Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to start preparing the costumes. If you have multiple young children, dressing each of them up can be a chore, not to mention the hit you can take to your budget! Have you considered making the costumes yourself? It’s not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few cheap Halloween costume ideas that can be put together in no time.
Hot-Air Balloon Costume
All you need to do for this cheap costume idea is buy some helium balloons from a local dollar store and let them do most of the work for the costume. Tie the balloon strings to a box and have your child stand inside the box. If you have a light weight fabric blanket or plastic painter’s sheet you can even put it over the top of the balloons to give the illusion of one large canvas balloon, and just like that you’ve created a hot air balloon costume! Alternatively, without the fabric cover this would also work as a costume for the house in “Up,” which can also be drawn on a cardboard box and worn by the child.
It is a rite of passage to celebrate Halloween as a classically depicted sheet-ghost. All you need for this cheap costume idea is a white sheet with holes for eyes and you’ve got a ghost. Add personality with a hat or other accessory. A simple but effective costume.
Dress your child up as their favorite barnyard animal with yellow clothes and yellow feathers. You can get the feathers from a local craft store. Strategically glue the feathers on the arms to create wings, and around the rest of the outfit as needed. You can cut out a simple mask to wear or even just find a yellow cap. This costume has no sewing involved! Extra points if you find yellow or orange rain boots for feet.
You won’t believe how simple cheap this costume idea really is! To start, you just need grey sweatpants, a grey sweatshirt, and some white, black, and grey felt – you can get this from a local dollar or craft store. The felt will be cut into the shapes of a dorsal fin, eyes, teeth, and a stomach and/or gills. Glue them in the appropriate places (wear sweatshirt with hood up and glue the teeth sticking out of the hood), and you’ve got a shark!
Mickey (or Minnie) Mouse Costume
Disney has made it incredibly simple to dress up as their trademark characters. With hats and headbands sold online for the widely-recognized mouse ears, you can wear anything red, yellow, and black for Mickey, or red with white polka dots for Minnie! Alternatively, you can make the ears out of felt and glue them to a head band. You can even use some face paint to complete the look if your child will facilitate the application process! Tip for Minnie; check search engine images for ways to style long hair into those trademark mouse ears!
A ballet outfit can double as a fairy outfit. Put a tutu and wings on over anything and you’ve created a magical fairy. Add a fairy wand for extra magic. Add glitter (“pixie dust”) liberally!
Kevin from Home Alone
Everyone’s favorite mischievous kid is Kevin from Home Alone. One of the easiest costume options available involves giving your blonde son a red sweater, and having him pose with his mouth open in a scream, hands on cheeks. Everyone who’s familiar the movie will recognize the costume. Add to it with any accessories you may have on hand that are also featured in the movie and you have yourself a cheap costume idea that works.
Creating a Ghostbuster costume is also easy. Start with a jumpsuit; it can be as simple as some dark pants with a shirt in a matching color, or you could use some work overalls. Use a painted box or large backpack for the ghost catcher, and accessorize the box as extravagantly or as simply as you like – you could use an old garden or vacuum hose. Glue on a couple of Ghostbuster “patches” (use a search engine for images you can use to print or reference) and you’re good to go! It doesn’t need to be a professional-level costume to be recognized for what it is.
You can save tons of money this year by using these cheap Halloween costume ideas and skipping the Halloween store all while creating something completely unique at home. Use these ideas to inspire Halloween costumes you’ll remember for years to come.
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