There’s something about being bad, the old saying goes, that feels pretty darn good. Except, when you get right down to it, who really wants to hurt other people? It’s so much better to be a pretend meanie on Halloween with DIY Disney villain costumes! Sure, you could dress up as a princess or a superhero, or one of the Disney good guys. But this year, in between watching scary movies on Netflix, dishing out your favorite Halloween treats and crafting with the kids, why not make your own Disney villain costume?
From the Maleficent, the very scariest fairy of them all, to the briny deep’s absolutely unpleasant Ursula, we’ve assembled 17 of the snazziest costumes based on the Mouse’s most infamous rascals and reprobates. Whether you’re looking for outfits for the littles, yourself, or the whole clan, we’ve got incredible ideas—including a few stunning turns on Cruella de Vil—you’re going to love. And best of all, they’re easy to whip up, leaving you lots of time to enjoy other autumn traditions, like hosting a dinner party, carving pumpkins and making wreaths. After you’ve found your favorites, be sure to check out the 60 Best Outdoor Halloween Decorations to Impress the Neighbors.
DIY Cruella de Vil
With the new movie dedicated to her out this year, Halloween 2021 is the perfect time to honor cold-hearted Cruella with a costume. It’s easy to pull off with a few props, like the half-white, half-black wig and a cigarette holder.
If you want your fam to slay Halloween this year, you might want to give this costume gem a go. Grab a blue wig for dad, black horns for mom and purple hair for the kiddo, and you’ll be channeling the cast of characters from Descendants 3 in no time.
Who doesn’t want to be Maleficent at least one Halloween, especially when you can use store-bought horns and make the staff from a flagpole? We love the addition of the faux raven on top, a nod to shape-shifter Diaval.
You can replicate this surprisingly simple costume with a black cape topped by a tall, white collar, a golden crown, and dramatic red lips. For extra points, line a hand mirror with a pic of Snow White to show who really is the fairest of them all.
In the pantheon of Disney scoundrels, few can match Cruella de Vil for sheer, black-hearted baditude. To re-create this Cruella costume, begin by finding the perfect wig, then follow the DIY tutorial to complete it.
Sometimes a costume is less about the clothes than the face paint. For this take on Maleficent, blogger Keiko Lynn bought the cape and horns, using the time saved to concentrate on her magnificent makeup.
Want to rock a really unique Disney villainess costume this Halloween? DIY the evil sorceress Yzma from 2000’s The Emperor’s New Groove using little more than styrofoam balls and purple feathers. (The curlicue cap gets its shape thanks to simple wire clothes hangers.)
Jill Gleeson Jill Gleeson is a travel journalist and memoirist based in the Appalachian Mountains of western Pennsylvania who has written for websites and publications including Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Country Living, Washingtonian, Gothamist, Canadian Traveller, and EDGE Media Network.
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