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Halloween is officially under two weeks away, but there’s no need to panic. Some of the best Halloween costumes are ones that you think of at the very last minute and end up reusing and recycling for years to come. Who hasn’t been a sheet ghost more than once, am I right?
If you’re on the hunt for something quick and easy with less than 2 weeks until the big day, you’ve come to the right place. Easy, homemade Halloween costumes using t-shirts are something we know very well. After all, t-shirts are sort of our thing!
Without further ado, check out our 6 favorite (easy!) homemade Halloween costumes using t-shirts.
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2. Brawny Man
We realize we’re talking about easy t-shirt costume ideas, but this Brawny Man costume is worth a shout-out. There are a couple of ways to pull this one off, but first and foremost it’s going to require a quintessential plaid shirt. Once you’ve picked the perfect plaid shirt you can either carry around a roll of paper towels or encourage your plus-one to wear a white t-shirt and attach a picture of a printed out Brawny logo to complete their classic roll-of-paper-towels look.
It doesn’t get more Halloween than a skeleton costume. And if easy t-shirt Halloween costumes are at the top of your list, this one’s for you. To get started, you will need a plain white t-shirt and a pair of scissors. The next step is to use your scissors and make cuts to the body of your shirt that creates a ribcage illusion. You know, like a skeleton. This isn’t rocket science so don’t get hung up on creating the perfect cuts. There is no such thing.
The last piece to this costume is to pick up a black t-shirt or hoodie to wear underneath. Our favorite is the Gildan G185 but any black shirt or hoodie will do. If you’re feeling extra crafty you can add an iron-on heart or draw one using a magic fabric marker.
Similar to the beloved skeleton costume but requiring a bit more work, you can’t go wrong with a timeless mummy costume. Like the skeleton, this costume is going to require a plain white t-shirt (or 2, depending on how many strips you want) and a pair of scissors. Using your scissors you will need to cut your t-shirt into strips, preferably starting at the bottom and incorporating some ripping to achieve a worn, raw edge on your strips. Next, you will need to fill a bowl with your choice of coffee or tea so that you can soak your strips. Soaking your mummy strips will achieve that “dirty” mummyesque look. Trust us, this step is important!
After you’ve soaked your strips for approximately 10 minutes and have allowed them to dry completely, you’re basically good to go. You can opt to wear a black, white, natural, or grey shirt underneath your strips and then wrap away!
5. Blessing in Disguise
Ok, this one is a bit out there, but it’s a clever play on words and sticks to our easy theme. Unlike some of our other costumes, this one requires a t-shirt of any color you like. Now that’s living!
Similar to the 404 Error costume idea, this costume will require iron-on transfer letters so that you can iron-on the text “Blessing.” What happens next? Your disguise! For this, you can pick up a cape and mask at your local brick and mortar during Halloween season or on Amazon year-round. Get creative with your colors combinations or stick with monochromatic- there is no right answer. After all, you’re going to be a “Blessing in Disguise” no matter what color your cape is!
6. Green with Envy
Last but not least, our final t-shirt costume idea will require your plus-one or partner to dress up and play along. Don’t worry, while this costume is a bit out-of-the-box, it doesn’t require a lot of effort or “dressing up.”
Similar to the 404 Error and the Blessing in Disguise costume, you will need iron-on transfer letters for your text. If transfer letters are not in your wheelhouse, a standard “Hello, my name is“ nametag will suffice. In addition to your letters or nametag, you will need one green and one white shirt. Any green or white shirt will do, but we particularly love the Next Level 6010 that is available in green envy and the Bella+Canvas 3001C that has a nice crisp white.
Have you pieced together what this costume will be? Picture this- you wear a vibrant green shirt and your partner wears a white shirt that says “ENVY” Get it? You’re green with envy!
Sure, some of our costume ideas are borderline hokey, but they’re also easy to make, they won’t break the bank, and if there’s ever a time it’s ok to be hokey, it’s on Halloween. Now go get your trick-or-treat on and have a Happy Halloween!