dot dress was made by breaking large plastic Easter eggs in half and using super glue to attach them to the dress, and then used actual candy dots as an embellishment. Throw on a bright wig, and you're good to go!

DISCO DANCERS

For a disco-themed costume party, we wore a gold strapless jumpsuit and gold vest, courtesy of Lost Girls Vintage. They were perfect! I also wore platform wedges with gold sequin embellishments, gigantic hoop earrings, and a friend's wig. Extra points for the boys if you have bell bottoms lying around!

ABSINTHE: THE GREEN FAIRY

green-fairy

Another all-time favorite of mine, mostly because of the wild hair. I tied shimmery green ribbon and clipped glittered green butterflies in my hair, as well as on the top. I wore a green skirt, knee high stockings, green vintage boots (although any green or metallic shoe would work), and then bought green tulle from Joann fabric and wrapped it around my torso several times. The green eyeliner and shadow are a must! Prepare to look magical all night!

ROSIE THE RIVETER

If you're looking for minimal to no effort here (party number 1 of 2, perhaps?), you can't go wrong with Rosie the Riveter. Find a blue button up and roll up the sleeves, slap on some winged eyeliner and a red lip, and pair with a tied head scarf. You're ready to show them who's boss!

Get crackin' on those costumes! Have pics of your favorites? Share them in the comments!

Happy haunting!
-Amanda
 

Spooktacular Halloween Party Ideas

Believe it or not, Halloween is just around the corner. To get your home goblin and ghost ready, we culled the internet for a few home decor options to increase your house's spooky without breaking the bank. With a few appetizers and cocktail recipes on the list, being prepared for this All Hallow's Eve is a no-brainer!

Walking into Spiderwebs

Image via  How About Orange   For the procrastinator in all of us, these quick and simple  spiderwebs  bring a classic Halloween touch to any room - tons of time or dollars  NOT  required. Just literally grab a black trash bag, a pair of scissors and some tape. Get cutting and hang. Similar to snowflakes during winter, grab the kids and put them to work! These spiderwebs make quite the splash in the foyer or above a picture window.

Image via How About Orange

For the procrastinator in all of us, these quick and simple spiderwebs bring a classic Halloween touch to any room - tons of time or dollars NOT required. Just literally grab a black trash bag, a pair of scissors and some tape. Get cutting and hang. Similar to snowflakes during winter, grab the kids and put them to work! These spiderwebs make quite the splash in the foyer or above a picture window.

Image via  How About Orange

Spooky Ghost Jugs

Image via  Eighteen 25   Another quick and easy addition you can get the kids involved with are these  spooky Halloween ghosts  aka milk gallons dressed up with a sharpie! A great use for those extra jugs you have lying in the recycling bin, line your driveway or entryway with these luminaries for a ghostly evening glow.

Image via Eighteen 25

Another quick and easy addition you can get the kids involved with are these spooky Halloween ghosts aka milk gallons dressed up with a sharpie! A great use for those extra jugs you have lying in the recycling bin, line your driveway or entryway with these luminaries for a ghostly evening glow.

Image via  Eighteen 25

Image via Eighteen 25

The Black Beard Cocktail

Image via  Honestly Yum   Dubbed The Black Beard by creator Todd for Honestly Yum, this  devilishly dark-hued drink  is the epitome of mystery when it comes to party beverages. It only gets more intriguing when you realize the black color comes from squid ink but don't worry, only an 1/8 of a teaspoon! When mixed with spiced rum and creme de cacao as well as a chocolate stout, this sweet and viscous libation is sure to turn heads at your next Halloween party.

Image via Honestly Yum

Dubbed The Black Beard by creator Todd for Honestly Yum, this devilishly dark-hued drink is the epitome of mystery when it comes to party beverages. It only gets more intriguing when you realize the black color comes from squid ink but don't worry, only an 1/8 of a teaspoon! When mixed with spiced rum and creme de cacao as well as a chocolate stout, this sweet and viscous libation is sure to turn heads at your next Halloween party.

Image via  Honestly Yum  

Image via Honestly Yum 

Pumpkin Party Cooler

Image via  Martha Stewart   While Jack O' Lanterns are the standard accent piece for this holiday, why not outfit a pumpkin for a  new task ? As an ice bucket or snack bowl, just carve a a pumpkin hollow, grab a clear plastic bowl and fill with ice or treats as desired. Easy enough but also the perfect table addition or centerpiece necessity. 

Image via Martha Stewart

While Jack O' Lanterns are the standard accent piece for this holiday, why not outfit a pumpkin for a new task? As an ice bucket or snack bowl, just carve a a pumpkin hollow, grab a clear plastic bowl and fill with ice or treats as desired. Easy enough but also the perfect table addition or centerpiece necessity. 

Jalapeño You Business

Image via  The Hopeless Housewife   Not only are these  jalapeño party snacks  the perfect quick bite but they are just the right amount of cute and creepy to have your guests coming back for more! Allow only 8 to 10 minutes in the oven, these poppers are best served warm and straight off the pan. A little touch of savory goes a long way on one of the sweetest holidays around.

Image via The Hopeless Housewife

Not only are these jalapeño party snacks the perfect quick bite but they are just the right amount of cute and creepy to have your guests coming back for more! Allow only 8 to 10 minutes in the oven, these poppers are best served warm and straight off the pan. A little touch of savory goes a long way on one of the sweetest holidays around.

Ghost Face

Image via  Hipsters Tea Party   Everyone loves a good ghost story on Halloween, so why not invite a decapitated, floating head to your next soirée? This quick and easy  DIY craft  calls for cheesecloth, a styrofoam head and some spray starch. Measure, fold and spray, voilá, you've conjured a floating ghost. Quite spooky when placed in an unexpected space i.e. the bathroom or closet if you are feeling devilish, or in the entryway to greet your guests as they arrive. Either way, this easy homemade touch is sure to get people screaming, or at least, talking. 

Image via Hipsters Tea Party

Everyone loves a good ghost story on Halloween, so why not invite a decapitated, floating head to your next soirée? This quick and easy DIY craft calls for cheesecloth, a styrofoam head and some spray starch. Measure, fold and spray, voilá, you've conjured a floating ghost. Quite spooky when placed in an unexpected space i.e. the bathroom or closet if you are feeling devilish, or in the entryway to greet your guests as they arrive. Either way, this easy homemade touch is sure to get people screaming, or at least, talking. 

Image via  Hipsters Tea Party

Witch's Broom

Image via   Sprinkle Bakes   Not only are these  teeny brooms  cute but they are edible too. With a step by step how-to, these brooms are more than attainable and really, the hardest part is picking the dipping sauce. We agree with the author of Sprinkle Bakes though: guacamole's vibrant hue is most desirable and with these salty pretzels, this appetizer is sure to hit your guest's sweet spot.

Image via  Sprinkle Bakes

Not only are these teeny brooms cute but they are edible too. With a step by step how-to, these brooms are more than attainable and really, the hardest part is picking the dipping sauce. We agree with the author of Sprinkle Bakes though: guacamole's vibrant hue is most desirable and with these salty pretzels, this appetizer is sure to hit your guest's sweet spot.

Image via  Sprinkle Bakes

Image via Sprinkle Bakes

Halloween Sangria Time

Image via  The Seasoned Mom    For the annual Halloween Punch, why not try a brooding  red wine sangria ? Though the recipe calls for Casillero del Diablo a.k.a. The Devil's Cellar, any red wine will do. If you prefer sweet, go for a fruitier red. Want your sangria to have a little more bite, try a drier wine style. No matter what, this sangria is sure to get the party started!

Image via The Seasoned Mom 

For the annual Halloween Punch, why not try a brooding red wine sangria? Though the recipe calls for Casillero del Diablo a.k.a. The Devil's Cellar, any red wine will do. If you prefer sweet, go for a fruitier red. Want your sangria to have a little more bite, try a drier wine style. No matter what, this sangria is sure to get the party started!

Image via  The Seasoned Mom

Hope you have a perfectly spooky Halloween and, as always, please drink responsibly! 

Cheers, 

KCH

Halloween Sweets & Treats

Sweet tooth fanatics, rejoice! We've rounded up some of our favorite Halloween goodies for kids and adults alike. Put on some spooky music and start cooking up a storm!

Pumpkin Bread Truffles

Pumpkin bread and truffles?! Two of my favorite things in one! Plus, you really can't just get over how adorable they look. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

Spiderweb Cheesecake

Image via  Epicurean Mom

Image via Epicurean Mom

Besides looking absolutely gorgeous, this cheesecake is no-bake! Worry about what you'll wear to that fabulous spooky soiree instead. (via Epicurean Mom)

Frozen Banana Pops

Image via  Skinny Taste

Image via Skinny Taste

For those looking for something a bit healthier but still adorable, look no further than these frozen "boo-nana" pops. Substitute the white chocolate with vanilla greek yogurt for an even healthier version. A great option for people with gluten intolerance! (via Skinny Taste)

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Pretzel Bark

Image via  Something Swanky

Your sweet and salty fix all in one! Impress guests at the next party, or give as a hostess gift! Put it in a glass mason jar and tie with a bit of twine for a personal feel. (via Something Swanky)

Chocolate and Vanilla Mummy Cupcakes

Image via  Sugar and Charm

Image via Sugar and Charm

So simple to make, kids will want to help too! They're sure to be a crowd-pleaser for any age group. Yummmm. (via Sugar and Charm)

-Amanda