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Halloween 10.31.2013

Quick and Creepy Cheesecloth Ghost Costume

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Costume - scratchandstitch.com

This year we went classic for Halloween…as ghosts! We wanted to make a simple DIY ghost costume that would be comfortable to wear and quick to put together. These creepy cheesecloth ghost costumes were scary-easy to make and ended up being one of our favorite DIY Halloween costumes yet.

Creepy Ghost Costume

How to Make a Creepy Cheesecloth Ghost Costume

Both kids and adults will like dressing up in this eerie ghost costume. The costume works well for indoor or outdoor Halloween events. It’s so simple to make, that it makes a great last-minute costume idea. Even better would be a group of ghost costumes.

Scary Ghost Costume

  • cheesecloth (6–12 yards for adults, 3–4 yards for children)
  • markers (yellow, gray, brown, tan)
  • solid black fabric
  • sheer black fabric
  • baseball hat or visor
  • safety pins
  • black clothing

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Create the Ghost Costume Hood and Face Mask

Cut enough sheer fabric to cover the whole face from ear to ear, over the forehead, and down to the chest. Using safety pins, attach the sheer black fabric to the hat forehead and on both sides near the ears.

Use the plain black fabric to create a hood over the rest of the head and down over the back of the neck. Safety pin the fabric onto the hat or visor. Pull the sides of the fabric together under the chin together to create a V, and pin together.

Face Mask Halloween Costume

Make the Cheesecloth Look Old and Nasty

This step is optional, though we think it makes this ghost costume even better. Plus, it makes the cheesecloth smell nice. :)

Tea Stain Fabric

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add several tea bags and steep for 15-20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and squeeze the remaining liquid from tea bags into the pot. Discard tea bags. Submerge the folded cheesecloth into the water and let sit for 20-30 minutes, or until the desired color is achieved (keep in mind that the cheesecloth will lighten some once it dries). Do this in several batches to achieve different tints of color. Remove the cheesecloth and wring out the liquid. Place cheesecloth into the clothes dryer until dry. The dryer will set the tea stain into the fabric.

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With the cheesecloth still folded together, tie one end to something sturdy and stretch it out to work with. Using several colors of marker (yellows, browns, grays), make random marks across the fabric. Once colored to your liking, unfold the cheesecloth.

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Turn the Cheesecloth into the Ghost Costume

The goal is to randomly layer cheesecloth over the head and shoulders so it fits like a shawl. Ripping and tearing the cheesecloth will not only make it look old, but it will also help it stay in place while wearing.

How to Make a Ghost Costume with Cheesecloth

Start by tearing a neck-hole in the middle of a piece of cheesecloth then drape over the head and body. Repeat. Tear some armholes, so the fabric hangs under the arms at the side of the body.

DIY Ghost Costume

Continue this same process until you like the way your creepy ghost costume look. Drape a piece or two over the head like a hood and use safety pins to hold in place. Once all of the pieces are hanging from the body, rip more random holes and strips to get that rugged, old look. You can also knot the cheesecloth pieces together if you need it to hold together better.

Ghost Costume Couple - scratchandstitch.com

Dress in all black clothing under the cheesecloth and tuck the sheer face covering fabric into the collar of the costume.

Make your ghost costume unique by adding fake spiders, lights, skeleton hands, or fake chains. See below for some creative ways fans of this ghost costume have made it stand out.

Creepy Ghost Couple Costumes - scratchandstitch.com

Check out some of our other  past handmade costumes here.

Creepy Ghost Costumes - scratchandstitch.com

DIY Spiderweb Wreath

Got leftover cheesecloth? Make a Halloween wreath wrapped in cheesecloth with a spiderweb and wire spirders.

DIY Spiderweb Halloween Wreath - Scratch and Stitch

Cheesecloth Ghost Costume Fans

It gives me goosebumps when I hear that our cheesecloth ghost costumes inspired someone. Here are some photos submitted by fans or found online. Please send me your Scratch and Stitch inspired ghost costumes too!

DIY Kids Ghost Costume by scratchandstitch.com

Six-year-old Layton from Florida wanted to be a ghost for Halloween this year. His mom put together his costume based on my tutorial. I love the creepy spider addition!

Kids Ghost Costume by scratchandstitch.com

This three-year-old from Alaska is looking scary as can be. His mom mentioned that it’s the perfect costume for cold weather trick-or-treating because he could get all bundled up under the cheesecloth. I love it!!

DIY Kids Cheesecloth Ghost Costume by Scratch and Stitch

Six-year-old Mikaela from London, Ontario, wanted to be a ghost costume for Halloween 2016. Her mom found the Cheesecloth Ghost Costume tutorial and made her little ghoul a DIY Halloween costume!

DIY Kids Cheesecloth Ghost Costume by Scratch and Stitch

This three-year-old was the talk of the town in the DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Costume. I love the addition of spiders and chains!

creepy ghost costume

Four-year-old Wilder from Asheville, North Carolina, is looking good in his DIY Ghost Costume.

creepy ghost costume

Mom and three-year-old son had fun being spooky in their family ghost costumes. They added fairy lights under the cheesecloth for an extra glow.

Toddler Ghost Costume

This toddler is ready to take on Halloween in his handmade ghost costume.

creepy ghost costume

I love the spiders added to this ghost costume.

creepy ghost costume

This ghost costume won first place in a Halloween costume contest. I can see why!

DIY Ghost Costume

Ghost selfie!

Scary Halloween Couples Costume

These two are looking good in their cheesecloth ghosts costumes!

Did you make the cheesecloth ghost costume? Send me a pic or tag me on Instagram and Facebook @scratchandstitch . I’d love to see your costume.

Reader Interactions

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10.29.2014 at 4:23 pm

I am soooo happy to have found this. My son wanted to be a ghost and I didn’t want to do the sheet thing. Thank you for coming up with this scary awesome take on the haunted spirit. :)

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10.29.2014 at 4:29 pm

Thanks! Please send over a picture of how it turns out. I’d love to see it. :)

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09.18.2015 at 12:24 pm

How many yards of cheesecloth do I need for one outfit?

09.18.2015 at 2:09 pm

Hi Sai – I’d say you could use anywhere from 6-12 yards of cheesecloth for one ghost costume. I’d love to see a picture of your creation. :)

09.22.2015 at 1:44 pm

Thank you, and I’ll try to get one for you

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10.20.2015 at 12:53 pm

This post is a lifesaver for us. My 3 year old son only wanted to be a ghost this year. Needless to say we searched every halloween store in town and couldn’t find anything for him. He is also a little guy so sizing is difficult as well. He just loves this scary ghost costume and we are so excited to go get all of the stuff to make it! Thanks for this really awesome and creative idea!!!

10.20.2015 at 1:00 pm

Yay! So happy to hear this. I would love to see a picture of how it turns out. Happy Halloween to you and your little ghost :)

10.22.2015 at 1:19 pm

Hello again! I wanted to ask you about how much cheesecloth did you use for your kiddos? Mine is 3 and is about 39in tall. Also if you could tell me where you had luck finding cheesecloth It’d be greatly appreciated!

10.22.2015 at 1:25 pm

Hi again :) We used about 6-12 yards for adult costumes so I’d say about 3 or 4 yards would be enough for your little guy. You can get cheesecloth at a fabric store like JoAnn Fabrics. It’s probably cheaper to have them cut it for you rather than buy in a package. Send me a pic!

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10.29.2015 at 4:39 pm

I found mine at Walmart. It was like $5.00 for a package with 6 yards in it. I bought some black plastic spiders to hot glue to the cheesecloth too.

10.30.2015 at 8:35 am

Walmart! I never think of Walmart. Good idea. Thanks for sharing. :)

10.29.2015 at 4:34 pm

Hi:) I love this costume! My 6 yr old son wants to be a ghost for Halloween and I refused to do the ghetto sheet thing! I’ve looked everywhere for good ideas and had my mind set on one and actually got all the stuff to make it and then I found this one! It’s WAY more awesome and alot easier to make. I’m in the process of staining the cheesecloth right now. The only problem I’m having is if he’ll wear the fabric in his face. I’m hoping he will but I might have to use black face paint instead….we’ll see. I’m a little nervous about putting the costume together since I figured I’ll have to wait until Halloween day to put the cheesecloth on him BC if I do it now I’ll probably never figure out how to put it back together. It looks pretty easy and hard to mess up so I think we’ll be okay. I’ll send you some pics of how it turns out. Wish me luck:)

10.30.2015 at 8:34 am

Hi Katy! Glad to hear that you like the cheesecloth ghost, it’s so easy to make and comfortable to wear. Face paint sounds like a good idea if he doesn’t like his face covered. I’d love to see some pictures!

11.1.2015 at 1:17 am

Hi Cathi! Just wanted to let you know the costume turned out GREAT!!! He wore the fabric in his face and everything…..well, for a little while anyway…..we live in Florida and it was still 85 degrees when we started trick or treating so I couldn’t really blame him for not wearing it the whole time. He looked really good and got lots of compliments:) All thanks to you and your awesome creation! Thank you SO much for sharing the pics and directions. I have a picture I’d like to send you but can’t figure out how to do it(I’m a little electronically slow. Lol!). If you have an email address I can send it to or if there’s a better way to send it, just let me know and I’ll get it to ya. Thanks again!!!

11.1.2015 at 11:04 am

Hi Katy – Totally makes my day knowing that I could inspire some creativity, especially for my favorite holiday! I just sent you an email to send pics to. Can’t wait to see how it turned out. :)

11.2.2015 at 10:11 pm

Sent you a couple pics yesterday:) Let me know if you got them! Thank you!

11.5.2015 at 4:55 pm

We successfully made the ghost costume! It turned out great and he just loved it. Especially the scary no face part! Thank you SO much for the great idea and taking the time to post the directions. I do have a great photo to post but I’m not sure how to get it on here.

11.5.2015 at 5:20 pm

Oh this is so exciting and I can’t wait to see the pictures.

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08.19.2017 at 12:14 pm

SO cool! and spooky. (cheeeese! give me alllll your cheeeeese! lol) your projects are very inspirational.

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09.25.2017 at 8:34 pm

Hi Cathi, My 5 1/2 year old is so excited to be a ghost this year (last year he was a Ghostbuster, so it’s funny that he so adamantly wants to change teams this year! Haha). Anyway, I was wondering what type of hat you pin the fabric to. Is it a winter-type hat or a baseball type hat, or a different type of hat? Could I pin it to the hood of a hooded sweatshirt, or wouldn’t that be secure enough? We live in Michigan, so our Halloweens are usually pretty chilly, so I was leaning towards a winter-type hat! Thanks so much, and I hope you are still able to see comments on your old posts and reply by the time I need to make this costume!

09.26.2017 at 9:05 am

Hi Lindsey – Love that he made the switch from Ghostbuster to ghost. lol We used baseball caps. This makes it so the black fabric doesn’t sit right on the face making it a bit more comfortable to wear. You could always layer a knit hat or hoodie under to keep warm. We’re in Minnesota so I know what you mean by chilly Halloweens (or it could be 80°). Send me a picture! I’d love to see it :)

09.27.2017 at 7:32 pm

Thank you so much for your quick response and input, Cathi! I think that’s a great point to not have the fabric sit right on his face; that makes a lot of sense! I am excited to make it for him, and if it turns out cute/creepy, I will definitely send you a picture:)

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10.23.2017 at 5:36 pm

You’re so creative! I saw your bee & beekeeper tutorial also–everything from scratch–super impressed!! I never could’ve figured that out lol Just wanted to say that and I enjoyed your other posts too! Keep up the awesome creativeness!!

10.24.2017 at 7:00 pm

Thank you and thanks for reading! :)

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10.29.2017 at 11:53 am

Wanted to ask you about the “several batches” comment for achieving the desired color/tones. Does this mean repeat the whole boiling and steeping process with new water and tea bags?

10.29.2017 at 12:01 pm

Oh, or does it mean with separate pieces of cloth? Thanks again!

10.29.2017 at 1:27 pm

Hi Katie –

Excellent question! :) Each individual batch of cheesecloth will achieve a different tone depending on the amount of tea vs water. You can slightly modify the color by using more or less tea. You can reuse the same “tea water” and either add more tea bags to make a darker color or dilute the water for a lighter color.

Another option is to add all of the cheesecloth to the tea water and let it sit so the tea stains the cheesecloth. Then after several minutes remove a few pieces and let the remaining pieces continue to take on the tea stain.

Let me know if that makes sense. And send me a picture of your costume, I’d love to see it!

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11.5.2017 at 7:32 pm

I followed your instructions here and created spooky ghost costumes for my son and I this year… What a hit! We got so many compliments and we loved being spooky! Thanks for the fabulous idea.

11.6.2017 at 12:53 pm

So glad to hear :) Please send me a picture of the two of you, so excited to see how they turned out. [email protected]

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10.4.2018 at 4:25 pm

How do they see

10.6.2018 at 12:27 pm

Hi Liz – The fabric that covers the face should be a see-through black fabric. When the fabric is laid over the brim of a hat or visor (so it doesn’t touch the face) it very easy to see. :)

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10.23.2018 at 11:11 am

Hi Cathi! Just stumbled over your DIY costume, and now I am working on it. Wasn’t that easy to find cheese cloth, actually, first I had to find out what it’s called in German. Found some at a Farmers online shop, they cover plants with that stuff. I colored it with coffee, uhm, the waste of it after you brewed. One night and it looks fine. Like 200years rotten. My cat already helped me destroying the fabric and make holes with her paws. Tomorrow I will go on finishing it with UV light colors for some ecto plasma effect, ad chains, spiders, insects and a rope.

10.23.2018 at 12:54 pm

Hi! I love that you used old coffee and your cat to get the old and creepy effect. Send me a photo! I can’t wait to see it :)

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10.27.2018 at 1:52 pm

Possibly a dumb question but any idea what ‘grade’ cheesecloth or will they know @ Joann’s? I ordered some online and it looks like linen! It says it’s grade 90 ‘very fine mesh’ so that seems wrong!

10.27.2018 at 8:18 pm

Hi Kristin – I would say go with the opposite of fine. And pick the cheap stuff. (I just answered your email too). Send pics!!

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10.31.2018 at 9:36 am

I just wanted to thank you because I used this costume this year and people loved it. First prize at the work contest as well. I tagged a photo of it to your instagram. Your instructions were so helpful! (As well with the photos of other variants with spiders and chains).

My personal addition was 4.5″ platform shoes – added a bit more menace to my 5’5″ frame!

10.31.2018 at 12:13 pm

Yay! I’m so glad you made this it turned out awesome!! The reactions from others is one of the best parts about this costume. Congrats on first place 😁 Can I share your costume here and on IG/FB?

10.31.2018 at 12:21 pm


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10.19.2019 at 9:53 am

What lengths and how many pieces of cheesecloth did you use for an adult? Sorry not creative so i need help step by step if I’m going to be the oldest ghost (lol)

10.20.2019 at 2:52 pm

Hi Allan – I would use 6-12 yards for an adult costume should do it.

Send me pics of your costume! :)

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10.21.2019 at 5:44 pm

Doing this for my 4 year old this year. I’ll try to remember to send you pics!

10.22.2019 at 2:51 pm

Yes! Please do. :)

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10.25.2019 at 5:13 am

I was wondering. I got a diferent kind of fabric it is still dirty looking but it is not cheesecloth it still rips in that messy kind of way and it is not heavy.And I am using a black shirt instead of black fabric…Hope it works

10.25.2019 at 7:20 pm

Yes! The goal is dirty and old so it sounds like it would work to me. Send pics :)

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10.30.2019 at 7:39 pm

Do you cut the cheesecloth into pieces before tearing the holes to put it on? Or keep it as one long piece and fold back and forth? And how do the cheesecloth pieces stay on the hood? Thanks!

10.31.2019 at 7:54 am

Hi Maira – Cut (or rip) the head hole only. Then pull, rip, and tear the cheesecloth to get the desired look. Draping over the head in layers will help it stay in place. You can also tie areas together to help hold it where you want (like under the arms). I hope that helps! Send me pics of your final ghost, I would love to see how it turned out. :)

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10.31.2023 at 10:07 pm

This was perfect, my 5 year old couldn’t have been happier with the way his costume turned out and with it being so cold tonight we were able to hid extra layers underneath to stay nice and toasty! Thank you so much for the guidance, everyone loved our little spector.

11.1.2023 at 9:29 am

I love hearing stories like this! As a Minnesotan, I know the importance of making a costume that’s ready for all temps. This costume has been such a hit with kids and those who see it out-and-about. Thank you for sharing! :)

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11.1.2023 at 5:47 pm

I have never gotten such amazing feedback on a costume! I didn’t even have time to colour the cheesecloth! I dressed in black, and took 3 packs of cheesecloth, a black hat, and some black material to work and assembled it in the bathroom that morning. I was a hit! My hands sold it. I used old black gloves, 10 straws and electrical tape to make long pointy fingers. Thanks for the idea!

11.3.2023 at 11:36 am

Oh this is so wonderful to hear! This easy costume is always such a hit for makers and viewers. I would love to see pics!! :)

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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 452,593 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

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  • 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

Expert Interview

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Thanks for reading our article! If you'd like to learn more about making a ghost costume, check out our in-depth interview with Alina Bokovikova .

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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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A kiddo's first couple of Halloweens is a time that no one will ever forget. Kids that have been hearing about the magic of Halloween for months can walk the line between spooky and cheerful with ghost costumes for toddlers. We can just see your little ghost zooming around a Halloween party spooking grownups with an enthusiastic, "Boooooo!". While we can't guarantee your little ghost will stop with the ghostly groans once spooky season is over, we can promise your kiddo will take on their ghostly role with glee! 

Now, originally, ghost costumes were sheet-based. If you're feeling a little nostalgic for a sheet ghost costume, our Made By Us gorgeous ghost costume is just the thing with a haunting smile on a white background and coming in a range of sizes for different ages. Ghost kid costumes can also expand to Victorian Grey Ladies (the prima donna of ghost lady costumes), reaper costumes, and even Spooky Pasta inspired ghosts that are perfect for modern pre-teens. Basically, ghost costumes for kids are only held back by your own creativity. Customize them as you will!

Now you know that we have plenty of ghost Halloween costumes for kids to choose from, you can browse through them with your spooky brood. Kids' ghost costumes should be comfortable enough to run around in during the chaos of Halloween night. Ghost toddler costumes can be perfectly sweet or just a little spooky. You can even put together a group costume for the whole family. Whether you're looking for ghost costumes for toddlers or horror movie hardened teens, you're sure to delight in all of these fright-inducing looks. 

Ghost costumes for Halloween aren't just for kids. They can be really scary, after all! Gothic Victorian ghost story enthusiasts will love our ghastly Victorian gentleman costumes, a ghost bride, and even the classic white hooded cape, perfect for making you look like you're emerging out of the mist. Of course, if you're a real Victorian enthusiast, then you know that ghosts aren't just for Halloween. Charles Dickens has made sure there's a place for them at Christmas as well! Ghosts of Christmas past costumes and Marley and Marley will make an unexpected costume for a holiday party. 

Adults will find modern takes on ghost costumes as well! We love ghost-patterned suits and unexpected masks. We even have Ghost BC costumes for hard rock enthusiasts. Looking to scare your friends? A demon bodysuit is sure to be a seriously spooky selection. Whether your taste is trendy and modern or gothic and grungy, you're sure to find what you're looking for on this eerie page. Just remember to share pictures with us if you're starting up your very own ghost story and we might even share your photos on the product page! 

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Ghost Costume Ideas

Spirits, poltergeists, phantoms… or, more commonly, ghosts have piqued the interest of the human mind for ages. Perhaps it’s the allure of the unknown that attracts us. Maybe it’s our desire to connect with those that have left this spiritual plane. Or maybe it’s all the spooky horror movies that bring us thrills at the local movie theater. Whatever the reason, we can never seem to get enough of ghosts, especially during Halloween time. After all, it’s the perfect time of year for supernatural activity and it’s also the perfect time to dress up in one of our ghost costumes. That’s right, perpetuating the paranormal aura that comes with Halloween has become a tradition, where kids dress up in every manner of ghoulish outfit. It just wouldn’t be Halloween if the usual suspects, like skeletons, zombies, and ghosts weren’t roaming the streets, and we carry a great selection of costumes for both adults and children to help continue this tradition. This handy guide will help you decide which one to choose for your next Halloween of costume party experience.

When people say the word “ghost”, so many different images might pop up in people’s heads. Although some people might think of Casper the Friendly Ghost, most people probably think of spooky creatures that haunt old houses. Most of our adult-sized costumes capture this eerie nature. Whether you want to be the lost soul that haunts the old woods, or a creepy Victorian guest that died in a party accident centuries ago, these ghost costumes each bring a slightly different twist on the idea of a spooky specter.

Ghost Costume

Ghost Costume

This first costume reminds us of the kind of geist who wanders through the woods, searching for shelter from his tortured past! Of course, you can just use this spooky ghost costume to scare trick or treaters as they come skipping up to your door! It’s one of our exclusive costumes, so our costume designers put a huge amount of time and care into it. The faceless mask adds a mysterious style to the costume, so no one will know who you were in life.

Victorian Ghost Costume

Victorian Ghost Costume

Next up is an eerie costume for the ladies. This Victorian ghost costume combines the look of a classic Victorian woman with that of a tattered phantom. Complete with a dress that looks like it came straight from the afterlife, this costume makes sure you’ll be looking your spookiest when you head to your next masquerade party. Don’t forget to practice your ghastly “woooooo” before slipping into this costume.

Ghost Groom Costume

Ghost Groom Costume

This ghostly character was never able to make it to the altar in life, but that doesn’t me he has to spend the rest of eternity haunting the world of the living all by himself! That’s what this ghost groom costume is all about. It combines the charming look of a man ready to tie the knot with the aged sensibilities of a ragged spirit, forced to spend his time traversing through the world of the living. Just make sure you find yourself a bride if you plan on dressing like the ghastly groom.

Ghost Bride Costume

Ghost Bride Costume

Every woman should get her big day, even if that means having it during her afterlife! This ghost bride costume helps any ghostly girl have her big wedding day with a look that combines classic wedding dresses with an ethereal charm. Just invite all of your ghostly guests and it might just put a whole new meaning to the phrase “white wedding!” Just make sure you choose a groom to be your forever man if you decide to hold a ghastly wedding of your own in this outfit.

Scream Costumes

Wes Craven has crafted some of the wildest thriller moves of the last few decades. Of course, he invented the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, where Freddy Krueger terrorized young kids in their dreams. He dabbled as a producer in Dracula movies and even as an actor in Jay and Silent Bob movies. He also struck gold with MTV’s classic horror film, Scream. In the classic scary movie, a mysterious killer ends up murdering a bunch of victims in a small town. The killer in that movie used a Ghost Face mask to hide his identity until the very end. That makes the Ghost Face look a great way to dress up when selecting a ghost costume.

Scream Costume

Scream Costume

First up is the classic Scream costume for adults! Now you can look like the unidentified killer from the original film. Will you follow the rules of horror movie tropes, or will you wander your neighborhood scaring unsuspecting trick-or-treaters? The choice is really up to you!

Kids Scream Costume

The Scream movies are so well known that Ghost Face is even a favorite among kids. After all, that ghastly mask that he wears is pretty well known in pop culture and kids tend to gravitate towards things that are scary, so it’s no surprise that your child might want to get all dressed up in this kids Scream costume .

MTV Scream Costume

MTV Scream Costume

After four successful movies, the Scream franchise eventually transformed into a series on MTV. A new cast and a redesign of the costume were in order for the show and that’s how we got this new MTV Scream costume. It has a scary update to the classic mask and now the robe looks a little less like a Halloween costume and a little more like a rain poncho. It’s the perfect way to bring the classic villain into a new generation.

Ghost Face Mask

Ghost Face Mask

The most important part of the Scream costume is the Ghost Face mask . It’s one of our scary masks that has stood the test of time, since it used to be a regular ghost mask until the Scream movies turned it into a piece of pop culture. This version fits quite easily over your head and you can wear your own black clothes to fully get the serial killer look from the movies.

Ghost Costumes for Kids

Kids have been dressing up as ghosts ever since Halloween became a mainstay for trick-or-treating. The classic bedsheet ghost has been worn by plenty of pop culture characters, including Charlie Brown from Peanuts, E.T., and Charlie from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. These days, the ghost costumes for kids have gotten a little more detailed. Check out all these great options for dressing your child up like a ghost without ruining your perfectly good bedsheets.

Kids Ghost Costume

Kids Ghost Costume

Our first costume on the list is this kids ghost costume . It’s based on the iconic bedsheet ghost trope and is one of our most affordable options. It comes with a robe with a friendly face printed on the front. It’s a quick and easy look that saves your bedsheets from being ruined for your next trick-or-treat outing with your child.

Boys Ghost Costume

Boys Ghost Costume

This next costume heads to the other end of the spectrum! We go straight from friendly to bone-chilling. This boys ghost costume is a spooky outfit that will haunt your dreams at night. It comes with a full-body robe with an attached, faceless hood to give your child a ghastly look to wear. Just make sure you warn your neighbors about your little one wearing this outfit, since they might just think that your neighborhood really is haunted.

Girls Ghost Costume

Girls Ghost Costume

Some ghosts have a little more refinement as phantoms. Your little girl could be one of them with this girls ghost costume . This fancy outfit brings your child a look that’s both elegant and frightening as it comes with a billowy dress that has that tattered look of the haunted dead. The costume also comes with a waist chain accessory to complement the look. Make sure to add a set of ghostly makeup to her look to get the full effect!

Toddler Ghost Costume

Toddler Ghost Costume

Even the smallest member of your family can get in on the ghostly fun with this toddler ghost costume. With a look that’s not too scary and plenty sweet, this cute toddler ghost costume gives your child a look that’s adorable and huggable, but still fits in with your family ghost group costume theme! The costume comes with a plush body tunic and a matching hood and is quite easy to put on and take off, so you shouldn’t have any problem getting your little one to wear it.

Slimer Costumes

We probably don’t have to tell you how great the Ghostbusters movies are. Not only did it highlight the great comedic abilities of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, but it also gave us some new takes on the classic poltergeist. Slimer, the little green ghost based on John Belushi, shows us that sometimes ghosts aren’t always bone chilling. Sometimes, ghosts can be kind of adorable. That makes Slimer a great costume choice for anyone looking to dress up like a ghost this year. Just check out some of our cool Slimer costumes for both adults and kids.

Slimer Costume

Slimer Costume

Slimer has a pretty great life. He spends most of his time hanging out on 12th floor of the Sedgewick Hotel. There, he gobbles up plenty of tasty snacks and crashes in whichever hotel room he feels like taking a nap in. Then he likes to slime the Ghostbusters whenever they come for a visit. The only thing he as to watch for is those nasty proton streams that they come packing! If you want to trade in your humdrum life for the luxurious life of Slimer, then give this licensed Slimer costume a try. It’s inflatable, so you’ll have the green bulbous look with ease.

Infant Slimer Costume

Infant Slimer Costume

Perhaps you were thinking about heading out as one of the Ghostbusters yourself. Well, then your little one can join in on the fun by becoming the iconic ghost from the movies. This infant Slimer costume gives your baby an incredible option when trying to form a Ghostbusters group costume. It’s a soft tunic costume made out of green polyester fleece that will have your little one ready to tag along on your paranormal hunting activities!

Slimer Mask

Slimer Mask

Dressing like Slimer doesn’t mean you have to cover your entire body in slime! Heck, you don’t even need to wear a full-body costume to get the look of the classic green ghost. You only need this Slimer mask , which is molded to look just like the paranormal creature from the movies. It’ll look like he’s sliming your head when you put it on, so make sure you steer clear from any guys carrying proton packs.

Kids Slimer Costume

Kids Slimer Costume

Slimer isn’t just for babies and adults (although the only people who can truly enjoy the experience the joy of dressing up like Slimer are those who are old enough to remember Ecto-Coolers). This kids Slimer costume is a licensed costume from the Ghostbusters movies that will have your child ready to join your family Ghostbusters group.

Ghost Costume Accessories

Accessories are one of the most important additions to any costume! They’re a quick way to add a finished look to any outfit, and ghost costumes are no exception. We carry plenty of scary accessories to add to your look, so we went ahead and narrowed it down to our choice of top four essential ghost accessories to add to your costume. Just check them out below.

Ghost Makeup

Ghost Makeup

Ghosts always have a glowing, white ethereal appearance. The perfect way to get that kind of look isn’t by throwing a bunch of flour on your face. It’s a makeup kit! This particular ghost makeup kit gives you all the tools you need to lighten up the look of your face to create a style that comes straight from the afterlife. Just pair it up with any of our scary costumes and you can be off scaring unsuspecting victims in no time.

Ghost Wig

Just because you plan on becoming a dead spirit doesn’t mean you have to give up your hair! If movies with spirits in it have taught us anything, it’s that some of those ghosts have some pretty rocking hair. Just look at Patrick Swayze in the movie Ghost. This ghost wig is an accessory for women that will help you have a great hairstyle while you dress up as a ghastly visitor from the realm of the dead!

Chain Rope

Ever since Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, chains have been a part of the popular image of undead spirits. Marley’s ghost walked around with the chains of his past life attached to him during his spirit form. This chain rope is an easy accessory to add to any ghost costume. All you have to do is drag it around like the late Jacob Marley to add a creepy effect to your look.

Ghost Mask

If you want to scare the pants off of your friends and family, then you need a ghost mask that really delivers the full horror movie experience. This ghastly accessory is just one of our scary masks that has a blood curdling effect. It’s made of 100% natural latex and is made by Ghoulish Productions and should be enough to put a fright into anyone who lays eyes upon you.

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The Ultimate Guide to Scary Ghost Costumes for Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about your costume. If you're someone who loves all things spooky and supernatural, a scary ghost costume might be the perfect choice for you. The iconic ghost costume has been a staple of Halloween celebrations for decades, and it continues to be a popular choice among party-goers of all ages.

Scary Ghost Costume

Why Choose a Scary Ghost Costume?

There are several reasons why a scary ghost costume is a fantastic choice for Halloween:

  • Classic Appeal: The ghost costume is a classic Halloween staple that never goes out of style. It's instantly recognizable and can be easily customized to suit your personal preferences.
  • Ease of Costume: A ghost costume is incredibly easy to put together. All you need is a white sheet and a pair of scissors to create the iconic draped look. It's a great last-minute option if you're in a pinch for time.
  • Versatility: While the traditional ghost costume is simple, there are countless ways to add your own unique twist. You can experiment with different fabrics, makeup effects, and accessories to create a one-of-a-kind look that suits your personality.

Tips for Creating an Epic Scary Ghost Costume

If you want to take your scary ghost costume to the next level, follow these tips:

  • Choose the Right Fabric: While a standard white sheet will do the trick, consider opting for a sheer or gauzy fabric to add an ethereal touch to your costume. This will give you an otherworldly appearance as you float through the Halloween festivities.
  • Add Makeup Effects: Don't forget about your face! To make your ghostly transformation complete, use pale foundation or white face paint to give yourself an eerie complexion. You can also experiment with dark eye makeup or use special effects makeup techniques such as contouring and shading to create hollowed cheeks or sunken eyes.
  • Create Tattered Edges: To enhance the spooky factor of your ghost costume, tear and fray the edges of your sheet. This will give it a worn and aged look, making you appear like a long-lost spirit from another era.
  • Add Accessories: While a ghost costume can be striking on its own, adding accessories can take it up a notch. Consider carrying a prop such as a lantern or an old book to add to the haunted vibe.
  • Experiment with Lighting: If you're attending an event with dim lighting, consider adding LED lights or glow sticks under your sheet to create an eerie glow. This will make you stand out in the darkness and give your ghostly presence an ethereal quality.

Scary Ghost Costume Ideas

If you're looking for inspiration, here are some scary ghost costume ideas:

The Victorian Ghost

Victorian Ghost Costume

The Victorian era is often associated with hauntings and ghostly apparitions. To create a Victorian ghost costume, opt for a long white dress or gown with lace detailing. Add antique accessories such as cameo brooches or lace gloves to complete the look. Style your hair in loose curls and apply pale makeup for an authentic Victorian aesthetic.

The Creepy Child Ghost

Creepy Child Ghost Costume

Children ghosts have long been associated with horror movies and urban legends. To create a creepy child ghost costume, wear ragged clothing that's too big for you and add dirt stains for an aged effect. Style your hair messily and apply white face paint with dark circles around your eyes to achieve that eerie look.

The Phantom Bride

Phantom Bride Ghost Costume

The phantom bride is a classic ghostly figure that has been featured in countless tales of haunted mansions and spooky castles. To create a phantom bride costume, wear a tattered white wedding gown with a veil and carry a bouquet of dead flowers. Add pale makeup with dark lipstick to complete the haunting look.

Final Thoughts

A scary ghost costume is a timeless choice for Halloween. Whether you opt for the classic draped sheet or put your own unique spin on it, you're sure to turn heads at any Halloween gathering. With these tips and ideas, you'll be well-equipped to create an epic scary ghost costume that will give everyone the chills. So, embrace the supernatural and have a hauntingly good time this Halloween!

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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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Last year, we made three teen Halloween costumes that work well for older girls and young women. Sophia dressed as a panda bear, Olivia was a brown bear, and we made Julia a pretty black cat costume .

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A glowing ghost costume for a little boy. The costume lights up.

Glowing Ghost Costume for a Child

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Boys and girls cute DIY ghost costumes in white with funny black faces.

DIY Easy Ghost Costumes

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Scary Charles Dickens Inspired Ghost Costume

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An elaborate spooky ghost costume with lantern.

DIY Kids Ghostly Costume

How creepy is this DIY kids ghost costume , its look beetlejuice to me because of the funky striped legging. Fun, and fa -boo-lus I love this costume. Juvenille Hall Design shows us how to make one.

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A ghost themed Halloween party can be made fangtastic for any age group. Whether your hosting a family Halloween party or packing up some Halloween Treats for school there is a gooey good ghost treat your family will love.

Easy Ghost Brownies

These Ghost Brownies from Life in the Lofthouse start with a mix or a favorite brownie recipe and then soft gooey marshmallow ghosts are placed on top. Were all so busy this time of year, I bet like me you can appreciate the simplicity of these fun brownies.

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Spiced Ghost Pancakes

This is a fun way to start off a day for trick or treaters, older kids and adults. A stack of spiced pancakes with a piped on Halloween ghost. The Spiced Ghost Pancakes from Taste and Tell and a fantastic way to celebrate Halloween with older kids, especially if your on a tight budget. Lovin this Halloween idea.

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Banana Ghosts with Healthy Chocolate Dip

A healthy idea for Halloween. With these fiendish funny faces I am sure kids will be just fine getting some fruit choices. These are such a yummy treat and spooky without being scary. These Banana Ghosts from Veggie-Quest are great for a kids Halloween party where there will be little guests.

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Ghost Brownie Parfaits

These delightfully fun Halloween Brownie Parfaits are super easy to throw together. All you need is a fresh batch of brownies and a bowl of vanilla pudding. Shirley from Intelligent Domesitcations always shares easy delicious recipes and these ghosts parfaits are both.

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Halloween Ghosts on Shortbread

If your not sold by just the shortbread, how about topping with ghostly version of whipped white chocolate ganache. Fun enough for children, delicious enough to serve adults. These Halloween Ghost Cookies from Manusmenu will be one of those Halloween recipes you want every year.

White chocolate ganashe piled in the shape of a ghost. Sitting on top of a shortbread cookies

Boo-Nilla Ghost

A simple to make vanilla milkshake that gets a curdly scary look with a ghost face painted jar. No only is this delicious, its a fantastic way to use old jars, especially if needing to make several.

Vanilla Milkshakes in Jars that have ghost faces on the side.

Ghostly Mini Cheesecake Bites

Eat Amazing shares this family friendly Halloween ghostly mini cheesecake bite s with chocolate chip faces. My family would inhale this things, the ghosts wouldn’t have a chance. Anything cheesecake disappears quick.

Mini cheesecakes in the shapes of little ghosts with chocolate chip eyes.

Ghost Themed Halloween Party

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A large mixed stack of ghost mini donuts with white icing and black and white eyeballs.

Ghost Pudding Cups

These ghost pudding cups are brilliants easy to make. And each one comes with their own serving dish. Such a cute ghostly idea for a Halloween party.

Chocolate pudding cups decorated with little cookie ghosts and candy pumpkins to be mini graveyards.

Ghost Pizza Bagels

These individual sized ghost pizza bagels are another great individual serving idea for your next Halloween party. With the simple toppings of just cheese and marinara sauce pretty much everyone large and small will love them. This recipe is written from Linday Funston at Delish.

Easy to make pizza bagels with cheeze cut in the shape of ghosts.

8 Eerily Silent Ghost Yard Decorations

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8 large DIY outdoor ghosts holding hands around a fire.

DIY Lawn Ghosts

I am certain you have seen this image before its just so spooky looking. I found the Lawn Ghost tutorial from Pink Pixie Forest. They use simple supplies and they are easy to replicate. Fangtastic idea don’t you think?

A family of ghosts for Halloween that are outside on a front lawn. The ghosts vary from 3 feet to maybe 7 feet tall.

A Ghost Family

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Very large and creepy outdoor ghost decoration with a lit up pumpkin head and giant spider.

Halloween Ghost Decoration

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Two Halloween outdoor decorations large size ghostss casually sitting on the end of a porch in rocking chairs.

Foam Head Form Muslin Ghost

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Three DIY Outdoor Halloween Ghosts with colonial era caps

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Two lit up outside ghosts with howling faces. One ghost is floating.

Easy Lighted Hanging Ghosts

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DIY Ghosts made using white garbage bags, with painted on faces.

Ghost Leaf Bags

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A life sized ghost with white swoopy arms in a tree surrounded by leaves and pumpkins.

Life Size Halloween Ghost

Lately I have seen this particular yard ghost everywhere. I found the complete tutorial on HGTV. I assumed it was hung from the tree, and I was wrong.

A large ghost Halloween porch decoration with lights and surrounded by pumpkins.

Dog in a Ghost Costume for Halloween

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Ghosts in a Jar Halloween Craft

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A ghost in a jar craft idea for Halloween.

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Six glass pillar candles with ghost faces.

Urban Outfitters Ghost Pillow Dupe

The Blush Home drew a pattern on construction paper, cut some sherpa fabric and got busy on this adorable ghost pillow . My house needs one of these, how about yours?

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diy ghost themed light covers on kitchen island lights.

Ghost Under Glass Halloween Decor

My favorite part of this Halloween ghost cloche are the subtle painted branches. They give this cloche from Yester on Tuesday a really spooky vibe.

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DIY Halloween Ghosts for Indoors

These are the cutest Halloween decorations, and simple to make as well. The Idea Room made these little DIY Halloween ghosts using cheesecloth. They reallyy are boo-tiful.

Two easy ghost decor Halloween crafts on a mantel.

Every single time I put together a roundup I am awestruck by the talent, imagination and loving care put into family holidays. I hope you loved reading these ghostly Halloween ideas as much as I did searching, finding and collecting them. Happy Halloween! Leanna

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Cackling and spell-binding witchy ideas for Halloween . Witches, and black cats have been personal favorite Halloween theme of mine. I am certain your going to enjoy checking out all these Witchy ideas.

40 different Halloween witch idea, halloween witch decorations, and witch themed halloween recipes. There is a stuffed witches hat, witch cookies, witches brew, a witch windsock .

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What’s a more classic Halloween tradition than the time-honored ghost costume? We have a huge selection of one of the most popular Halloween costumes on the market, so if you pick a costume from among our ghost costumes, you’ll be sure to fit right in at a Halloween party. You can find ghost costumes that range from funny to spooky, so you can find the style that’s right for you! Check out our comic ghost costumes to put a fun new spin on Halloween’s most iconic costume, or perhaps you could chill everyone to the bone with a realistic ghost costume that will make them think you are one of the dead walking the earth on Halloween night! Once you’ve selected a costume, don’t forget to stock up on accessories too! What’s a ghost costume without some fake blood, rattling chains, and other spooky add-ons? You’ll look right at home in your usual Halloween haunts when you’re wearing one of our ghost costumes!

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This ghost costume is a delightfully creepy get-up for kids and toddlers and it couldn’t be easier to make. It’s also affordable using just a few easily found items.

easy last minute scary kids ghost costume DIY

Now a days it seems like all the kids dress up as superheroes, princesses, or comic book villains for Halloween, but I’m a purist, favoring the classic cast of characters: witches, pumpkins, ghosts, zombies, and vampires. And if not old school, at least something scary! Last year my son was Georgie from It and boy was it well received during trick-or-treating! Even little kids passing by would spot him in his yellow rain jacket and red balloon and yell “I know who he is!!”

So this year I thought I would dress my 3 year old up as a spooky ghost since one of his favorite games is running around the house with a blanket over his head yelling “boOOoooOOoo.” For this costume, I wanted it to be easy, affordable, no-sew and equally wearable in warm and cold weather (that deciduous forest climate’s a beast!).

easy last minute scary kids ghost costume DIY

To make this costume for your little one, follow my directions below. You can even click on the links to add the needed items right to your Amazon shopping cart, although many items you might already own.


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  • Dress kid in black clothes and shoes.
  • Apply white face paint to face using makeup applicator sponge, leaving two big circles around eyes. Using another sponge, apply black eyeshadow in circles around eyes.
  • Take gauze package and unfold all the way. Drape the completely unfolded single layer of gauze over the child’s head with one end just barely grazing the floor and the other end touching the floor with an excess of fabric.
  • Cut off the excess fabric to save for a second, shorter layer of gauze.
  • Gather gauze underneath chin, pinch together, and apply a small piece of the double-sided fashion tape to secure. This will make a hood.
  • Next, take the gauze from the right shoulder, cross it over the belly and bring it to the left side of the kid. Pinch and secure with another piece of fashion tape placed slightly in front of the armpit. Do the same to the other side, this time bringing the gauze from the left shoulder to the right side.
  • Now, with scissors, cut a small slit starting about two inches below the child’s shoulder and trailing a few inches down, just enough to let his arm out through the hole. Do the same on the other side.
  • Bring back that excess gauze from step 4. Just like with first layer, drape over head and pinch the fabric under chin and adhere with tape. Allow the ends to flow freely.
  • Trim off the excess fabric at the bottom of the first layer, so it hits just above the ground in the back and cut it slightly above the toes in the front so your child won’t trip. Then, cut a few upward slits to make the ends look more raggedy.
  • Done! Add the gloves, grab a bag, and hit the streets for some good old fashioned trick-or-treating.

easy last minute scary kids ghost costume DIY

What I like about this costume, like last year’s Georgie costume , is that we can continue wearing the clothing components long after Halloween and you might even already have the black shoes, black shirt and black pants for this ghost costume, which would really cut down the cost. Heck, you could even reuse the gauze as a Halloween decoration, draped over the mantel or a table next year.

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