12 Last-Minute Handmade Halloween Costume Inspirations

Coming up with a fresh Halloween costume every year can be quite the daunting task. If you’re looking for last minute inspiration, we’ve got ten handmade ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Some people meet the Halloween dressing experience with excitement and serious consideration each year. Some of us barely try to throw something on at the last minute. There have been plenty of years where I didnít dress up at all. But in recent years, Iíve been able to get a little more creative with the holiday. While I donít relish any type of costume that comes out of a plastic sleeve from a box store, I do enjoy seeing thoughtful handmade creations and interesting vintage styling.

For me personally, I enjoy a super-targeted look (Nurse Jackie instead of just a sexy nurse, and Ariel instead of a random hodgepodge mermaid getup), but there are many directions you could go. If youíre crafty, you can definitely work to create an outfit for yourself and your kids. You can sew? Youíre even better off! But even if youíre not into either of the things, you could hit the thrift store and piece together tons of different looks (especially if you choose a specific character from a movie or TV show of the past, and just recreate their hair/makeup/clothes).

For a little inspiration with all of this, check out our roundup of handmade and vintage Halloween costumes. I could have included many, many more (itís amazing how much stuff you can find online), but pared it down to my favorites. If you donít find an idea here, use the web to find your own treasured looks!

Pssst: Want even more inspiration? Check out last years list for sixty more ideas!

Shark attack hoodie dress, Smarmy Clothes


Strawberry fruit dress, The Good Witch Clothing


Doctor Who Tardis dress, Repurposeful Punk


Queen of Hearts, Trapped in Time Designs


Monsters Inc. One Eyed Monster, Precision Stitchers

The Shining Grady Twins, Precision Stitchers


The Legend of Zelda, Cos Play Zone


Coraline, Liluxe


Ninja Turtle dress, The Good Witch Clothing


Princess Merida from Brave, Wow Cos Play


Day of the Dead dress, My Sunshine’s Closet


Hippo, Wow Cos Play

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Christine Jones
Christine Jones6 months ago

Love the Tardis dress.

Vicky Baker
Vicky B.2 years ago

As a massive Doctor Who fan I love the Tardis dress, I would defiantly wear that, Halloween or everyday (such a geek, don't judge me). I do wish Halloween was a bit more of a bigger deal here in the UK though.

Sonali G.
Sonali G.2 years ago

looks like fun. Nothing so interesting here

Joy T.
Joy T.2 years ago

I've always had homemade costumes, and thought they were MUCH better than store bought!

William & Katri D.

Not looking so good! Thank You

Helen Krummenacker

Those don't look like last minute hand made things to me. I'm not even sure if you are telling people they can order these at the "last minute", by which you mean at least 2 days in advance for shipping... or if you think the typical person who makes their own would have the right things on hand and can whip these together based on a few photos at the last minute.

A last minute hand-made costume is a "how to" for turning stuff in your closet or old linens in things like: hobo, pirate, mummy, Roman, femme fatale, etc, with nothing more complicated than accessories available at every drugstore in October.

Lola S.
Lola S.2 years ago


Dmitry Nikiforov
Dmitry Nikiforov2 years ago


Connie O.
Connie O.2 years ago

fun to look at!

Alina Kanaski
Alina Kanaski2 years ago

Thanks for sharing!