15 DIY Halloween Duct Tape Costumes for 2023

Who’s got the best DIY Halloween duct tape costumes? The kids from Destination Imagination every year. Each year Destination Imagination holds a Duct Tape Costume Ball at its Global Finals and each year it never fails to inspire a DIYer during Halloween.

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The Incredibles

These costumes of The Incredibles are well, incredible.

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Monsters, Monsters

With duct tape available in so many varieties it’s easy to come up with a colorful costume like these Monster Inc.-inspired costumes.

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Power Rangers

These intrepid students crafted Power Ranger costumes out of duct tape for the Duct Tape Ball at Destination Imagination's global finals. Destination Imagination started in 1982 under a different name and has partnered with NASA, 3M, Disney, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Oracle Academy, Mayo Clinic, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, ShareSpace Foundation, PCG Education, National Geographic, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Partnership for 21st Century Learning and others. Duct tape is great for costumes but it’s been a tried and true method for taping dryer duct.
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Soda Pop

More than 1.5 million students have participated in the program, which fosters hands-on learning and problem solving skills. You can find a program in your area here.
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Rocket Man

Students take on Team Challenges that combine STEM and the arts. Mentors are on hand to help guide students. They also participate in Instant Challenges, which require quick thinking and problem solving to solve an on-the-spot Challenge in less than 10 minutes.
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Winnie the Pooh

Students participate in challenges that span seven areas: technical, scientific, engineering, fine arts, improv, service learning and early learning. Age levels range from pre-K to university-level, so you'll see the best Halloween costume ideas for kids and adults.
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Winners at each level have a chance to advance to the Global Finals.  
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Disney Characters

From crafting iconic Disney characters to constructing intricate costume details, the sheer scale of participation, with over 15 countries, more than 8,000 students, and 17,000-plus attendees, underscores the widespread popularity and artistic possibilities of using duct tape to create unique and eye-catching Disney-themed costumes for Halloween. Whether you're a competitive costume creator or a casual DIY enthusiast, duct tape provides an exciting avenue to unleash your creativity and transform into your favorite Disney character on Halloween.
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Dr. Who

This year’s challenges included: mazes, the scientific concepts of amusement parks, a challenge that has students create a structure that can withstand the impact of dropped weights, creating a musical that includes a sudden change, write and act out an improvisational skit based on famous explorers, design and carry out a service learning project, create and present a play that tells a story about different cultures and instant challenges.
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Captain America(s)

What's more American than red, white and blue duct tape? With some cardboard and some patience (and duct tape), you can make a pretty convincing Captain America costume. These Halloween yard decorations will raise the hair on the back of your neck.
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Who says rockstars don't use duct tape? These KISS costumes look practically indestructible and are only one example of some of the best group Halloween costumes out there.
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Comic Book Characters

This cast of superheroes looks like they could save the world! How's that for super powers? The only thing missing is a furry sidekick in a cute dog Halloween costume.
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Crafting pirate character costumes for Halloween using duct tape allows you to assemble a motley crew of scallywags ready to set sail on the high seas of creativity. While a duct tape barrel might not provide much protection against the elements, it can serve as a creative prop to enhance your pirate ensemble. Whether you're fashioning eye patches, tricorn hats, or faux swords, duct tape's durability and adhesive properties make it a valuable tool in bringing your pirate-themed costume to life.
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It might be tough to change the score on this version of Fenway Park's scoreboard, but this team scores points for originality!  
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Super Mario Bros.

The gang's all here – Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad and even Wario! Just like a flute can bail you out of a jam in Super Mario Bros., keep a roll of duct tape around for home emergencies.

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The organization is a leader in project-based learning experiences, where students work together in teams to solve open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning Challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 2 million students. To learn more, please visit destinationimagination.org.