Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Costumes
Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Costumes
If you’re like me, on a budget and in a time crunch, the thought of getting a Halloween costume together makes your head reel. Many of the choices out there are flimsy and expensive.
When my kids were younger I made their costumes nearly every year. Not only was it fun but the kids always got compliments because their costumes were unique! I have spanned the gambit of simple no sew designs all the way to buying patterns and selecting fabric and sewing them. For today, I would like to spend time on quick and easy costumes that do not require any sewing.
One idea is to show team spirit, as you can see in the photo we used solid black sweat pants, and a t shirt of our college team. We topped it off with pom-pon tassels that I made with red and white yarn. Mardi Gras beads were also used. We also bought a $2 wash off tattoo for her cheek. All of the items we had around the house.
You can also make simple animal costumes as illustrated in the second photo. A simple solid colored sweat suit, (that you might have on hand or you can pick these up as most discount stores) and some face paint and small pieces of felt can complete the cat suit. I cut out an oval to fit onto the stomach of my daughters shirt and used some fabric glue to affix this and then I cut out triangular black felt pieces to attach to a cheap headband we had laying around.
The dog costume will take a little time beforehand to paint the spots onto it. Again, you will need a solid colored sweat suit and a small bottle of black fabric paint and a small sponge paint brush. Line the inside of the shirt and pants with newspaper (in the off chance it bleeds through) only do one side at a time and let dry per paint bottle recommendations. I found a baseball hat that my son already owned and cut out two long oval shaped sections, here I painted these too! When the clothes are dry, flip and paint the other side. When the ears are dry safety pin them to the hat.
Don't let this limit your imagination! Think of any animal that your child likes and perhaps you can make a simple idea such as the ones above. You could easily make a pig costume with pink sweats and nose you'd pick up at a party stored. (Same idea on the ears as with the cat costume.)
The face paint can be found at most pharmacy and discount stores especially during Halloween season. You can use your imagination how you want to make a dog or cat face.
I don't have a picture up of the pumpkin costume I made but I wanted to encourage you to work with felt for quick and simple costumes! There are several things you can do with felt. The pumpkin will require about 2 yards of orange felt and 1/2 yard of black felt. You can cut a large oval (leaving openings at both ends so your child can slide in and out of it). If you don't own a sewing machine, believe me, you can hot glue it, it works! You'd glue the outer perimiter of the oval and cut out shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth with the black felt. Simply glue these to the front of the costume as well. I also used green pipe cleaners as a topper along with a small piece of brown rolled up felt to make a stem and vine headband.
For the middle school aged girl who needs a fun and fancy idea for dress up day, why not make a Miss America costume? Believe it or not, I found this blue dress for $9 in an outlet store! She wore her own sandals and we purchased an inexpensive crown. The sash was a strip of 2 inch wide ribbon that I measured with my daughter, (make sure you allot for it going around her) and some glitter paint to paint "MIss America" on the sash.
Whether you are an accomplished seamstress or someone who isn't handly you can find ways to be creative! Take these ideas and let your own imagination inspire you! Good luck and have fun!
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