How to Make a Pikachu Costume

My Pikachu Costume

This year for Halloween, I decided to break away from the typical costume ideas from my past – like bunny, cat, schoolgirl, police officer – and try something a little more unique. If someone were to tell the sixth grade me that I would have a Pokemon-themed Halloween costume in the year 2011, I simply wouldn’t have believed it. That’s right, this year I dressed up as Pikachu.

I put together the costume myself, and I think it turned out really well. I bought the clothes and accessories, since I don’t really own any yellow shirts or dresses, but overall the total cost was less than $25.

If you’re looking to make your own Pikachu costume, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to see how I put my costume together.


My Pikachu Costume

  • Bright yellow shirt and skirt – I was aiming to find a yellow dress, but all the stores had already switched to their fall merchandise. Instead, I found this shirt for $5 and skirt for $8 on sale at an outlet store that was clearing out its summer inventory.
  • Black belt – I used this belt to separate the line where my skirt crossed the shirt, since the two colours were slightly different. It also cinches the waist, and acts as an accent piece to the outfit.
  • Leg warmers and fingerless gloves – I bought these at a teen accessories store for $10 total. I think they give the outfit a little extra flair. Another great option is to buy bright yellow tights or leggings.
  • Black shoes – I wore black cage-style heels that I already owned. Any pair of black or yellow heels or flats will look great with this outfit.
  • Pikachu Ears - No pikachu costume is complete without ears, and I made these myself using a headband and craft supplies I already had at home. The only thing I needed to buy was a piece of yellow felt, which I found at a craft store for $0.50. Be sure to check out my step-by-step guide for how to make your own pikachu ears.
  • Makeup – I used yellow eye shadow on and around each eye for a dramatic effect. I added some black shadow around the outer corners of my eyes to create a smokey eye, and added some bright pink eye shadow along my lashline as a contrasting highlight. I made two circles for pikachu-style cheeks using red lipstick, and patted them with a bit of pink eyeshadow so the colour wouldn’t smudge easily. I finished off the look with some dark pink lipstain and bright yellow nail polish.

I hope this helps you with the assembly of your own Pikachu costume! Be sure to also check out my YouTube video where I go through an overview of my costume!

Happy Halloween!!


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4 Responses to How to Make a Pikachu Costume

  1. hannah says:

    I noticed that you didn’t make a tail for your costume. How would you go about making one? Would you do it the same way as the ears? Or put wire or something in it? thanks x

    • ShnuggleBunny says:

      Yeah, I didn’t make a tail because I was a bit pressed for time to get the costume done for a party. I would probably use two pieces of large felt cut out into a lightning bolt shape, and start gluing them together from the top (with a hot glue gun). I would glue a bit at a time, then start filling it with cotton stuffing. I would continue to alternate between gluing and stuffing, all the way to the base of the tail, where I would put some wire (maybe from an old coat hanger) inside for reinforcement. Tails are tricky because I don’t think they can stand on their own. You would need some way of attaching it to your costume. If you know how to sew, it would probably be best to attach both the base, and the top of the tail to your outfit. Alternately, a glue gun should work as well, though it may not hold up as strongly depending on the weight and size of the tail.

  2. Courtney says:

    Wow, This is a really good idea!…
    What about if I didn’t have a glue gun, how else could I make a tail?

    • ShnuggleBunny says:

      Thanks for the comment! If you’re good with a needle and thread, you could consider stitching together pieces of felt to make a tail. I think you could also purchase some fabric glue from a local crafts store, but you’ll have to make sure it dries fully before you fill the tail with stuffing.

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