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60 Handmade and Vintage Halloween Costumes

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60 Handmade and Vintage Halloween Costumes

Coming up with a fresh Halloween costume every year can be quite the daunting task. Some people meet this 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 didn’t dress up at all. (And believe me, this never goes over well with friends, who ultimately assume you must think you’re just too cool for the holiday. Or at least those are my buds’ reactions!) But in recent years, I’ve been able to get a little more creative with the holiday. While I still don’t relish any type of costume that comes out of a plastic sleeve from a box store (go figure!), 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 you’re crafty, you can definitely work to create an outfit for yourself and your kids. You can sew? You’re even better off! But even if you’re 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 (it’s amazing how much stuff you can find online), but pared it down to my favorites. If you don’t find an idea here, use the web to find your own treasured looks!


Queen of Hearts from Faery Spell Creations.


Björk from Glacier Milk.


Alice in Wonderland from Three Gen Jewelry.

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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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1:22AM PDT on Sep 8, 2015

I guess this blog is perfectly incomparable. creative costumes

5:38AM PDT on Sep 18, 2014

Add colours to the festival

7:47PM PDT on Nov 1, 2013


12:39PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Oh my, I have lots of 'vintage' pieces of clothing in my closet that one could make great costumes with.All it would take is long flowing scarves and sparkly jewelry, or scarey makeup and wigs or hats with scarves and sparkly stuff. What fun!

8:13AM PDT on Oct 24, 2012


6:36PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

1:57PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012


9:39AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thank you

2:12AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

certainly vintage all right!

10:55PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

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