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Four Fast, Fun Halloween Costumes handmade and vintage goods


I absolutely love Halloween. When I was growing up, we had  two simple rules for the holiday: first, our costumes had to be created by us — no store-bought costumes allowed! (To this day I cannot fathom purchasing something from a costume store.) The second rule was that we had to be something that we weren’t in our everyday lives; the true meaning of a costume is dressing up as something you’re not.

Here, I’ve assembled four costume ideas; each of these looks are easy to pull off with products from Etsy and a few items pulled from your closet. Best of all, many of the items used to create these looks can be worn or used long after Halloween!


[Clockwise from top left: Angora and Merino Beret by You Need More FiberStriped Turtleneck from BajaSoulHappy Face Mug by FarizulaCat Face Shoes from CatznstuffVintage High-Waisted Pants from Adie HollyRed Scarf by NYTYS]


[Clockwise from top left: Beanie by knitcessityWooden Toy Axe by OldBarnToysVintage Reversible Vest from Simple ThriftVintage Flannel Shirt from VinTrinityVintage Redwing Boots from Saint GabardineBeard Party Favors by The Contrary Canary]


[Clockwise from top left: Vintage Patent Leather Hat from incognito in maineBob Wig from Sweet Geek VintageVintage Blue Mod Sunglasses from world market productio;Mod Shift Dress from The Swanky FoxVintage GoGo Boots from deja vintage boutiqueTwiggy Ring by jackiehatesyouPeace Necklace by Beadix]


[Clockwise from top left: Antenna from lifecreationsVintage Vest from Hipstique ShopSlashed Leggings from New Spirit VintageWing Earrings by horseflesh]

A fun costume doesn’t have to be elaborate — using items from around your house with a couple of cute purchased accessories works like a charm!

What will you be this year?

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Erin Souder loves to create and is the voice behind the daily DIY and home style blog, House of Earnest. She is a Columbus-based creative who works in product development, and specializes in floral design and event styling.  In her spare time, Erin likes to make lists and check things off of them.  She lives a 100 year old farmhouse with her husband and their schnauzer, Perry.