Couples Halloween Costume: DIY Pacman






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As Halloween approaches, I have been seeing our Halloween costume from last year spread across Pinterest. This makes me feel a little awkward, considering I’m hanging out in a tutu with pink tights.
While I loved this costume, I wanted to share my favorite costume we made (and give you an idea of how we made it). This was our first Halloween together and I’m not sure where we came up with the idea, but after a lot of brainstorming (we take this holiday seriously) we landed on Pacman and Miss Pacman.

Let me give you an idea of how we made these. We started at Home Depot. We ended up buying huge pieces of foam board (it appears they serve some kind of insect insulation purpose….gross). Then, we snuck the lid of a garbage can from the store and brought it outside to trace the circle shape onto the foam board. We used a box cutter to cut out the shape, and added a triangular mouth. (We returned the lid, I swear.)

Then we stocked up on: scissors, yellow felt, black felt, red felt, yellow embroidery thread, needles, glue, and thick bands to use for the straps. We were coming up with ideas as we went along so there was no real plan. There was a lot of measuring and cutting, a lot of trial and error.

We glued the yellow felt onto the foam circles first. (If I was going to do anything different I would’ve covered both sides of the foam). Then we sewed yellow felt rectangles to each circle in order to connect them. This was probably the most difficult step, as we had to be sure there our bodies would fit between. We connected the triangular mouth are using black felt. Then we added the straps at the top that would help the costume hang from our shoulders. This was all done with a quick and dirty stitch, we weren’t trying to be perfect.

Then comes the part….adding the eyes, lips, tongues and don’t forget the mole for Ms. Pacman!

These photos were taking more recently, but on that Halloween we also wore white gloves, and I had a red bow in my hair. We were a huge hit and kept getting asked to take our photos.
I hope you liked this! Do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween yet? Do you make your own? Jordan and I have been brainstorming for this year’s costume!
  1. Gina 6 years ago

    you guys are so freakin’ cute.

  2. Allie 6 years ago

    you are my hero this is hilarious!

  3. Jessica 6 years ago

    Love it. I can’t wait to see this years. I think that the tooth fairy costume is actually how I originally started following your blog!

  4. Valeri 6 years ago

    That’s so funny that you posted this, I just started following you last night after seeing the tooth fairy costumes pinned on Pinterest!


  5. Meagan Murtagh 6 years ago

    pretty dang cute!
    we were mario kart one year and it was so much fun.

    xo the egg out west.

  6. Mrs. Fun 6 years ago

    I die!! I want to do this and make our 4 kids the ghost! I love it!!

  7. Quirks 6 years ago

    That’s an amazing idea! I love Halloween even though it’s not as big here in the UK. I don’t know what my costume is yet – but I’ve seen awesome ones on Pinterest 🙂 x

  8. Kristin Aquariann 6 years ago

    Absolutely adorable!! ^.^

  9. Megan 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I love this costume idea so much… great reminder that I need to start brainstorming for this year! My favorite ever costume was a lion (I teased and pinned my hair all around my head as the lion’s mane– awesome that night, not so fun the next morning!)


  10. Angie Bailey 6 years ago

    Squeeee, that’s ADORABLE!!! Jen and I love Halloween, it’s our favorite holiday (well, Samhain and Halloween combined.) This year, we’re also going as game characters – Jen will be Princess Daisy and I, Princess Peach, from the Mario series! I actually just ordered her a custom made, so it’ll fit her perfectly, dress from eBay. Cannot wait!!! I’ve also ordered my Peach wig and will soon order my own custom made dress!!!

  11. ilene @ muchloveilly 6 years ago

    your costumes are so mind blowing! this might be my favorite one yet!

  12. amber.threads 6 years ago

    Absolutely unquestionably cute!

  13. Anonymous 6 years ago

    Hiii! Me and my fiancé made this costume for Halloween this year 🙂 Our costume turned out pretty well, thank you so much for your tutorial! People were pretty impressed that we made it ourselves. Thanks again! Margaret

  14. Anonymous 6 years ago

    My Boyfriend and I made this costume this year thanks to you!! Hopefully when we go out tonight its a huge hit!!

  15. tickled in love 5 years ago

    I loved your unique and creative costumes and had to add you to my round-up, “87 Creative Halloween Couples Costumes” ( Thanks for being awesome and Happy Halloween from The Dating Divas xox

  16. Cassie 5 years ago

    Where did you find your yellow felt? haha when I think of felt I see the small squares, what you have is huge and cover it all! also how much would you say this costume cost over all the make? I love it!

    • Julie Ann 5 years ago

      Hi Cassie! You can get yards of felt at fabric stores liek JoAnn’s.

  17. Dani 5 years ago

    How large were these costumes? I’m trying to make some for my boyfriend and I and I can’t decide what a good size would be.

    • Julie Ann 4 years ago

      We used a trash can lid to trace the circle.

  18. Elizabeth 4 years ago

    I’m curious to know what time of glue you used to stick the felt to the insulation board. Also, how did you secure the straps to the board?

    • Julie Ann 4 years ago

      We made these costumes five years ago so I’m not exactly sure, but my guess is something simple like tacky glue.

  19. Crista 4 years ago

    OMG Hilarious! I love it! My BF is obsessed with Ms. Pacman….. do I dare show up as her on Halloween?

  20. Liz 3 years ago

    My husband and I are doing this and we are making our daughter a piece of fruit (a cherry)! Love your blog!

  21. Lupita 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for this. .thanks to you my family is doing a pacman theme! My 6 year old is pacman,5yr old Blinky ,2yr old a cherry (tutu,dots and bow included)my hubby as Inky and me as the Blue ghost (the one they turn in to)

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