Auburn Hills, Battle Creek, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Center Line, Chesterfield Township, Clarkston, Clawson, Clinton Township, Commerce Township, Dearborn, Detroit, Eastpointe, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Franklin, Fraser, Grosse Pointe City, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods, Harrison Township, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Lansing, Lathrup Village, Livonia, Macomb County, Macomb Township, Madison Heights, Metro Detroit, Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, New Haven, Northeast Detroit, Novi, Oak Park, Oakland County, Oakland Township, Orchard Lake, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac, Ray Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romeo, Roseville, Royal Oak, Royal Oak Township, Shelby Township, Southfield, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Utica, Walled Lake, Warren, Washington Township, Wayne County, West Bloomfield
Homemade Halloween costumes are thrifty and fun
October 24, 2012
Making homemade costumes for Halloween can be creative fun for the whole family, and it doesn’t take skill with a sewing machine to craft a one-of-a-kind costume.
Homemade costumes can range from pop culture icons and political figures to zombies and superheroes, and that’s just the beginning. People can create an ensemble look — one person dressed as bacon, in a red shirt and pants with white and pink fabric Velcroed vertically along it, along with someone dressed as a sunny-side up egg and someone dressed in cardboard made to look like a orange juice carton.
There’s no limit to what can be turned into a costume. Just look around the house. Want to be a couch? Just get some cardboard, chicken wire, fabric and duct tape, and create a love seat costume for two. Or watch a movie for inspiration — from “Office Space” to “Avatar,” almost any popular movie character can be turned into a fun homemade costume idea.
For GI Joe, Indiana Jones or Lara Croft costumes, the local army surplus store is a one-stop shop.
At Joe’s Army Navy Surplus, with locations in Royal Oak and Waterford, October has become their busiest month.
“We’ve had to expand hours before Halloween because it gets so busy with people creating their own costumes, and our goal at the store is to be able to use different items we have to create whole costumes,” said Jeff Goldsmith, owner.
“For instance — ‘The Walking Dead.’ We don’t have the sheriff’s costume, per say, but we have almost everything you need to make it. We have the brown pants, and we substitute the khaki Marine Corps shirt for the sheriff’s shirt. We have the belts and holsters and all of that, and one of the girls here even printed the sheriff’s star and badge on the sleeves for the display.”
Other customers come in for what Goldsmith refers to as more traditional costumes: soldiers, sailors and “SWAT and tactical guys.”
“We carry all of it anyway,” Goldsmith said. “All of the things needed to make a lot of these costumes are things Army Navy stores carry anyway.”
Another common costume is the upper and lower GI.
“Couples come in every year, and one of them will get the khaki pants and boots and the other will do the shirt,” Goldsmith said. “They always think it’s hilarious because for most of them, they just thought of it and it’s brand new. We see it every year, but it’s still funny.
“We see everything,” he added. “It all depends on how creative the customers are. Our staff can help too, especially if they are looking for something particular. We have everything you can imagine an Army Navy surplus store would have. In a way, we are like the last facet of politically incorrect toys in America. We have plastic guns and knives and things that aren’t really found in toy stores anymore.”
Local craft stores can be another source of costume supplies, from a beer can costume using chicken wire to a bumble bee costume using headbands and pipe cleaner to make the antennas.
Another craft store favorite is the Lego block costume. By removing the bottom flaps of a cardboard box, cutting leg and arm holes, affixing six round boxes or small Tupperware containers and painting the whole thing with a solid-color high-gloss spray paint, a Lego block costume can be made in a day.
The local hardware store is another great place to visit for homemade Halloween costume ideas. Dave DeRonne, one of the owners of DeRonne’s Hardware in Eastpointe, said hardware stores carry an assortment of small parts and pieces that can aid in making the perfect homemade costume.
“People have come in and purchased flexible dryer vent hoses for robot arms, glow-in-the-dark duct tapes for different costumes, trash cans, which they remove the bottom from, and a bunch of other smaller parts and pieces that aid in or accent costumes,” DeRonne said.
And with all the costumers coming in for costume parts, DeRonne added that the whole staff has gotten pretty good at helping people find just what they’re looking for to make just about any costume they can imagine.
“We have some pretty creative people here,” he said. “One of our guys last year decorated a yard waste bag with leaves and made a headband out of leaves for his personal costume. It was done really well.”
It doesn’t stop at costumes, though. DeRonne said parents have come in to purchase Halloween-themed solar stake lights for use other than in their yards.
“A lot of times, they pull their little ones in wagons and they use the solar stake lights around the wagon to light up the wagon as they’re towing their little ones along.”
- 30 DAYS
- Downtown Rochester to welcome Kris Kringle Market - Rochester
- Police declare report of threat to Meijer store baseless - Sterling Heights
- Shoplifter flees store with North Face jackets worth $1,000 - Utica
- ACT scores from assessment’s final year released - St. Clair Shores
- Wreaths to be laid on hallowed ground Dec.12 - Metro Detroit
- Red Wings score healthy victory at local elementary school - Clawson
- BHS theater students show comedy chops in ‘Noises Off’ - Berkley
- Explosion rocks neighborhood - St. Clair Shores
- Kramer Homes offers gift of community for disabled vet - Center Line
- Stein Mart opens first metro Detroit store in Rochester Hills - Rochester Hills
- Commissioners approve Oakland County Animal Control’s new ‘forever home’ - Oakland County
- Chaldean foundation opens new community center - Sterling Heights
- Richard Sulaka passes away suddenly at 60 - Warren
- New high school club puts focus on science and technology - Roseville