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Ten Best Ideas For Cheap Halloween Costumes - Big Ideas With Little Cost

Updated on October 23, 2015

Save Money This Halloween!

If you are looking for cheap Halloween costumes, there are many imaginative things you can do to create your own Halloween costumes. Even if you are not crafty, there are plenty of items you may have around the house without spending a lot of money that can add up to be a great Halloween costume.

I have put together a list of ten Halloween costumes that can be worn by adults or kids that can be made by using a few items. Most of them are very easy to create so take a look at the list.

You can use some of the ideas here for a cheap Halloween costume idea this year. First I will list the items you need to make the Halloween costume whether it may be clothing, accessories or a craft item. Then I will follow with the instructions.

Have fun saving money on Halloween costumes this year.

Cheap Halloween Costumes On Ebay

Ebay is a great place to find deals on Halloween costumes. If you have never shopped on Ebay before it is very simple to find the costume you want, bid on it and if you are the winning bidder it will be shipped right to your home just in time for Halloween.

I have listed a Halloween costume for sale on Ebay for each costume category in case you would rather buy a Halloween costume than make one.

Cheap Halloween Costumes: Mummy

  • White sweatsuit
  • White sheets or gauze
  • Tea bags

Tear white sheets into long strips. Gauze will look the most realistic but sheets work just as well. Wash and dry the pieces once or twice using plenty of bleach. Afterward, soak the pieces in watered down tea to stain slightly. Allow the strips to dry, then rub a little dirt on them for the finishing touch. Children can wear white clothing underneath their bandages. Give everything a dried out, dead look by applying plenty of baby powder to the sheets. Wrap each body part seperately, secure the ends with white or clear medical tape. Apply light-colored make-up where skin is showing. To give it a rotting effect, smudge dark make-up around the eyes, mouth, along fingers, under fingernails, and so on. Using make up and fake blood, scars and a few gash marks.

Cheap Halloween Costumes: Pumpkin

  • Orange, green or brown hooded sweatsuit
  • Large orange pumpkin leaf bag
  • Newspaper
  • Silk leaves

Cut arm holes and head hole in the pumpkin bag. Have the child put the bag on and stuff it with newspapers. Seal it at the bottom with tape. Attach silk leaves around shoulders and neck.

For infants: Use an orange onesie and a piece of green felt. After child is dressed, cut the green felt in a circle. Take another piece of felt and make a small stem, glue it on top of the circle with a glue gun. Attach a piece of elastic and put on baby as a hat.

Cheap Halloween Costumes: Skeleton

  • Black sweatpants
  • Black turtleneck
  • Bones, cut out of white contact paper
  • White gloves

To create the bones, draw out three or four ribs for each side of rib cage, draw out simple limbs, no need to get extravagant. Apply to clothing. Paint face white and apply dark smudges around eyes, nose and mouth. If you don't have gloves, paint hands white.

Variation: Add bones to sweatsuit using white felt or fabric paint.

Cheap Halloween Costumes: Artist

  • Red beret
  • Cardboard
  • Craft paint in several colors
  • Smock or white shirt
  • Paint brush

Wear hat tipped sideways. Draw on a black mustache with eyeliner or face paint. Cut out an artist's paint palette from cardboard. Paint five or six circles in different colors around palette. Hot glue paint brush onto palette or hold in hand.

Cheap Halloween Costume: Pizza Slice

  • 2 sheets of red, yellow or orange poster board
  • Yellow, green, red, and brown construction paper OR craft paint

Cut the posterboard into 2 pie shapes (triangle). Then on one side of each piece, glue on red circles for pepperoni, brown splotches for sausage, green squares for green peppers, and yellow strips for cheese. You can use pieces of posterboard or construction paper, or you can paint them on. Then when you are done, use some more posterboard to connect the two slices, by cutting two long strips and attaching them to the wide end of the slice and draping them over the child's shoulders (imagine those signs that people where in the city streets, the walking billboards of yesteryear). Pizza!

Cheap Halloween Costume: Queen of Hearts

  • 4 pieces of white posterboard
  • 2 pieces of cardboard (from nylon package)
  • Gold spray paint
  • Red lipstick

Draw the Queen of Hearts face on one side of the white posterboard, then just hearts on back side. Put a strap (scrap of material) stapling the two posters to fit over child's or adult's head on to their shoulder. Make gold crown out of nylon cardboard. Put a heart of lipstick on cheek.

Cheap Halloween Costumes: Priest

  • Black pants
  • Black button-down shirt
  • Black shoes
  • White posterboard
  • Rosary
  • Bible

Create a priest's collar from white posterboard and insert into front collar area of shirt. Works best if you use a shirt that has the same type of self-faced collar as priests wear, or you could tuck under the collar points for a similar effect. Add rosary and bible. Especially a cute costume for a boy who is constantly in trouble!

Cheap Halloween Costumes: Crayon

  • Any color sweatsuit
  • Matching color construction paper or posterboard
  • Black marker

Paint the word "crayon" sideways in black, and use the same color construction paper to make your pointed hat. Staple a string on it and tie it under your neck to keep it secure, you can paint your face the same color too.

Cheap Halloween Costumes: Princess

  • Lacy or frilly nightgown
  • Nylon scarf or crepe paper streamers
  • Ribbons, sequins, fake jewels
  • Gold foil
  • Poster board or party hat
  • String elastic
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Cardboard tube/paper dowel from clothes hanger

Tape together a poster board cone hat or use a party hat. Decorate with glued on sequins, fake jewels, glitter, etc. Attach scarf or streamers to top point of hat. Punch holes on sides of hat, tie on elastic string. To create a princess scepter, use cardboard tube covered in foil, glue on sequins and fake jewels and attach ribbons to the end.

VARIATIONS:

  • For a Fairy, cut a star from poster board, cover with foil, attach to dowel from hanger, tie ribbons underneath the starĀ 
  • For Miss America make a cardboard crown and spray paint it gold with glitter. Then make a sash from fabric or sheets and write Miss America on with fabric paint.,
  • For a Bride, add a veil made from netting and a plastic headband. Carry a bouquet of silk flowers.

Cheap Halloween Costumes: Pirate

  • Red & white horizontal stripe shirt
  • Black jeans or sweat pants
  • Boots
  • Bandana
  • Gold clip-on hoop earring
  • Toy sword
  • Plastic eye patch
  • Face paint for mustache
  • Small stuffed toy parrot (optional)

Fringe bottom of black jeans by cutting slits at the bottom of pant leg. If using sweat pants, tuck them into the boots. Tie bandana around child's head with knot sticking out at side. Clip on earring and put on eye patch. Attach parrot to shoulder of shirt with double sided tape or a few hand sewn stitches. use our face paint recipe above to create a brown or black mustache. Add a wide belt with large buckle as an added bonus.

Cheap Halloween Costumes
Cheap Halloween Costumes

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    • Lucy D profile image

      Lucy D 

      8 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

      Yes the Crayon won me as well, luv it. Great ideas great hub.

    • LeanMan profile image

      Tony 

      8 years ago from At the Gemba

      Some very good ideas for costumes thank you very much.

    • viking305 profile image

      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Ah such wonderful and fun ideas for cheap Halloween Costumes. I absolutly love the Crayon Costume, it is hilarious.

    • K9keystrokes profile image

      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      This is a really fun hub. I enjoyed the cheap costume skeleton advice. Although, for the sake of time, eBay may be the real choice! Thanks for the ideas.

      K9

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wendy, It is amazing that so many good thing for cheaper prices are available on Ebay. I should look at it more often. The costumes looked great.

    • Wendy Krick profile image

      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      These are all fun ideas.

    • Dobson profile image

      Dobson 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      When our children were young the cash was tight and my wife made their costumes. One year my son was a dalmation dog made of a white sweat suit with permanent marker polka dots!

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