The countdown to finding the perfect costume is officially on. While it’s easy to go to that pop-up Halloween store that opens every fall and disappears immediately after the last trick-or-treater goes home, the easy way is not always the best way. Getting creative with your costume and making your own is so much more fun. Pinterest has everything you need to stand out from the crowd in a handmade Halloween costume that’s better than the expensive crap you’d buy at the store anyway. Your DIY costume will look cooler, feel more comfortable, be more unique, and most likely be cheaper. This is especially true when it comes to dressing as your favorite video game characters. Costume stores either aren’t selling what you want, or they’re only selling boring pieces. You can do better than that!
Whether you’re more of an XBox user or you keep it old school with a Nintendo 64, there is plenty of inspiration to be found in your video cartridges. From solo outfits to group efforts, find the best video game costume to make you a winner this Halloween. Most of these can be made with items you might already have around the house, or pieces you can buy in a thrift store, but I’ll admit it – most require some crafting. Even DIY beginners can get these crafts done, though, so I have total faith in you. Check out these awesome DIY video game costumes and start preparing now for October 31st!
Animal Crossing from Smash BrosI'm not familiar with the Smash Bros video game, but I can definitely say that these animal crossing couples costumes are awesome! They also look so easy to put together. A pink dress, knee socks, a net, and a little bit of crafting/makeup work will make you look on point. Get bae or your BFF in on the action too! Source: Instagram
Banjo and KazooieI can't say I'm super familiar with Banjo and Kazooie either, but again - I'm a big fan of these costumes! They're super different and creative, and it's basically the perfect video game couples costume. These are the cutest. Source
The Final Lap Guy from Mario KartYou can't go wrong with a video game costume inspired by one of the most popular video games out there - Mario Kart. Instead of being Mario or another popular character, opt for the Final Lap dude, which is so adorable it hurts. Source
Alphys from UndertaleSometimes all you need is the right makeup and accessories to nail a costume. While you can't see the clothes here, this look at this person's Alphys costume, inspired by the game Undertale, is awesome. This is the perfect time to try out that freckle tutorial you've been eyeing. Source
YoshiYoshi is a popular video game character for a reason - he's fun and cute and makes for a great costume. I love the use of the tutu and think the hat is genius! It's not even that hard to put together. This is pretty impressive. Source
Mortal Kombat Couples CostumeThis elaborate look is cosplay, but you can still copy it for your Halloween costume. It's a lot of work and dedication, but if you're a big Mortal Kombat fan, then it's worth it! Source
The Legends Of ZeldaI don't know why this girl is covering her face, because this costume is so cute! You could have a friend dress up as Princess Zelda, or stand alone in your Link costume. Source
Donkey KongGet into some monkey business with this costume. If you don't want to paint your body, a brown shirt will suffice. Source
Pac-ManGet crafty with construction paper to portray this classic video game. Run away from anyone dressed up as a ghost. You can make this a group costume, a couples costume, or just a single costume! Anything works. Source
The SimsSpeak in gibberish all night and make people attend to your needs. Bonus points if you make a yellow diamond and a red diamond to portray your mood. Source
Angry BirdsBe happy as an angry bird this Halloween. Wear a t-shirt or dress in the primary colors if you don't want to make an entire suit of feathers. Stay away from pigs. Source
TetrisSquad up with colored boxes to make this addictive game come alive. It might not be the most comfortable costume—good luck sitting down—but it's bound to win you a prize. Source
Tomb RaiderEmulate Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft with itty bitty shorts and (fake) weaponry. Search for treasure (aka candy). Talk about your divorce ironically. Source
PokémonGotta catch 'em all! Ash and Pikachu make a cute couple's costume, but there are plenty of pokémon to choose from. Source
Mario and Princess PeachOkay, yes, Mario and Princess Peach are one of the more popular costumes out there, and you'll probably run into another one at some point during the weekend. But sometimes you just have to stick with the classics, you know? Source
Which one of these video game costumes is your favorite? What did we forget to include? Share in the comments!