DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas: Jack Skellington

Welcome to our DIY Halloween Costume Ideas blog! We are going to be sharing some fun and easy DIY halloween costumes for adults, kids and the entire family.

Every year we have a Halloween party at my house. My husband and I are huge fans of Halloween and love dressing up for costume parties. This year has been pretty crazy for us so we decided to just keep it simple. We ended up buying costumes from Party City because they had a great selection of costumes for our whole family. I’m still going to share some ideas on how you can create your own Jack Skellington costume or Sally costume if you want to dress up as “The Nightmare Before Christmas” characters this year.

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Here is my list of DIY Halloween Costume Idea’s I’ve made over the years:

Snow White – This one is a favorite of mine. I used red, black and yellow fabric and a sewing machine for this costume. It’s a simple tunic dress with puffy sleeves and a red bow in the back. I added patches of different colors of fabric on the front and back, so it looked like it was stitched together. I also added an embroidered apple design on the bottom of the tunic dress. For the footsies, I used black tights with white socks on top. The hat was also very simple – Black fabric with white trim sewn into a hat shape. The hat had red ribbon as trim and an embroidered apple design on it as well.

Little Red Riding Hood – This one was also fun to make! It was made from red, white and blue fabric with a sewing machine again. The cape had white trim at the neck with red ribbon along the edges of it all around. The bonnet was made

It’s that time of year again, when parents across the country are just a few weeks away from the annual “What are you going to be for Halloween?” question. In my house, I’ve come to know that moment when my daughter’s eyes light up and she comes running into the room with a picture in her hand.

“Mom! Mom! Look at this costume! This is what I want to be!”

I smile and say, “That looks great, but let’s see if we can make it.”

Making your own costumes can be fun and rewarding. It gives us an opportunity to express our creativity. And it saves money at a time of year when we’re already spending so much on holiday decorations, candy and trick-or-treaters. Plus, kids love making their own costumes; it gives them a sense of pride.

Costume Ideas:

And if you’re like me – always looking for new ideas – here is a list of some easy DIY Halloween costumes that can be made right in your home with everyday materials.

Jack Skellington (from The Nightmare Before Christmas) – Black pants and shirt, white face paint and black eyeliner, black gloves and socks, hardhat or baseball cap painted black with white spots

If you’re looking to create the perfect Jack Skellington costume, you’ve come to the right place. I want to start off by saying that this costume is not for the faint of heart. It does require some sewing, so if you can’t sew, you may want to look elsewhere.

For those who are able to sew, this is a very fun project and it’s not that difficult once you get started.

Before You Begin:

First, I want to share a little secret with you. If you have any old white bed sheets that have seen better days, use them! Old bed sheets make the best fabric for Halloween costumes because they are easy to cut and they don’t fray. This means that you won’t have to do any hemming (at least on most of your costume). Plus, they are cheap (or free) and plentiful – which makes them a frugal crafter’s dream!

When I was a kid my mom would buy our Halloween costumes. If I remember correctly, she probably did this to avoid any sibling fights over who got to be what. It’s not like we were spoiled rotten and got to pick out expensive store-bought costumes every year. We lived in the country in Iowa and our closest store was a general merchandise store that sold everything from clothes to groceries, so our costumes were usually homemade and they were always super cool!

I grew up on a farm in the Midwest, so you can imagine how creative my mom had to get when it came to Halloween costumes. One of my favorites was when she made me a Betty Crocker costume out of a cardboard box. It actually looked pretty convincing with just a little paint and some felt for the hair band. Another year I was a snow cone machine made out of an old dresser drawer with construction paper for the flavor choices. And one year I went as an electric light switch that lit up when it was turned on (thanks to some strategically placed string lights).

When I think back on all of those childhood Halloween adventures, I really can’t help but think that my mom missed her calling as an artist or craft teacher because they were seriously some of the coolest costumes ever!

The coolest thing to do is to make your own costume. In this blog post we’ll be making a jack skellington costume. The materials you will need are:

-A white sheet

-A black paint pen

-A grey paint pen


-Glue gun

First, carefully cut out a batman logo in the white sheet and set aside for later. Then cut out two large holes for the eyes. Next, draw the pinstripe suit pattern on the sheet. To finish off the suit, use the grey and black paint pens to add details to the suit. Finally, glue the batman logo onto the front of the suit and you are done! I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a Jack Skellington costume!

Jack Skellington is a character and the main protagonist of the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack is the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town, a fantasy world based solely on the Halloween holiday. Jack is voiced by Chris Sarandon. Jack’s singing voice is provided by Danny Elfman in the film and currently by Elfman himself in tour appearances (with Sarandon providing speaking lines).

Jack Skellington is the patron spirit of Halloween, portrayed as being on par with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny within his own holiday. This interpretation is shown fairly consistently through the franchise, with Jack going to great lengths to keep this reputation, and other characters (such as Lock, Shock, and Barrel) idolizing him.

One thing that becomes evident throughout the story, however, is that he feels trapped within his world’s dull routine of causing fright on Halloween night; he longs for something new and different which will bring excitement back into his life. Although he tries desperately to control it, Jack has a more mischievous side that comes out when he gets bored or wants something done (or not done) his way – for example: he does not like Sandy Claws (a.k.a. Santa Claus), but simply because he was told

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