Here are some easy and FRUGAL Halloween costume ideas using mostly items you probably have laying around the house.
This post is geared for kids, but many of these ideas would work for adults as well (good thing, because I just learned I am supposed to dress up for the kindergarten Halloween parade. WHAT??).
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Update: 13Wham-CW, a local news station, asked me to come on and talk about Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas! You can see the full segment (complete with my 2 kids modeling our ideas) here.
Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas
In need of last minute halloween costume ideas? I always seem to be scrambling at the last minute to get everyone’s Halloween costumes together (why me and not my hubby? That’s a question for another day – when I’m not so hurried!).
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1. It’s all about the accessories! It is easy to create the effect of a costume by adding some fun items you probably already own. Do you have a plastic bat? A baseball cap? Then you have a baseball costume! Have Junior chew some gum and put on sneaks and you’re ready to go!
2. My favorite: The Farmer. Nearly everyone has the items for a farmer costume on hand. You’ll need:
- a hat — preferably straw, but a cowboy hat would work too
- a flannel shirt
- jeans or overalls
- a red bandanna
- a kids-size rake (optional)
Add a few freckles on the face with black eyeliner and you have a farmer costume. For girls with long hair, 2 braids (like Laura on Little House on the Prairie) would be cute.
3. Get colorful! Wear the same color head to toe – red leggings, red shirt, red hair bow, red shoes — and go as a red crayon (or whatever other color you want).
4. Be a ballerina! I think every little girl I know owns a pair of tights and a gymnastics or dance leotard. Add a tutu, and you’re good to go! I made a tutu for my daughter’s Wonder Woman costume, and I used this easy tutorial.
5. Speaking of Wonder Woman, here is Emma’s costume for this year! I used the tutorial above to make a blue tutu, and paired it with red tights and a red tee. I used sheets of yellow Duck tape (yes, they sell it by the sheet at craft stores or here) to make the W logo on the shirt. The cape? Found at a local dollar store for — you guessed it — $1.00. Total cost to make this costume? Under $10.
6. Can’t decide on just one color? Go as the rainbow! Purple shoes, blue jeans, green top, yellow scarf, red hat! If you don’t have the colors of the rainbow clothes items in the correct order, you could always be a confused rainbow.
7. Raid the dress up bin! I don’t know about you, but I have about 5 potential costumes within our dress-up bin. Yes, 4 1/2 of them are Disney princesses, but in a pinch, this would work great. Honestly, I can’t figure out the difference between “dress-up” and “halloween costume,” except Halloween costumes usually cost more.
8. Get Chef-tastic! Dress in all white, make a Chef’s Hat, grab a spatula and an apron, and you’re set!
9. Dinosaur Hunter! Grab a pair of children’s binoculars, some khaki pants, and you’re off on a fossil dig! Other accessories that work for this theme would be a magnifying glass, safari hat, bug net, etc. All of these items can be found at a dollar store.
10. Have a Doc McStuffins fan? All you need are pink sneaks, pink polka-dot leggings, a pink skirt (could make your own pink tutu with the tutorial above if you don’t have one), and a purple and white striped shirt. Add a white jacket and some supplies from a toy doctor kit, and a stuffed animal, and there you go! You can use this idea to make a Veterinarian costume, as well. All you need is a white lab coat and a few items from your toy doctor kit!
11. Mime it up! My hubby was a mime a few years ago, and it was hysterical (and easy to do!). All you need is to dress in black from head to toe. We bought a black beret at Target for $2.00, and used white face paint over his whole face.
12. Feeling a little Dusty? Make your own Dusty Crophopper (from Disney’s Planes) costume using a t-shirt and some inexpensive supplies!
Are you hosting a Halloween Party this year?