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Easy Homemade Costumes For Halloween

Updated on October 10, 2011

Halloween Costumes From Home

If you are in the market for a few Halloween costumes but want a cheap or homemade costume so you can save some money, here are some great ideas for you that won't cost you an arm and a leg. Anyone can make easy homemade costumes for Halloween with a little time and creativity.

Consider these simple costume ideas for your Halloween this year. You will have a very unique costume and will save your money at the same time.

Halloween Costumes Using a Box

Using a big old box is a great start for a lot of Halloween costumes. The idea with a box is that it generally will be rigged up to either sit on your shoulders or you can make shoulder straps to make it sit lower on your body. Either way, the core material for this costume, a box, if readily available at your local store and won't cost you a dime. Some of these box ideas can be done right on the box. Others will look even better if you first wrap the box in colored or white paper to create a clean backdrop.

How about a Rubik's cube? You can take a big box and cut out sheets of construction paper in the various colors and tape or glue them to the sides of the box. This is a very easy and colorful costume idea that works great for kids. It will certainly be unique!

Another option is a cell phone. If you can find a tall and skinny bog and cut a face hole out of the front you have the makings of a great cell phone. Now all you need to do is add the keys and whatever markings you prefer. You can go for the traditional phone with number keys or go high tech with a smartphone and the most popular icons.

Maybe a cup of coffee is more your cup of tea. If you can get your hands on a big enough sheet of cardboard you can make a big cylinder, add a top and arm holes, and leave the bottom open for your feet. Go with whatever logo you want. You can just say the drink is whatever you like as long as it is obvious that you are a cup of coffee. Actually, a nice mocha would be a great way to celebrate Halloween.

Here is an old favorite that works great with a box. A robot is the perfect fit. It looks especially cool if you can make a cylindrical robot head as well to put up top. Your arms and legs can be free as long as you wear robot colored garments. You can be really creative with a robot outfit, adding whatever buttons or lights you want.

If you have a little dude in your family a car or truck could be a really cool idea. Turn the box so that it is long and color it up. For the wheels, you can attach black colored paper plates to give it that authentic look. What fun it would be to see a little monster truck coming down the street for some candy.

If you want to do more with cardboard it is as simple as this. Cut out two big sheets and attach them with 2 strips of fabric or duct tape so that you can rest those two strips on your shoulders. Now you can do whatever you like with the cardboard. Cut it and paint it like the Queen of Hearts. make yourself a remote control, be a sandwich, a Lego brick, or cut a circle and be an Oreo cookie. You get the idea? The options are limitless.

Halloween Costumes Using Fabric

If you have fabric, old sheets, or old clothes around you have the makings of a great homemade Halloween costume that will be easy to put together.

A ghost is the most common image that you see at Halloween, yet you rarely see this as a costume. The ghost outfit kind of reminds me of E.T. since that's what he dressed as but it is super easy if you have an old sheet that if headed for the trash. All that is really required is eye holes and a way to keep it on. Arm holes are OK just to give you some ability to hold your candy.

If you are an actor you might choose to dress up as an old woman or old man using some of these silly clothes in the back of the closet. It's easy to create a fun and unusual outfit with old clothes. These outfits are even better with some accessories like an old purse or and old pair of glasses. Maybe it's time to check out mom and dad's closet, or the grandparents, to see what your options are.

Making a mummy outfit can turn out really neat if you have enough white fabric to truly be wrapped up. There's no need to cover your face, but you can. Not only is this costume perfect for Halloween, it offers you total mobility so you can go dancing if you like. You can keep it simple and use white duct tape or safety pins to attach the loose ends.

You could be a scarecrow easy enough if you have some straw around. Just pick some old clothes with room in them and make the straw stick out of the sleeves, neck and legs. You can fasten it with duct tape for the night so it won't all fall out. Add a little makeup and a funny hat and you're there.

Need More Ideas?

Did you find something you like? If so, why not take a shot at it. You can always bail out and get a costume if you have to. Experimenting with these ideas is not going to cost you much money so you might as well give it a try.

If you want more ideas check out other Halloween costume websites or merchant sites. You are certain to find a costume that gives you an idea. Better yet, just look around your house or office. I'll bet you see everyday things that fit well into the box or fabric idea list.

Hopefully you will find that it's easy to make easy homemade costumes for Halloween and will have a unique costume this year.


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    • BallisticJW profile image

      BallisticJW 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I think I might try to save some cash and make a simple costume this year for myself and my boyfriend :)