Halloween costumes: great for kids, moderately nightmarish for parents. All those catalogs and stores have cute costumes, sure, but the prices aren’t so nice. Yikes! But with some household items, a little online shopping and ingenuity, you can make this year’s Halloween costume the best yet. Here are some great ideas for easy homemade (and cost-efficient!) Halloween costumes that anyone can make.
The Cardboard Standout
These ideas are probably the simplest costumes in the history of homemade Halloween costumes. Check the forecast for rain; then collect some cardboard (boxes, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, etc.), duct tape, spray paint, Sharpie® markers, glitter, and anything else you want to add. Summon your powers of creativity and get ready to craft a cool costume that will be the talk of the neighborhood. Consider some of these cardboard options:
- LEGO figure or LEGO piece
- Thomas the Train
- Mario Kart
- An Oversized iPod
- Jack in the Box
- A Regal Throne for His/Her Highness
- Juice Box, Bag of Popcorn, etc.
- An Airplane, A Dinosaur, or A Brown Knight (three classics)
- Anything else you and your child can think up!
The Littlest Flowerpot
Here is a great Halloween costume idea for toddlers and younger kids. Keep your little one warm in a green turtle shirt and green tights. Spray paint a large popcorn bucket brown for the flower pot. Find a bonnet or something similar; cut flower petals out of construction paper or poster board and hot glue around the edge of the bonnet. And done! Now you’ve got a simple costume and an adorable little flower pot.
Superheroes to the rescue
Get a basic cape and make whatever Superhero logo your child wants to be out of colored cloth. Add tights or sweat pants, and they are ready to go.
This idea is general enough that you can really have fun with it and get super creative. Use colorful face paint and get an inexpensive pair of wings and you are set.
Little Miss Red Riding Hood
Follow the cape idea from the suggestion above and add a basket. Include a cute dress and some red tights and the look will be complete.
Bride of Frankenstein
All you need is a black dress, some spooky white makeup, and A LOT of hair spray. Have fun washing that out in the morning.
An apron or an actual chef’s coat will be perfect for this costume. Have your little baker carry around a spoon or whisk and then the look is complete!
Cinderella is always in vogue. And if you want to copy this year’s Cinderella look, instead of recreating her ball gown, why not do her work clothes? A blue dress, an apron and a white kerchief for your little girl’s hair will do nicely.
These 10 ideas are a good starting point for any self-respecting DIY-er. But really your options are 10-fold. Thinking up the costume ideas and then executing them are the best part of Halloween.