Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Make Your Own Cheap Halloween Costumes

Halloween is approaching fast and many people are still trying to find the perfect costume. But let's face it, store bought costumes can cost a lot of money and you end up looking like everyone else who bought the same costume. Halloween can be fun and still be frugal if you are willing to put a little effort into making your costume.

Check out thrift shops for decades old clothing. Be a hippie or a disco dancer with clothing that is really from that era. If you are lucky you might even be able to find nice clothing from much older than that. You could even go through any old clothing that your parents or grandparents might have stored. You might be surprised by what you find tucked away in an old trunk somewhere.

If you don't want to go retro with your costume there are still great ideas you can put together. A fancy dress can make you a prom queen or a beauty pageant winner. Baggy, brightly colored clothes can easily be transformed into a clown or a hobo. Old plaid pants, a button up shirt, and a hat can make you an old man.

If you really want to go frugal all you need if matching sweats. A brown pair of sweats can be a great dog costume, all you would need is ears and a tail. If you have green sweats you can cut a large oval out of green poster board and attach it to your back to be a turtle. White sweats with ears and a tail can be a rabbit. All you need is an old sweatshirt and matching sweat pants and you have the beginnings of a great low cost costume.

Balloons are a great way to transform ordinary clothing into a fun costume for Halloween. All you need to do is attach the balloons to you and you're done. Use purple balloons to be a bunch of grapes, white balloons can create a bubble effect, or attach a bunch of balloons to your head to be an "air head".

There are so many great ideas for making your own Halloween costumes without spending a lot of money. I'd love to hear a few of yours!