Are you looking for a costume that’s fun yet fierce? These archery-themed DIY Halloween costumes will surely make you look and feel like a warrior. Everybody knows the best costume gets the best candy. Add a bow and arrow to that Halloween garb, and you’ll get more candy than you know what to do with! Plus, you’ll need your bow to defend yourself – and your candy stash –from creatures of the night. (Kidding. Sort of.)
Grab a white dress, or any colored loose-fitting dress, jazz it up with a belt and gold bracelets, add a gold-leaf crown, and finish it off with a bow and arrow. Now you’re ready to go into the night feeling the power of the Greek Goddess of Archery.
2. Green Arrow
Use a green zip-up hoodie by itself, or cut off the sleeves and layer it over a long-sleeved black shirt. Pair with black jeans or black leather pants and black combat boots. Don’t forget the black gloves. For his dark-green mask, cut its shape from a fabric square and fasten it around your head with a string, or just paint the mask onto your skin with dark-green face paint. Last but not least, add the recurve bow and arrow.
To portray the “Avatar” warrior Neytiri, use a long-sleeved blue shirt and blue leggings as the base. Then, draw on the stripes in a different shade of blue. Next, tie a scarf around your waist, and fasten a thick pipe cleaner to the back of your pants to make the tail. Complete the look with makeup, a few feathers in your hair, and your trusty bow in either hand.
4. Team USA Olympic Archer
Sport any combination of red, white and blue with your shirt and pants, and draw on a temporary Olympic tattoo. U.S. Olympians Brady Ellison and Mackenzie Brown have the Olympic rings tattooed on their right forearm and wrist, respectively. Three medals, a bronze and two silver, complete the look for Brady Ellison. Carry your trusty recurve bow and arrow, represent Team USA, and you’re an Olympics-inspired archer.
5. Katniss Everdeen
Yes, it’s been almost a year since the final “Hunger Games” movie debuted. But Katniss Everdeen is still the “girl on fire.” All this costume needs is boots, tan pants, a black T-shirt, a black or brown jacket, a side braid, and the bow and arrow.
6. Princess Merida
For Merida, wear a dark-blue or dark-green long-sleeved dress, a brown belt, a curly red wig (if you didn’t want to use your real hair), and a bow and arrow. Scottish accent optional.
For Legolas, wear a short-sleeved green shirt over a white or gray long-sleeved shirt, with tan pants and tall boots. Wear your hair in the iconic half-pulled-back hairstyle with a single braid.
He’s cute, he’s got rosy cheeks, and he’s got a bow and arrow. For this costume you’ll need a white sheet or any kind of fabric to go around your body and over one shoulder like a toga. Cap things off with wings atop your shoulders and a heart atop your arrows to portray the God of Love.
10. Robin Hood
For Robin Hood, you’ll need a long green shirt, some dark tights, and the iconic triangular hat with feather. You could also embody the cartoon version of Robin Hood and paint your face to look like a fox, or get a fox mask. Bonus points if you convince your S.O. to go as Maid Marian.
Check out these DIY bow and arrow techniques to craft your own bow and arrow, and complete your awesome archery costume.
For any of these costumes, add a quiver if you plan to carry extra arrows. This will make things easy and comfortable while enhancing the look. Use an old wrapping-paper roll, close one end using whatever you have available, cut it to size if it’s too long, and slide the arrows into the tube.
Your Halloween will be on target with one of these DIY archery costumes.
Ready to trade in your costume bow for a real one? Find a local archery store.