Six creative DIY Halloween costumes


While Halloween may be a few weeks away, it is never too early to start planning for your costume. Here are some easy do-it-yourself Halloween costumes to help you out. Infographic by Nelly Rouzroch.

Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year, filled with spooks and frights. With Halloween only 16 days away, now is the perfect time to start brainstorming ideas for an awesome costume.

Here are some easy do-it-yourself (or DIY) Halloween costumes from previous years that Archer girls made. Maybe they will provide some inspiration as the special day quickly approaches. All of these costumes can be made with items typically found in your closet, so get ready to walk the runway!

1. NOLS  Instructor

Grab your favorite workout clothes and mug to be a NOLS instructor. For an extra challenge, bring a backpack and fleece!

Photo by Cybele Zhang
Anna Allgeyer ’18 shows off her NOLS instructor costume in 2017. Archer students have the chance to go on three NOLS courses before graduation.

2. Sushi

Salmon, tuna, yellowtail— the world is your oyster! All you need for this sushi costume is chopsticks, a pillow, white shirt and black cloth.

Photo by Saskia Wong-Smith
From left to right: Sydney Shintani ’18, Cybele Zhang ’18 and Cat Oriel ’18 dress up as sushi for Halloween. Last year, they won most creative costume in Archer’s costume contest.

3. Dinosaur

Grab a green shirt and glue some felt triangles onto your back for an instant dinosaur look. Tiny arms optional.

Photo by Cybele Zhang
Class of 2018 advisors dressed a dinosaurs from Jurassic Park last year. This is an easy and fun costume to do with a group of friends.

4. Where’s Waldo

Found him! This Where’s Waldo costume is simple and cute.  Just throw on a red striped shirt and a pair of jeans. Try accessorizing with black glasses and a red and white beanie.

Photo by Syd Stone
Stella Gregg ’20, India Berman ’20, Helena Bode ’20, Kelsey Thompson ’20, Abbie Sagadencky ’20 and Alizeh Davis Jarrahy ’20 show off their Halloween costumes in 2014. Where’s Waldo is an easy and fun costume.


5. Mario and Luigi

Grab your best bud and dress up as the famous duo Mario and Luigi. All this costume needs is overalls, a red or green shirt and the hat labeled with an L or M.

Regina Valitova ’18 and Claire Bardin ’18 pose together as Mario and Luigi. Top off this costume with the iconic Mario and Luigi hats. Photo courtesy of Bardin.

6. Farmer

Got milk? For this simple and fast farmers costume, all you need is a flannel and a pair of overalls.

Made with a flannel and overalls, this farmers outfit is perfect for a simple and easy Halloween costume. Accessorize the outfit with an additional farmers hat. Image courtesy of Rouzroch.

We hope you enjoy some of these do-it-yourself Halloween costumes. Be sure to take lots of pictures and eat tons of candy!