How to: Mad Scientist Costume

Home made Mad Scientist costume


What You’ll Need

White Coat



Large Plastic Jar (big enough to fit over your head)




Flesh coloured paper or paint

Red paint or cellophane


Sticky tape



  1. Fill the gloves with newspaper so that become solid.
  2. Staple the gloves to the sleeves of the white coat.
  3. Using a razor cut out the bottom of the large plastic jar so that your head can fit through the bottom.
  4. Cut out a neck shape in the cardboard and cover in the flesh coloured paper or in flesh coloured paint and then paint the top neck area in red paint or with red cellophane.
  5. Staple the bloody neck to the back part of the neckline of the white coat.
  6. Place the pillow into the chest area of the coat ensuring that the shoulders are filled out.
  7. In order to put the costume all together, place the pillow area of the coat behind your neck so that it rests on your shoulder and then button it up with your arms down your sides and then place the plastic jar over your head and then sticky tape the stuffed gloves to the sides of the jar so that it looks as if your head is being held.

How to: Alien coming out of stomach costume

How to: Alien coming out of stomach costume

If you’ve ever seen Alien, you’ll know it for one of its most famous scenes – when an alien erupts out of Kane’s stomach. For Halloween last year, I re-created this moment with my home made alien coming out of my stomach top.


What you’ll need


Flesh coloured stockings

2 print-outs of the alien

Cotton stuffing or tissues

Sewing needle and thread


Red food dye

Sticky tape



  1. Lay down your top on top of some newspaper and also place some newspaper in-between the two sides of the top.
  2.  Pour some red food dye on the area that you would like the alien to protrude out of. Leave to dry.
  3. Cut a leg off of a pair of flesh coloured stockings and then and the midway point fold half of the stocking into itself to strengthen it.
  4. Fill with cotton stuffing or tissues until it is full.
  5. Put the top on and using a needle and thread sew the stuffed stocking onto the top in the middle of the bloody food dye area. As you sew it be sure to do it so that it protrudes out of the top.
  6. Then cut out the print outs of the alien and tape an image to each side.
  7. Voila! You know have an alien top that will be the envy of all of your friends.


How to: Han Solo Carbonite costume

Homemade Han Solo Carbonite costume


Everybody loves a Star Wars costume, but what could be more dramatic than a Han Solo Carbonite costume? (Maybe a Wookie one, but we’re not talking about that…)


What you’ll need

A piece of cardboard in your height – try undoing a big cardboard box




Silver Spray Paint

Silver face paint of lipstick


Silver Gloves




  1. Put down your piece of cardboard and then lie down on it and get someone to draw an outline of your body on it in the position of Han Solo frozen. Making sure to mark out where your head is and where your hands are.
  2. Draw a circle/oval of where your face would sit and then cut it out of the cardboard. Try fitting your face through the hole and then appropriately cut out more of the cardboard to fit your face snuggly.
  3. Draw two circles of where your hands would come out of the cardboard then cut it out of the cardboard. Try fitting your hands through the hole and then appropriately cut out more of the cardboard so that your hands comfortably fit out of the holes.
  4. Draw a rough sketch of a shirt, the top of pants and feet – these will be your guides as to the areas you will make 3D.
  5. Mix together some flour and water to create glue, tear up some newspaper, dip into this mixture and then start to build up the 3D areas of the carbonite. Leave to dry.
  6. Once you have your base of the protruding areas of Han Solo’s body from the carbonite brick, spray paint entirely in silver spray paint. Leave to dry.
  7. On the day you want to wear your costume, paint your face with silver face paint or silver lipstick, put on your silver gloves and Voila! You have created a super duper Han Solo carbonite costume.

How to: Cruella Deville Costume

Cruella Deville costume


Run out of time to make your Halloween costume? Or just plain lazy? Well, fret not, here’s a step-by-step of how to create a Cruella Deville costume using your own wardrobe and household items.


What you’ll need

The Outfit:

Black Slim fitting dress

White ‘Shawl’ – this could be a scarf, a piece of white material or a white bed sheet

Red Shoes

Large gemmed ring

Large Gem Earrings

Red Gloves – if you have them


The Make-Up:

Blush: For a high cheekbone look

Purple or Green Eye shadow

Red Lipstick


The Hair:


Teasing Comb

Baby Powder



Black Cigarette holder – this can be made by rolling up a piece of black paper and then adding a white edge with either white paper or white electrical tape

If you have a plush Dalmatian toy dog, this would really drive the costume home



  1. Half your hair right down the middle and clip the right side of your hair out of the way and then cover with a piece of material.
  2. Then tease the left side of your hair, the bigger and more frazzled, the better.
  3. Cover the teased left side of your hair with baby powder to make it look white. Let it settle and then do it again. Do up to three coats to really sell it.
  4. Untie the other side of your hair and tease it, yet again, the bigger, the better.
  5. Voila! You have Cruella’s signature hairstyle complete with her look ready to steal innocent and cute puppies for your fashion glory.


How to: Day of the Dead Makeup

 Day of the Dead make-up close up eyes closed

If you’re looking for a dramatic look for Halloween this year, it’s hard to go past Day of the dead make-up and get up as a costume.


What you’ll need

White face powder or white face paint


Black Eye-shadow or black face paint

Black Eye-liner or black face paint

Thin Brush

Red Lip liner or red face paint

Fake Flowers

Bobby Pins



  1. Tie your hair back into a high bun.
  2. Using the stem of your fake flowers slide each flower down and into your bun and secure it with a bobby pin. Please note that the flowers should be positioned at the front of your scalp/head.
  3. Keep sliding and pinning flowers into your bun so that you create a pile of flowers sitting at the front of your head. The more flowers and the brighter the mix of flowers, the more dramatic the look.
  4. Using a sponge, coat your entire face with white Powder or white face paint, avoiding your eyebrows and eyelashes.
  5. Using your black eye-liner or a brush and black face paint, draw a spider’s web on your forehead fanning out.
  6. Then draw a horizontal line across your lips where the top and bottom lip separate, then draw short vertical lines about a centimetre apart across the line,this is where you will create the look of a scar.
  7. Using a brush and black eye-shadow or face paint draw two large circles around your eyes and fill in entirely with colour.
  8. Then outline the outside of the nostril area of your nose and fill in with colour.
  9. Using red lip liner or red face paint and a brush draw a scalloped edge around the large black circles – you can choose to fill in or leave as is.
  10. Then draw a spiky line on your chin pointing up and fill in with colour.
  11. Voila! You are now ready to couple with a bright, patterned top or dress and complete your dramatic Halloween look!

How to: Intestines Top

Bloody intestines close up


Continuing on with the more morbid side of costume how-to’s, here is how to create the look of bloodied intestines falling out of your body. This can be added onto any top/dress as you please.


What you’ll need


Tan or Flesh coloured stockings

Cotton Filling or Tissues or Toilet Paper

Red Food Dye

Thread and needle




  1. First thing you will need to do is create the intestines. Grab your pair of tan/flesh coloured stockings and cut off one leg piece.
  2. Fill with cotton filling or tissues or toilet paper so that you end up with one sausage looking stuffed stocking.
  3. The next thing you will need to do is sew them onto your top or dress. To achieve the look best, do achieve the best look, you will need to sew the intestines while wearing the item of clothing. Note: best to not wear another top underneath so that you don’t accidently sew into both tops.
  4. Stand in front of a mirror and sew the open end closed and onto your top/dress under your chest/ on the top of your stomach area. Then assemble the stocking across the top of your stomach and then round it around and down so that it begins the pattern of intestines. Sew into place on the edges so that it is secured into place around all edges – outside and within all intersecting areas.
  5. Next you will need to create the bloodied effect. Lay down some newspaper and place your top/dress on it. Get the red food dye and pour directly onto the top of the intestine area to create the blood splattered effect/bloody intestine look.
  6.  Voila! You know how a disgusting looking bloodied top or dress for all your Halloween needs!

How to: Horror Film Shirt

Home made bloodied shirt

Another step-by-step how to today, this time focusing on something a little bit more gruesome in preparation for Halloween later this month.


What you’ll need


Paint Brush

Red Paint

Black Paint


Red Food Dye





Put on your t-shirt and stand in front of a mirror. The first step will be ripping up your shirt. With this step make sure that you’re not wearing anything underneath the shirt so as to not ruin two tops.


  1. In order to get a more natural look to the cut, make an incision with your scissors and the use your hands to extend the rip and get the look you want. A ripped collar makes for a great look as well as a ripped sleeve. A few smaller notches on the shirt will also look great.
  2.  Next will be creating the look that you’ve been run over by a car. Take off your shirt and lay it down on top of newspaper, the next couple of steps are going to get messy.
  3.  Get your black paint and paint directly onto about a third of the tyre and then from the top left or right of the shirt (depending on what side you’d prefer it) roll the tyre diagonally across the shirt. Leave to dry.
  4.  Next you will need to add some blood to finish the look. You will use both the red paint and the red food dye for this, as they will create different looks. Hang your shirt up on a washing line and be sure to have some newspaper underneath you to collect the excess paint and food dye.
  5.  To create a thicker, dripping blood effect, literally pour the red paint onto the t-shirt, I chose to do this in the same top corner of the shirt as the tyre mark.
  6.  Then you will use the red food dye to add blood splatter to the shirt by pouring red food dye into the cap of the bottle and then throwing it onto the shirt. Leave to dry.
  7.  Voila! You now have a shirt that will make you look like you’ve been through a horror scene chase.