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.
A green clown wig + a schoolgirl outfit = Broccoli Spears
The letter “e” on a piece of paper taped to your chest (but only if a boy) = e-mail
A plastic laundry basket with holes cut out for legs + white balloons + a shower cap = Bathing Beauty
A white dress + a pipe-cleaner halo + leaves in her hair and “dirt” on her face = Fallen Angel
Black clothes + yellow electrical tape down his torso + toy cars + Velcro = Highway
A pig nose + a blanket = Pig in a Blanket
A white sheet with two holes cut out for eyes = Ghost
A blue T-shirt + cotton balls + tape + a water gun = Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Rain
A polo shirt + khakis (or madras shorts) + a name tag = Jay Crew
A clear umbrella (preferably dome- shaped) + party streamers or metallic ribbons = Jellyfish
Two large circles cut out of cardboard with brown dots drawn over them, then connected with string or ribbon near the top to make it like a sandwich board= Chocolate Chip Cookie
A hockey shirt , sweatpants and a doll + wearing bright lipstick on her face = Hockey Mom/Sarah Palin
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!