Introduction: Super Quick Last Minute Squid Costume

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This is just a quick last minute Halloween costume I made yesterday out of office supplies. Yay, an office supply instructable that doesn’t involve shooting things. Sorry I don’t have pics of the build in progress but it’s really simple.

There's something vaguely disturbing about this pic.

Step 1: Supplies

First you’ll need access to a roll of brown paper (should be brown, white would be a bad choice), double sided tape, cd’s, manila folders, and a binder clip.

Step 2: The Mantle

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Roll up a doubled piece of brown paper to make a cone that will fit over your head, cut a pair of fins out of manila folders to attach at the top, and make eyes out of the cd’s, everything is held together with the double sided tape. This is the squids mantle. I do realize that squid eyes are not located on the mantle, however it simplifies construction.

Step 3: The Tentacles

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For the tentacles a sheet of brown paper is double folded along one edge of strength and the tentacles and arms are simply free hand drawn and cut out.

Step 4: Lastly

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Secure the tentacle collar around your neck with the binder clip, slip the mantle over your head and you are done. I did touch up with a little glow paint for effect.


antisocial (author)2010-10-04

This is brilliant, thanks TUA for your creativity! You rock.

I went for the socialising (access-to-beverages) model which worded well, though I later realised it would have been totally awesome to also stick a long straw to the back of the front tentacle so it could be just dipped into a drink and absorb all the nourishing booze.

vespatim (author)2008-11-01

I used your costume design and modified it a little so it is more like a squid hat. That way I could socialize (drink) better. I used poster board and it is very sturdy. I also added a mechanism to the fins so that you can you pull and push a piece of carboard in and out of the back of the squid and the tail flaps like its swimming. Thanks for the great costume idea!

garg11 (author)2016-10-12

Looks like a KKK - not a good idea...)))

darklotus (author)2013-10-31

This is a fantastic costume - it really tickled me and it's so clever, yet simple! I'm in Australia and got this after Halloween here, or I would have definitely made this!

Well done!

crojas5 (author)2011-11-01


Thanks for the great idea, this was my Fantasy Fest costume that I used for the big parade. I don't know if you are going to be proud, amazed, or disturbed by what I did with it. I went way too tall with it, It stood about 8'6". I added streamers of silver tape and various colored ribbons to the necklace. I added a belt with more streamers. I think the biggest improvement and it stays in the super quick realm is the eyes. I used two paper plates and sprayed the black of the eyes. You can use a sharpie too. I used a can of pink spraypaint to cover everything but leaving some underneath so it looked more natural.

FYI do not make yours this tall. It doesn't hold up well.

crojas5 (author)crojas52011-11-01

another pic

crojas5 (author)crojas52011-11-01

Heres the pic

crapflinger (author)2010-10-29

i went a slightly different route.....instead of being a squid i decided that i was being attacked by a squid.

so i made the thing out of poster board, put some menacing eyes on it, and wore it on my bloody head (had a zombie walk last weekend, so it was a zombie squid, squidding up my brain pan). i made the mantle and then a bit of a torso so that i could avoid the whole "the damned eyes shouldn't be on the mantle" thing. i also made a 6.5 foot harpoon out of a table leg, a 1" dowell, and a piece of MDF (not pictured for some reason).  all in all it is pretty easy to wear (had to stuff the inside with news paper so it would sit on my head correctly)

kmilham (author)crapflinger2011-10-27

so awesome... my 12 year old son is totally using this idea for our halloween party saturday. I love your twist!

spectacular (author)crapflinger2011-07-13

Forget the blood- you need ink!

mcorbin (author)2010-10-10

I think my husband is going to go squid this year!
Nice job.

mcorbin (author)mcorbin2010-10-12

BTW ~ is the squidman about to be shot 'execution style?'

Or is it a 'thank you, sir, could I have some more, please, sir,' kind of moment?

triton37 (author)mcorbin2011-05-29


r.effuse (author)mcorbin2010-10-21

The photo definitely looks like a halloween moment out of gitmo

Blakesta98 (author)2010-10-30

I have a Halloween party for kids on saturday so i went squid and on sunday i have a scary one so for that i'm going Jason. Thanks alot

CybergothiChe (author)2010-02-03

 LOL!!!!! this is hilarious and very efficient and effective.... but LOL none the less.....good show old chap :

gallimaufry13 (author)2008-12-02

OMG will you marry me?!

Let me go check with my wife... .... .... .... She wants to know how good you are at housework?

pretty good! lol

canida (author)2006-10-31

Make sure to use the brown paper. With the necessary eye placement, a white squid would look a bit too KKK. This is pretty cool, especially for a quickie costume! If you attach a couple of sticks/dowels to the front tentacles you can manipulate them to attack your coworkers.

jstoner (author)canida2008-11-01

Could also use a way to squirt ink, especially at all those fools who thought I was a conehead. Sorry, no.

jstoner (author)2008-11-01

I adapted this for Halloween 2008, which included Chicago Critical Mass, the North Halsted Parade, and a party at a friend's place. Integrated my bike helmet and helmet light. Bought supplies on the way, and assembled at Daley Plaza.

So fun. Everyone loved it. Thanks for the great concept. Photographic evidence--bacchanalia included:

kennyeddy (author)2008-10-31

Bloody the neck area of a t-shirt for added "I am lunch" realism!

bryanpeters (author)2008-04-22

Is this what you wear to your Klan kostume party?

dkistner1111 (author)bryanpeters2008-10-31

He did say white would be a bad choice! I think this is great. For all those people who forgot it was Halloween until the last minute.

Gardenclaire (author)2008-09-22

Really good!

greenwing hero (author)2008-08-23

take a duvet, cut a hole in the top two corners and one inbetween those two.
get in, put your arms through the two corners, your head through your other and your feet out the bottom.

and you have an instant teabag =]

ferrari484 (author)2007-10-28

au!!!!!!! my head!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

alvincredible (author)2007-10-26

AHHAHA im goign to make this fsho :) and im going to wear a fish costume so it looks like the squid is eating me -_- or a swimmer???

nanonano58 (author)2007-10-21

dude im pregned ! you are my idol kick ass !

Carosaurus (author)2007-10-11

I love you.

knex lover (author)2007-10-07


Darkshot (author)2007-10-02

you a genius!!

Vendigroth (author)2007-04-20

the piccer with the glowing eyes haunts me...

T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-04-08

HAHAHAHA! That's awesome man, great work!

Matthew Chinn (author)2006-12-06

You can try the same thing with fabric and it lasts alot longer. oh, wait, i guess that takes longer than super quick. but it is more comotable

MALEMARTHA (author)2006-10-31

I love this! I think you saved my halloween.

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