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From the Harlem Globetrotters to a referee, sports costumes are popular at Halloween. But, these costumes can get really expensive. To help you achieve your favorite sports look without spending a fortune, here are some DIY sports costume tips.


Multiple sports require a referee. So this costume can be used for an individual or a family sport theme. All you need is a black and white striped shirt, a whistle, and tube socks. Tube socks are optional, but for girls, it makes the outfit a little more feminine.

This is the easiest and most affordable costume to make and it’s always a hit.

Baseball Player

Recycle your child’s jersey and use it to create a baseball costume. For this costume, all you need is a jersey, a baseball cap, and, of course, a pair of tube socks.

To really get creative, you can recreate the look of the girl baseball players in “A League of Their Own.” For this costume, you’ll need a button up shirt with a matching skirt, a belt, baseball cap, and tube socks.

Football Player

For this costume, you’ll probably want to ditch the helmet. It’s heavy and covers the face and most kids don’t want to mess with it all night. But, you can opt for eye black to look the part. For this costume, you’ll need a football jersey, football pants, and the eye black grease.

Besides the traditional sports players, you can be more creative with unique sports costumes.

Unique Costume Ideas

There’s sporty spice from the Spice Girls, a lifeguard, like Wendy Peffercorn from the Sandlot, a body painted, diehard sports fan, olympic gold medalists, the Harlem Globetrotters, etc.

The ideas are endless! Look on Pinterest for Sports Costume Ideas to check out even more sports themed costume ideas. The options are endless and the results are priceless!