5 DIY Halloween Ideas for Nurses

In a few days, we'd be celebrating another Halloween. If you're a nurse who has to work on that day, you might be wondering how to dress up for the occasion. The truth is you don't want to scare your patients or compromise your professionalism. Notwithstanding, you deserve to have some fun after putting in so much work all through the year. 

How do you show your creative side during Halloween? It all boils down to what you'd be wearing since you can only do so much as a nurse on duty. In this post, we'll share with you 5 DIY Halloween ideas for nurses.

DIY Halloween Ideas for Nurses

Here are some easy and awesome DIY Halloween ideas for nurses that you can make with items you already have at home or can easily find at a local store. As mentioned earlier, this post will focus more on simple DIY Halloween costumes for nurses. These costumes are not only simple and cheap, but also work-appropriate and kid-friendly. 

Fall Risk

This is a clever and humorous costume that plays on the common term used in healthcare settings. All you need is an orange scrub top, some leaves, and a piece of paper. Write the word "Risk" on a piece of paper. Pin the paper to your top, and attach some leaves to your hair and scrubs, and you're done. Get more creative by adding some fake blood or bruises. You can bet that doing this will make the idea more realistic.

Rosie the Riveter

The Rosie the Riveter is a classic and iconic costume for nurses during Halloween. This DIY idea celebrates the strength and empowerment of women. The good news is that it is very easy to pull off. All you need is a navy blue scrub top, a red bandana, and some red lipstick. Just tie the bandana around your head, roll up your sleeves, and put on some bright red lipstick. Don't forget to flex your muscles and strike a pose.

Operation Game

This is a fun and nostalgic costume that will bring back memories of playing the popular board game as a kid. It's also a great way to show off your anatomy knowledge and skills. You'll need a beige or gray scrub top, as well as some large game pieces, and some glue or tape. Cut out the shapes of the game pieces from cardboard or foam, and glue or tape them to your scrubs. You can also draw or print out the names of the body parts and organs on each piece. For example, you can have a heart, a brain, a funny bone, etc.


This is a cute and adorable costume that will make everyone smile. It's very easy to achieve as you only need a yellow scrub top, a blue scrub bottom, and some goggles. You can either buy some goggles online or make your own with some cardboard and plastic wrap. Just wear the goggles on your head like a minion, and add some black gloves and shoes to complete the look.


This is a simple and cool costume that will make you feel powerful and heroic. It's also very versatile, as you can choose any superhero you like. You'll need a scrub top with the logo of your chosen superhero, a mask, and a cape. There are two ways to get these items; either buy them online or make yours with some fabric and paint. One very easy one to consider is having a Batman logo on your gray scrub top, and add a black cape and mask.


There you have it, 5 DIY Halloween ideas for nurses that are easy, fun, and work-appropriate. We hope you enjoyed this post and found some inspiration for your Halloween costume this year. Visit Natty Nurses for some exciting posts to help you grow your nursing career. Have a happy and safe Halloween.

October 28, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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