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DIY Halloween Costume: Repurpose Dresses in Your Closet

Updated September 25, 2020

But don’t pass up the chance to treat yourself to a good time dressing up in a costume. After months of restrictions and relaxing in loungewear, we can all use a little fun by participating in the magic of Halloween. The experience this year can be extra haunting with the rare treat of a Full Moon on October 31st.  

There’s still ways to have a  spooky good time while maintaining social distance.  Stage a Zoom Halloween party and challenge friends and family to reveal your real identity under your mask and behind your costume. If you want to get out of the house for a chilling fright, organize a parade with friends and family showing off their costumes and decorate their cars. 

Costumes Centered on Dresses 

Are you spooked by the idea of finding a Halloween costume during a pandemic?. You have no reason to be afraid, You don’t  even have to go outside to find your costume. .

Remember that Prom gown, bridesmaid's dress, formal evening or wedding gown you only wore once. Dig deep into your closet. Pull out that dress and give it the second chance it deserves as a Halloween costume.Best of all, recycling a special occasion formal or semi-formal dress as a DIY costume is oh-so affordable. After all you already have invested in the centerpiece of your costume: your dress. All you need to buy is accessories, makeup and props. If you want to play it safe, order those online  to be delivered to your door. 

Little Black Dress Doubles as Witch’s Costume 

Be the woman with magical powers on Halloween turning a black dress into a D.I.Y. witch's costume. For the magic spell, you will need to add:

wicked witch on broomstick
  • Witch’s hat (one with a buckle is a nice touch)
  • Orange wig, optional
  • Cape, nice touch
  • Black leggings or tights
  • Broomstick
  • A cauldron brews you bonus points

Feeling super spooky?  Paint your face and lips green to remind trick or treaters of the evil-doing Wicked Witch of the West from the movie, The Wizard of Oz.

Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Almost everyone has a beautiful little black dress or a long formal black dress hiding far in the back of their  closets. Pull out that frock for Halloween 2020 and mimic the chic image of actress Audrey Hepbrun in the classic movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's".  

audrey heppurn breakfast at tiffany's

To get that iconic  look, just add:

  • Cat-eye sunglasses
  • Several long strands of pearl necklace, imitation is just fine!
  • Elbow length black gloves
  • Kitten heel pumps in black, of course!
  • A rhinestone tiara or pin in your French Twist hairstyle. 
  • Extra long cigarette holder, paper cup with your favorite cup of Joe and a Danish pastry earn you bonus points! 

Be Crowned Beauty Queen

It's a blast from the past with our idea to wear your Prom or Homecoming dress as a Halloween costume. Why wait for the court to crown you Beauty Queen. To be the pageant winner on Halloween 2020, you just need to add: 

drama queen
  • Tiara, preferably in rhinestones
  • Bracelets with bling
  • Sash announcing your title
  • Armful of roses wrapped in tissue paper with a big bow earn you applause





Zombie Bride

Out to spook everyone on Halloween? Take your long white summer dress, or even better yet a wedding gown you are willing to damage, and dress up as a Zombie bride. To complete the haunting look, you can add:

  • A bouquet of black paper flowers
  • Bridal veil
  • Gory makeup
  • Disheveled hair with hints of gray   

Double the fright by having your partner dress in a dark-suit with a subtle touch of dark under-eye make-up. So easy to be the Zombie Bride and Groom!  

zombie bride

Have a spooktacularly good Halloween hanging out virtually with your ghoulish friends. And don’t forget to send us photos of you in your DIY costume looking Boo-tiful!