Halloween doesn’t have to be a budget breaker. There are plenty of costumes that can be put together for very little money, and often no money at all!
Real Simple Magazine had some terrific ideas for inexpensive and easy costume ideas. I’ve plagiarized them here, and added some of my own.
Want to add some pizazz? Here are directions for making face paint and blood:
How to Make Your Own Face Paint
- 1 tsp. Cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp. Cold cream
- 1/2 tsp. Cold water
- Food coloring
Mix the ingredients together and paint away! This will wash off with cold cream.
Non-Toxic Fake Blood:
- 1 c (250mL) peanut butter
- 1 qt. (1 L) corn syrup
- 1/2 cup (125mL) soap
- 1 oz (30mL) red color
- 15 drops blue food coloring
- Mix creamy peanut butter with a sufficient amount of white corn syrup to make a runny mixture.
- Add (non-sudsy) soap and food colors and mix well.
- Stir more corn syrup in until the desired consistency is reached.
- Refrigerate unused blood in an airtight container.
Inexpensive white corn syrup is said to be thicker and more suitable for the fake blood than its costlier relatives.
Note: Fake blood can stain, so be careful. Last year my nephew got store-bought fake blood on his parents’ white carpet. They now have wood floors. I think this recipe is less likely to stain, but drip at your own risk…
Please remember to be safe! Use reflective tape if you’re going out at night, make eyeholes large enough to see well, and always have a buddy.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
October 19, 2008 at 5:04 am
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October 24, 2008 at 9:57 am
I love the ideas, especially recipes for non-toxic face paint. The stuff they sell as Halloween face paint – who knows what’s in it? ~ Daryl