The most popular DIY costumes for Halloween 2020 revealed

Published on 12 October 2020 2 min read

This year we might not be celebrating Halloween in the way we normally would with haunted house scares or traditional trick-or-treating. But before you succumb to a scare-free October, we have some promising insight to share - the public are still planning on getting creative this Halloween!

Whether you’re hosting a virtual scarefest with friends or family, or simply want to have a stay at home party with your loved ones, people are still searching for costume inspiration for this year’s spooky celebration.

We polled 1,500 people and discovered that the majority (65%) of you would rather create your own costume than buy one (music to our ears!) and more than half (53%) will spend 1-3 hours creating it* - now that’s dedication. 

Halloween is always an exciting time for crafters! It’s an opportunity for makers to show off their creativity and incorporate new trends and pop culture references into their designs.

Following her starring role in the Birds of Prey movie earlier in the year, comic book antihero Harley Quinn is set to be the inspiration for the most popular costume for Halloween this year. While Harley’s former love interest, The Joker, is the second most popular DIY costume, who was most recently played by Joaquin Phoenix in an Oscar winning performance in last year’s Joker.

The top 10 homemade Halloween costumes of 2020 in the UK:

1. Harley Quinn

2. The Joker

3. Pumpkin

4. Witch

5. Cat

6. Chucky

7. Nurse

8. Pennywise

9. Boris Johnson

10. Karen

Couples Halloween costumes are set to be super popular this year and after analysing Google Trend data we discovered the top combinations people will be pairing up with this year, with the Joker and Harley Quinn set to retake the couples crown for the first time since 2017.

The top five couples costumes:

1. The Joker and Harley Quinn

2. Bonnie and Clyde

3. Gomez and Morticia Addams

4. Day of the Dead couple

5. Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin

We also discovered that searches for Halloween face masks this year are already double to what they were in 2019, which would make sense considering face masks are mandatory in most places anyway! 

With Trick or Treating and Halloween gatherings affected by the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve collated decorations and patterns for creating a stay at home Halloween this year. Click here to view our selection of knitted Halloween patterns or Halloween crochet patterns.

Although we might not be able to celebrate the holiday as normal this year, it is great to see so many people are making costumes for virtual parties! And it’s the perfect excuse to make some DIY decorations for a stay at home Halloween with family or housemates.

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