Halloween Couples Costume: Salt and Pepper Shaker

A couple as a salt and pepper shaker

My husband and I went as salt and pepper shakers a few years back and won first prize. This costume is so easy to make and cost little. I know you can buy these but why would you when half the fun is creating it!

Approximate Time: 2-3 hours


  • black and white paint
  • black shirt
  • white pants
  • foil
  • letter stencils
  • stencil brush
  • black pants
  • white pants
  • black and white paper
  • 2 round ice cream pails


  1. You will need and old t-shirt or sweatshirt, one black and one white. Turn the shirts to the wrong side if they are not plain.
  2. Now, you are ready to add the "S" and "P". I did this by printing them out from my computer, just use the largest size font that will fit on your paper.
  3. Carefully cut out the letter so it can be used as a stencil. Use white craft paint on the black shirt for "P" and the opposite for the other shirt.
  4. Next you will need some pants to match the tops.
  5. For the hat we used round ice cream pails covered with foil and placed some white/black paper dots on the bottom (which becomes the top).
  6. If needed, stuff the pail with newspaper so it sits on your head comfortably. We each carried a baggie filled with confetti, black for pepper and white for salt, toss some out here and there.

Costume complete, have fun with this one we sure did.

By NoRulesArt from Sunny FL


By Toni 3 18 10/09/2010

Excellent Idea! I have been thinking of something to do for my husband and I. This will be perfect. And because we are a biracial couple (he is black and I am white) this will be a nice way to show that our races can blend together nicely, just like salt and pepper! From our experience it seems as if people are more excepting of our unity when they think outside the box! What a wonderful way to help people do so with a little humor! Thank You for a wonderful and inexpensive idea!

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By Louise B. 6 2,521 10/09/2010

Hilarious costume, and so easy! Thanks for sharing!

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