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Halloween Costumes

Whatever beast or beauty you, your child, or even your pet dreams of dressing up as this Halloween, let our projects and tips inspire you to make something magical. Before you begin, search your junk drawer, closets, and kitchen for supplies -- you probably already have many of the materials at home. Then follow our how-tos and templates to craft your best costume yet.


Want to create a truly spectacular ensemble? Browse through our gallery of Martha’s magnificent looks from years past, then let your imagination (and glitter, and glue gun) run wild.

Whatever beast or beauty you, your child, or even your pet dreams of dressing up as this Halloween, let our projects and tips inspire you to make something magical. Before you begin, search your junk drawer, closets, and kitchen for supplies -- you probably already have many of the materials at home. Then follow our how-tos and templates to craft your best costume yet.


Want to create a truly spectacular ensemble? Browse through our gallery of Martha...

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This billowing gown comes together with surprisingly little sewing. Wear a pink bodysuit and leggings for coverage. Senior stylist Marco Maranghello from John Barrett pinned Martha's hair into a loose updo and then added in extensions and lots of sparkling accents. For a fantastical look like this, he says, "The more hair gems, the better."

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Start with a simple dress, jacket, and tie -- nothing you'll want to wear again in its original form. Have fun with the wide selection of silk and plastic leaves and flowers that are available; you need not follow our choices.

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All for fun, fun for all! A night of adventure awaits our dashing Three Musketeers. It's easy to transform modern-day kids into the swashbuckling buddies made famous by Alexandre Dumas's 1844 novel. Start with a white shirt and colored jeans, then add simply constructed vests and capes, ruffled collars and cuffs, and floppy hats with plumes. Wooden toy swords and scabbards complete the legendary look.

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Cosmic couple, indeed: These shimmery space people are more Studio 54 than Area 51 (or any other alien hangout) in costumes crafted from everyday hardware-store supplies, including dryer tubing, pipe insulation, Mylar sheeting, and metal-repair tape.

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Our duo stays cozy in no-sew woolly vests, made simply by shrinking and trimming thrift-store sweaters; cutoff sleeves become hats. Of course, the telltale signs of any elf are pointy ears (these are stick-on) and curl-toed shoes (theirs are crafted from painted canvas drop cloths and slip right over regular shoes).

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Cosmic couple, indeed: These shimmery space people are more Studio 54 than Area 51 (or any other alien hangout) in costumes crafted from everyday hardware-store supplies, including dryer tubing, pipe insulation, Mylar sheeting, and metal-repair tape.

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With her streaked hair and striking red lipstick, this sinister sweetheart sure makes a fashion statement. To complement such bold hair and makeup, keep the rest of the costume simple: You need little more than an easy-to-assemble bedsheet "shroud" and some bandages to complete the look.

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A preteen's startling moonlit transformation gives new meaning to the term "growing pains." Theatrical makeup, two wild wigs (one cleverly cut and reassembled into furry details), and ferocious fangs can bring out anyone's inner animal.