When you first think of Halloween you can instantly smell the crisp fall air, picture kids in cute costumes running around and, no matter what age, you have the taste of your favorite candy on your tongue. But if you’re a parent, or anyone on a budget, you start to think about the mayhem of Halloween stores and how expensive it is to find a costume. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be stressful or break the bank! Here are some ideas for costumes that you can make from household items or the clothes in your closet:
10 DIY Halloween Costumes
Bubble Gum Machine– Take balloons and glue them to a shirt. Preferably wear a white shirt and red or blue pants/skirt.
Pineapple– Wear all yellow clothes and take green construction paper, cut it into leaves and tape it to a headband. You can also go further and use glitter glue to create lines of a pineapple on your shirt.
Your favorite movie character– Chances are, besides super heroes, your favorite character in a movie was probably wearing pretty standard clothes. You can shop thrift stores to find matching outfits if you don’t have anything at home.
Famous Athletes– All you need is a jersey and you’re set!
Ghost– A classic! A sheet with two holes cut out and you’re done! If you want to make it more realistic, wear all white, use very light face powder and put white spray dye in your hair.
Emojis– This is a great idea for a group of friends and it’s very simple! Get a yellow t-shirt and a black fabric marker and pick your favorite emoji. It’s that simple!
Cowboy/Cowgirl– A flannel and jeans will make your costume clear, but if you have a cowboy hat or boots to add then you’ll kill it!
Old Lady/Man– Thrift store time! You can find any outfit you need at a second-hand store and if you can get some grey hair spray and a walker or a cane you’re done. Or you can always ask your grandparents to borrow some clothes.
Baywatch lifeguard– If you have a red bathing suit you’re done! Now you just have to master a slow motion run on the beach. (It’s harder than it looks!)
Person from a decade (70s, 80s, 90s)– In case you haven’t noticed, a lot of styles from the past are coming back! Between you or your family I’m sure you can find some classic and out-dated clothes and really try and embody someone from your time period of choice.
DIY Halloween Decorations
On top of DIY costumes you can also create your own inexpensive decorations for your home this Halloween. Here are a few decorations I made with my children last year.
- Jack o’ lantern
- Ghost Candles
- Orange and Black Streamers
- Halloween cut out of construction paper
- Construction paper bats hanging from the ceiling
- Handmade ghosts, witches, spiders and pumpkins
- Halloween treats
Save Money While Spending Time With Your Kids
So this year, don’t break the bank but still celebrate Halloween in style! Take it from someone who has been through 10 Halloweens. DIY is the best option I have done. It not only allowed me to save money for Christmas coming up, but also gave me quality time with my children while we put together their costumes as well as decorated our home. Try it out, you won’t regret it!