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!