Halloween costumes have gotten pretty boring. Most women dress up as a "slutty (insert occupation here)" and the costumes have started to all look alike. Not that there's anything wrong with wearing something skimpy, it just feels like somewhere along the line we lost all creativity.
If you're looking to do something a little different this year and not freeze your ass off (it is October after all), here are 10 of our favorite non-sexy DIY Halloween costume ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Here's a great costume if you live somewhere cold. Just don a white jumpsuit, boots, a hat with a veil or screen, and attach some fake bees to yourself (bonus points for including your dog).
Pinterest is one of the biggest social media networks ever, and it also makes a great, simple costume. You can go with an actual cork board and pin pictures to yourself like Heidi Rew...
Or to make it even easier, just wear a white tee shirt and use safety pins.
Why be a slutty secretary when you can be the world's worst HR director? If you're an Archer fan (and you should be), Pam Poovey is a great character to dress up as because you probably already have most of what you need.
Just grab a knee-length blue skirt, black cardigan, a string of pearls, and of course, the dolphin puppet. To make it totally legit, tell people about your family's dairy farm in a nasally voice.
You'll need some patience for this one, but if you're willing to sit in front of the mirror and paint dots on your face for a few hours, you can become a living, breathing comic book character à la Roy Lichtenstein.
Just find yourself a bright yellow wig and an outfit with polka dots from head to toe and you're all set. Check out CHARMED for more photos.
If you need something truly last minute, throw on some black or purple leggings, a green boa or scarf, and attach a bunch of purple balloons to your shirt.
It sure beats being a pumpkin.
Want to keep the scary spirit of Halloween? There's nothing much creepier than a woman with snakes for hair who can turn you to stone! You could always just pin some rubber snakes in your hair, but if you want to get a little more creative, try turning your hair into snakes like Craftsters user therealgigantor, who used a dread wig and wire hangers.
If you don't want to go to that much trouble, you could try making a Medusa headpiece like HeatherEve1234 over on HalloweenForums.
Like archery? Everyone and their mother is going to be Katniss from The Hunger Games films, so why not try something a little different?
All it takes to transform yourself into Merida, the badass princess heroine from the movie Brave, is a long green dress, curly red wig, some gold cuffs, and an awesome bow and arrow.
There are tons of famous robots you could be, but few of them are as cute as Eve from the movie Wall-E.
For her costume (pictured on the left), Craftster member alohamom2three used a garbage can with matching vinyl for the arms and collar. Check out her post for more details.
If you have some time on your hands before now and Halloween and want to go with something super realistic, try this awesome Doctor Who Weeping Angel costume (yes, there's a real person in there).
This one takes quite a few materials, but it looks so good it's well worth it. You can find detailed instructions by LiveJournal member penwiper337 over on crafty_tardis. Just don't be surprised if you get a lot of wide-eyed stares...
Even if you never paid attention to the 2012 Presidential Debates, you've probably heard Mitt Romney's now-infamous quote about "binders full of women." With its instant-meme status, you can be sure that almost everyone will recognize your costume, and you may even start a debate or two of your own. This one is never going to get old.
All you need is a few big pieces of foam board, some poster board, duct tape, binder rings, and magazines to cut out pictures. It's super cheap to make, and really easy to customize. Check out Stefanie Favicchio's tutorial on The Stir to find out how to make your own.