Halloween is a time of year when self-expression and creativity are highly encouraged and appreciated. Yet, commercial costumes can cost a pretty penny, especially when considering the cost-to-wear ratio of the piece. DIY costumes are the answer to any creative mind on a budget or parent feeling the pressure to come up with a stellar costume for their kids. Check out these DIY costumes based on popular toys and games, complete with step-by-step instructions!
Paul Zakrzewski’s favorite childhood board game was Perfection and so he jumped on the opportunity to create his own DIY costume as the game’s pop-up board, complete with popping pieces. He used cardboard boxes and plastic tablecloths for the board and sponges, duct tape, and old pill bottles for the custom game pieces. How could you not be the life of the party with this outfit?
Brack Lee transformed his youngster into a LEGO Minifigure, zombified and ready to scare fellow trickers and treaters. Using recycled foam rubber from camping mats for the structure and expertly painted designs for the details, he finished off the piece by using auto window tint on the face so his son could see through the spooky mask.
Carolina Mead and her fiance went old school with their interlocking Tetris blocks. Made in super-quick fashion with matching cardboard boxes, basic paint, and duct tape, they couple made sure they were ready to “dance all night” in minutes!
Julie Guptill was thinking outside of the box for her Halloween costume – well, sort of. She decided to be a memorable claw machine and created the arcade wonder out of cardboard boxes, old spatulas for the claw, and various stuffed animals from her attic.
Tina Harris decided to be savvy with her spending on her growing son’s Halloween costumes. Creating these big and mini Rubik’s cube presented a bit of a challenge, yet the response from the neighborhood made the project well worth it. Made only from boxes, construction paper, and black duct tape, these costumes certainly did not break the bank.
Kristi Rubino’s son was set on being a character from the popular game Minecraft for Halloween. Since the game features pixelated characters, whipping up this costume was as quick as covering some cardboard boxes with construction paper and applying cubes of colored paper to foam board for the sword. Take that, pricey commercial costumes!
Crystal Evans-Pradhan saw an opportunity to create a costume out of her toddler’s favorite game from B. Toys. Using her craftiness, she sewed together some cloth balls and transformed a found dress into a dome. Wire hangers and pillow piping scraps created the bottom ring, completing the Poppitoppy outfit for her little one.
Debbie Cheung took on a bit more challenging DIY project for her son’s Lloyd Garmadon costume from LEGO Ninjago. Cardboard, construction paper, plumbing tubes, and green fabric went into the bulk of the costume, while repurposing some black gloves and a hockey helmet made the finishing touches.
Karen Nobles turned the compliments her infant daughter would receive about being as precious as a doll into inspiration for a Cabbage Patch Doll costume. Staying true to the 1980s vintage dolls, she took the time to paint the logo onto a cardboard box, topped her daughter’s head with a knit hat that looks like pigtails, and one of Karen’s very own dresses from when she was a child.
Jimmy Fendors went retro with his young son’s Halloween trick or treating costume by creating a detailed R2D2 design. His son wears the top part of the costume on his his head via a helmet, yet can nestle down into the rest of the structure for the full effect. Complete with wheels, an LED book light, and papier-mâché, this costume is sure to impress.