Star Wars is kind of our favorite around here and as a result we have chosen Star Wars costumes as our family costume theme multiple years. Check out the DIY and semi-homemade tutorials from some our favorite Star Wars costumes over the years.
The Star Wars universe is so big that it there are hundreds of Star Wars costume ideas. Star Wars fans can have a Star Wars Halloween party every year and it would be easy to never repeat a costume idea.
DIY Star Wars Costumes
Two of my favorite Star Wars characters come from the same Star Wars movie, Rogue One. In fact, I have dressed up as Jyn Erso (and Princess Leia) twice, so while I could wear a different Star Wars costume every Halloween, I can’t help but stick to the ones I love.
Light Side Star Wars Costumes
Speaking of Jyn and Leia, let’s start with our light side Star Wars costumes. These are the good guys, like the Jedi knights and rebel alliance fighters.
We’ve done the Star Wars Halloween costume theme before but we couldn’t help repeating it this year with the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving in theaters next month. Check out even more Star Wars family costumes.
Han Solo and Chewbacca Costumes
Han Solo and Chewbacca are definitely two of my favorite Star Wars characters. My sister-in-law borrowed some of my Han Solo Costume pieces. She wasn’t running a race so she opted for dark blue jeans and also remade my gun belt using felt (I used craft foam).
The jeans were a great choice but I’d recommend sticking to craft foam for the gun belt because the felt on her belt kept stretching out as she wore it. Check out my Han Solo Costume tutorial for all the details including the perfect Han Solo shirt I found on Amazon!
My brother went with an easy Chewbacca costume, with a Chewbacca Union Suit and a fun talking Chewbacca mask. The kids loved the Chewbacca sounds he made every time he opened his mouth. And everyone had to take a turn wearing it.
Ewok and Yoda Costume Tutorials
Easy Ewok Costume
My other sister-in-law came up with a super cute, and easy Ewok costume. I think most people think brown and orange for Ewoks but they really a wide variety of neutral color combinations will work.
Her gray and black ears are actually from a racoon costume kit and worked well with clothes she already had in her closet. Her hood is actually an infinity scarf which worked really well over her ears. They scored a big stick while landscaping their yard!
DIY Yoda Costume
My brother had already invested in a cool Yoda mask years ago. He finished his costume with neutral clothes and Yoda hands. Large terrycloth bathrobes work great as Jedi robes. His walking stick is another one from their yard.
Obi-Wan and Leia Costumes
Obi-Wan is a neutral clothes paired with a Jedi robe and Light Saber. Easy Peasy! And really this look works for any Jedi knight including Luke Skywalker, the most important thing is jedi robes and a lightsaber.
I went as Princess Leia on Hoth again. However, I think this version is much better. The base of the costume is pretty easy to pull off, just off-white pants, shirt and vest.
I went ahead and created the vest patch using duct tape. My hair is pretty long right now, so I was able to make two braids and pin it up similar to how Leia wears it on Hoth. The easier Leia look is the Leia wig though.
Dark Side Star Wars Costumes
I am not a Dark side fan but I know a lot of people are. Just last year we did a Rogue One theme at the Oogie Boogie Bash, and 2 of the boys chose the dark side.
All of these Star Wars costumes below skipped the complete DIY work and were just different costumes pieces we put together with things we owned or bought.
Boba Fett Costumes
Peter wanted an easy costume, so we bought a Boba Fett costume shirt and paired it with a Boba Fett helmet the boys already had in their costume box. I wanted to make DIY jetpack for him to wear, but I ran out of time.
Darth Vader Costume
Quinn’s costume Darth Vader costume was the easiest, we just added a light saber, and black gloves to to deluxe (but reasonably priced) Darth Vader costume we found online and included the robe and Darth Vader mask. We also picked up a fun Darth Vader sound effects device, just push a button and it sounds like Darth Vader breathing!
Simple Emperor Costume
Our Emperor only wore the Emperor mask with a black t-shirt and jeans. I’d suggest upgrading to all black clothes, a black robe and a staff to complete the look. Creepy old hands would also be a fun touch.
Droid and Creature Star Wars Costumes
If I am gonna be honest I am a big fan of droids and creatures in the Star Wars universe, how adorable are the porgs!! Check out our DIY costumes below and I will be sharing our ridiculously easy K2-S0 costume soon.
DIY Wampa Costume
My mom loves dressing up to scare the boys, so she asked Elliot what the scariest thing in Star Wars was. The “yeti” was his response… also known as the Wampa.
She didn’t scare them as much as her Joker costume a few years ago, but Elliot refused to get any closer to her in this picture. 😉
How to Make a Wampa Costume
- Wampa knit hat (We bought ours at Star Traders in Disneyland)
- White fur coat (An amazing thrift store find)
- White jumpsuit (My mom bought a Princess Leia jammie suit and we covered up the few silver details with white duct tape)
- Black press on nails for claws (dollar store find)
- White face paint
- Red solo cup and red duct tape to recreate the bloody limb (after Luke chops off one arm while escaping his ice cave on Hoth)
DIY Jawa Costume
These Jawa costumes are super impressive, and all DIY! The robes are made from flat brown sheets and a glue gun using a pattern they found online.
The glowing eye masks were amazing. They started with hockey masks and covered them with black felt. Then they drilled small holes under their eyes and inserted tea lights.
The gun was a just cardboard and a black marker. She used an overhead projector to accurately create it from an image she found online.
One of the bandoliers was just a belt they already owned, the other one was made using butcher paper, cardboard, glue and a marker! The easy route would be this Jawa costume but honestly, I LOVE the homemade nature and frugalness of these Jawa costumes!!
DIY BB-8 Costume
It’s no surprise that my favorite costume of the night is our adorable BB-8 droid. It turned out way better than I expected. Sometimes I get these harebrained ideas and they actually work out ok. Shocking!! Check out the full BB-8 costume tutorial for details but it’s basically it’s duct tape, a colander, and a paper lantern.
Star Wars Costume Inspiration Ideas
Remember the Star Wars universe is quite big when you consider all the movies, plus the animated and live action shows. Use the list below to help inspire your next set of Star Wars costumes.
- Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Episode IV: A New Hope
- Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- Episode VII: The Force Awakens
- Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
- Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Star Wars Rebels
- The Mandalorian
- The Book of Boba Fett
- Star Wars: Resistance
Even More DIY Star Wars Costumes
Looking for more Star Wars costume ideas? How about a Rey costume, Padme Amidala costume or other versions of a Princess Leia costume. What about more bad guys? Consider a Kylo Ren or Darth Maul costume with double-bladed red lightsaber. Or how about clone troopers or a random bounty hunter.
This post was originally published November 23, 2015.