DIY: Miss Frizzle Costume for Halloween


It’s time to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!

One of my beloved childhood characters is Miss Frizzle from the Magic School Bus book and television series.

While the ‘Frizz has starred in a lot of books, there’s unfortunately no book out there containing instructions on how to be her for Halloween.

A quick Google search can tell you that she’s a popular costume among teachers and librarians, so how did they make it work?

I can’t speak for them but in this post I’ll show you what my strategy looked like with pieces and props from my closet, the thrift store, a run to the dollar tree, and my good ol’ imagination!

Here are the simple steps that I followed to make my own Miss Frizzle costume.

Step One:
Finding the perfect dress/belt/shoes

After carefully studying Miss Frizzle, I noticed a theme in her outfits (ha, no pun intended). She always wore long sleeve dresses with a collared top and the belt matched the color of the collared top. I was able to layer my own white top under a black dress that I also already owned. Done!

I just chose a pair of small heels, since the ‘Frizz is known for simple shoes. Then my outfit was starting to take shape.

Step Two: Theme

Every episode of The Magic School Bus has a theme. I chose fall since my black dress already had tiny leaves on it. Tiny. Yeah, not a word in Miss.F’s vocabulary unless she’s getting ready to shrink the class. She is an over-the-top woman.

So the week before Halloween, I pressed some leaves and followed the instructions below. (this works with ANY shapes you choose for your theme. Mine just happened to be leaves)

It’s important have matchy-matchy earrings and shoe decorations. The outfit just wouldn’t be complete without them!

Step Three: Liz and the Bus

Without those two props, I was pegged as Mother Nature. Toy buses are in abundance at thrift stores, but mine was already at my house.

My little Liz came from the dollar store and she’s a dog toy! I had to cut her squeaker though, that was obnoxious.

I added a yellow belt (already in my closet) to act as a strap to help hold the bus all night. Hey, buses aren’t light, ok?

As for hair, simply pulling your tresses back into a bun and adding some frizz should do the trick. I happened to dye my hair red the day before on a whim so that was a happy accident!

Each step was simple, it was just putting it together at the last minute that wore me out. If you followed all these steps then you should have yourself a Miss Frizzle costume to rival all other costumes. Good luck and have a Happy Halloween!


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  • Thick Threads

    that seriously look so cool! love the idea its really creative 🙂


  • Erin

    That is such a great costume!! You did a great job. And I love the new hair colour.

  • adria

    that looks fun! nice outfit!

  • Novelstyle

    Thats hilarious!!! Love her!
    Im nog following you on bloglovin 🙂


  • That is awesome! Thank you so much. 🙂

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