12 DIY Costumes That Are Better Than Store-Bought Ones

Just because a costume is “official” doesn’t mean it will be the best. You can use these DIY costumes as inspiration for next Halloween! And sometimes traveling to get the real deal isn’t worth it! Just like Campbell’s Go™ soups, you don’t have to get take out to get great Moroccan style chicken.

1. Store-bought Corpse Bride… meh.

Elaine / CC BY-ND http://2.0/ flickr.com/elaine13/1813592446/in/photolist-3Lg8Rh-8PF4JG-8iYHMK-aeTA4G-pB4Pjs-pRmqdh-pB2jzi-pTrZic-9sRV3-oWHzxH-pTruXK-pTA7w1-pRmpsQ-oWH7xa-pB5hQ8-YvvUR-4roxB5-6dTM2-7NrGQm-8LBPD9-8LBPGu-8LBPJS-7c4EoF-5Au4

Handmade Corpse Bride… AMAZING!

Doug Kline / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/popculturegeek/6301176825/in/photolist-aAPbkK-aARTPJ-hoFMLf-8PFim2-9sRV4-9sRV5-im2XT-h5c1No-h5bLPn-2s3vYx-7bcTei-7bcRZt-7c5MPk-7bcRgB-aAV8gv-3Lg8Rh-8PF4JG-8iYHMK-aeTA4G-pB4Pjs-pRmqdh-pB2jzi-pTr

2. Store-bought Brave costume… it’s alright.

Julie, Dave & Family / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com/dave_minogue/8142807189/in/photolist-njtcL4-eLrbDs-fiKvkk-dpy1Tp-pNTApF-cAN7kC-efSEMC-d5MimC-h3iQFj-h3kk6R-nsDVfQ-ohAmt6-c1YTAf

Handmade Brave costume… wow!

GabboT / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com/tonyshek/8700955006/in/photolist-njtcL4-eLrbDs-fiKvkk-dpy1Tp-pNTApF-cAN7kC-efSEMC-d5MimC-h3iQFj-h3kk6R-nsDVfQ-ohAmt6-c1YTAf

3. Store-bought Wolverine… yawn.

Damian Cugley / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com/pdc/2462293130/in/photolist-4KzTXQ-e7etKJ-cxgLM1-nFPvCo-nFZNBA-npx5YE-nFPFZ5-assnmx-7Rx9sr-byxQvG-9wAG7N-pwjSzC-bHAVjc-41hnCk-8PFgs8-nHNAXx-bB3L7F-nHNDBR-pmNv3m-assnR2-nG1cf1-npwVFj-85piq

This Wolverine… heck yes!

Ryan C / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/ryc-behindthelens/14236134614/in/photolist-nFZUQN-nDYEJ7-npwSvy-nG1gow-8S8af7-nFJYva-npwyKn-npwYPn-npwTzq-26ycB-78jyKT-nFPwm7-nFJHMn-nG2jP8-bMbMiM-bMcM8F-bMbLnB-byh5B1-cxgKej-bMbHWg-bMyRq2-e78Tmk-4

4. Typical Sexy Hogwarts Students…

GabboT / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com/tonyshek/7792017206/in/photolist-cSy8ff-69cqD-6GoLjy-c9N3AS-c8EJ9w-cantu9-canr3b-c8ETNA-c9N2Po-c8x1Qm-c9N76y-c8EFDb-c8EFjY-c8EC7C-c8EUMN-c8EAXA-c8EDcm-canurW-canuSU-c8EKaQ-c8wsno-c8x1Lu-c9N5Km-c

This Golden Snitch Costume Is Awesome.

Eben Selker / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/eben-frostey/2577445363/in/photolist-4VL5Ha-8Ud2NE-8U9Wde-8U9XUP-8U9VRx-7sUk2y-c8ELJj-c8EGE7-c8WqmQ-c8EFtG-c9N4r3-c8x1iQ-c8EUvm-c9N54o-c8wuJC-c8wqZQ-c8x1ew-c8EDgf-c8wrLf-c8UcKb-c9N2qf-c8EUrW-c

5. This Is Just An Adventure Time Hat…

Mike Mozart / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/jeepersmedia/13029662874/in/photolist-kRoqPU-kRmsA4-kRorf3-kRopvw-kRnayK-kRmqgp-kRmpBD-kRnadK-kRndvX-kRndKK-hjQGgA-qcrhBA-edENkz-a7ZFnW-dZvLGh-dZJL9d-dQgtiJ-dQaS2e-dQgmko-dQaKbv-nJPYDu-6AJ7BJ-

But these DIY costumes are so much CUTER!

Heather Paul / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / flickr.com/warriorwoman531/14808639316/in/photolist-oyA9xw-edvM3w-cBTArQ-btnJSy-nM2NYW-i2X1G5-cBWrKf-p3aNb4-dZvLFu-nsx4d4-2oz9B-bX4rEL-btouP7-aCXeVG-eYMinb-cBWoTo-cBWoz1-cBWqRf-cBW3N3-cBTUc1-cBTk1Q-c

6. This store-bought Alice In Wonderland is…. alright

Ashley / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / flickr.com/princessashley/3416399886/in/photolist-btbUFQ-7EiQng-4ShrvU-7EiMGr-7RAp8h-6cTR2h-6BaiTp-kmBtn-e3ofZ7-7EnCPE-8airbA-fhJXXx-7Enveb-9egeYJ-9ytbWh-37R5Vw-a6L5X6-5k7xVF-kmBKk-kmBMz-9ed4k2-3kdMQh-6cTW

This handmade Alice In Wonderland is perfect!

Doug Kline / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/popculturegeek/4499360514/in/photolist-btbUFQ-7EiQng-4ShrvU-7EiMGr-7RAp8h-6cTR2h-6BaiTp-kmBtn-e3ofZ7-7EnCPE-8airbA-fhJXXx-7Enveb-9egeYJ-9ytbWh-37R5Vw-a6L5X6-5k7xVF-kmBKk-kmBMz-9ed4k2-3kdMQh-6cT

7. Why would anyone just want cat ears?

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These people went all out! MEOW!

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8. Store-bought pirate… decent.

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Aye! A beaut!

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Matt Lauer and Al Roker look like they just came out of a movie!

9. This store-bought Link costume is okay.

Hillary / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com/lamenta3/4971490881/in/photolist-8zjc32-6JWAzj-6HZPqd-5vL2j6-62HDgi-diJT1f-dmu3FB-2GwJb-96e9Sv-5qe46e-a2Tpbp-dmu5Z1-8n8HKL-do7HRU-dmu6bu-dmu5U3-5YemqR-nMgLYs-7PpWyu-8udUFS-eC9KJ2-5Ye5aa-5tJQup-

This DIY Link is super!

Jim H. / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com/greyloch/9103369861/in/photolist-eSr9GM-eiXuL7-8npR4f-a6PNnS-5vwA62-5krqAd-6WK9Dp-5Mazuc-5vwHxx-5vwJhi-5MeMuE-5MaEac-8PxXZn-8PB9Zu-8PxZk2-3FXVvx-dhiuFL-6sYYMp-5Mf3c3-6WPaGQ-a1WVsL-8zj6QB-8zjc32-

10. These Powerpuff Girl Costumes…must be hot and stuffy in there

Doug Kline / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/popculturegeek/4689660055/in/photolist-89pJxR-kTJyk-588ksf-bs9EXY-8kyVAt-27ntkU-oHuYsz-nngoXc-3W5JS-86LMj3-qtwGw-47qpoR-oSZJFh-ouabSz-857jq-d6bP2u-6y6rPQ-p119ZG-584a1R-6fY5Yh-d6bPdL-5849GV-87Mh

On the other hand, these handmade Powerpuff Girls costumes are SO ADORABLE.

Pikawil / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com/pikawil/15016938646/in/photolist-oSZJFh-ouabSz-857jq-d6bP2u-6y6rPQ-p119ZG-584a1R-6fY5Yh-d6bPdL-5849GV-87Mhc-87Mg7-6y2iwv-sJseo-588kEh-bupLPm-588kUQ-6xoSn9-9Fgsr-6xjG36-86HC6D-EpU8t-9M5EhU-6Ntuz

11. Lady Gaga?

Sara Meier / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / flickr.com/saritakate/4828893067/in/photolist-8mHkF2-8SAsXX-7jTgLT-da7aVR-cr5FME-cr5FV5-9LxPvx-7QcmFb-8MGC5S-86vYNQ-8Q7afJ-8Q3Zdn-da8C44-6pXFza-86vYXN-8VfGub-99ma7u-7jTgUK-9SThaZ-8c5esq-8c1UAr-8Q4zFp-8

Superior DIY Lady Gaga costume!

Rob Schofield / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / flickr.com/robschofield/5358557038/in/photolist-9aw1js-9STgY6-9MyXmC-6F4J5J-8iKGVB-8uQB8j-8iKHpt-6F4GjN-dJUusv-86vZkQ-7jTfD2-b3m5Pn-b3m6aB-5ywvA6-86sKvc-9NCKfA-o1ese7-8np3Tr-7jTgn2-8PRXka-86vWqG-9Mw

12. This Hulk Is Just Green Body Paint And An Open Shirt

Jim Wall / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/jimwall/6298570666/in/photolist-aAzPBY-aAzVz1-6VPRjh-b6FLGT-bGfUui-bGgPLK-etFruQ-a1U5p6-oABZtn-2imJZ-bRJNXx-7arux8-5jwFPJ-fpEAhP-8PFgox-aEzm9P-bEcpMx-aCf95T-pKeiki-etCgmt-e7CHSg-fHLeSa-brMR81-mQp

But these handmade costumes save the day!

Doug Kline / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/popculturegeek/5134033823/in/photolist-8PFgox-bEcpMx-bMyMAD-8c2bJG-byE8ew-byExN5-a7cvVJ-bqFRnA-aCf95T-cBTo17-8npNn7-8npNrw-8npNvA-5YwA1g-5hnhyU-bEGCBn-aEzm9P-pKeiki—-bGgPMX-bDADAt-brvByV-d9FNX

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