How to Make a Construction Worker Costume

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors

  • Flannel shirt

  • Orange vest or button-up shirt

  • Silver masking tape

  • Jeans

  • Dirt

  • Grease

  • Tool belt and small hand tools

  • Hard hat

  • Walkie-talkie

  • Work boots

Making your own Halloween costume is not only a creative way to spend an afternoon, but it saves you money as well. A construction worker's ensemble is easy to pouand works for both adults and children. And the best part is that you can probably find most of the items you need right in your own closet.

Step 1

Cut the sleeves off an old flannel shirt. The grungier the shirt, the better. If it is cold outside, wear a long sleeved thermal shirt beneath the flannel shirt. If your arms will be showing, apply a temporary tattoo on your arm for a tough look.

Step 2

Get an orange work vest. Or make one by cutting the arms and neck off a button-up shirt, and then remove the buttons. Apply a strip of silver masking tape horizontally around the entire mid-section and vertical strips over each shoulder like suspenders.

Step 3

Choose your most beaten up pair of jeans. Holes in the knees are a bonus. Rub dirt and grease on them to make it look like you've been working at a site.

Step 4

Strap on a tool belt filled with a tape measure, hammer and other small hand tools. Make sure that the tool belt isn't too heavy to wear all night.

Step 5

Find a hard hat to wear on your head. Costume shops or stores that sell children's toys should have hard hats, especially during the Halloween season.

Step 6

Raid your children's toy box for a walkie-talkie. Carry it in your hand or put it in your tool belt.

Step 7

Wear work boots to complete the look.


Construction jobs aren't the only ones that require the use of hard hats. For example, architects and engineers often wear hard hats when on job sites. If you are having trouble finding one, ask around. You may be surprised at who has one.

Use a bit of brown face makeup to create dirt smudges on your face.

If you don't have ratty-looking jeans, wear overalls instead.