How-To: Give DIY a Try This Fall

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How-To: Give DIY a Try This Fall

By Maxine O’Loane

It’s official, summer is just about over and I can’t be the only one psyched for a certain season to roll around. You know the wonderful season that brings us stuff like pumpkin flavored everything, cinnamon spice scented candles, crisp breezy days, leaves scattered everywhere and of course countless hours on Pinterest looking up costume ideas. Now if you’re anything like me, then we can both admit that the “creativity gene” tends to skip a generation or two… it’s okay, you’re not alone in this! After some serious investigating, I think I found a few costumes that will not only look cute and creative but also take little to no time to make. So go ahead and jot down the ones you like and feel free to try them out as an alternative to Halloween!

Classic Minnie Mouse    

Minnie Mouse is definitely a classic costume for any girl. With her polka-dotted outfit and that adorable matching bow, I mean who wouldn’t want to be her even just for a day.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Minnie ears
  • Black leggings or tights
  • Black long sleeve shirt
  • A red skirt – tutu or not, it’s up to you. (If you don’t have a polka dotted skirt you can always add black circle cutouts or paint them on with some fabric paint.)
  • Yellow or black shoes


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Giant TY Beanie Baby

Remember those cute little stuffed animals we all wanted as kids? Well now’s your chance to be one!

The Costume:

  • Animal onesie (since these have become pretty popular, if you don’t have one it shouldn’t be too hard to find one.

The Tag:

  • Red and white construction paper (the thicker the better)
  • Thin red ribbon

One whole puncher


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Emoji Family 

It’s no secret everybody loves emojis! They’re not just for texts anymore, they’ve really branched out. I’ve seen emoji pillows, phone cases, shirts, and even plush toys. Might as well make them your next family costume, right?

You’ll need:

  • A piece[s] of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Yellow and black paint/markers
  • Thick string
  • A whole puncher


  • Black leggings/pants/dress
  • Black long sleeve shirts
  • Any kind of shoes


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Candy Corn Chic

It wouldn’t be autumn without some Candy Corn. They’re small, sweet and make the perfect Halloween treat! What better way to show your appreciation for this candy than dressing up as one.

The Hat:

  • Plain white fabric
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue

The Dress:

  • Any white t-shirt dress
  • Fabric paint (orange and gold)
  • Tape (to line up your stripes)
  • White tennis shoes or heels . . . that’s all up to you!


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Gumball Machine

Besides the fact that this look requires a little more time and materials than the others, this is probably my favorite look out of all the costumes on this list. I mean come on, if you don’t win some type of costume contest in this then I don’t know what will.

The Outfit:

  • White shirt
  • Red skirt
  • Black shoes
  • Fabric glue
  • Colorful pomp om balls
  • Grey paper (for the change dispenser)
  • Black marker


  • Hanging earrings (glue the pom poms on them)
  • Black heels
  • Small purse covered in pom pom “gumballs”


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Starbucks Frapps (Frapp Sisters)

Whether it’s a Pumpkin Spice Latte, Green Tea Frapp, or your favorite Summer Refresher you can’t deny your love for Starbucks. Who can blame you, we all have those days we would’ve never been able to get through without our morning Starbucks run. Why should October 31st be any different?

What you’ll need:

  • White or off white lace dress
  • Black leggings
  • Nude booties or boots
  • Some tan material
  • Large print out of the Starbucks logo


  • Top of a cup
  • Straw
  • Hot glue gun
  • Headband
  • *actual Starbucks drink optional*


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 Thing 1 and Thing 2

“Today you are you, that’s truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” Dr. Seuss was really onto something with this quote, there is no one out there exactly like you or your best friend. But together there’s definitely not another duo like you two, which is why dressing up as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from “The Cat in the Hat” would be a great thing to do! See what I did there?

You’ll need:

  • Red shirts or hoodies
  • Red shorts or regular jeans
  • Printouts of thing 1 and 2 logos
  • Striped leggings
  • Temporary blue spray paint for your hair


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There you have it, some easy but unique DIY Halloween alternative costumes. So go ahead and get started. Have a great one and happy crafting!