This week I have lots of Halloween Costume Ideas to share with you! All of them are simple and easy DIY costumes that you can make at the last minute. Many of them are also great costumes for older kids and teens!
We’re kicking off the week with these DIY Skeleton Costumes made using a Cricut Machine. I’ve included a free SVG file download so you can make them yourself.
Over the last few years, as my kids have gotten older, we have changed how we DIY Halloween Costumes at our house. When they were younger there were few things more exciting than heading to the fabric store to pick out a costume pattern and fabric. One year I made mummy costumes for all of them. They are still some of my favorite Halloween costumes that I’ve ever made!
Now that they are teens and young adults, they STILL want Halloween costumes, but they don’t want to look like they are trying too hard either LOL!
All of the costume ideas that I will share this week s can be DIY’d in an afternoon and contain a combination of purchased and DIY’ed items.
We are big fans of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and have gone dressed up in family costumes several times. We have done Harry Potter, the Headless Horseman, Flappers, Alice in Wonderland, Mouseketeers among others.
One year I did not get to go to Disney for our annual Fall Break trip, but my husband was able to take two of our kids (our 3rd kid was at home recovering from surgery).
They had big plans to attend the Halloween party again and wanted me to make them Skeleton Halloween Costumes. These costumes are great for older kids, and teens, since they are simple to make and can even pass for “normal” clothes (my son wore the Skeleton hoodie all month).
Here’s how to Make a DIY Skeleton Costume using a Cricut Machine:
Halloween Costume Supplies:
Black Clothing, it can be leggings, sweatshirts, t-shirts or hoodies.
Skeleton SVG Files for your Cricut you can download them in our Cricut SVG Library HERE.
Cricut Design Space Download: To get these files into Cricut Design space you need to visit the Cricut Downloads Page of the site and follow the directions. When prompted click the DOWNLOAD button and save the file as an SVG to your computer. Do not open it in a new window it will load as an image, not an SVG. Next, go to the Cricut Design Space page with your browser. Click NEW. When the screen pops up click IMAGE. Then click – upload. Upload the image you downloaded. It’s ready to use in Design Space!
Included in the SVG files:
Rib Cage Skeleton SVG
Lower Arm SVG
Lower Leg SVG
Upper Arm/Leg Bone SVG
With your Cricut Machine Cut out (if you want your costume to be exactly like mine):
1 Rib Cage
4 Upper Arm/Legs
2 Lower Arms
2 Lower Legs
Note: a Cricut Machine will cut out an image that is just shy of 12″ x 12″. All of my pieces were shorter than 12″. If you want longer bones, you can resize the image but you will need to purchase a 12″ x 24″ Cricut Mat to cut out the image.
Apply Skeleton Iron-Ons to Clothing:
Peel away the excess vinyl and adhere the cutout images to your clothing where desired. If you need a tutorial for applying iron-on you can click on THIS post which contains lots of DIY tips and tricks for iron-on vinyl.
That’s it! You can accennt your costume with some fun Skeleton Makeup. My daughter applied dark gray eyeshadow around her eyes and in her cheekbones. She also added a bit of white powder to give her a bit of a ghoulish look!
We got a lot of use out of the Skeleton Costumes that year. In addition to the Halloween party earlier in the month my son also wore his costume ON Halloween to celebrate with his friends.
His twin sister was still recovering from surgery but we did manage to make her a cute Gilmore Girls Costume, which you can find a tutorial for here.