If the idea of a homemade Halloween costume sounds like an overly ambitious Martha Stewart project, and the thought of a pre-made Halloween costume makes you scream unoriginal and overpriced…these semi-homemade Halloween costumes are your answer.
Semi-homemade Halloween costumes start with items you have in your closet, and you purchase an inexpensive accessory like a wig, glasses or maybe a hat. Suppose you have a black dress and you buy a witch hat to create your inexpensive witch costume. Don’t worry, The Budget Diet Girl’s semi-homemade Halloween costumes kick-it up a notch when it comes to creativity, and you’ll find ideas for little one’s, teens and adults.
Of course, if you don’t have an item in your closet, try Goodwill or keep it frugal and choose another costume!
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The Budget Diet’s Top 10 Semi-Homemade Halloween Costumes
Note: If you need more detailed instructions, just click on the image of the costume.
Fun for couples or teens!
Closet: black pants, black and white striped shirt, black gloves, black knit hat, plain canvas bag or a brown paper bag that you draw a $ symbol on.
Purchase: black eye mask
If you have the items for the jailbird, you could be a jailbird this year and a mime next year!
Closet: black pants, black and white striped shirt, beret
Purchase: suspenders, white gloves, white face paint
This costume works for any age!
Closet: jeans, red and white striped shirt
Purchase: red and white striped hat, round black glasses
Cat in the Hat
Who has black clothes in their closet?
Closet: black outfit (tights or pants, black shirt or black jumpsuit), red bow…look in your Christmas closet for this one!
Purchase: red and white tall hat, cat ears, white furry fabric for belly
Woody from Toy Story
My teenage daughter loved this idea, and how cute would a little one look dressed as Woody?
Closet: jeans or jean shorts, brown belt, brown boots, yellow shirt, red bandana, cowboy hat
Purchase: cow print vest or be frugal and draw cow spots on a white t-shirt that you cut into a vest shape!
Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat
Father and son?
Closet: George – brown pants, The Man in the Yellow Hat – yellow pants, yellow shirt, yellow hat
Purchase: George – Curious George t-shirt, monkey ears
If you have a bald baby, you’re halfway there!
Closet: Yellow shirt, black fabric scrap or old black shirt that you can use to cut out zig zag to glue on the bottom of the yellow shirt, eye liner to add those classic Charlie Brown expression marks
Purchase: Snoopy stuffed animal
My daughter is the one on the right!
Closet: pants (wear the high!), shirt with a pocket for your calculator and pens, lunchbox to collect candy in
Purchase: nerd glasses (3D movie glasses are perfect, just pop out the lenses), suspenders
My son had so much fun making this costume for his High School Men’s Choir performance of “Men in Tights”!
Closet: big brown t-shirt (cut a v in the front and a 6″ slit, then pull the slit together by adding a shoelace), white dress shirt, brown belt
Purchase: green tights
If you happen to have pink tights or leggings…this costume is for you! Adults, teens and tots can all do the flamingo.
Closet: pink tights or leggings
Purchase: pink boas (or maybe your daughter has bunches in her dress-up box!)
Looking for more easy homemade Halloween costumes? Don’t miss The Budget Diet’s Halloween Costume Index!
Don’t forget to leave a comment letting me know your favorite semi-homemade Halloween costume, and you’ll be entered to win $50 from Ebates. Note: The contest is over, congratulations to Philip, Darci and Ali.
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