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DIY Halloween costumes are fun and easy. Here are Seattle-area sources for ideas and help

Photo: Goodwill

Seattle kids and parents appreciate a good Halloween costume. And the very best ones are homemade. You don’t need to be crafty to make them, either. You just need an eye for the essential details, a few basic tools (duct tape and glue guns are helpful for most projects), and the time to assemble parts from different places. Cardboard boxes are useful if you have a small child intent on being a train or a ship or some kind of vehicle, or robot — or robot vehicle.

Here are some resources for those who are at work on original costumes:


Goodwill and Value Village

The big thrift stores do a brisk trade coming up to Halloween. Among the useful items they carry: hoodies and sweatpants in all colors of the rainbow. Add some markings, ears and a tale and these sweatsuits can be the base for all kinds of critter costumes. For example, add ears, a tail and some markings to a yellow sweatsuit, and you have yourself a perfectly serviceable Pikachu.

These places are also good for accessories, be they cheap plastic helmets or silly shoes.

Both stores websites (Goodwill, Value Village) also are a wealth of information and inspiration.


JoAnn Fabric and Craft

2217 N.W. 57th St., Seattle
Plus locations in Bellevue, Shoreline, Tukwila, Renton, Kent, Auburn, Lynnwood, Federal Way, Everett, Puyallup and Tacoma.

They’ve got a hilarious variety of fabric and notions,  plus a variety of craft supplies that just might come in handy for your costumes. Need foam? Golden duct tape? Glue of any kind? Have a look around here. Also, on Saturday Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there’s a drop-in kids workshop making Halloween visors.


Seattle ReCreative

8408 Greenwood Ave N

You never know what kind of treasures you will find in this Greenwood crafting oasis, so it’s worth taking a peek at what they have. Also, if you need space and equipment to assemble the costume, you can find it here. Seattle ReCreative’s maker space contains a variety of useful tools, including a sewing machine, serger and a mat cutter. Call 206-297-1528 in advance if you would like to use the maker space.


Made Sewing Studio

124 N 103rd St Suite A

If you have a sewing-intensive costume, you might be tempted by Made Sewing Studio’s Friday night sewing "sewcial" night or its open studio times, in which, for a $10 hourly fee, you have the use of all the studio’s equipment, plus its library.


Drygoods Design

301 Occidental Ave S

For those with sewing-intensive costumes, this Occidental Square-based business offers open studio hours. For those whose sewing is not up to their ambitions, it offers lessons.

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