Halloween is just around the corner and if you want to create an awesome costume, you need these halloween costume hacks. Not only can you turn a cheap costume into something cool, but you can create unique accessories no one else will have. Whether it’s creepy stockings or LED glasses, these Halloween costume hacks will blow your mind.
1. Glue Spiders to Stockings for an Instant Spooky Look
Want to make a boring pair of black stocking look creepy? Use glue to attach plastic spiders. You’ll want to avoid hot glue as it will melt your stockings. Super glue is a great option, but make sure you’re careful with it or everything will be stuck to everything else. If you want to be REALLY creepy, you can glue on plastic cockroaches, millipedes, and other creepy crawlies.
2. Get Colored Hair Without the Mess Thanks to Hair Chalk
Do you hate how hard it is to wash colored hairspray from your hair after Halloween? Use hair chalk instead. It will add a great pop of color, but will wash out easily. This means you won’t have to worry about protecting your pillow case because you couldn’t get the dye out. You can also set the color using hairspray. If you do choose to use the colored hairspray, use baby shampoo to make it easier to wash out.
3. Use Red Nail Polish in Place of Fake Blood
Don’t want to purchase fake blood? Use red finger nail polish. Not only can you apply it to your skin without issue, but it looks like fresh blood after it dries. You can drop the nail polish on your skin to create drops of blood. It can take a few minutes to dry, but it looks great. You can also smear it all over an old tee shirt to look like realistic bloodstains. Best of all, this is easy to remove from your skin with nail polish remover. Look through all the shades of red you have in your stash to find the perfect color.
4. Stick on Accessories with Eyelash Glue
You can find accessory glue in the Halloween department to stick on scars, ripped flesh pieces, etc. However, this glue is very painful to wash off. Instead, use eyelash glue. Eyelash glue works great for gluing on even the largest accessories. Best of all, it’s easy to wash off, but has great hold. You can find eyelash glue in almost any store that sells makeup.
5. Age Your Clothing for Zombie Costumes
There are so many great ways to age your clothing for a zombie costume. One of the first tips is to use brown or gray dye and over-dye the clothing. You can also age clothing by using Old English furniture polish in mahogany. The reddish brown colors can mimic the look of dried blood. If you want to create holes and rips, cut small holes in the clothing and then use coarse sandpaper to go over the area to shred the cloth. For thicker fabrics, such as denim, you can use a cheese grater to shred the fabric.
6. Use Accessories to Create a Vintage Look
If you want your vintage costume to look authentic, add tons of accessories. Even if your dress is brand new, it can look vintage with the inclusion of long white gloves, a clutch purse, and a stand of classic pearls. You can also look for vintage costume jewelry at your local thrift stores to achieve the look. The exact accessories will depend on the era. For example, a pillbox hat would work great for a 60s upscale costume. Also remember that the hairstyle is very important.
7. Make Wigs Look More Realistic with Fabric Softener
Halloween wigs never look realistic because they’re too shiny. To deaden the shine, you can soak the wig in hot water and then soak in fabric softener. Shampoo the wig to remove the fabric softener, place in sun to dry, and the wig will look more like real hair. You can’t use direct heat on wigs, but you can add product to the wig to create different hairstyles.
8. Make Your Own Pair of LED Glasses
Want something really cool to add to your costume? Order a couple of LED photo key chains and pick up a cheap pair of reading glasses. Fit the LED screens into the glasses and set each one to the same photo. This is such a cool hack that will definitely grab people’s attention. You can also use your smartphone to create fun accessories for your costume.
9. Turn Boring Heels Into Blinged Out Heels
Do you have an old pair of heels you no longer wear? Break out a can of adhesive and spray down the outside. You can then cover in your favorite color of glitter. Add another layer of adhesive to keep the glitter from coming off and you’ve got a great pair of blinged out heels. If you don’t want glitter all over your shoes, pick up some cheap rhinestones to create a fun look. It’s a great way to recycle those shoes you no longer wear.
10. Break Out the Velcro
Last, but not least, you can make some awesome costumes with Velcro. For example, you can add polka dots to any outfit by attaching pieces of Velcro to your clothing and then adding pieces of circular fabric. You can also attach accessories to your costume. For example, take a tracksuit and put large pieces of Velcro on it and attach cat stuffed animals for a cat lady costume. The best part is that the Velcro can be removed and won’t damage your clothing.
Your Halloween costumes don’t have to be boring or the same as others. You can create some really awesome and unique costumes by using these great hacks. Whether you want a wig that looks realistic or some awesome shoes to complete your costume, you’ll love these Halloween costume hacks. Each of these hacks is super affordable and super easy.