5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes: Easy DIY Ideas for Busy People

Halloween is less than two weeks away – do you have your costume ready?

Let’s be real: daily life is demanding. When we’re busy with classes or work or running a household, time has a tendency to get away from us. Because of this, sometimes the fun parts of life get put on the back-burner and we end up fumbling around Goodwill two days before Halloween, aggravated because what was supposed to be fun has now become just another stressor.

But never fear – we understand the pain of balancing a million things, so we’ve whipped up some incredibly easy and wickedly fun last-minute DIY Halloween costumes that you can make over lunch using heat transfer vinyl! Almost all of our recommendations require just a T-shirt and a little bit of T-shirt vinyl. Check out our photo examples and discover what you need to create these five simple (yet clever) costumes in our list below.

1. Taco Bell Hot Sauce Packet

Taco Bell Hot Sauce Costume made with Heat Transfer Vinyl from Coastal Business SuppliesSend a spicy message this Halloween – create your own Taco Bell Hot Sauce packet costume! All you need is a T-shirt, some heat transfer vinyl and a Liv Más slogan to achieve this look. Create your saucy tee design, then cut – weed – press – and voila!  You’ve officially got yourself a hot costume.

Want to really heat things up? Stop by Taco Bell on your way out this Halloween and load up on value menu tacos and sauce packets to hand out all night long!

Tools You’ll Need:

•   Orange T-shirt
•   White heat transfer vinyl
•   Heat press
•   Vinyl cutter
•   Weeding tools
•   Time (45 minutes + time it takes to run to the nearest Taco Bell)

Coastal Halloween Pro-Tip: Get a group of friends and dress up as TB hot sauces together! Mild, Hot, Fire, Diablo – everyone choose a flavor that fits their attitude!

2. Iron Chef

DIY Iron Chef with heat transfer vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

Everyone loves costumes based on word play! Put together this clever concept with an inexpensive kitchen apron and a small amount of black T-shirt vinyl.

Want to drive the joke home? Get creative and add cooking accessories to your getup – a spatula, chef’s hat, oven mitt, etc. When talking to other guests at a Halloween party, present them with impromptu challenges and pin them against one another. Hang out in the kitchen a lot.

Tools You’ll Need:

•   Apron
•   Black heat transfer vinyl
•   Heat press
•   Vinyl cutter
•   Weeding tools
•   Spatula
•   Oven mitt
•   Chef’s hat
•   Time (45 minutes)

Coastal Halloween Pro-Tip: Cook up some funny one-liners to go with this pun-y costume and you’ll be the talk of any get-together. Small talk example:
“How often do you do _____?”
“Periodically.”

3. The Cutest Little Emoji

DIY Emoji Costume with heat transfer vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

Still need to get your hands on a kid’s costume? Forget the department store – create a completely original Emoji costume for your little monster with supplies you may already have lying around!

Start with a yellow T-shirt and some black vinyl. There’s a dozen or so Emojis to pick from – choose an expression that portrays your child’s personality. Bring the outfit to life by topping it off with a fun tutu and adding eye-catching accessories.

Tools You’ll Need:

•   Yellow T-shirt
•   Black heat transfer vinyl
•   Heat press
•   Vinyl cutter
•   Weeding tools
•   Yellow tutu (here’s a quick DIY tutorial!)
•   Emoji Trick-or-Treat bag (make your own with glitter HTV!)
•   Time (this will vary, depending on how many details you add – to be safe, give yourself a couple hours)

Coastal Halloween Pro-Tip: When addressed while wearing the Emoji costume, the wearer should only respond in a manner that fits their Emoji’s expression.

4. Spooky Skeleton

DIY glowing skeleton made with t shirt vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

You can work a lot of magic with a black T-shirt, a pair of leggings and a couple sheets of white vinyl! Put your graphic design skills to the test and create your own set of bones to press.

Before sending your skeleton design to your cutter, try on your T-shirt and determine ideal HTV placement. Take measurements and apply them to your design file. This will ensure that your rib cage/pelvis/bones don’t end up looking too big or too small.

DIY Skeleton Costume with glow-in-the-dark t shirt vinyl from Coastal Business SuppliesTools You’ll Need:

•   Black T-shirt
•   Black leggings
•   White heat transfer vinyl
•   Heat press
•   Vinyl cutter
•   Weeding tools
•   Makeup / tools / YouTube Tutorial
•   Time (one hour + three hours for makeup application if you’re a novice like me!)

Coastal Halloween Pro-Tip: Give the neighborhood kids a scare – create your ghoulish getup using GLOW-IN-THE-DARK vinyl

5. Costume Judge

Simple DIY Halloween Costume with heat transfer vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

No time and no money left to spend on Halloween? This Costume Judge tee is the end-all, be-all last-minute Halloween costume – throw it together in no time and show off your sass while saving some cash! All you need is a black T-shirt, some white vinyl and thirty minutes.

Tools You’ll Need:

•   Black T-shirt
•   White heat transfer vinyl
•   Heat press
•   Vinyl cutter
•   Weeding tools
•   Time (30 minutes)

Coastal Halloween Pro-Tip: Carry around a notepad and pen, and silently judge everyone all night long. Give out full-sized candy bars or small trophies to others for silly-sounding superlatives (“Best Use of Devil Horns”).


Have an easy DIY costume idea of your own? Got any heat transfer vinyl tips? We want to know – share them in the comments below! 

Direct-to-Garment Printing: No Job Too Small

Is your screen printing business primarily bringing in medium-high quantity orders?

Are you wondering how you can help more customers and say ‘no’ less?

Do you regularly flinch at the age-old customer question, “Hey, how much does one shirt cost?”

If you mentally responded, “Yes – yes – every single time, yes”, then we already have a good idea of how your one-shirt answer plays out. You bite your tongue, hold back an eye roll and launch into a thorough explanation of how bulk printing and pricing works. You can almost feel your customer inching toward the door as you say words like “minimum quantity”, “underbase cost” and “screen fees”.

Before you can get to the part where one screen-printed shirt costs the same as a trip to the day spa, your customer is no longer your customer – now they’re sitting in your parking lot Googling other print shops that can fit their budget and low-quantity needs.

Direct-to-Garment Printing: Become a One-Stop Shop

Sound familiar? We get it. You’re tired of losing potential life-long customers and business contacts over minimums. Explaining the screen printing process to someone unfamiliar with the industry can be tedious and time-consuming, especially if you know upfront that the sale is DOA due to quantity.

Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing can provide you a one-off solution without the hassle of spelling out screen printing setup costs and additional ink fees. Did we just hear you groan? We know what you’re thinking.

“Well that’s great, but DTG printers are expensive and limiting – I don’t want to invest in a setup that only works on white shirts!”

Again, we understand. But there’s good news.

DTG technology has come a long way from the original modified paper inkjet printers that only printed light garments and carried upfront price tags as high as $250,000. In today’s world, you can in fact create vibrant prints on dark colored shirts using a DTG printer with CMYK and white ink capabilities, such as the Epson SureColor F2000 White Edition (and you can afford it, too).

dtg printing on dark shirts coastal business supplies

Full-Color, High Detail? Yes, Even on Dark Shirts!

The science behind DTG printing full-color images on dark garments is fairly simple to understand. The premise is the same as laying down a white underbase when screen printing light ink colors on black shirts.

The DTG printer applies a layer of white ink to the shirt first before printing the CMYK inks directly on top, which allows for vibrancy and clarity within the print. With DTG printing, you can achieve all of the gradients, shadows and high-resolution components that are sacrificed when converting artwork for the screen printing process, not to mention the ability to print in millions of colors without the extra costs tied to labor and screens.

While there are so many delicate variables surrounding DTG printing that fall on the user (like artwork setup and pretreatment methods), once you’ve mastered the basics of preparing your image files and properly pretreating your dark shirts you can print high-resolution, photographic and full-color T-shirts in less than five minutes.

Epson has internally developed a top of the line, easy-to-use Garment Creator Imaging Software (which is free for anyone to download) with dozens of straightforward customizable settings that makes preparing your artwork for DTG printing uncomplicated and pain-free. The big factors that lead to a successful, vivid print include garment composition, correct pretreatment coverage, regular DTG printer maintenance and – of course – a little bit of patience.

Are you ready to stop telling your small quantity prospects ‘no’? Want to give DTG printing a try? Drop our professional services department a line to learn more about the benefits of offering direct-to-garment printing. Our team of pros will train you on the best practices and machine maintenance methods to ensure you are saying ‘yes’ to every T-shirt sale, no matter how small. Give us a call now: 800 562-7760

Introducing the all new Epson F2000 Direct to Garment Printer

Epson F2000 Direct to Garment PrinterCoastal Business Supplies, Inc. is excited to announce to our customers the release of the new Epson F2000 Direct to Garment printers. We are excited to show you the advances in technology and the hard work that Epson has put into this machine. We have spent years saying that DTG was not ready for the masses and we are excited to finally be able to change our tune. Continue reading “Introducing the all new Epson F2000 Direct to Garment Printer”