Not to sound like an old man or anything, but kids today really do have it easier at least in one respect: Halloween costumes. These days, if a kid wants to go as their favorite movie or TV character, all their parents have to do is head to the store and they can buy a costume that’s REALLY close to the real thing.
And I’m not imagining this, either! This article does a good job explaining why costumes have gotten so much better in the last few years. Also, one of the guys from Mythbusters did a TED talk on this very subject, so you know I’m correct.
So, if a kid in, say, 1995 wanted to be an X-wing pilot, what’s a parent to do? Try to make it themselves, of course. Not surprisingly, these bootleg costumes didn’t always turn out so well. Today, we’re bringing you some old school, homemade costumes and, when possible, the stories behind them. They might look nothing like the real thing, but we’d still give them an “A” for effort.
1. Scooby Don’t
2. Sort Of Spiderman?
“My mom is very frugal. She made my Halloween costumes by hand when I was a kid. This is her interpretation of Spiderman. She meant well.”
3. Kermut And Fonzy
When you gotta label the costume, you know you’re in trouble.
4. Trashbag Vader
“I was either Darth Vader or some kind of serial killer. Hats off to the parents for trying!”
5. Sleeping Bag E.T.
His home planet sent him back.
6. Missing Link
He will fight to keep your leftovers fresh.
7. The Incredulous Hulk
If you made this today, you could claim it was “Minecraft Hulk.” Sadly this was made well before that excuse was an option.
8. Turn Back Time
“My mum made me a Cher costume out of a stocking, two material strips and not much else. I wish I could turn back time.”
9. C3P-oh no
It’s not the droid you’re looking for.
10. Who’s Hungry?
“Having an identical twin sister growing up in a house without a whole lot of money could be interesting at times, especially when my Mom was feeling a little crafty. She saw something on tv about making costumes out of stuff you have around your kitchen, so she collected receipts, coupons, paper bags and cracker boxes. She then cut the cracker boxes into masks and cut arm holes in the bags. She taped everything on, (not stapled or glued)…taped! We kept ripping and falling apart with every step we took on our class parade. The teacher had to follow us around with more rolls of tape while we walked. My sis and I got upset because the parents kept saying, “oh my gosh! Look at the garbage bags!”
11. Catch ‘Em All
“My cringeworthy homemade Pokemon costume when I was little.”
12. Jelly Belly
“When I was little, my mom decided to dress me up as a bag of jelly beans. Looking for cheap costume ideas? This one consisted of a transparent trash bag from under the kitchen sink and some balloons.”
“My dad is a doctor, so our Halloween costumes were always scrubs. I did grow up to become a doctor, but I wear pants now. My sister also became a doctor, but one who takes breaths and doesn’t stand at attention like she is here. My brother didn’t become a doctor, and he doesn’t (normally) look like he just killed something and got blood all over himself. My dad looks like he’s midst rolling his eyes at our antics…that or seizing.”
14. Tampax To The Max
“I have two Moms. They dressed me up like this for Halloween.”
15. And finally, a brand new character I call “Captain Kibble”
“Halloween 1996. My mom was in labor with my brother and they forgot to get me a costume. So my dad made this.”