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How to Make a Ghost Costume

Last Updated: December 14, 2022

This article was co-authored by Alina Bokovikova . Alina Bokovikova is a Costume Designer from California. With over 15 years of experience, she specializes in designing costumes for stage productions. Alina earned an MFA in Costume Design from the University of California, San Diego and her Master of Education from the Novosibirsk Pedagogical University. She’s won two Outstanding Costume Design awards and her costumes have been displayed in Moscow, Prague, and San Jose, California. This article has been viewed 454,348 times.

A ghost costume is perfect if you’re looking for a spooky costume for Halloween or a costume party. Even better, it’s super easy and affordable to make the costume yourself!

Make a Traditional Ghost Costume

Step 1 Cut the brim off a light-colored baseball hat.

  • The hat should be as light in color as possible, or people will be able to see it through the bed sheet that will be draped over your head.

Step 2 Drape the sheet over the head of the person wearing the ghost costume.

  • The costume should drag just a little to create a floating effect, but not so much that the person wearing it trips.

Step 3 Mark the center of the person's head on the sheet with a black marker.

  • Pin the sheet around the hat; you'll need to use about three or four more pins.
  • If you don't want the black dot on the top of the head to be so noticeable, you can flip the sheet over. You should still be able to see where the mark on the top of the head is, but it will be less visible to onlookers.
  • You can also just cover the mark with white-out. Or, use a fabric marker pencil that fades (invisible fabric markers).

Step 6 Cut out the eye holes.

Make a More Elaborate Ghost Costume

Step 1 Drape a sheet over the head of the person wearing the costume.

  • You can also put the makeup on the person's neck, since it will be visible.

Step 13 Draw gray circles on the person's eyelids and under his or her eyes.

Expert Q&A

Alina Bokovikova

  • Painting your fingernails black or white will add to your ghostly look. Thanks Helpful 50 Not Helpful 20
  • The bed sheet method for making a ghost costume is classic, but remember that it may make it a little hard to socialize. If you're trick-or-treating, this is a great costume, but if you're going to a party, painting your face and draping a sheet over your shoulders may work best. Thanks Helpful 38 Not Helpful 19
  • Try to wear light-colored shoes with the costume for the most authentic look. Thanks Helpful 36 Not Helpful 23

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Things You'll Need

Bedsheet method.

  • White sheet
  • White or light-colored baseball cap
  • Black marker

Elaborate Method

  • Fabric glue
  • Black and white face paint
  • White long-sleeved shirt

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To make a ghost costume, cut the brim off of a baseball cap and put it on. Drape a sheet over your head and mark where your eyes are. Take the sheet off and pin it to the baseball cap, then cut out the holes for the eyes. Cut a ragged hem at the bottom of the sheet, and you're ready to go! For more tips on how to make your costume look ghastly, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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How to Make a Halloween Ghost Costume – (6 Easy Steps)

Last Updated on October 21, 2023

Halloween is just around the corner, and what’s more iconic than a spooky ghost costume for the occasion? This article will show you how to make a Halloween ghost costume using simple materials and a touch of creativity.👻

Make a Halloween Ghost Costume

  • Transform a simple bedsheet into a chilling Halloween ghost costume.
  • Step-by-step guide for creating your own spooky and stylish outfit.
  • Learn how to craft a ghostly design using black fabric and fusible web.
  • Complete your costume with a customized hood for an eerie touch.
  • Perfect your Halloween look, and get ready to impress at your spooky gatherings.

Table of Contents

Materials You’ll Need

Before you start crafting your ghost costume, gather the following materials:

  • An old double bedsheet
  • Black fabric
  • Fusible web suitable for appliqué
  • A sewing kit
  • A sewing machine

Steps to Make a Halloween Ghost Costume 👻

Make a Halloween Ghost Costume

Step 1: Prepare the Bed Sheet

Begin by taking your old double bedsheet and folding it into quarters. Lay it flat on the floor.

Step 2: Create the Ghost Shape

Create the Ghost Shape

Tie a piece of string to your pen, ensuring it’s longer than the folded quarter edge of your sheet. Hold the string at the corner and mark the widest arc you can. Cut along this line. This forms the body of your ghost costume.

Step 3: Make the Hood

Make the Hood

To create the hood:

  • Take the double-layered piece you just cut off.
  • Measure your head and add five centimeters.
  • Divide this measurement by four and mark another arc on the remaining corner of the fabric.
  • Cut it out .
  • Fold this piece in half and sew the two pieces together, leaving one edge open. This will serve as the back of the hood.

Step 4: Attach the Hood

Attach the Hood

With the hood piece ready, turn it right side out. Pin it to the neck hole of the ghost costume, matching the right sides of the fabric to ensure the seams are on the inside. Sew along the edge to secure the hood of the costume.

Step 5: Create a Spooky Design

Create a Spooky Design

Using black fabric and fusible web, create a spooky design for your costume. Carefully iron the fusible web to the wrong side of the dark fabric , ensuring you iron the papery side and not the gluey side. Sketch out your design with a pencil, making sure to reverse any letters.

Cut out each part of your design and remove the paper layer, leaving the glue fused to your dark fabric. Arrange and press the design pieces onto your costume using a hot iron .

Step 6: Sew Your Design

Sew Your Design

Lastly, sew around the outside edge of all the cutout pieces to ensure they are securely attached to your ghost costume.

With that, your Halloween ghost costume is ready to spook everyone who crosses your path!

Creating a Halloween ghost costume doesn’t have to be complicated. With a few basic materials and some simple sewing, you can craft a spooky and fun costume that’s perfect for the season. Get creative with your design, and don’t forget to wear your best ghostly face to complete the look. Happy Halloween!

Share your ghostly creations or ask any questions you may have about crafting the perfect Halloween ghost costume in the comments below. I’d love to hear about your spooky adventures!👻🎃

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👻 easy ghost costume tutorial with a bed sheet.

When my daughter wanted a ghost Halloween costume, I jumped at the chance to DIY a classic homemade white bed sheet ghost costume.

But, I had to think about how she would see behind bed sheets that are acting like ghost ponchos without the head hole. I didn’t want to just make holes in my DIY ghost costume. You’d see the face inside.

Then, the idea came to me to use screen material. The same thing that keeps the bugs from flying into your house.

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The costume ended up being a great hit. It may be a Halloween costume but it usually makes an appearance well before Halloween night. We’re talking late September. And it isn’t entirely put away until Thanksgiving.

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It seems like there are endless costume ideas for kids to choose from. And, if you are planning on going to a Halloween store, you can even purchase inflatable costumes. But for us DIYers, it’s all about scoring supplies at thrift stores and finding creative costume ideas just about anywhere we look. 

If you are searching for a spooky costume that doesn’t take a lot of time or lots of materials to make, this is the perfect DIY Halloween costume.

Forget the mess of white face paint or the challenge of making a ghost tutu dress combo.

However, this ghost outfit takes the first-place awards for an easy DIY costume. Martha Stewart would be proud.

Here’s how I made my traditional ghost costume:

Ghost Costume Materials & Tutorial

You will need:

  • An old white bedsheet or several white sheets in case you make a mistake (mine was a full size fitted sheet. I cut the edges off leaving raw edges)
  • Some screen material (mine came from an old screen but any hardware store will have it)
  • The ghost eyes and mouth downloadable template at the bottom of this post
  • Black thread
  • Sewing machine, sewing needle or glue (fabric or hot glue and hot glue gun)

Easy ghost costume tutorial. bedsheet, mesh, scissors, thread - press print party

What size sheet do I need to be a sheet ghost?

The size of the white bed sheet needed will depend on the size of your kids. A queen or king size sheet will work best for taller kids or adults. That means this costume even works in the category of women’s costumes.

My sheet for a full-size sheet, which fit my 7-year-old quite well.

Make sure you’re happy with how far the bed sheet hangs before you start cutting. Of course, you can just get white fabric from a fabric store if you don’t have white sheets you can cut for this scary ghost costume.

Flat sheets are best, but if you only have a fitted sheet just trim the elastic out of the corners to make it flat.

How do you cut a sheet for a ghost costume?

How do you cut eye holes and mouth in a sheet for a ghost costume.

Cut the eyes and mouth template and pin them onto the screen material. You will need 4 of the eyes and 2 of the mouth otherwise people will be able to see the little face behind the mask. I just folded the screen material in 4ths so I would only have to cut once.

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Choose where the face should be. Usually somewhere in the middle of the sheet.

You can try placing the sheet over your child’s head and noting where the eyes and mouth should be with a black marker to ensure good placement. Position two pieces of screen material on top of each other for each of the eyes and the mouth.

Here the eye holes are 1 inch apart, but you may want to measure your little goblin’s face before you start sewing.

Related post: Halloween Bat Costume & Butterfly Costume DIY

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You might think that the next step would be to cut out the holes. But if you do that the sheet will deform as you sew the screen and you’ll end up with a wrinkly ghost. We can’t have that now!  So, sew the eyes and the mouth on the sheet FIRST .

A satin stitch works great. I did it with a tight zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine but this step can also be done by hand.

To make this an easy no-sew project, you could use fabric glue or hot glue around the edges of the circles. I would still recommend spending the time and sewing it.

Easy ghost costume tutorial - mesh being sewn on bedsheet. press print party

Then turn the sheet around to the back and cut out the sheet material to create an opening for each eye and mouth.

Easy ghost costume tutorial- cutting the material around the eyes. Press print party

Here you have it. An ooky, spooky ghost costume that your kids will want to wear to the breakfast table.

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Put it on and have a great time with this ghostly look!

If the weather is chillier on Halloween night, just put on a white long-sleeved shirt and other warmer articles of clothing under the white fabric. 

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We didn’t have a problem with the sheet shifting on my girl’s heads, but if you’re afraid the sheet might fall off when your kids run, just use safety pins (or sew) to secure a white knit cap to the inside of the sheet at the top.

If you are looking to create complementary costumes for other kids or the whole family, here are some great ideas:

  • A pac-man costume
  • Pac-man ghost
  • Ghostbuster costumes
  • The Ghost of Christmas Past from A Christmas Carol
  • Boy and girl ghosts. For a girl ghost, just add a hair bow to the top.
  • A friendly ghost costume. Just cut the mouth into a smile rather than a circle.
  • The Peanuts’ ghost costumes from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • A reversed ghost with black fabric and white holes

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If you liked this Halloween costume, check out my other creations, like the jellyfish costume , bat costume , butterfly costume , and my list of last-minute Halloween costume ideas .

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How did you get the head to stay in place and not move all over when the kids run?

You can put a knit cap on your kids and safety pin it (or sew it) to the sheet. That way it won’t fall.

Brilliant!!! My 5 year old is going to love this. 🙂

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Diy ghost costume – how to make a stunning ghost halloween costume.

October 16, 2020 by Janice

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This DIY Ghost Costume is stunningly spooky and easy to make. Girls will love showing off this costume when trick-or-treating or attending a Halloween party. Keep reading to find out how to make a ghost Halloween costume for kids, teens, and women.

ghost costume with hood

I love making Halloween costumes for our girls. Each year I work with our girls to design costume ideas and I love seeing their creativity grow as they sketch out their plans and we turn them into reality.

Last year, my 14-year-old niece Julia decided to make a pretty ghost costume with a cape full of flowing fabric and a haunting hood. We created this unique and fabulous DIY Ghost Costume and I’ve updated the tutorial for this Halloween season with more details on how to make the cape.

Teenage girl wearing a pretty, white, flowing ghost costume for Halloween. Text on image reads "DIY Ghost Costume - See How To Make It."

UPDATE: See Part 2 for a detailed tutorial on how to make the handkerchief skirt and torn sleeve top.

How To Make A Ghost Costume

For our costume, in addition to our hooded cape, we sewed a handkerchief skirt and a cowl neck top with long, shredded sleeves.

But if you are in a hurry, or you don’t have a sewing machine, you can just make the hooded cape and use a store-bought skirt and top. While it is faster to use a sewing machine to make the cape, you can definitely sew the cape by hand.

DIY ghost costume with hooded cape

You can see how to make the handkerchief skirt and torn sleeve top in part 2 of our tutorial.

In this post, we will focus on how to make the ghost cape.

We are thrilled with how well our ghost costume turned out.

The organza fabric we used for the hooded cape gives the costume a shimmering, luxurious quality.

We were going to make the cape from sparkling white tulle but opted for organza instead. I am so glad we did. I love how the cape almost glows in the light.

DIY Ghost Costume - How To Make A Ghost Halloween Costume for Teen Girls

One of the challenges with making a DIY ghost costume is that it can block vision, making it hard for kids to see while trick or treating.

Since this ghost costume uses a hood that doesn’t cover your face, it’s much safer for kids or teens to wear while out on Halloween night.

Handmade ghost costume with a flowing white cape

For our version of this ghost costume, we wanted the cape to be extra long and flowing for our Halloween photoshoot. But to make it more practical for trick-or-treating or wearing to a Halloween party, we would recommend you make the cape shorter so that it is ankle length or use safety pins to pin it up.

costume view from the back - organza cape shimmers in the light

The design of this DIY ghost costume also allows you to wear it without the cape for a different look. If you are at a party or at school, you can remove the cape and still be ghostly.

DIY ghost costume for teen girl - without cape

How to Make a Ghost Cape Tutorial

For our ghost cape, we used a white shimmery organza.

I had actually bought a sparkling white tulle, but we decided to use this organza that I had in my fabric stash because it made the hooded cape look so luxurious and gorgeous.

The amount of fabric you will need for your cape will depend on your height (or the height of your child) and how long you want your cape to be. We wanted our cape to trail behind and blow in the wind for our photoshoot, so we made ours extra long.

If you are making your cape for a child, you won’t want it to trail behind as much as ours did.

We used about 3½ yards of organza for our cape.

Ghost Costume Supplies

  • White organza — 2 to 3½ yards, depending on cape size
  • Ribbon — 1-1½ yards
  • Brooch or clasp (optional)
  • White thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle

DIY Ghost Costume Instructions

Step 1 – take measurements.

In order to determine the size of your hood and the length of your cape, you will need to take some measurements.

For your hood:

Measurement A – the “height” of your hood: Measure from the middle of the top of your head to the top of your back and add 1-3 inches, depending on how oversized you want your hood. Then, since your fabric will be doubled, times that number by 2. We made our hood very big, so the fabric width was 36″, (15″ plus 3″ and then doubled.)

Measurement B – the “depth” of your hood: Measure from the middle of the back of your head to the middle of your forehead and add 1 inch if you want a large hood. Again, since your fabric will be doubled, times that number by 2. Our fabric length was 24″, (11″ plus 1″ and then doubled.)

So you will need a piece of fabric that is Measurement A x Measurement B. In our case, that would be 36″x24″.

For your cape:

Measure from the bottom of your neck to the floor and then add as much as you want for extra length. Julia’s measurement was 54,” but we made her cape 85″ long.

Our organza was 60″ wide, from selvage to selvage. We wanted the raw look of the selvage, so we simply left our fabric width uncut.

So the dimensions of our cape fabric were 85″ x 60″.

Step 2 – Cut Hood Fabric

The KEY to making the hood of your DIY ghost costume is to fold it in fourths before you cut.

Fold your fabric widthwise and then lengthwise, so the front of your hood will be on the fold. (See photos below.)

So in our case, we have our fabric folded up from the bottom at least 12 inches and then we have folded it in from the side (hotdog style) at least 18 inches.

how to make a ghost cape

(Note: In the above photo, my original pattern/toile pictured is larger than my final pattern. But this is the only photo I have that shows how I folded my fabric.)

You can cut yourself a hood pattern shape as I did, creating a curve that drops lower at the front of the neck, or you can simply cut a rectangle and then just round the top back of the hood.

how to make a ghost cape tutorial

Place your pattern with the front opening along the bottom fold and the top of the hood along the left fold so that the front of the top of the hood is on the double-folded corner.

Step 3 – Sew Hood

Pin hood to keep the fabric from slipping.

Sew a curved seam from the midpoint of the top of the hood to the bottom of the neck/top of the back.

how to sew a ghost cape

To finish our seams, I serged the seam allowance. If you don’t have a serger, you can trim your seam allowance and use a zig-zag stitch along the raw edges to keep the fabric from fraying.

DIY ghost costume tutorial

Step 4 – Cut Cape Fabric

If you haven’t already, cut the rectangle of fabric for your cape.

Since our cape is not lined and is just one layer of organza, all I had to do was cut one large rectangle.

Our fabric was 60″ wide and so I cut a rectangle that was 85″ x 60″.

We left all of the edges of our DIY ghost costume raw since we liked the look of the selvages and the raw edges appeared more “ghostly.”

Step 5 – Attach Hood to Cape

Before sewing the hood to the cape, you will need to gather the fabric of the top of the cape so that it is the same width as the bottom of the hood.

Sew two or three basting stitches along the top raw edge of the cape. Pull the bobbin threads to gather the fabric, distributing the gathers evenly until the fabric is the same width as your hood’s bottom raw edge.

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Pin the raw edge of the bottom of the hood and the top raw edge of the cape right sides together.

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Stitch together.

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Try on your cape and check fit.

If your sizing is correct, you can finish the seam. To finish my neckline, I serged the seam allowance. If you don’t have a serger, trim your seam allowance and use a zig-zag stitch along the raw edges to keep the fabric from fraying andy tidy the seam allowance

Step 5 – Finish with Ribbon and Clasp

Finish the inside of the neckline seam by stitching a soft ribbon along the seam to cover the seam allowance and make the cape neckline more comfortable against the skin.

You can use the ribbon to tie the cape or use a brooch or clasp as we did.

How to Sew a Ghost Costume Tutorial

See Part 2 for a detailed tutorial on how to make the handkerchief skirt and torn sleeve top.

We hope this ghost cape tutorial helps you with your own DIY ghost costume – please let us know how your costume turns out and feel free to ask us any questions.

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Want to make a ghost costume out of an old sheet for your kid this Halloween? Be forewarned: it's a LOT harder than you would think.

When does your family start thinking about Halloween? Me, I start hounding my kids for costume ideas over the summer. I love DIY costumes ;  having them take forever to make, not so much. Hence I was thrilled this past August when Essie announced she’d be a ghost for Halloween. How hard can it be to make a ghost costume?

Then Kimmie decided she’d be a ghost, too. Bonus! Make a ghost costume times two. How lucky am I? Can’t get any simpler than that. Two white bedsheets, here we come.

Want to make a ghost costume out of an old sheet for your kid this Halloween? Be forewarned: it's a LOT harder than you would think.

Originally published October 21, 2016; last updated September 2020.

September: Get ready to make a ghost costume x2

1. acquire white fabric.

Our corner of Suburbia U.S.A. has not one, but two thrift stores within a mile of our house. My mission one September morning, after getting girls off to school: Find two white sheets .

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Of course I found every color of sheet except plain white. I suspect a cartoon-character-printed ghost costume isn’t going to cut it.

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But even better, I found an entire bolt of white fabric! Since it was Half-Off Day, $7.50 later (surely the $15 original price means there’s plenty of fabric for two ghost costumes, right?) I was on my way. That was almost too easy.

2. Consider logistical challenges

One reason I like lots of lead time for making costumes is so I can stick them on the mental back burner, until I figure out a good way to accomplish the desired effect.

But the more I pondered the bedsheet-with-two-eye-holes-cut-out scenario, the more I realized it was going to be harder to make a ghost costume than I’d imagined.

Think about it: How do you know where to cut the eye holes? And once you’ve got them cut, how do you get them to stay in place on the kiddo’s head while the kid is walking around?

3. Do some research

So I began hunting online for instructions on how to make a ghost costume. This site has the best step-by-step directions I found for Ye Olde Basic Sheet-Based Ghost Costume That Won’t Fall Off. (The secret is attaching a light-colored hat  inside the head part of the sheet; the hat is what holds the costume in place and keeps the holes where they belong.)

By now it was mid-September. Figuring I had this problem solved, I stashed the bolt of fabric in a closet.

But I still needed to find white hats. I briefly contemplated crocheting some with bulky white yarn while waiting in school drop-off and pick-up lines. Instead, I found a couple of pastel plaid fleece caps at the tail end of this fall’s Baby Consignment Sale event . Cost: about 25 cents each. Score again!

fleece hats

I also stumbled across some black cheesecloth at our favorite local secondhand craft-supply store. One of the websites I’d consulted on how to make a ghost costume suggested sewing black mesh behind the eye holes, so that the costume gives the appearance of black holes without having to paint big black circles around one’s eyes.

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To me, sewing on black mesh sounds way easier than trying to apply (and then remove) eye-area black grease paint on a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old. Even though the bundle contained lots more fabric than I needed, at $2.25 it was still a bargain.

Second Week of October: Try to make a ghost costume x2

1. make time, collect goods.

With three weekends remaining until October 31, I decided I’d better make the costumes already. So Sunday afternoon I cleared off the dining-room table and gathered my supplies, including some narrow white elastic ; I figured I’d add some wrist straps to help hold the fabric in place. Then I cut the tape off the bolt of fabric, and unrolled it to see how much fabric I had.

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My 54-inch-wide bolt of fabric contained approximately two yards (72 inches). That’s it.

Enough to make a ghost costume, but not enough to make two ghost costumes.

2. make first attempt anyway.

But this was my Chunk Of Time To Make A Ghost Costume x2, darn it! So I folded the hunk of fabric in quarters, marked the center, and hunted down Essie, who was playing in the living room.

First attempt: too much fabric for Essie's costume

Turns out, the optimal fabric size for a 40-inch-tall child’s ghost costume is less than [54 inches x 72 inches]. At its current size, the fabric would definitely drag on the ground at the corners. Yes, I could just trim off the corners – but in theory, good uber-thrifty type that I am, I’m going to repurpose each costume into linings for baskets or tote bags or something. So the less I cut the fabric, the better.

Next I hunted down Kimmie, who was in the basement indulging in Screen Hypnosis . She was not happy to have her Mulan / Mulan II binge-watching marathon interrupted by being asked to stand up and having a piece of opaque white fabric draped over her eyes.

But good news: the rectangle in question works much better on a 48-inch-tall child than a 40-inch-tall one.

Given the girls’ level of engrossment in their various activities and my own inertia, I decided that investing the rest of the afternoon in a trip to the nearest fabric store was not the best choice. So I packed everything away and got out a piece of paper.

3. Do some math

Next thing I know, I’m sketching out rectangles of fabric and trying to remember the Pythagorean Theorem (you know, the formula used to figure out the long side of a right triangle) so I can figure out how much fabric I need to make Essie’s costume.

ghost-costume-calculations

Several calculations later, I had a rough sense of what to aim for. (In case you’re curious: for a 40-inch-tall child, I figured I’d need either 1.75 yards of 45-inch-wide fabric, or 1.25 yards of 54-inch-wide fabric.)

Third week of October: Try again to make a ghost costume x2

1. acquire more fabric.

First stop after preschool drop-off on Monday: the thrift store a half-mile from home. They had several bundles of white fabric for a few dollars each. But the bundles were all taped up, the store doesn’t allow returns, and they also don’t generally allow you to un-tape bundled items before you buy them.

Second attempt: too long in front and back, not long enough on the sides.

I convinced a salesperson to make an exception under the circumstances. After opening several bundles, I found one that looked workable. It even came with already-somewhat-uneven edges.

Brought the piece home to find it’s actually about 40 inches x 80 inches – not really wide enough, and too long. Cutting off some of the length and adding it onto the sides seems a better bet than having a big seam right down the middle of the thing, but still…

Guess I’ll be hauling out the sewing machine after all. I actually love to sew; I find it soothing and relaxing. But finding the unencumbered time in which to do it, without staying up half the night, is the challenging part.

2. Success, at  long last

So much for this being a fast-and-easy process. I eventually got Kimmie’s costume done in an afternoon, and Essie’s done the following afternoon.

2a. The actual steps to make a ghost costume

The basic steps go like this:

  • Mark center of fabric. (I did this by folding it into quarters and ironing in creases.)
  • Put hat on child, center fabric on child’s head, and secure center of fabric to top of child’s head with safety pins. Use additional pins to secure fabric around the edges of the hat.

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  • Cut out said holes.
  • Cut mesh (black cheesecloth) to go behind the holes, and secure to the inside of the fabric.
  • Sew  elastic wrist-straps at the side creases to help keep the costume in place.

2b. Final tips and tricks

Kimmie, wearing her finished ghost costume, demonstrates why the wrist straps are especially useful.

  • Putting hat on child/safety-pinning fabric to hat is easier said than done. After that step, tracing and cutting the face holes was easy-peasy.
  • Since I had the sewing machine out anyway, I did a quick zigzag stitch around the edge of the fabric, and a basic satin stitch around the cutouts, to avoid fraying.
  • Easy as it sounds, the satin-stitching around the holes actually proved tricky for Kimmie’s costume. So before I cut the holes in Essie’s, I fused some scraps of stabilizer to the inside of the fabric.
  • I also cut a single piece of cheesecloth, large enough to cover all three holes, and then folded up one corner before folding and stitching a basic hem around the edges. Hemming kept loose threads from tickling the girls’ faces; doubling up one corner made the mouth hole extra-dark, while still maximizing visibility through the eye holes.
  • I used fusible interfacing to attach the cheesecloth to the inside of the ghost costume, rather than trying to sew it on. (If you’ve never used it before, it basically acts like meltable glue, so you want to place the interfacing on the inside of the white fabric with the black cheesecloth on top of it, then iron over the cheesecloth.) This both avoided visible stitches on the costume face, and minimized the amount of sewing through hard-to-manage cheesecloth.
  • The girls agreed that adding elastic wrist-straps inside was a useful addition.

Are you making costumes for your kiddos this year? What was your most challenging DIY costume to date (especially if you didn’t peg it as such at the outset)? Let us know in the comments!

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156 thoughts on “how to make a ghost costume (it’s harder than you’d think)”.

Hi! First time attempting a home made costume for my 4 yo… I’ve sewed the fabric to a hat (genius!) and I have some black mesh for the eyes/mouth. How exactly are you attaching that to the fabric? I’ve never used fusible interfacing. Do I put the black mesh on the inside of the white fabric and then iron the interfacing on top? Will that meld all three layers together?

The interfacing goes between the mesh and the white fabric; it acts like the glue between the two layers.

2021 now! This is a great tutorial and you are very creative in sewing AND writing. I appreciate those bloggers who take the time to write free tutorials. Beginning a ghost costume for 3 yr. great-grandson and I have a quick question on the “hood”. Using fusible stabilizer on hood inside and fusible interfacing to attach black cheesecloth to hood inside – – I assume this is AFTER cutting out eyes and mouth? so as to avoid those areas? And did you stitch around the eyes and mouth on the hood fabric to prevent fraying?

Hi Nancy! So glad you liked the tutorial! The stabilizer can go on before or after you cut the holes, but probably easiest to fuse on before cutting – and yes, stitching around the eyes is just to avoid fraying. (I suppose putting on the stabilizer before cutting should minimize the fraying anyway, though, which would make stitching around the eyeholes optional – but I did think it was a good precaution to take, and having the stabilizer already in there made it SO much easier than trying to satin-stitch around the hole edges w/o it, as I tried to do with the first costume.) Then iron on your black cheesecloth to the inside. Does that make sense? Let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂

My daughter has a Halloween birthday and needless to say, this year it was a bit different with social distancing and everything. We did follow your guide for the ghost costume though, and it helped us feel like normal times just making costumes, making a birthday cake, and enjoying the special day. Thank you. Your writing is delightful btw!

Aww, thank YOU! And so glad this post helped you find a bit of normalcy for your kiddo’s special day in these crazy times! 🙂

I love this hilarious tutorial and your creativity! I’m only in the infancy stage of cutting two eye-holes and mouth for my 4-year old’s ghost costume, but I’m thinking I now need to find a light-coloured tuque or baseball cap and attach to the inside of the fabric. Did you leave the safety pins attached, or glue/adhere the hat in some other way and then removed the pins?

Thanks so much!

Nope, just leave the safety pins in. You really can’t notice them And that way you can always rescue the hat if it’s one that’s regularly in use for other things 😉

I totally agree with you. It’s not really easy but I would love to give this a try. I still do not have a costume for Halloween so, this is just perfect. Thank you for sharing these tips on how to make one.

You’re so welcome! My hubby is thinking I need to make a bigger one for him this year so he can dress as one to hand out candy! 🙂

It doesn’t seem Like a ghost costume would be so hard to do lol good thing you started early you guys did a great job.

My son wants to go as a ghost for Halloween too. I need to get moving on the costume. I was actually thinking an over sized t-shirt with the top sewed shut and black mesh eye and mouth holes. I love the hat idea. That will definitely keep the costume in place better.

OMG this is amazing! I love the several attempts to make the costume throughout the weeks leading up to Halloween. That’s exactly how we are when we attempt to DIY with ours. Hilarious! Yours turned out so cute. I can totally picture my son wanting to be a ghost one year. He’s only a year now, so it’ll be a few years. So I’ll definitely have to save this for later.

Enjoyed reading your post. I honestly never thought that making a ghost costume was so tricky to make. You did a great job regardless of the previous attempt. Thanks for sharing. I still have no idea what my daughter will go as.

This is way too cute! I didn’t realize it was so complex to make a ghost costume! Thanks for the info!

Haha! I didn’t realize how hard it is to make a ghost costume. I always thought it looked so easy, lol! It turned out great though!

This is a really great post – well done for persevering. In the run up to Halloween we’ve posted our own guide to DIY fancy dress costumes and we took a lot of inspiration from yours. Check it out and let us know what you think… (link in the website form field).

Thanks again

You think a costume is easy .. and then you come across a post that explains all the details about it . lol .. Thanks for explaining it in detail.

I am jealous of all you crafty moms out there, I’m more of a buy it from the store kind of mom. I can’t craft to save my life. I have tried to mend a couple of things that my daughter has worn out, and it just didn’t work out… I don’t have the skills to make a costume.

Thank you! My son wants to be a ghost this year so I’m starting early! Similar thing happened to me last year with making a mummy costume for my other son. I thought it would be pretty easy-get some white clothes, wrap some strips of white cloth around the shirt and pants, soak it in tea for the mummified look, done, right? Wrong! When I attached the strips to the clothes with fabric glue, I wrapped it too tight and then when it dried, it wouldn’t fit him! And I had already dyed it. Instead of doing the entire shirt over again, I had to cut the back open, and sew it to another white shirt, then add more strips (which I had to dye separately so they’d match). I admit it was totally cute when it was done. But it definitely fell into the “harder than it looks” category!

Oh my goodness I guess so!!! Aack! (You totally hacked your way out of it, though – brava!) I’ve only been a mummy once, the year I had foot surgery the day before (so was already wrapped in Ace bandages post-op on one leg) – I figured since I was stuck at home on candy detail vs. taking my turn out with the girls, I might as well wrap myself up in my vast collection of Ace bandages to answer the door. Best costume (for me) ever!

Could you help me understand where you sewed the elastic strips? Was is essentially on the “arm” part of the fabric from the shoulder to the wrist?

Yes! (And sorry to take so long to reply!) Just have the kiddo hold their arms out to the side as in one of the pics, and sew at the place where the fabric meets their wrist.

Thank you for clearing that up!

Wow I never would have thought of some of these steps!

It’s funny how you don’t, till the rubber meets the road and it’s time to actually pull the thing off…

This is such a cute idea! I can’t believe I have never tried to make one, but I agree, it looks harder than I thought it would be!!

And now you’ve all got the cheat sheet to avoid my trials and tribulations! 😉

Kids are so funny about ghost costumes. I think it’s funny how they get such a kick out of them! It’s true, so many costumes you would think would be easy to make are not!

Oh, Amen to all of that! I had NO idea what I was getting into…

This is such an awesome post! Didn’t realize how much harder it actually is to make a ghost costume!

Seriously! I had NO idea when I started…

Love your creativity. Agree, it’s harder than most people think.

Ayiyiy yessssss…

Every year when my kids tell us they don’t know what to be for Halloween we also joke around saying throw a sheet over your head and be a ghost! We think we’re getting off the hook by suggesting it:) Now that I see how much work you do need to put into it I may not suggest it as quickly. Great step by step instructions. Thanks!

You are so welcome! They have actually reused the costumes a few times since I wrote this post, so I’m in luck!

You’re way more of a costume maker than I’ll ever be! When my eldest dressed as a ghost I just cut two eye holes in a sheet and sent her on her way {‘;’}

Haha! I trust she was older than mine, then, and better able to keep the sheet in place than my 4yo and 6yo were lol…

Looks like this would be a nice and simple way to make a ghost costume. Although it does make me think of bit of Charlie Brown. Very cute though.

Haha, so true! 🙂

I did a costume exactly like this when I was in school and about 10 years old. I still remember how funny and sometimes how scary all the process was. Not suggested to anyone who is afraid of ghosts, ha ha!

Yes, my girls LOVE the fact that no one can see them in this costume! 🙂

I never would have come up with the hat trick! Thanks for this post which 1) gave me a good laugh, and 2) actually provides helpful advice for the ghost costume my son wants. (Yes Halloween is 5 days away. Procrastination is my thing.)

Yeah, usually I’m months ahead in the thinking, but barely days ahead in the execution. Glad this post should save you a lot of headache and heartache!

Adorable and the best old school costume in the history of dressing up for Halloween. Love it! I never thought about how hard it could really be. Great post! 🙂

*Thanks*! (and re: what happens when you stop and think about it – you and me both!!!)

Haha, me neither UNTIL I tried to do it…

This looks like a fun costume to make. I love that you had your daughter involved in the process. The end result is pretty cool.

Glad you liked it! 🙂

What a great hack for a ghost costume. Our youngest wants to be ghost for a Halloween party. I’ll try this out.

Hope it worked out well for you! 🙂

The outcome is so cute! Thanks for making it easier for us. I have to admit that sometimes my creativity leaves me 🙂

You’re welcome! Costumes like this are exactly why my kids’ deadline for figuring out their Halloween wish-costume is no later than the end of August, so I have time to figure out the details lol!

My boy wore a ghost costume for last year’s halloween. It was a last minute thing so I just found a white piece of fabric, which I was lucky to have, then cut a hole to let only his face out hahaha.

Ooh that is definitely an easier way to go! 🙂

I didn’t realize how hard it was to make a good ghost costume! Thank you sharing this! I mean have to do it this year if we can’t find the kids something!

Me neither, til I sat down and tried to figure it out lol! You’re welcome! – and if you don’t have a white sheet handy, there are several other equally-simple, minimal-supplies costumes on the site that may work better 🙂

Thank you so much for posting this! My wife and I were planning to make a ghost costume this year but decided against it because we didn’t really know how – this is the perfect post for us! And the costume looks so good!

Well, maybe you can do ghosts next year, now that you’ve got the complete tutorial! 🙂

I’m seriously the least crafty, thrifty person in the world. The one costume I’ve had any hope that I could make, a ghost. Now I’m not sure I could even do that! LOL. Thank you for such a great tutorial! My kids would have looked like total weirdos without your tips!

Aww, so glad you liked it! It’s really not that bad, IF you know the secrets included here (and if you just get a proper bedsheet for starters!)…

Attaching the costume to a hat is such a great idea! I never would have thought about that. My dad used a bedsheet one time and just put it over himself and sat on the porch next to the candy bowl. He let all the kids come up, and the little ones would be polite and only grab one or two pieces. Then a group of older kids came and tried to take the entire bowl. My dad sat so still they didn’t realize a person was under the sheet. As they walked away he ran after them in the ghost costume and scared them so bad, they gave all the candy back!

Oh my gosh that is TOO FUNNY!!! I bet they learned a lesson! And I suspect that getting to sit still was a big help in keeping the sheet in place!

Ha, I remember once making a ghost costume… let’s just say, yours is much better lol!!

LOL – only because of lots of trial and error along the way, as you can see! 🙂

The hat, wrist straps and black cheesecloth were all genius! My kids generally had costumes that just required hunting for items; like a hippy or rock star. Oh, those were fun years!

Haha – the wrist straps are the only ones I can take full credit for. Yeah, compared to the year before when Kimmie scrounged a “clown” costume at a thrift store, ghosts were anything but easy!

Classic costume and very funny read.

Aww, thanks, Rachael! 🙂

Too funny. The end result is fabulous and scary!! Well done and great step by step guide.

*Thanks* – glad you thought so, on both counts! 🙂

The good news is the final costume turned out ADORABLE! Who knew making a ghost costume could be so complicated? hahaha. 🙂

*thanks* Kaity – and SERIOUSLY!?!?! (my thought exactly re: who knew)! 🙂

OMG, I was seriously cracking up reading your post. Not that I could even do it at all. I do love the finished product

Aww, don’t sell yourself short – now that you know what NOT to do, should be easy peasy lol – glad you at least got some laughs out of my follies! 🙂

This is definitely way more difficult than it seems! Thanks for sharing your steps to making it.

You’re welcome – in case you ever need to know how to actually pull this off! ☹️

Good for you! I always have the best intentions about making a unique costume, but end up falling short and buying one.

Well, this is why I hound my kids all summer about their costumes – my goal is always to get a consistent answer by August, so that I still have 2+ months to execute it! ?

I’m glad that you persisted and were able to gt it finished! Who would think such a classic costume is so difficult to actually make?

You read my mind, Cassie! ?

Oh goodness, isn’t this how most of the “easiest” projects end up turning out? Too funny!

Yeah, totally my thoughts!

What a great costume! I would love this! how simple to make too.

Glad YOU thought it was simple at least, after reading my hacks on how to actually do it! This is the sort of tutorial I wish I’d had from the outset, that’s for sure!

Kudos to you for putting in so much time and effort. I for sure would have just cut 3 holes in a sheet and called it a day. It turned out great.

Aww, thanks Jenny! Believe me, at first I thought the 3 holes thing was all I was signing myself up for lol…live and learn ?

love it! old school and how it use to be, better than a cheap looking costume that costs $50!

My thought exactly! (And even though I spent way more on those costumes than most of my DIY attempts, it still came out to just under $10/costume, which is my target whenever I DIY a costume ?)

Oh my gosh, I would never have thought it would be so complicated to make this fancy dress outfit! But you did a great job and have shared some helpful tips.

Thanks so much, Jean! I am not sure I would have been brave enough to try it if I’d fully realized what I was getting myself into – but in the end, I’m pleased with how they turned out, and the girls absolutely loved them ?

I applaud your efforts! I can barely sew a button. I was completely thrilled when my child announced she was making her own costume this year from the dress up bin! Yes!

Ooh, I LOVE that! I tried really hard to convince mine pthat they were gonna do the same (dress up bin) this year, but alas, no go…

I have to just laugh at this. Who would have thought something as simple as a ghost would end up being so difficult!

Tell me about it!!! Glad you could at least have a chuckle at my expense! ?

This brings back such happy memories. One year my daughter wanted to be a glamorous ghost. I bought yards and yards of tulle and the night of Halloween, spent hours tying it on all over her arms and legs. She looked great!

A GLAMOROUS ghost? Ooh, I like that idea a lot! Bet it turned out easier than this did, in the long run!

It turned out really well. I think it’s awesome that you decided to make your own ghost costume. It does sound a little challenging but just look at how cool the result is!

Aww, *thanks* AnnMarie! I retrospect, I was definitely nuts for taking on this challenge, it at least I allotted enough time so that I got it pulled together eventually, and in time for the big night!

It looks great! I love DIY costumes. I am awful at these types of things ya so I’m sure I would totally mess this up!

I totally love DIY costumes, too, but prefer them to be a heck of a lot easier than this one turned out to be!

I love this! I hate whenI see “easy” in the description. Is it easy if you are a master tailor?

Haha, so true! All of the DIY costumes i’ve done for my girls have been easy EXCEPT this one lol…

I love the classic costumes! It reminds me so much of Charlie Brown and the great pumpkin!

Aww, thanks for the reminder that we still have to see that in the next week or so! ?

This was so funny! It’s so true that sometimes it’s a lot harder than what you may think. It turned out pretty good though. Thanks for sharing!

You’re more than welcome – glad my misadventures were good for a few laughs, at least! ?

I totally understand the struggle of making costumes. I am in charge of them every year for the Christmas play and it doesn’t get easier but I would not give it up for anything. Your little ghosts look fantastic and I’m sure it was worth it for all of you.

Aww, *thanks* Cecil! You are absolutely right – challenging though this particular costume was, it’s definitely a labor of love on my part! ?

Charlie Brown fibbed! I always thought a ghost costume was easy peasy…you mentioned math and my brain exploded! (my tongue is firmly in my cheek!)

Yeah – so did I til I tried it! At least I got it figured out in time for the big night!

haha. Who would have thought it was difficult? Great job.

*thanks* so much, Lesley!

I for sure won’t be trying this one haha I am probably one of the least craft mom’s out there, so making costumes is not my thing. Like, my husband got me a sewing machine a few years go b/c I wanted to learn…. I still ( like 4 years later) can’t figure out how to thread it.

I totally know what you mean! IF you can find the time, maybe when your little guy is a few years older, maybe the place where the machine is from has some beginner’s classes? That’s what I did when I got a sewing machine a few years ago, and it totally helped!

I remember trying to make a ghost costume a few years ago, and it definitely isn’t as easy as you’d think. You totally get it though!

Thanks, Amber – glad to know i’m not the only one nutso enough to attempt this!

My husband went as a ghost when he took the boys out trick or treating last year and we just cut 2 eye holes and he was good to go. Took about 5 seconds flat 🙂

Wow – I am super impressed! Maybe b/c he was a grownup, he was able to hold it in place better than a kiddo would?

I love the picture of your daughter pointing to wear her eye holes should be! I had it far easier when my son was growing up. For three years in a row all he wanted to be for Halloween was Indiana Jones.

Oh my goodness – Indiana Jones for 3 years straight? That rocks! (My mother LOVES those movies b/c of Harrison Ford – I do too, but I don’t have as big a crush on him as she does!)

HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT SECONDHAND CRAFT STORES???

Link clicked. This is a game-changer. Also, I loved every step of your ghost costume journey. You get me.

Aww, *thanks* – so glad you enjoyed my hellish journey 😉 and so glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t exactly get things all Pinterest-beautiful in no time flat (if ever!)…As for secondhand craft stores, don’t beat yourself up; I’ve lived and worked in a half-dozen states plus Canada, and this is the first time I’ve EVER lived in an area with anything like this. There’s an online directory I found that I’ve bookmarked so every time I’m visiting family in a different state, I can see if there will be any near my destination – sadly, I’ve yet to manage this. But anyway, if you want to check to see if there’s one anywhere near you (also has some out-of-US listings), go to http://www.lancastercreativereuse.org/directory-creative-reuse-centers.html . Good luck finding one!

Very cool! I think the simple idea made for really unique costumes! My mom never made our costumes, but I always scrounge up whatever I have around the house for my costumes these days. Maybe when I have kids I’ll get more creative, and who knows, maybe even learn to sew!

See, that’s totally what I did, too, Becca – back in my student days when I still went to costume parties lol – so maybe that’s where it started? (and no worries, I only figured out how to sew when my youngest was 2 or 3, so it’s still a new skill for me and definitely one that can be acquired as an adult! 🙂 …)

You must be a Virgo. Because only us Virgo’s would spend as much time as you did to make a ghost costume 🙂 But then again you got the results you wanted.

Haha, nope – not a Virgo, Diana, just incredibly stubborn. And yes, in the end it did all work out – so much so that Essie is now saying she wants to use her ghost costume again this year!…

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I am seriously LOVING all of your costume tutorials. You make it look so easy!

Thank you so much, Kassi! Glad you like them; do please spread the word! As I mentioned in another response, they mostly really ARE quite easy, even though I’m mostly winging them as I figure them out – I’m just too stubborn to let go of an idea ’til I’ve figured it out lol 🙂

How awesome is this! You are super mom, indeed! I’ve never thought about making costumes being that I don’t have the experience, but you did an amazing job!

Well, not necessarily a super mom, just a darn stubborn one who doesn’t give up! FWIW, *I* don’t have lots of experience, either – I just have a creative streak that won’t let go til I figure out how to do something! (even if I have to call in the reserves by researching the answers in the end, as with this crazy ghost costume!) 🙂 Many thanks for the kind words all around!

Aww…. this costume turned out so super cute!!!! … and it’s totally not too early to start thinking about Halloween…. LOL my little boy and I freaked out excited because Hobby Lobby had out 5 aisles of xmas stuff today!!! 😉

CHRISTMAS stuff in AUGUST??? That’s nuts – but I guess being stuck at home all summer (STILL!) with a broken foot has spared me from all that! Anyway, glad you liked the finished result; I sure did, but I also hope that this year they pick something a LOT easier to make! 🙂

Sheesh I had no clue it took all this. I guess it’s that time of year to be thinking of what I want my little ones to wear.

*me neither* – now at least you know what you’re getting into if your kids decide they want to be ghosts this year! 😉 Good luck figuring out costumes in your house – we still have a LONG way to go to reach a consensus 🙂 …

How freaking cute is this!?!? I can’t believe how challenging it is to make, but most definitely worth it <3

*Thanks,* Renee! I STILL can’t believe how difficult this turned out to be, but am very pleased with how nicely they turned out after all – you’re right, totally worth it! 🙂

Wow you are right! A ghost costume is much more difficult than it should be. Your look great! My teenager and I made costumes the last two years, but now she’s away at college so I guess I’m buying them this year. ??

I know, isn’t it crazy? So fun that you and your “big girl” used to do this together 🙂 – what a sweet memory! No worries, though, there are several other DIY costume how-to’s on my site (and elsewhere, of course!) that are MUCH EASIER than this one, that might work better for you and Babystar 🙂

Awww this was funny and interesting to read! Congratulations on nailing it?

*phew* – thanks, Ophira! Glad you got a few laughs out of it! 🙂

What a cute ideas and it looks fun, so easy and perfect for Halloween

Thanks, Angela! And now that you know all the pitfalls, it should in theory be as “easy” as one would think! 🙂

haha I love your little math drawings 🙂 – I have never lived in a country where Halloween is big – it kinda fascinates me. My boy would love this ghost costume.

Well, Julz, if you now ever need a ghost costume, you know where to find instructions, and what you’re getting into! (My husband the math teacher thought the drawings were pretty funny too, since he knows I haven’t taken a math class in a quarter-century 🙂 …)

Flossie the end result turned out great. I enjoyed reading your process of making this! I have very limited skills with fabric haha so it makes sense that it turned out to be more challenging than first anticipated. That’s a great idea too to DIY them since they can get expensive year over year!

Thanks so much, Hanna! We have SO much fun DIY-ing (and most years it’s SO easy compared to this one), I can’t imagine doing anything else! 🙂

I love a classic costume like this-I would never have thought of using a hat to secure, smart!

That is a hack I figured out ONLY when I had to do some research on how others had done it! It’s the only thing that seems to work, though 🙂

The finished article looks amazing anyway!! Did they have fun out scaring people!?

*thanks* – I was pretty pleased with how they turned out in the end. And while they DID have a blast being out on Halloween (and practicing for Halloween by “scaring” Daddy every time I needed to do a costume fitting), Essie was a bit dismayed that she needed to come up with a backup costume for her preschool parade, since our preschool doesn’t allow faces to be covered. (She wore a pair of glow-in-the-dark skeleton-print PJs.)

This gave me a good laugh because I lived through making a ghost costume five years ago. Yes, much more difficult than it looks! Your costume came out beautifully. Much better than mine. Ha!

Aww, thanks! WHY does something that looks so easy end up being SO difficult??? 🙂

Well done! That looks awesome! I did make a spider’s costume one time!

*Thanks* – I did a spider a few years ago for Essie, which turned out much EASIER than I’d imagined – this one was just plain HARD.

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Easy DIY Ghost Costume For a Child And Adult

Make this super easy diy ghost costume for you or your kiddo in no time i’ll teach you step by step on how to diy this easy halloween costume, i can feel in the air that the summer is almost over and with that fact, i started already thinking about fall decoration ideas and diy halloween costumes as well. my daughter wants to dress up as a friendly ghost this year and have a candy corn bag. so, there it is, i designed an easy diy ghost costume and a bag in a candy corn colors., previously i designed an easy diy owl costume that you can make in any size. also, for a super mario lover, you’ll find a small child size diy thwomp costume . and then an easy diy tinker bell dress up that will make little fairy girl super happy., let’s get ready to make a ghost costume in child and adult sizes, to make this ghost costume you’ll need a white fabric preferably cotton or cotton blend. for a small child, a 44” wide fabric will be perfect to use. and, for an adult, you’ll need a 108” wide quilting fabric., you determine the width of the costume by measuring from the top of the middle finger through the torso to the top of the middle finger of the other hand. and the model needs to be with their arms lifted to the sides., if you are planning to make this ghost costume for a child and an adult, you may need to get just the 108” wide fabric. in average size adult the measurement from “finger to finger” is around 60”. so, you can cut the fabric longwise and use the leftover for a child-size ghost costume., note: the best way to cut a long piece of fabric is to make a small cut on the edge of the fabric and just rip it with your hands. it will rip the fabric perfectly straight following the grain., also, you need to know how much fabric to get. to determine that you need to take a measurement from the top of the head to the toes. then, multiply that amount by two. so, for instance, if your child measures 40” from the top of the head to the toes then you’ll need 80” of fabric. and, that’s about 2.25 yards. this post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link i will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more) i always recommend products i tried, use, and love., what you need for an easy diy ghost costume, basic sewing tools, cotton or cotton blend white quilting fabric 44” or 108” wide, black quilting fabric – fat quarter works great, lightweight iron-on interfacing, free ghost face template is ready to download at my resource library – to get the password, fill out the form at the bottom of this post, i am happy to teach you how to make a ghost costume, remember to always wash and dry fabric ahead of time to preshrink it., step 1. iron the interfacing to the back of the black fabric and cut out the face pieces..

Learn how to sew a ghost costume in child and adult sizes!

Step 2. Take measurements of the head and particularly: ear to ear and top of the head to the bottom of the neck.

Then, fold the white fabric in half aligning the salvages together. it doesn’t matter now if you fold it right or wrong side together. and then fold it again but lengthwise. pin in few places so the fabric won’t shift., now, using a fabric pencil mark the head measurements as it shows in the picture. make sure to add about 11/2” in the width for the seam. that way the headpiece of the costume will fit nicely and loose after sewn. then, draw a contour of the head starting from the top, through the width mark, and then make a curve by the bottom of the neck mark and straight to the side. next, cut it following the drawn contour line..

ghost costume how to make

Step 3. First, take a measurement from the top of the head to eye level and add a seam allowance to the amount. Then, mark that measurement in the middle of a one white costume piece from the top. That will mark the level of the eye-opening.

Also, take a measurement from the middle of one eye to the middle of the other eye. and then mark it on the fabric., pin the black eyes pieces first to make sure they are in the right position. and then stitch them using a zig-zag stitch. now, cut the white fabric out of the eyes and then using a zig-zag stitch again stitch the edges together..

easy diy ghost costume

Step 4. Pin the top of the white costume pieces right side together and stitch. Using a zig-zag stitch finish the seam and that will prevent the fabric from fraying.

easy diy ghost costume

Step 5. Fold the costume in half lengthwise and align the edges. Then, cut the corner out in a curve shape. Use a zig-zag stitch to finish the raw edges.

ghost costume how to make

And there! You’ve just learned how to sew a ghost costume. Wasn’t that easy Halloween costume project?

Learn how to sew a ghost costume for a child and adult!

Now, I will show you how to sew a candy corn bag that would match any Halloween dress up.

So, you’ll need candy corn colors of fabrics and fat quarters are perfect to use for this easy sewing project., step 1. cut three 14×14” squares out of each color fabric. then, cut 2×16” strips out of any leftover color of fabric..

Sew a candy corn bag to go with a DIY ghost costume!

Step 2. Cut the yellow and orange squares in half and then stitch them together in the pattern as it shows in the picture.

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Step 3. Then, fold the bag piece right side together and stitch along the long edges. Using a zig-zag stitch finish the seam.

ghost costume how to make

Step 4. Now, flatten the bottom corners that the seam is in the center. Mark the corners about 2” wide and stitch across following the mark.

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Step 5. Fold the upper raw edge twice, about ½” to the left side, and stitch around.

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Step 6. Pin the strips right side together and stitch along long edges. Turn the sewn strips right side out and iron them flat. You just made nice handles for your candy corn bag!

Finally, stitch the ends of the handles to the top edge of inside the bag, about 4” apart..

Sew a candy corn bag to go with a DIY ghost costume!

And you’ve made an awesome, handmade costume for this Halloween!

I hope you enjoyed learning how to diy a ghost costume and a candy corn to go with. you can share a picture of your handmade halloween costume on my facebook page., happy trick or treating, want to remember this save the easy diy ghost costume to your favorite pinterest board.

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Is there a pattern for the eyes and mouth? I can’t find it.

Hello Breanne, the templates for the eyes and mouth are in my free resource library. You need to sign up in the sign-up box to receive the password to my library.

I’d love this pattern

Hi great ghost costume, I am currently working on it but confused is it 1½ or 11½ thank you for any help.

Hello Christina, It’s one and a half inch for the seam.

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Easy No-Sew Ghost Costume

October 12, 2015 By Rachel Nielson 53 Comments

Make a cute no-sew ghost costume for your little spook with this tutorial. Ghost ponchos are so much cuter than the traditional sheet-over-the-head costume and safer too!

Make a cute no-sew ghost costume for your little spook with this tutorial. Ghost ponchos are so much cuter than the traditional sheet-over-the-head costume!

Good morning!  This is Sarah’s sister Rachel, and last Halloween I somehow created a really darling and really easy no-sew ghost costume for my kids. I mean, take a look for yourself: aren’t they the cutest little ghouls you’ve ever seen?

No Sew Ghost Costume

Now lest you get the wrong idea about me, I must start off by admitting that I am not a crafter or a blogger; I am merely Sarah’s little sister who does not have domestic abilities. Despite this truth, every once in a while I get lucky and create something cute for my kids, and when that miraculous and sporadic event occurs, Sarah convinces me to share my ideas on her blog. The problem is, I don’t really have ideas; I just have dumb-luck. But I am more than willing to try to share some of that with all of you!

I’m sorry if this tutorial is sub-par. I don’t have detailed photos of the process or exact measurements for the materials, but I will do my best to explain what I can. And the good news is, this costume is really forgiving and doesn’t have to be exact.

Just look at my photos and read my basic instructions for this no-sew ghost costume and then create something truly unique with your own flair.

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Let me explain how these no-sew costumes came into existence:

My three-year-old son, Noah, asked to be a ghost for Halloween, and I will admit that I was initially disappointed. He has had some really unique and cute costumes in his few years of life, and honestly, I thought a ghost sounded pretty boring. I pictured a kid with a sheet over his head with holes cut out for eyes and a mouth, similar to the ridiculous picture of my brother-in-law below, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

Classic Ghost Costume

My dismay increased as I started to look for costumes to purchase online. Like I mentioned, I am not a crafter, and I could not find anything online that I could just buy. Everything was too scary and zombie-ish for my liking, or it was just corny and not very cute. Did this mean I was actually going to have to make something for my child’s Halloween costume?? Gulp.

To top this dilemma off, my son wanted to match his baby sister, so I needed something that would work for both of them, but I don’t have the skills or supplies to sew anything!

I scoured Pinterest (and sorted past all the photos of kids dressed as zombie ghosts because that just gives me the creeps) until I found this photo. Unfortunately, this Etsy seller was all sold out so I couldn’t just buy it—but I thought the idea of a poncho was really cute, and when I realized that I could probably make this costume without sewing a stitch , I was sold.

I took this photo to the friendly ladies at the fabric store, and they helped me buy some supplies. That is what I love about workers at fabric stores: they really know what they are doing. They give great advice to inept crafters like me, so if this “tutorial” that I am writing isn’t detailed enough for you, but you’d like to make some ghost ponchos for your own kiddos, just take a photo of my kids’ no-sew ghost costume to the fabric store and ask those talented ladies how to recreate them. They will probably do a much better job explaining it than I will!

How to Make a no-sew ghost costume.

What I bought at the fabric store :

  • Two yards of white fleece for the poncho. (This was enough for both my 3-year-old son and my 4-month-old baby, but you should measure your child’s heights before you go to the store and plan accordingly.)
  • Three 8.5 x 11 sheets of stiff black felt for the ghost face
  • Fabric glue so I wouldn’t have to sew on the faces. (I bought Beacon Adhesives “Fabric-Tac Permanent Adhesive ” and it worked great.)
  • Sharp sewing scissors

How I made the ghost ponchos :

  • I folded the piece of fleece in half and held it up to my son. I marked how long it should be if I wanted it to end just above his ankle. I also had him reach his arms out so I could measure his wingspan, and I marked the fabric at about his palms.
  • I laid the folded piece of fleece on the ground and, using the markings as a reference, drew half an oval onto the fabric with a pencil.   I then cut out an oval from the fleece.
  • I cut a hole in the middle of the oval for his head to go through. I used a water glass to measure this (diameter of 3.5 inches), and, honestly, I think it was a little too big. Fleece really stretches, and you’d be surprised how small a hole can go over a child’s head. I would start small (maybe 2 inches?) and try it on your child. Then trim a little bigger if you need to.
  • I cut strips that were about 1.5 inches wide and 6 inches long all the way around the oval of fleece. They weren’t completely uniform in width, and it didn’t matter. There were also a few spots where the angles got all wonky as I went around a curve, and that didn’t matter either. Just do your best to make mostly uniform, straight cuts, and if you have a few weird ones, don’t sweat it.
  • I tied each of the strips into a knot. They were not tied to each other; each individual strip was just knotted around itself and pulled tight. One strip=One knot.
  • My husband made the ghost faces. He consulted the internet for ideas and got input from my son, and then he simply drew some designs onto construction paper, cut them out, and put them against the poncho to make sure they were the right shape and size. Once we were sure about size and design, he traced them onto the black felt and cut them out.
  • We then pinned the felt pieces to the poncho and had my son try it on, so we could move the face around to be just perfect. After we got that right, we took it back off of our son and glued the felt on with the fabric glue.

Victory! This no-sew ghost costume is so cute!!

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We repeated this same process to make a ghost poncho for our four-month-old baby girl. And need I remind you of how cute she looked in it?

Make a cute no-sew ghost costume for your little spook with this tutorial. Ghost ponchos are so much cuter than the traditional sheet-over-the-head costume!

I know what you’re thinking, what about their cute hats ?? They really make the outfit, don’t they?

I searched high and low for a knotted white stocking cap for my son because I knew it would complete his ghostly look. I ended up finding one on Amazon called “Solid Color Knotted Baby Hat” by Jacqui’s Premie Pride Inc. I bought the size 12-24 month, even though he was three years old, and it worked! Unfortunately, this hat is no longer for sale on Amazon. I did a quick Google search, and I found it for sale in infant sizes here , but I could not find it for bigger boys.

The good news for all of you crafty people out there is that I’m sure this type of hat would be simple for someone with minimal sewing skills to make. I found a tutorial from Fish Kiss on YouTube here , and there were many more tutorials and patterns online.

In the end, I absolutely loved this Halloween costume, and I’m so glad that my son suggested it. It was easy to make, comfortable and warm for him to wear, quick for him to throw on over a pair of black sweatpants and a white long-sleeved shirt, and pretty stinking cute in my unbiased opinion!

Make a cute no-sew ghost costume for your little spook with this tutorial. Ghost ponchos are so much cuter than the traditional sheet-over-the-head costume!

Dumb-luck and no-sew costumes for the win!

Make a cute no-sew ghost costume for your little spook with this tutorial. Ghost ponchos are so much cuter than the traditional sheet-over-the-head costume!

If you like this no-sew ghost costume tutorial then be sure to check out Sarah’s no-sew Elsa Tutu dress and other handmade costumes ideas on the posts below:

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October 22, 2015 at 9:47 am

This is cute! And creative, I don’t think I would have thought of a poncho for the ghost! I was going to make my son a Mummy costume this year, but last minute he decided he wanted to be Mario. My daughter is only 5 months old so she’s a kitty, black shirt, black legging and a kitty headband 🙂 easy peasy!

I’ll have to remember this next year when I have a toddler!

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October 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Oh my goodness at the cuteness! These ghost costumes are making me wish that my three kiddos were still itty bitty! Well done and great tutorial. ~ Ashley

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October 26, 2015 at 4:46 am

Congrats on being featured that ghost costume is so creative an adorable!

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September 16, 2016 at 7:26 pm

Perfect! My 4 year old has decided he wants to be a ghost this year for Halloween. I totally understand your initial disappointment. My kids have had some really fun, unique homemade costumes as well – and a ghost seemed well, ordinary. I didn’t want a sheet over the head due to safety concerns, and so started out looking for other ideas. This one is awesome – and it will be great whether it’s warmer or cooler this Halloween – we’ve had 70+ temps and we’ve had snow, so you never know. My 1 year old is going to be Slimer – found a really cute tutu dress costume for her. The 4yo is still trying to convince his older brothers to be Ghostbusters, but is they won’t, Dad will – he’s awesome like that. Thank you for sharing your idea and the tutorial – which is more than adequate to recreate the costume. Off to buy supplies this weekend. Thanks again.

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September 17, 2016 at 9:33 am

Yay!!! I’m so glad we could help! That family costume idea sounds AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love love love it!!! I am actually working on a post of family costume ideas. If you are comfortable with having your family’s picture on a blog (we will not use kid names!) then please email me a good pic or two of the group together after it’s done! It sounds so great I would love to include it! If not that is TOTALLY fine!! 🙂 Happy Halloween!!!

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September 28, 2016 at 2:38 pm

While all his little buddies are being super heros, my 3 year old wants to be a ghost for Halloween this year. I was so excited when I found your cute costume idea! Both my 3 year old and my 18 month old will be ghosts, and my husband and I are going to be ghost busters! Can’t wait to start making these cute costumes. Thanks for the awesome idea

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October 11, 2016 at 7:09 pm

They are adorable ghosts! Great idea for making the costumes. Included your tutorial in my round up post this week for Dream Create Inspire. Thanks for linking up with us!

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October 14, 2016 at 3:23 am

Such a good, easy idea! 🙂 Lisa

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October 14, 2016 at 9:18 am

This is great my little guy wants to be a ghost! However he wants me to be a ghost too plus I am prego. I was wondering how you did the baby costume. I think I might be able to make a big version for myself???

October 14, 2016 at 10:24 am

This post is from my sister, but I am pretty much 100% positive that they made both ponchos the same way. Looking at them I would, and the instructions say how we made the ponchoS. I think they made them the same way but perhaps tied her tassels on the side so it didn’t open? I would think with a preggo belly you’d let it be open and free, though. 😉 Sounds like a cute idea with the two of you! Enjoy!

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October 14, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Hey, Rachel! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your No Sew Ghost Costumes so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec! Happy Friday!!! http://lifewithlorelai.com/2016/10/13/home-matters-linky-party-108/

~Lorelai Life With Lorelai / Home Matters Linky Party

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October 30, 2016 at 6:52 pm

Just wanted to say thanks so much for this post! We used it to make ghost costumes for our boys this year. I wish I could upload a pic–they came out great!

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October 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm

Just made this for my 4 YO. Thank you for sharing!

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September 9, 2018 at 8:46 am

My daughter (disappointedly) wants to be a ghost this year for Halloween. The best part – she insists that it be a pink ghost. Because no one sells pink ghost costumes, I was afraid I was going to have to do the sheet-over-the-head bit. Then, I found your post – thank you so much for the much cuter no-sew tutorial!! Now I feel better about the whole ghost thing!

September 10, 2018 at 9:56 am

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October 15, 2018 at 8:09 pm

Thank you! My two year old wants to be a “pumpkin ghost” for Halloween. He agreed that this could be a pumpkin ghost if it was orange. Apparently the jack o lantern costumes don’t count as pumpkin ghosts….

October 16, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Yay! I’m so glad it worked!

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October 16, 2018 at 8:07 pm

Thank you for posting this. It was a life saver. I just made the poncho part. I just have bought give wrong fabric bec it shed when I cut it everywhere. I took it outside and shook it but now I’m wondering if I should wash it? I bought it from Walmart. It was in the precut section already rolled in a ball- super soft. Any thoughts?

October 17, 2018 at 8:20 am

It’s hard to say without seeing it, but it sounds like you may have bought cuddle/minky fabric. Washing may help, but it will always shed some unless it’s hemmed. Sorry about that. What you really need is fleece.

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October 22, 2018 at 12:37 pm

I love this! My 3 yo wants to be a ghost and am going on do this! I have a 4 months old also but not sure how you measured for the baby…?

October 22, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Just do it the same way that is described in the instructions! Instead of holding it up to a 3 year old, lay a 4 month old down on the felt and measure. It doesn’t have to be exact, luckily. 🙂

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October 23, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Using this idea, but I got a white sheet instead of fleece. I think I made the neck hole a little big also, but I got white long-johns to go under it so hopefully we will be OK. Thanks for the great idea!!

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October 25, 2018 at 10:50 pm

Thank you for this post! My little ghosts are loving their costumes this year and I didn’t have to break a sweat!

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October 31, 2019 at 12:13 pm

Made this for Halloween. Turned out great. I definitely agree about the neck hole size. I did 3 inches and that was too big. Thanks.

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October 17, 2020 at 8:05 pm

Hi, I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not but the picture of your nephew in his ghost costume is on Amazon when you search for a toddler ghost costume. Maybe you’re the one selling it through Amazon or maybe this company “Ambabe” stole the picture from your blog. I just thought I’d let you know in case you don’t already know because if someone had stolen a picture from my blog I would want to know about it. Here’s the link and the name of the product. https://www.amazon.com/Ambabe-Toddler-Halloween-Clothes-HatFancy/dp/B08G8ZRMRP/ref=sr_1_14_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=toddler+ghost+costume&qid=1602985552&sr=8-14-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzNUM4QjVKQ0RBNElGJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzIxNjY2Mzk0QUMxQVJaQUs5MSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMTkzNzE5MjNTRU5VUTBCUFdKWSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX210ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

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October 19, 2020 at 12:31 pm

Thank you so much for letting me know!! I definitely did not give them permission to use his photo!

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October 29, 2020 at 12:13 pm

Yes! I just saw this on Amazon! People are just plain jerks. I hope Amazon will take it down.

And four years later…people (me) are using this awesome post to make the cutest ghost costume for their 3 year old son and 4 year old nephew!!!

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October 12, 2021 at 12:10 am

Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic article post. Really thank you! Keep writing.

November 11, 2022 at 10:46 am

Ugh. Thank you for letting me know! This is a problem EVERY year! It is NOT ok for them to be using my photos!

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September 26, 2023 at 3:04 pm

Hi! I’m hoping to make this costume for my 2.5 year old daughter this year! I don’t know if I missed this part, but how do you connect both ends of the poncho? Did you just use the fabric glue? Thanks! 🙂

October 8, 2023 at 10:59 am

Not sure I understand your question. It’s a poncho so it’s jut one big piece of fabric with a head hole cut in the middle. We didn’t connect the ends.

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16 DIY Ghost Costume Ideas For Fun Spookiness

Ghost costume is so easy to DIY, affordable, and even complements the main theme for every creepy costume party to bring some fun fear. Here are some DIY ghost costumes that skip the other time-consuming attires and come as last-minute outfits. From the mom’s hack white sheet ghost costume to the tulle ghost, ghost frocks for girls, poncho or hoodies ghosts, scary, and much more! Even based on ghost depictions by artists, they are more cute than scary and not real!

How To Dress Like A Ghost?

To dress like a classic ghost, as you will also see in ghost DIY costume ideas below, you will need only a white bed sheet (small enough to fit and not in use!). First, cut two ovals from a black fabric for the eyes and one more for the traditional mouth (which seems to be open!). Also, make little holes in the eyes so light may pass. Then drape that over, and you will be a ghost. If the edges at the bottom are longer, adjust them to avoid stumbles. However, it was a basic and quick idea; for more, you continue reading to get the right instruction for your chosen.

You can also make a hoodie on where your head was settling and then make a hole for the head to come out. This way, you will have a more comfortable costume that doesn’t hinder the fun. You can make the ghost eyes and mouth in front of the dress for a girl.

Easy DIY Toddler Ghost Costume

Easy DIY Toddler Ghost Costume

Looking for a simple yet adorable Halloween costume for your toddler? Check out this easy DIY ghost costume, capturing your toddler’s fascination with playing the spooky role! With no pattern needed, this budget-friendly costume perfectly fits your family’s Halloween theme and saves precious time. Skip the complex costumes and watch your little ones spark joy as they playfully “spook” the neighborhood on Halloween night.

Materials: 

  • 1.5 yards of white fleece
  • sewing machine
  • fabric scissors
  • disappearing ink fabric pen and string
  • black iron-on vinyl (or you could also use black felt, black adhesive felt, or a stencil and fabric paint)
  • Cricut machine and Cricut Access subscription
  • Cricut EasyPress Mini and pressing mat
  • white pants

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Kids Ghost Costume

Kids Ghost Costume

Create a fun ghost costume for your little princess this Halloween using a tulle tutu. Measure tulle strips to double your child’s height and attach to a satin-covered stretchy ribbon fitting around your child’s chest. Use two extra strips for a halter tie, giving adjustment options. Add Fomic sheet eyes and mouth to complete this adorable DIY ghost outfit!

  • White Tulle
  • 1 Yard Stretchy Ribbon
  • 4 Inches White Satin Ribbon
  • 1 Square Each Black and White Felt

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How To Make A Sheet Ghost Costume

How To Make A Sheet Ghost Costume

Here’s the perfect costume for those who want to repurpose old items. This DIY idea turns a simple white sheet into a timeless ghost costume by cutting out eye holes and sprucing it up with optional accessories. Wearing black goggles hides your eye hole, and wearing the beanie keeps the costume in place. You can go with the plane sheets or give it this torn look and by adding faux blood can make this DIY costume even more scary!

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Easy DIY Ghost Costume

Easy DIY Ghost Costume

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No-Sew Ghost Costume

Elevate your last-minute Halloween costume with this no-sew ghost costume. It is a fun, easy Halloween DIY, even for the busiest parents. Instead of a sheet, this design uses a white fleece formed into a wearable poncho and a cute ghost face out of black adhesive felt. The main feature is its knotted fringes that make this DIY costume upout shine from others. It’s comfortable, open on the sides, and perfect for school or trick-or-treating days.

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Groovy Ghost The Easiest DIY Vintage Halloween Costume Ever

Experience the coolest DIY vintage Halloween costume ever, the Groovy Ghost, from Emily Retro. This quick and easy costume is perfect for men, women, teens, kids, couples, and groups. Instead of using a plain white sheet like a classic ghost, use a flower power 1970s vintage floral sheet to create a visually stunning twist. With minimal supplies needed, such as sunglasses and an optional trick-or-treat pail, this Groovy Ghost costume will be the talk of any Halloween event.

Easy No-Sew Ghost Costume

Easy No-Sew Ghost Costume

This Halloween, design a charming, easy, no-sew ghost costume for your little ghouls. The costume is not only spooky but also comes with an adorable beanie that keeps your baby snug and warm, adding to the aesthetic. Shun the traditional sheet-over-the-head style and opt for this safe and adorable ghost poncho. Use white fleece to fit your child, cut into an oval with a head hole. Add a unique and friendly ghost face made out of a stiff black felt. Perfect for a fuss-free, cute, and warm Halloween!

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Easy Ghost Costume

Get your child ready for some gushing compliments this Halloween by dressing this spooky outfit. The costume creates an illusion of floating, taking your little one’s ghostly presence to a whole new level. Made with layered tulle for a floating appearance and a white fabric base, it also features a glow necklace for a touch of eerie luminescence. Add some face paint for an extra creep factor, ensuring a memorable Halloween!

  • White stretch fabric
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  • Halloween Makeup (White and Black)

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Easy Ghost Costume Tutorial With A Bed Sheet

Easy Ghost Costume Tutorial With A Bed Sheet

If you enjoy DIY projects and creativity, look up the classic ghost costume guide that uses your old bedsheet to make a spooky costume for all ages. Unlike traditional designs, this costume cleverly utilizes screen material for the face, allowing clear vision without revealing the wearer. Versatile, easy to assemble, and utterly ghost-like, it’s perfect for various sizes, making Halloween dressing delightful and simple.

  • An old white bedsheet or several white sheets in case you make a mistake
  • Some screen material
  • The ghost eyes and mouth downloadable template at the bottom of this post
  • Black thread
  • Sewing machine, sewing needle or glue (fabric or hot glue and hot glue gun)

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Quick And Creepy Cheesecloth Ghost Costume

Quick And Creepy Cheesecloth Ghost Costume

Need a last-minute, comfy Halloween outfit? Get creative with this low-effort ghost costume! The low-effort costume is comfortable and quick to assemble, making it ideal for last-minute Halloween events. You will use black fabric, sheer fabric, a baseball hat or visor, tea, and cheesecloth for this costume. Add your own personal spooky touch with fake spiders, skeleton hands, or fairy lights for a chilling ensemble.

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DIY Ghost Costume

DIY Ghost Costume

This homemade costume cleverly combines adorability and eeriness, making it ideal for any special event. The costume uses a sheer curtain from Ikea and some tulle; this cloak gives an ethereal ghost-like appearance. The white costume has extra length for that ghostly flow; this costume brought Halloween dreams to life for the creator’s daughter. Minimalistic yet charming, this DIY costume proves creativity can turn simple materials into a memorable Halloween outfit.

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DIY Halloween Costume Classic Ghost

Loved by all ages, this DIY costume design captures nostalgic charm while offering mom-friendly convenience. Equipped with only a sheet and accessories of choice, such as goggles or a fun black bowler hat, you can transform your squad into adorable spirits. This costume also allows cozy clothes underneath a perfect blend of comfort and style for your Halloween festivities.

DIY Easy Ghost Costume For Women

DIY Easy Ghost Costume For Women

Check out this easy ghost costume that caters to women and anyone seeking a casual yet creative outfit. Made from a netted or lace curtain, this ethereal cape stays in place doesn’t slip, and can be worn over a white top, pants, and shoes. The costume achieves an intriguing ghostly look with a fake chain. Stay cozy on Halloween with this accessible and adjustable DIY cape that simplifies costuming while maintaining a pleasingly spooky aesthetic for all to marvel at.

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Easy DIY Scary Ghost Costume

Easy DIY Scary Ghost Costume

Check out this DIY idea for a straightforward, spooky, and budget-friendly ghost outfit.  Ideal for children, this costume only requires black clothes, shoes, white face paint, black eye shadow, and white Halloween gauze. Transformation requires no sewing, just some cutting, draping, and a bit of fashion tape. Perfect for warm or cold weather, this easy-to-make ghastly outfit will make your kids stand out during their Halloween trick-or-treating spree.

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  • 15 DIY Skeleton Costume Ideas:  No spooky party is complete without a bit of fright, and what’s scarier than a handmade skeleton costume? It’s the spookiest outfit you can make yourself. These DIY skeleton costume ideas are for both kids and adults. They won’t cost you much and range from traditional black-and-white costumes to colorful ones. You can find them in different materials and accessories, with designs ranging from simple to complex to give a scary yet charming look!
  • 15 DIY Witch Costume Ideas:  Embrace this season’s spooky vibes by creating a terrifying yet enjoyable costume with these easy DIY witch costume ideas . Using your creativity and staying in tune with the spooky theme this Halloween is fun.
  • 10 Harry Potter DIY Costume:  If you’re a fan of Harry Potter and want your kids to dress up as their favorite characters, this collection of Harry Potter DIY Costume ideas is a must-see. You’ll learn how to use your creative skills to turn simple black capes into characters from Hogwarts School, making the costumes look really good.
  • 17 DIY Dragon Costume Ideas:  Even if you’re not into dragon myths, making a dragon costume is fun! Here are some DIY dragon costume ideas inspired by various dragon depictions, from ancient stories to recent movies. These costumes transform you into humanoid versions of dragons with horns, tails, wings, and scales. Some are funny, and some are a little spooky. But one thing’s certain: all these DIY dragon costumes will make anyone smile!

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The Ultimate Homemade Ghost Costume Guide

Introduction.

Halloween is just around the corner, and it's time to start thinking about costumes. If you're looking for a classic and spooky costume idea, why not go for a homemade ghost costume? Making your own ghost costume can be fun, affordable, and allows you to get creative with your design. In this ultimate guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know to create the perfect homemade ghost costume.

Materials Needed

Before getting started on your homemade ghost costume, gather the following materials:

  • A white bedsheet or fabric
  • A pair of scissors
  • A marker or chalk
  • Sewing supplies (optional)
  • Face paint (optional)
  • Accessories (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: choose your fabric.

The first step in creating your homemade ghost costume is selecting the right fabric. A white bedsheet works great for this purpose. Make sure the sheet is clean and free from any stains or tears. If you don't have a spare bedsheet, you can also purchase inexpensive white fabric from a craft store.

Step 2: Measure and Cut

Lay out your fabric on a flat surface and measure how long you want your ghost costume to be. Use a marker or chalk to mark the desired length, keeping in mind that the fabric will drape and flow when worn. Once you've marked the length, carefully cut along the line.

Step 3: Create Eye Holes

To make your ghost costume wearable, you'll need to create eye holes. Fold the top of your fabric down about 2 inches and mark where your eyes will be located. It's best to have someone help you with this step to ensure accurate placement. Cut out small eyeholes using scissors.

Step 4: Customize Your Costume

Now comes the fun part – customizing your ghost costume! You can leave it plain for a classic look or get creative with accessories and decorations. Consider adding fabric paint or markers to create a unique pattern on your ghost costume. You can also sew on patches or attach spooky embellishments like plastic spiders or glow-in-the-dark stars.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you're not confident in your sewing skills, you can use safety pins or fabric glue to secure the sides of the fabric together instead of sewing.
  • If you want to add an extra eerie touch, consider using glow-in-the-dark thread for sewing or adding LED lights inside your ghost costume for a haunting glow effect.
  • Don't forget about makeup! Use white face paint to give yourself an ethereal complexion and apply dark eye shadow around the eyes for a spooky effect.
  • Pair your homemade ghost costume with other accessories like black gloves, tattered shoes, or a chainsaw prop for an extra creepy look.
  • Practice walking in your ghost costume before Halloween night to ensure you don't trip or get tangled in the fabric.

A homemade ghost costume is a classic and versatile choice for Halloween. With just a few simple materials and a little creativity, you can create a spooktacular costume that is sure to impress. Whether you're attending a costume party or taking the little ones trick-or-treating, your homemade ghost costume will be a hit. So grab your white sheet, scissors, and some imagination, and get ready to scare up some fun!

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Ghost costumes are some of the quickest, easiest, and least expensive to make. Whether you're budget-strapped this Halloween or just want to dabble in the creative world of homemade costumes, these frightening ideas are sure to put a new spin on a Halloween classic.

How to Make a Basic Ghost Costume

Before you start planning your ghost costume, you'll need to decide what type of ghost you want to portray. The most common ghost costume is made from a simple white sheet with small eye holes. This costume idea takes minutes to create, and can easily be removed for ease of wear. While there is certainly nothing wrong with this beloved costume style, it isn't the most unique method for spooking!

If you would like to have a ghost costume that actually frightens people on Halloween night, you'll want to add a few more ghastly details and special effects to your costume idea. Start with the basic ghost costume and then add accessories as needed, depending on the type of ghost you've chosen.

  • Old and rumpled white clothing, the more tattered the better
  • White face paint
  • Black face paint
  • Long artificial nails
  • Long, white wig
  • Shoes, preferably in white or nude
  • Red fabric paint

Instructions

  • Add a few tears to the white clothing.
  • Add some red paint to the clothing to look like blood stains.
  • Use white face paint to create a pale face. Apply white paint with a moistened sponge for a light, believable finish. Reapply as needed until you have the desired look.
  • Apply black face paint lightly on the apples of the cheeks and on the crevices of the eyelids to create a sunken and ghastly appearance.
  • Long wigs are the best choice to create the appearance of matted, unkempt hair. Since artificial hair costume wigs can't be styled without creating a stringy mess, a simple stroke through the wig with the palm of your hands will break up the sleek style while beginning to tangle and mat the wig.
  • While you can wear any color pair of shoes, a lighter shade will help create the appearance of "floating." Women can pair white or nude ballet flats with dresses to create an other-worldy look.
  • Apply long artificial nails (preferably in a neutral polish).

Variations on Ghost Costumes

There are a lot of different directions that a the wearer can take with a ghost costume.

Shakespearean Ghost

Ghosts were a reoccuring theme in Shakespearean literature.

  • Banquo- Banquo is the ghost of Macbeth's friend and can make for the perfect variation on the traditional ghost costume. Wear britches, a waistcoat and ruff. These items can be easily found or contrived from thrift store items, and can then be stained with blood and powdered dead-white.
  • The ghost of Hamlet's father- The ghost of Hamlet's father has always had a variety of looks. You can even use the standard sheet, but you'll need to add some bits of armor such as a helmet and sword. Both can easily picked up at a costume shop or rented for a nominal fee, and these accessories should be enough to let everyone know who you are. If your head is showing, add to the fun by having blood drip from your ear where the poison was deposited!

Dickens Ghosts

If you want to know how to make a ghost costume for a group, look no further than the Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol . There are four ghosts in this story that can be made into a costume:

  • Scrooge's former partner Marley - Wear a suit and vest, covered in chains. To complete the look, carry a money box.
  • The ghost of Christmas Past - Wear a long, white robe or flowing white dress. This ghost had a candle on its head, so you'll need to wear a bright, shiny headpiece. If you can find a crown or wig with a light attached, that is ideal.
  • The ghost of Christmas Present - Wear a long, green, fur-lined robe. If you don't have naturally curly hair, wear a curly brown wig and a wreath on your head. Carry a fake torch.
  • The ghost of Christmas Yet to Come - Wear a black, hooded robe similar to a Grim Reaper costume.

Additional Variations

The basic ghost costume is easy, but can be a little boring.Try some variations to make it unique and interesting.

  • Consider pairing your ghostly suit with an evil clown mask.
  • Men can search for old tattered suits or military uniforms to portray fallen officers and gentlemen.
  • Add props like chains to do better haunting.
  • Wear an old bridal dress and be a dead bride ghost.

No matter what style of ghost costume you choose to make, you're sure to have a great time trick-or-treating or attending a Halloween party when you wear your outfit. Your costume will be fun, comfy, and creative, and you'll be glad to know that you made the costume yourself without having to spend a fortune.

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How to Make an Easy DIY Toddler Ghost Costume

This simple ghost Halloween costume is so easy to make and is the perfect inexpensive Halloween costume for your toddler! No pattern needed!

We decided to go super simple for our family Halloween costumes last year and I made this easy DIY ghost costume for my toddler.

I try to pick our costume theme based on what he’s enjoying at the moment, and he was in a phase of pretending to be a ghost, trying to scare us all the time (it was rather cute). I love making DIY Halloween costumes but I especially love when they’re easy like this one (sorry, but this momma needs a break sometimes, haha).

This simple diy ghost costume is so much fun for toddlers. Our little guy was so adorable in it on Halloween night!

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To round out the ghost theme, I whipped up a couple quick Ghostbusters t-shirts for me and my husband. Easiest costume ever!

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What you need to make a ghost Halloween costume

  • 1.5 yards of white fleece (I prefer fleece for the anti-fraying and the warmth—we usually have cold weather on Halloween night—but you could go with another white fabric if you want)
  • sewing machine
  • fabric scissors
  • disappearing ink fabric pen and string
  • black iron-on vinyl (or you could also use black felt, black adhesive felt, or a stencil and fabric paint)
  • Cricut machine and Cricut Access subscription (the image I used for the ghost face requires a subscription, but you could easily create your own face with the free shapes or upload your own cut file)
  • Cricut EasyPress Mini and pressing mat
  • white pants (optional—I just put my son in grey pants that he already had and called it good!)

How to make an easy DIY ghost costume

This ghost costume is essentially a fleece poncho with a hood. This is ideal for a small child; if your child is older/taller, you may need to adjust the process to make a larger poncho (it will probably require a bit more sewing).

Cut the fleece into a large circle

1. Lay your fleece on a flat surface. Fold it on a diagonal to make a folded-in-half square (I didn’t photograph this part so follow my diagram below).

2. Fold again so the square is now in quarters.

3. Measure the middle (so you know the maximum size you can make the circle) and cut a piece of string that length.

4. Hold the string from the corner of the folded square and stretch it out, going in an arc, marking the arc on the fleece with your fabric pen (this is the blue in the diagram). Cut all layers of fabric along this arc (when you open the fabric, you will have a large circle, but don’t open it yet). You don’t necessarily have to use the string and pen method to mark the circle, I kind of eyed mine at parts. Be sure to save the excess fabric for making a hood later.

5. While the circle is still folded in quarters, cut another smaller circle from the center point for a neck hole.

6. My neck hole was about 5.5″ wide, so about 2.75″ when folded (your child’s head needs to be able to fit through it, but don’t make it too big or it’ll be harder to sew the hood on later).

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Make a hood

On the extra fleece, trace the hood of an existing hooded jacket or sweatshirt that fits your child, leaving extra material for seam allowances as well as error—you can always make it smaller later. You need two of these pieces, but pay attention to the right/wrong sides of the fabric and mirror the second piece before tracing/cutting. You can see I left about 1.25 inches on all sides of the hood:

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Lay the two hood pieces right sides together and sew the back, curved part of the hood with at least a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn it right side out and test this on your child to see if it fits front to back, keeping in mind that you’ll still be turning the front edge under to finish it so it’s okay if it hangs past their face a little bit.

If it fits, move to the next step. If it’s too big, turn it inside out again and sew a closer seam, mirroring the first seam with a wider seam allowance.

Once the hood is the right size, you can trim the excess fabric a little closer to the seam if needed.

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Turn the hood right side out and fold the opening of the hood to the inside to hem it. Since fleece doesn’t fray, you can just fold it under once, or you can turn it under twice to hide the raw edges if you prefer.

Next, you’re going to sew the hood inside the neck hole of the large circle of fleece you cut earlier. Have your child try on the hood and the poncho and position the hood inside the neck hole. Turn the neck hole inside to hide the raw edge and pin it to the poncho (you may have a couple inches of excess hood material which is fine). Pin all the way around the hood.

If your neck hole is wider than you want (mine was), you may have to gather or pleat the poncho a little bit to get the hood to fit right. In my pictures, you can see how I pleated the sides at the front so they would hit at about the shoulders (I didn’t want to have a weird fold right down the middle). I definitely could have done this part better, but hey, we’re saving time and money by not using a pattern!

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Once you’ve gotten the hood pinned in place, you can sew a seam all the way around, being careful not to catch the other side of the poncho while sewing. Then you can trim the excess hood material closer to the seam.

Make hand holes

Next, decide where you want to place hand holes in the poncho. This will totally depend on your child, so have your child try on the poncho and mark where you want the holes to go (wherever it’ll be most comfortable for your child to have their hands). You can get an idea of where I placed mine in the image below.

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Cut a slit for each hand hole (mine were about 4″ long). If desired, turn the edges to the inside and sew around the hand holes to hide the raw edges.

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Add a ghost face

If you want to duplicate my ghost face, open my Ghost Halloween Costume project in Cricut Design Space.

I wanted my face to look a particular way, so I changed the eyes from the original ghost face image I chose in Design Space (you’re welcome to use either).

Once you’ve finished any edits, you can click Make It and follow the prompts to cut the face from iron-on vinyl. Don’t forget to mirror!

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Once your vinyl is cut, weed it and position it on your fabric (you may find heat resistant tape helpful here). Before pressing, have your child try it on to make sure you like the positioning. Then lay the fabric on a pressing mat and press with your EasyPress Mini .

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And you’re all done! Wahoo!

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Other ghost halloween costume ideas

If you prefer to go the no-sew route, here are some other great ideas to make a toddler or kid’s ghost costume:

  • Use a plain white bedsheet and cut eye holes from it (classic).
  • Amazon has several options for ghost ponchos that are fairly cheap, no sewing or diy necessary!
  • For a little girl, make or buy a white tulle skirt , iron on a ghost face to a white shirt, and put white ribbon bows in her hair.
  • Iron on a ghost face to a white hoodie and wear white pants and shoes for a simple ghost outfit.
  • Use an oversized t-shirt and a white beanie .

Feel free to complement any of these ghost costumes with white face paint, but I decided not to worry about face paint this year (I think I’m still worn out from my Batman and Joker Halloween costumes from a few years ago!).

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I hope you found this ghost costume tutorial helpful! This was a great costume for my toddler—and even better for mom since it was such an easy costume to throw together!

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Thank you so much for this! My 2.5 year old decided last week he wanted to be a ghost. I used white flannel because I had it on hand and found your Cricut design for the face! Turned out so cute and easy. Great for cold Halloweens.

Yay, I’m so glad this helped, Lucy! It really is such a great last-minute costume and I love that it can be made warm too!

Life saver! I have my 3 yo grandson with me for several days while his parents are out of town. He changed his mind about what he wanted his Halloween costume to be the night before his preschool Halloween party! He insisted on being a ghost. You came to my rescue! After tucking him in bed, I went to my craft room, pulled out white cotton left over from a quilting project and within an hour, a simple ghost was born! Just hoping it fits OK because no time to redo in the morning. Thanks so much!

That’s awesome, Connie! I bet he was an adorable ghost! I’m so glad this helped. 🙂

Can you tell me the width of the fleece you used?

Hi Marilyn, that’s a great question. I don’t think I wrote down the width but it was from a standard bolt of fleece so I’m guessing about 58 inches wide. Whatever the width will determine how big you can make the circle. If you need extra length, try to find an extra wide fleece. I hope that helps!

It is perfect! Just what I was looking for. Thank you! Your family costumes are great!

Thanks Alison! I’m so glad this helped you!

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How to Create a Ghost Costume

Things you'll need.

White full-sized sheet

Black permanent marker

Black face paint

Makeup sponge

White artist's chalk

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Ghost costumes are classic. No one will have to ask you what you are on Halloween. The costume is simple to make and fits almost anyone. Be careful though! Ghost costumes are easy to trip on and limit your peripheral vision, so they are best for people over 8 years of age. Be extra cautious while climbing stairs or crossing the street while wearing this costume.

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Drape the sheet over the head of the person who will wear the costume. Make sure it is centered -- the front should not be longer than the back. If any part of the sheet is dragging on the ground, mark lines across the parts that are dragging so you can cut them off after measuring the rest of the sheet.

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Have the wearer poke the sheet out where her eyes are located. Draw two dots on the sheet to make the eye location. If he would like a mouth hole, have the person poke his fingers out at the edges of his lips and draw two dots where his fingers are behind the sheet.

Remove the sheet. Draw two dark circles about 2 inches in diameter around the dots where the eye holes will be. Cut out the eyes. If the person would like a mouth hole, cut out a thin slit between the two dots you made on the sheet indicating mouth location.

Cut off the bottom edges of the sheet if you marked areas that were too long.

Apply the eye makeup. Gently dab black face paint with a sponge underneath and above the eyes. The paint should extend 1 1/2 inches in diameter below and above the eyelids.

Put the sheet back over the person's head, making sure it is centered so the person can see out of the eye holes.

If the costume-wearer would like to look like a ghost without the sheet, give her a ghostly hairstyle by turning her hair white with chalk. First, wet the person's hair so the color will attach to it.

Run a white piece of artist's chalk down the person's hair in 1-inch sections, twisting the hair as you go. You can either make ghostly white highlights or color the entire head of hair. If you choose to color all of the person's hair, you will need two pieces of artist's chalk instead of one.

After the person's hair has dried, apply hairspray to keep the color from coming off.

To make your ghost costume spookier, carry glow lights underneath the sheet to create a ghostly light or wrap chains around your chest.

To make your ghost costume sillier, add accessories like a flower lei around your neck or pair of Groucho Marx glasses on your face.

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How to make a diy ghost costume?

How to make a diy ghost costume?

Assuming you would like a step-by-step guide on how to make a do-it-yourself ghost costume:

You will need: A white sheet, scissors, a needle and thread (or a hot glue gun), and something to stuff the ghost with (newspaper, cotton balls, stuffing, etc.)

1. Cut a large oval out of the center of the sheet. This will be the ghost’s head. 2. Cut two smaller ovals out of the remaining fabric for the ghost’s eyes. 3. Use the needle and thread (or hot glue) to attach the eyes to the head. 4. Cut a small triangle out of the fabric for the ghost’s mouth. Again, use the needle and thread (or hot glue) to attach it to the head. 5. Once the face is complete, stuff the ghost with your chosen material. 6. Finally, sew (or glue) the head closed.

There you have it! Your very own DIY ghost costume.

How to make a diy ghost costume?

If you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween costume, a DIY ghost costume is the perfect option! All you need is a white sheet and some black felt to create a simple, yet spooky, ghost costume. Here’s how to do it:

1. Cut a large rectangle out of the white sheet. This will be your ghost’s robe.

2. Cut two smaller rectangles out of the black felt. These will be your ghost’s eyes.

3. Cut a small triangle out of the black felt. This will be your ghost’s mouth.

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4. Put the sheet on over your head and tie it at the waist.

5. Glue or stitch the black felt rectangles onto the sheet for the eyes.

6. Glue or stitch the black felt triangle onto the sheet for the mouth.

7. Done! Your DIY ghost costume is now complete.

How to make a ghost costume at home?

How to make a diy ghost costume?

You will need a white sheet, a light-colored baseball hat, scissors, a pen or pencil, For safety pins, and a dark-colored sharpie.

What you will need:

1 white bed sheet

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Optional: felt for eyes and mouth, or fabric paint

Instructions:

1. Cut two eyeholes and a mouth hole in the sheet.

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2. Optionally, decorate the ghost with eyes and a mouth using felt or fabric paint.

3. Cut four lengths of tape, each about a foot long.

4. Tape the bed sheet to the back of the costume wearer, securing the sheet in place.

Your ghost costume is now complete!

How to make a ghost costume out of a pillowcase

This is a great way to make a ghost costume for a child! All you need is a white hat, a long-sleeve white shirt and white leggings. You can add the letters “Boo!” to the front of the pillowcase using fabric paint, markers or pieces of felt.

This is a note on crudely drawn pictures. It’s okay if they’re not perfect because we’re going to be cutting them out anyway.

How to dress up like a ghost?

To dress like Ghost from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, you will need a military camo uniform, a tactical headset, a ghost balaclava, a brown scarf, and a black airsoft or toy rifle. You can find all of these items online or at a costume shop.

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This is a great way to upcycle an old shirt into something new and useful! Simply cut up the shirt into strips, wrap around some yarn, and tie a knot to secure. This would make a great gift for someone who loves to knit or crochet!

Can I use a fitted sheet for a ghost costume?

What a fun and easy costume this is! Simply take some old sheets and give them a good dye job. You can either dye them all one color and then use a paintbrush or sponge to add some highlights of different colors, or you can dye them all different colors and then use a paintbrush or sponge to add some white highlights. Either way, you’ll end up with a beautiful and unique costume that is sure to make heads turn!

Different you’re going to want to press in with the tip until the fabric starts to give way at that point you know you’ve reached the correct depth you can either continue straight in or make a little zigzag pattern as you go along this will help to hold the chisel in place and prevent it from slipping out as you’re working always be sure to use a light touch and go slowly at first until you get a feel for how much pressure is needed

As you can see, different fabrics will require different amounts of pressure when using a chisel. You’ll want to press in with the tip until the fabric starts to give way, then you’ll know you’ve reached the correct depth. You can either continue straight in or make a little zigzag pattern as you go along. This will help to hold the chisel in place and prevent it from slipping out as you’re working. Always be sure to use a light touch and go slowly at first until you get a feel for how much pressure is needed.

How much fabric do I need for ghost costume

It’s always better to make a first attempt anyway, even if it’s not perfect. In this case, the optimal fabric size for a child’s ghost costume is less than [54 inches x 72 inches]. The current size would probably drag on the ground, but it’s better to try it out first and then make adjustments as needed.

We’ve now got our cutout hood ready to so we can start working on the front of the garment. First, we need to cut out the piece for the front of the hood. We’ll use the same process as before, but this time we’ll cut out two pieces. One piece will be for the inside of the hood and the other piece will be for the outside of the hood.

Now that we have our two pieces cut out, we need to sew them together. We’ll start by sewing the inside piece to the outside piece along the curved edge. Then we’ll flip the hood right side out and top stitch along the seam to finish it off.

Now that we have the front of the hood complete, we can move on to the rest of the garment.

How do you make a floating ghost for Halloween?

Blowing up a balloon is the first step in making a balloon animal. To blow up the balloon, you will need to use your mouth. Keep in mind that you will need to use your mouth to blow up the balloon, so you will want to make sure that you do not have anything in your mouth that could potentially pop the balloon. Once the balloon is blown up, you will then need to stretch out the balloon. This will help to make the balloon into the shape of an animal.

There are a few tricks that you can use to make yourself look more dead. One is to suck in your cheeks and then follow with your fingers to create a sunken look. Another is to use white eyeshadow under your eyes to create a hollow look. You can also use false eyelashes and black eyeliner to create a more dramatic look.

How do you make a ghost out of a tablecloth

The more bags you use, the moresquished the ball will be.

This is a great way to make a homemade costume for your child! All you need is a piece of cardboard, some hot glue, clear packing tape, and toilet paper. Simply roll the cardboard into a cylinder, hot glue the sides together, and use the packing tape to secure the toilet paper around the roll. You can then hot glue two elastic straps onto the ends so your child can wear it as a shoulder costume.

How do you cut a bed sheet into a ghost?

You can make a ghost look great by using really pale lace and then just flaring it out. You can also add some accessories to make it look more ghostly.

In order to achieve a gothic look, you will need the following: black pencil eyeliner, black or charcoal eyeshadow, black, red or white lipstick, foundation two shades lighter than your natural skin color, black, grey, light blue or red contacts (optional), white, grey, black or light pink nail polish, hoset-shirts.

How can I look like a ghost

The instructions for creating a zombie costume are pretty simple. First, add a few tears to the white clothing. Then, add some red paint to the clothing to look like blood stains. Next, use white face paint to create a pale face. Finally, apply black face paint lightly on the apples of the cheeks and on the crevices of the eyelids to create a sunken and ghastly appearance.

Below the eyes make a small irregular shape for the mouth. It’s supposed to look like it’s making a “more” shape with the lips.

You can make a DIY ghost costume by following these simple steps:

1. Cut a large rectangle out of a white sheet.

2. Fold the rectangle in half and then in half again.

3. Cut a hole in the center of the folded rectangle for your head.

4. Unfold the rectangle and then cut two holes for your arms.

5. Wear the ghost costume over your clothes.

6. Use face paint or a white mask to complete the look.

A ghost costume is a unique and easy costume to make. All you need is a white sheet, some black felt, and a bit of creativity. With just a few materials, you can create a spooky and fun costume that is perfect for Halloween.

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6 DIY Ghostbusters Costumes That Will Have You Ready To Bust The Scariest Of Monsters

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There’s something about classic movies that just instantly takes you back to your childhood self. Before the pandemic, smartphones, and clearly before advanced CGI, Ghostbusters was hitting 700 theaters over Labor Day weekend in 1984. The movie, now considered a cult classic, follows a team of scientists played by Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray, that lose their positions at a university and decide to become "ghostbusters." In doing so, they stumble upon a gateway to another dimension of evil and have to save New York from complete destruction.

DIY The Ultimate Ghostbusters Costume

It doesn’t take much to pull off the iconic ghostbusters costume: All you need is a jumpsuit, combat boots, and random paraphernalia from around the house. For the jumpsuit and boots, you can even temporarily customize ones you already have or if you’ve been eyeing some black boots for a while now, why not make this the perfect excuse to click the “Checkout” button? With some tape and glue you’ll completely change the look for the night and get some cool boots for everyday after.

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For this rendition of the ghost-busting uniform, the details are all in the proton pack. With only minor changes to the jumpsuit or the boots, time was spent making sure the backpack looked as similar and powerful as in the movies.

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DIY Teen Ghostbusters Costume

If your teen is thinking of dressing up as a ghostbuster, there's nothing quite like kids learning from other kids. For this look, made of only thrifted clothes and pieces of paper and cardboard, the costume comes to life with the intricate detail on the proton pack, gun and the jumpsuit. Not only will this be a showstopper when trick-or-treating, it will also make you feel like you're one of the busters.

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DIY Ghostbusters-Inspired Makeup Look

What better way to create the classic ghostbusters slime without the hassle of slime itself? Though this may seem like an intricate look, by starting off with white eye pencil and painting the colors on top, you can go back to touch up any mistakes and are guaranteed to make a beautiful finishing look.

Get the tutorial at Taylor Wilkinson .

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DIY Kids Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Costume

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Another way to think outside the box with this 80s classic is to make a costume out of the movie's iconic ghost, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. With a few bought items and some basic clothes you probably have around the house, you can achieve this fun, cute and creative look.

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DIY Gatekeeper and Keymaster Costume

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Who said a Ghostbusters costume can’t be a couples’ costume too? Though our minds automatically go to the three main characters, the Gatekeeper and the Keymaster (played by Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis, respectively) are also iconic characters from the classic. To make the costumes, all you need is a shimmery over-the-shoulder dress and some extra supplies for the keymaster’s helmet.

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Infinite Craft: How To Make Adam And Eve

Learn step-by-step how to make Adam and Eve in Infinite Craft!

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Which elements do you need to make adam and eve, a step-by-step guide to crafting adam, how to craft eve.

Infinite Craft is a browser game where you can craft the entire universe, starting with just four basic elements. As you explore further, you'll find that this crafting experience goes beyond these basic elements. They're just the beginning of your journey. While you can craft anything you can imagine as long as you know the right combination.

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Before diving deeper, you can make some elements that will help you in future crafting combinations. Two of the important discoveries you should get from the start are Adam and Eve. That's why this guide is here to help you make these two elements step by step.

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Crafting Eve depends on first crafting Adam. To craft Adam, combine Mud with Venus. Then, once you have Adam , combine it with Venus again to make Eve .

When combining elements, remember to use the search field and sort button to make finding elements quick and easy.

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Crafting Adam from scratch is not difficult because you only need to focus on two elements that can be crafted with a low number of combinations: Venus and Mud.

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Even if you don't have Venus, the process of crafting it from scratch is easy.

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If you search among the elements you have, you'll often find that you already have Mud , because it is considered one of the first discoveries.

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After you have Venus and Mud, combine them to make Adam.

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Once you have both Adam and Venus, simply combine them to craft Eve.

Keep in mind that each element can be crafted in various ways. For example, both Adam and Venus can be obtained through different combinations.

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    Step 2: Create the Ghost Shape. Tie a piece of string to your pen, ensuring it's longer than the folded quarter edge of your sheet. Hold the string at the corner and mark the widest arc you can. Cut along this line. This forms the body of your ghost costume.

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    Pull the bobbin threads to gather the fabric, distributing the gathers evenly until the fabric is the same width as your hood's bottom raw edge. Pin the raw edge of the bottom of the hood and the top raw edge of the cape right sides together. Stitch together. Try on your cape and check fit.

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    2a. The actual steps to make a ghost costume. The basic steps go like this: Mark center of fabric. (I did this by folding it into quarters and ironing in creases.) Put hat on child, center fabric on child's head, and secure center of fabric to top of child's head with safety pins.

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    Pin the top of the white costume pieces right side together and stitch. Using a zig-zag stitch finish the seam and that will prevent the fabric from fraying. Step 5. Fold the costume in half lengthwise and align the edges. Then, cut the corner out in a curve shape. Use a zig-zag stitch to finish the raw edges.

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    Even the pups with the littlest patience can sit still for this easy DIY ghost costume. The spooky fit will have trick-or-treaters take paws before crossing your threshold. Take a plain white bedsheet, an old tablecloth, or even an oversized T-Shirt depending on how big your dog is, and place it over Fido. Mark how much of the cloth you'll need ...

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    Two yards of white fleece for the poncho. (This was enough for both my 3-year-old son and my 4-month-old baby, but you should measure your child's heights before you go to the store and plan accordingly.) Three 8.5 x 11 sheets of stiff black felt for the ghost face. Fabric glue so I wouldn't have to sew on the faces.

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    To dress like a classic ghost, as you will also see in ghost DIY costume ideas below, you will need only a white bed sheet (small enough to fit and not in use!). First, cut two ovals from a black fabric for the eyes and one more for the traditional mouth (which seems to be open!). Also, make little holes in the eyes so light may pass.

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    Step 1: Choose Your Fabric. The first step in creating your homemade ghost costume is selecting the right fabric. A white bedsheet works great for this purpose. Make sure the sheet is clean and free from any stains or tears. If you don't have a spare bedsheet, you can also purchase inexpensive white fabric from a craft store.

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    Shakespearean Ghost . Ghosts were a reoccuring theme in Shakespearean literature. Banquo-Banquo is the ghost of Macbeth's friend and can make for the perfect variation on the traditional ghost costume.Wear britches, a waistcoat and ruff. These items can be easily found or contrived from thrift store items, and can then be stained with blood and powdered dead-white.

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    How to Make a No-Sew Ghost Costume. Cut the bottom 10 inches off the fabric and put it aside. This will be used to make the hat later on. Fold the fabric over and then Fold the fabric in half and measure to find the exact middle of the fold line. Mark this spot with a pin. Measure 4 inches across on either side of the pin and mark.

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    How to make an easy DIY ghost costume. This ghost costume is essentially a fleece poncho with a hood. This is ideal for a small child; if your child is older/taller, you may need to adjust the process to make a larger poncho (it will probably require a bit more sewing). Cut the fleece into a large circle. 1. Lay your fleece on a flat surface.

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    Step 1. Drape the sheet over the head of the person who will wear the costume. Make sure it is centered -- the front should not be longer than the back. If any part of the sheet is dragging on the ground, mark lines across the parts that are dragging so you can cut them off after measuring the rest of the sheet. Video of the Day.

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    Step 2: Check out length of costume Drape the sheet over the head of the person who's going to wear the costume. If it's dragging on the ground, mark a comfortable length with pen or pencil. Step 3: Mark center of head and eye position Mark the sheet at the center of the person's head while the sheet is still draped on them.

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    Cut a large oval out of the center of the sheet. This will be the ghost's head. 2. Cut two smaller ovals out of the remaining fabric for the ghost's eyes. 3. Use the needle and thread (or hot glue) to attach the eyes to the head. 4. Cut a small triangle out of the fabric for the ghost's mouth.

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