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Easy DIY Halloween Costume

This is a partnered post with Lunchbox and Suave.

At various Halloween celebrations this year, I’ve seen some over-the-top and insanely elaborate costumes.  I marvel at people’s creativity and time commitment.  I’d love to say that I’m cutting, stitching, and bedazzling up a storm over here to make my kids’ costumes, but that’s just not going to happen this year.

For the first time, my kids will be wearing store-bought costumes on Halloween.  Although they look absolutely adorable (perhaps I’m biased), I was shocked by how expensive they were!  So I was thrilled when Suave shared some easy and inexpensive DIY costumes for kids.

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I grabbed a child-sized lab coat, safety goggles, and some beakers filled with food coloring to create a scientist let loose in the lab. To complete the look, I followed some simple steps to create a hair-do that’s fitting of Dr. Frankenstein!

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Messy Mad Scientist Hair How-To

  • Wash hair using Suave®’s 3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash. I found three terrific scents available at my local Walmart all selling for $2.94 a bottle.
  • Towel dry hair.
  • Take a section of hair and apply Suave® Kids Cool Ocean Styling Gel. Use one hand to separate a small section of hair from the rest, then use the other hand to apply a liberal amount of gel to that section. Grasp the hair at the roots, and smooth the gel up to the tips. Hold your hand there for a moment to let it set. The smaller the section of the hair you grab, the smaller the spike will be. You can alternate between small and large ones.  Pull hair in the direction you want the spike to go. To create a messier look, pull spikes in all different direction.  Repeat these steps, using plenty of Suave® Kids Cool Ocean Styling Gel to continue sculpting all the hair.

This approach would be more dramatic on a little boy, since my little scientist’s hair was a little long to create spikes.  Instead, we ended up with a messy ‘do that gave the impression she’s been too busy in the lab to bother with a brush.

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Because I was able to borrow or find all of the costume items, the entire look cost me around $6.00!  After all the trick-or-treating fun is done, I can use the 3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash to turn my monster back into an angel. For other fun hairstyles, please visit Suave.

Will your child be wearing a DIY costume this Halloween?  

About Melanie

My name is Melanie. I love glitter, my family, and making lists.


  1. 1

    Adorable costume! I haven’t even thought about hair yet. My girls have decided to be witches and the boys will be something…I need to get that figured out.

    • 2

      You could use the same products to create a witch’s hair-do. The messier the better. Hope your kids have a great Halloween, whoever they decide to be!

  2. 3

    This is such a cute idea! I’m totally pinning this!! 😀

  3. 5

    Oh this is just too cute! Love her!

    • 6

      I wasn’t sure how into the costume she would be, but she was thrilled! I think being able to mix “experiments” (water & food coloring) made it a super fun activity for her.

  4. 7

    My oldest son is going as a mad scientist this year! I think it’s the easiest costume EVER! We are doing hair gel and then spraying it white. It’ll be fun!

  5. 9

    I love cute and simple Halloween costumes. Some of them are way to over the top.

    • 10

      I appreciate that she was able to move around and play in this one. Simple and kid-friendly make this mama happy.

  6. 11

    Haha! I love her hair! (That’s how Cadence’s seems to look every morning!)

  7. 13

    Suave is the only stuff we use for our kids hair! Cute hairstyles!!! I love them.

    • 14

      I like the Suave scents. Something so sweet about them smelling like strawberries or watermelon. 🙂 It’s almost as good as the new baby smell.

  8. 15

    That’s a fun and such a cheap idea for a costume. My daughter isn’t dressing up this year but a pirate was always something she liked to dress up as in years past.

  9. 17

    I love DIY costumes. We are doing store bought again just because it is easier on this mama that has no imagination.

    • 18

      I’m sure your kids will look great, regardless of who made their costumes. I love DIY stuff too, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time. This one was super simple and quick to put together though. 🙂

  10. 19

    DIY Costumes are the best! I think it always people to bring out the creative side, and beats just a generic costume for sure!!!!

  11. 20

    Oh, a mad scientist is a great idea! Love it!

  12. 21

    LOL! What a cute costume! My daughter is going to be a crayon for Halloween this year. She and her friends are all dressing up in different colors and wearing little hats!

  13. 23

    That’s so cute! It’s amazing how DIY can be so creative and cheap!

  14. 24

    Well, I think she makes an outstanding mad scientist 🙂

  15. 26

    Love it. Sooo cute

  16. 27

    Haha. That is so, so, so adorable! Love the theme. 🙂

  17. 28

    So cute…my daughter could totally pull off this look with her crazy hair.

  18. 29

    I LOVE the costume! I tried this hairstyle on my dude & he loved it but doesn’t have nearly as much hair as her so it didn’t look quite as crazy!

  19. 30

    Very cute! The costume is just half the part – love her emotion!

  20. 31

    So cute! And, the costume looks fantastic!

  21. 32

    So cute! I love that the costume was so easy to make and that she got so into character.

  22. 33

    Your mad scientist is absolutely adorable!

  23. 34

    What an awesome idea! We had a Mad scientist birthday party a few years ago and all the kids dressed up. It was so much fun.

  24. 35

    Love that hair! That would be perfect for my daughter. No DIY costumes this year…

  25. 36

    I love the mad scientist look and how you finished off the look with Suave. I’m seeing lots of creative DIY Halloween costumes around this year, and yours is definitely a fun one!

  26. 37

    The Suave gel keeps my son’s hair in place all day, despite any rough play! We love it.

  27. 38

    This rocks, I love it! My sons would make great monsters 🙂

  28. 39

    That’s awesome! I should have been more creative with my girls’ hair as part of their costumes – that’s a great idea.

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