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It’s time to break out the pumpkin spice and the spooky decorations because Halloween is right around the corner! If store bought Halloween costumes aren’t really your style, but a totally DIY costume causes some serious fright, consider these fun DIY (Design It Yourself!) options from CustomInk.

Our customers and team members have come up with first-place worthy Halloween costumes created right in our Design Lab! We’ve got great options for solo acts as well as groups– check them out!


What’s your Super Power?

Superheroes can be hard to come by, but there’s no shortage when it comes to our teachers, doctors, and nurses! Get as many super guys and gals together as you’d like with these “I’m a [insert job], what’s your superpower?” t-shirts.

Hit up your local costume shop for capes and masks for a superpower-ful finishing touch!

Fork in the Road

This design is sure to score points for puns alone. Head to the Design Lab for the simplest creation yet… a fork in the road. Just remember– never take things literally on Halloween!

Other easy but fun puns for DIY t-shirts? “I found this humerus” alongside clipart of the humerus bone or “Attempted Murder” with two birds resting on a branch.


Ms. Pacman

This group went simple but smart with their Ms. Pacman inspired design. Take a unique spin on the Ms. Pacman design by creating an abstract version using clipart in our Design Lab.
From there, create a few ghosts (we’re partial to Inky!) by adding eyes from our Clipart Library to colored t-shirts (red, orange, blue, and pink). If your group is big enough, throw in fruit t-shirts for a sweet touch.



Jack O’ Lantern

Go traditional with Jack O’ Lantern t-shirts! Dress them up with funky striped socks and face paint or really commit with orange pants, a pumpkin hat, and orange face paint.

We’ve made it really easy to design it yourself with our pumpkin design templates!


A Zookeeper’s Zootopia

Zootopia t-shirts are great for a class-wide costume! Customize your zookeeper tees with cute zoo animals (like a giraffe or lion) and your school name. To really sell this DIY costume, wear khakis shorts and zookeeper hats.

Add a fun twist by having the students dress as the zookeepers while the teacher is the zoo animal!

Team Sports

A team sports costume has never been so easy with all the jerseys, raglans, and performance t-shirts that CustomInk has to offer. No matter what sport your group decides to channel, basketball, baseball, football, your group is sure to score! Make sure to include the whole team, coach, and even a cheerleader or two!


“This is My Costume”

Take the easy way out with an idea like this one! These teachers went practical and punny with “This Is My Scary Teacher Costume” t-shirts. Other fun (but easy) design it yourself t-shirt ideas, such as “This is my Halloween costume” and “Worst. Costume. Ever.” can be ordered in our Design Lab. Talk about Easiest. Costume. Ever!




Taco Bell T-Shirts

Are you looking to add a little spice to Halloween? Head South of the Border with these Taco Bell sauce packet tees from our Design Templates! Olè!


Colorful Crayons

Get colorful with this super easy group costume. Our Design Lab is ready to go with crayon t-shirt templates– just pick your colors and order!

Add the perfect finishing touch with construction paper crayon tips à la party hat style!



Spooky Skeleton

It’s not Halloween without a skeleton or two walking among us! Just throw on your DIY t-shirt with a pair of black pants. For a truly terrifying touch, create sunken eyes and cheeks using black and white face paint. You’re sure to scare with this haunting Halloween costume!

The Price is Right

Get your group to “come on down!” with this iconic costume. Design your own “The ‘Costume’ is Right” t-shirt, complete with personalized name tag artwork, in our Design Lab! For a touch that’s sure to score you first place, add your own Bob Barker or Drew Carey (complete with game show mic, of course!).

Do you have great DIY Halloween costume ideas to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!


Check out these Halloween birthday party ideas and themes for a thrill of a time! From kid friendly to adults only, your guests are in for some spook-tacular fun!

Murder Mystery/Who Done It Dinner Party

Who doesn’t want to attend a murder mystery dinner party? Send invitations to a guest list of about 6-10 people with the ominous message, “You are cordially invited to a dinner to DIE for…!” Include a character description of their assigned player and strongly encourage they come dressed to play the part. For the game, make your own Clue-esque kit with faux weapons and clues, or check online for an already assembled option. Serve crab cakes with blood (cocktail sauce) and deviled egg eyeballs (just add olives!) while guests get settled in. Encourage them to stay in character while they mingle! For dinner, serve something you can make ahead, like lasagna, garlic bread, and salad, so you’re free to join in the mystery! Decorate your dinner table with golden candelabras and faux pearl beads. Have everyone dine by candlelight– it’s sure to set the mood! Once your guests have had a chance to eat, have the night begin with the dramatic death of your first victim. From there, the night is sure to take on a life of it’s own! Once your detectives think they’ve solved the case, bring them together for the finale. After the case is closed and your victim is revived, celebrate with a birthday cake that has a fake knife stuck dead center. This birthday party is sure to leave guests screaming! Read more –>


Amanda gave some great ideas for Halloween costumes, and Michael provided a few tips on throwing a spook-tacular bash; now it’s my turn. Inkers have always had quite a bit of Halloween spirit, both with pumpkin decorating and a fantastic turnout of folks in costume for our annual contest. And Inkers aren’t afraid to get creative…

This year, we had Antoine Dodson, the cast of Glee, a vampire’s Facebook page, Snap Crackle & Pop, and Roseanne Barr, just to name a few! You can see a few photos from the festivities below, but be sure to check out our facebook page for even more great photos. Read more –>


Halloween always gives me the chills. But not for the most obvious reasons – ghouls, ghosts, cavities. No, I’m always terrified of coming up with a good costume. This fear coupled with my tendency to procrastinate usually lands me with a sheet and two eye holes. But you don’t have to end up like me. Instead, design your own “costume!” by creating Halloween T-Shirts. Read more –>


I trick or treated right up to the very end, right to that cusp where homeowners started to worry about whether they should open the door to the 6-foot-tall Care Bear standing on their stoop. Last year, I didn’t go…but I did have fun! My friends and I banded together to re-create childhood glee with what is now an annual Halloween Block Party.

We have bobbing for apples, a great costume contest, and spook-tacular treats.   So I don’t have to give up wearing costumes after all…which works out well because I don’t know where else I would wear my faux fur bunny suit…and Halloween can continue to be one of my favorite holidays.

If you’re considering a Halloween party, try your hand at branding your soiree with a scary t-shirt for your guests.  I suggest using fonts from the scary section for a gothic look, and keywords like “skeleton,” “zombie,” or “ghosts” to find lots of great clipart.

Still need a costume? Check out Amanda’s upcoming post for a few quick and easy ideas.