Don’t shell out your hard-earned cash for a generic Halloween costume. By using items found around the house, you can create one-of-a-kind Halloween costumes for revelers of all ages. If sewing isn’t your forte, have no fear because these costumes are easy to throw together. By using these ideas, and even adapting them to suit your needs, you’re sure to turn quite a few masked heads.
A Ceiling Fan
Halloween is a great time for a little play on words. Find a plain, light colored t-shirt and write “Go Ceiling!” on the front and back with a Sharpie or fabric pen. Dig around for a foam finger from an old sporting event, or even a pair of pom poms. If you feel the need, intermittently show your team pride by shouting “Go ceiling! Woo hoo!” In ten minutes or less you’ll have a quirky, fun costume.
Bunch of Grapes
Perfect for all ages, a bunch of grapes is cute and surprisingly easy to create. Blow up a slew of purple balloons, enough to cover the wearer’s torso and part of the lower body, and attach them with safety pins to a leotard or a form fitting t-shirt and bike shorts combination.
Take a shopping trip in your closet to emulate this iconic character. Wear a pair of blue jeans, brown shoes, a red and white striped turtleneck, black glasses, and a red hat. Voila!
To create this look don a silk robe and slippers. Put your hair up and secure it with chopsticks. For the signature pale face, mix face cream with a little bit of water and cornstarch and apply it to your face. Top it off with a light coating of white flour. Add red lipstick, a sash, and a fan, and you’re good to go.
Simple and perfect for kids, this costume is sure to garner some laughs. Affix pieces of yellow electrical tape, a few inches in length, from the shoulder to the feet on either side of a gray sweatsuit to create traffic lanes. Then place adhesive-backed Velcro to the backs of toy cars and attach them to corresponding areas of the sweatsuit to produce traffic. Make the symbol of an interstate by cutting the pattern out of white craft foam or sturdy poster board and decorating it with markers. You can attach the interstate sign to either the collar or front of the hood on a sweatshirt.
With a little creativity, do-it-yourself Halloween costumes can be loads of fun to create, while saving you money in the process. Designing your own costumes ensures that you and your family have the most original costumes as the witching hour draws near.
This year, try a new approach to choosing Halloween costumes and save money!
Check out more easy and cheap homemade Halloween costumes on The Budget Diet’s Halloween Costume Index.
written by: Melissa Schraiber