Wednesday Addams DIY Halloween Costume

Wednesday Addams DIY Halloween Costume

I’m excited about today’s DIY Halloween costume because it brings me back to when I was a kid watching The Addams Family (movie, not the tv show). I used to love that movie. I think I’ve watched it at least ten times. So, it seemed appropriate to bring back my favorite character in the form of a costume this year…Wednesday Addams!

This DIY Halloween costume involves a collared shift dress, a hair tutorial, and dramatic eye makeup (which you might remember from last week’s post). So, let’s start with the hair tutorial.

Wednesday Addam’s signature hair is two side braids with a middle part. To modernize that look a little bit, we went with a side part and fishtail braids instead.

Fishtail Pigtail Hair Tutorial

Here’s how to create fishtail pigtails…

1. Prep hair by spraying sea salt spray throughout or any texturizing product of our choice.

2. Separate the hair into two sections. We used a side part to keep the look a little more modern, but you can use a center part to stay true to Wednesday.

3. To create the fishtail braid take a side section and split it into two equal sections. Take a small piece of hair from one side and incorporate it into the other. Alternate that with each side until you get to the bottom and fasten with a hair tie.

4. To finish each braid we added volumizing powder to each one and pulled and spread sections to give it a messy feel.

Fishtail pigtail hair tutorial

Fishtail pigtail hair tutorial

Next up, makeup! FYI…We skipped the overly pale look and did a bold eye and nude lip. You can find the full eye tutorial (with and without the eye lashes) right here: dramatic smokey eye for Halloween.

And finally, the outfit. To get Wednesday’s look, all you need is a black dress and a white collared shirt that you can wear underneath. OR you can look for a dress that already has the collar built in to save on having to buy separate pieces. My dress is one that I’ve had for years, but I found a few very similar to it, that would work perfectly…

Jill Stuart dress // Ralph Lauren dress // Forever 21 dress // Madewell robin mules

Wednesday Addams DIY Halloween Costume

Wednesday Addams DIY Halloween Costume

Hair and makeup Rachel Brewer
Photography Amelia Tatnall
Concept and styling Brittni Mehlhoff

So that’s the Wednesday Addams DIY Halloween costume in a nutshell. What do you think? Are you up for tackling this costume for October 31st this year?

13 comments | Click here to reply

I love that one, it’s so simple and yet does the trick. Awesome!


Thanks Michelle.


That is awesome! I think the dark eye makeup works, like a moody teenage Wednesday 🙂


Thanks Kirsten. Moody teenage Wednesday…that’s a perfect way of describing it. 🙂


This is the perfect Wednesday Addams costume, B! And still loving that makeup.

Kelly @ Studio DIY

Thanks Kel! You are the costume queen, so I take that as a high compliment. 🙂


This costume is perfect! You totally nailed it!



Aw, thanks Paige! Glad you like it.


ooh I’m so excited for Halloween! Can’t believe it’s just round the corner already! Thanks for the tips xx


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