It’s that time of year again: people across the United States are eating and drinking pumpkin everything, storefronts are decked out in fake cobwebs and creepy eyeball lights, and Inhabitat is launching the best Halloween costume contest to date with a chance to win a VANMOOF Electrified bike valued at a whopping $3,000. Which means the competition will be stiffer than ever. We aren’t looking for witch hats from Target, folks. We’re looking for the most innovative, thought-provoking DIY costumes made by you for you – not in some factory in China. Luckily, we have a host of brilliant past costumes to share as inspiration. So roll up your sleeves, evoke your creative ghouls, and enter Inhabitat’s 2015 Halloween Contest by October 31st, 2015 for a chance to win the world’s first intelligent electric bike complete with built-in GPS tracking.
Tired of driving your car everywhere but reluctant to get all hot and sweaty on your way to work? The VANMOOF Electrified bike, nominated the electric bike of 2014 by the Dutch cycling organization RAI, will get you around town without wrinkling your clothes. Decked out with an intelligent interface built right into the dashboard, and powered by a small front wheel motor and integrated battery, this E-bike also protects against those with sticky fingers by making it easy to track in the event of theft. Sounds pretty good, right?
For a chance to win this incredible E-bike, enter your homemade costume in our Green Halloween Costume Contest. We’re looking for the smartest, funniest and most creative use of repurposed materials. Basically, we’re looking for America’s best DIY halloween costumes. Check out our contest page here to enter today – and enter kids costumes in the Inhabitots contest!
Believe it or not, there’s a person in there. Author, speaker and paralympian Josh Sundquist is an amputee, and he came up with this incredible twist on a flamingo costume where his foot becomes the bird’s head when he does a handstand. It takes quite a lot of strength, but look at the result!
What do you do with a family of five on Halloween? Become your favorite TV cast! This ensemble is spot on and entirely homemade.
This crafty couple made Muppet versions of themselves (with working mouths). Made using pipe cleaners, felt and other common items, they had a had a blast heckling people Statler and Waldorf style all night long.
Remember the game Perfection? This ingenious getup is a throwback to 1973, made using cardboard boxes, old plastic tablecloths, cut-out shapes and game pieces made from old sponges, duct tape, and pill bottles. The completed ensemble is certainly a childhood dream come true.
Give your pup a little waddle with a crafty ode to Thanksgiving, made from recycled upholstery, foam padding and fabric.
Carly’s favorite things are Halloween and her friend Jason (who happens to be a cop). She also happens to be in a wheel chair, which gave her mother the grand idea of this awesome handmade police K9 SUV! See how she constructed it here.
Recognize this little guy from Pixar movies? This costume was made from thrift store finds and furniture glides.
Based on General Mills’ Monster Cereal, this impressive Frankenberry 2.0 costume took about six months to make and stands over 7 feet tall! It’s completely homemade, replete with EL and mini strobe lighting, a hand sculpted mask and chest piece, and a thumping electronic heartbeat made from a Goodwill bought boom box.
Fred made this hilarious chicken-riding Colonel Sanders ensemble out of foam rubber, sculpted and glued into the shape of a chicken.
This kids’ R2D2 costume is made almost entirely from reused materials around the home! The dome is a helmet that offers visible site when walking, but fits on top of the body to go into full disguise mode. This getup includes the whole shebang with wheels, lights and sound effects.
This adorable baby Nacho Libre is too cute for words. This mom says she was pretty much able to assemble this costume over a few naps. Easy, quick, cute and eco-friendly!
The bespectacled, red and white striped Waldo is a classic Halloween costume that never gets old. Made mostly from items this family already had right at home, this little guy was ready to “hide” among the crowd.
This outstanding State of Liberty costume was hand-sewn using naturally hand-dyed fabrics from an old T-shirt, skirt and blouse. The draping effect was artfully achieved by wrapping the skirt around the entire dress. Learn to easily recreate this epic look right here.