Watch Us In Your Living Room
Enjoy Very Local on the big screen.
Visit your favorite app store to download.

Handmade Halloween: Making your own costume is half of the fun

There are plenty of resources for your own DIY costume, and it won’t be the cheesy pom-pom gumball machine either.

by Mary Staes
January 12, 2022

So you’ve got less than a week till Halloween and you’re freaking out about your costume. Never fear, New Orleans has plenty of resources for your own DIY costume, and it won’t be the cheesy pom-pom gumball machine either.

New Orleans Costume Center in the Marigny caters to DIY costume makers with awesome basic pieces to build on and even fancier fare with items made by local artists if you aren’t savvy with a glue gun or sewing machine.

The shop has plenty of things like gems, fabric and loose feathers for more experienced crafters. For the rest of us, there are masks, blank hats to glue things to, headbands, and patches and pins to make your costumes unique. There’s plenty of sequins and glitter here to go around for everyone.

Owner Shel Roumillat is an expert in DIY costumes. She dressed WWL-TV personality Sheba Turk in a Beyonce-inspired number for Mardi Gras 2017, crafting an elaborate headpiece by hand.

“The best New Orleans costumes are costumes that are made with heart, and are made with the spirit and intention of having fun,” Roumillat said. “That’s what is great about being here. We value that. It doesn’t matter if you show up to and you’re a mermaid, and there are ten other mermaids there. Every mermaid is going to be different here.”

For some towns, dressing up only happens on Halloween, but not here.

“It’s so great to go out in the city on any given night, especially on a night when everyone is costuming, and see the creativity that everyone displays,” she said. “I think that’s what makes our costuming culture unique and exciting.”

Roumillat gave us the scoop on a design she’s making and showed us how to make hours for your own DIY costume. You can check it out around the 6:30 mark in this video, or you can click here for instructions from the New Orleans Costume Centers’ blog!

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

More Local Stories

Stitch: Inspiring Stories About Sports and Community

Sports create pockets of communities all across our country. For people of all ages who love the game, it’s more than just exercise: it can give hope, support, inspiration and a future

Tue. May 17 Primary Election Day in Pittsburgh

Tuesday is Election Day in Pittsburgh – we’ve got the details on where to vote and who is on the ballot

Eat Play Stay: Brews and Bigfoot in Portland, ME

Catch your very own lobsters, sample donuts and oysters, and take a selfie with Bigfoot in this booming New England seaport.

Friday the 13th: A guide to the history behind common superstitions

Why does a black cat mean trouble? Will your mama’s back really break if you step on a crack?

Hometown Tragedy Season 2 Premieres June 8

Hometown Tragedy’s second season investigates true crimes that rocked communities across America, exploring the impact on those left to seek justice. The cases range from cold-blooded murder to domestic abuse turned deadly.

Chef Dee Lavigne expands the only Black-owned cooking school in New Orleans

Deelightful Roux School of Cooking is the only African American-owned cooking school taught by a New Orleans native, and her class is a guide to New Orleans’ food culture.

Not your typical Asian takeout — a guide to international takeout food in Pittsburgh

Let’s talk international food from Korea, Thailand, India, Uzbekistan and more! This isn’t your typical takeout box.

Homestead’s Golden Age Beer Co. is ushering in a golden age of lagers

Homestead’s Golden Age Beer Company is in business to shine a light on the time-honored brews.

Where to Plan Your Next Picnic in Orlando

Take advantage of the weather by exploring some of these parks in the Orlando area to plan your next picnic.

Guide to Every Comic Book Store in Pittsburgh

Your complete guide to Pittsburgh comic book stores, including comics written and drawn by Pittsburgh creators.

Chef Dee Lavigne expands the only Black-owned cooking school in New Orleans

Deelightful Roux School of Cooking is the only African American-owned cooking school taught by a New Orleans native, and her class is a guide to New Orleans’ food culture.

Top 5-04: Where to get tacos in New Orleans

Here are a few of the many awesome taco spots we have in New Orleans.

Guide to visiting the Anthropologie Home Outlet Store in Pittsburgh 

Located at Mt Nebo Pointe (inside the former Pat Catan’s), bring your Pinterest inspo to life with Anthro’s deals on home goods, lighting and furniture.

drive-in movie theaters near Pittsburgh

Guide to drive-in movie theaters near Pittsburgh

Road-trip idea: Get out of the house and under the stars. Here are six drive-in movie theaters you can visit all summer long.