Ten DIY Homemade Halloween Costumes
Let's face it...We are all aware of how expensive Halloween costumes are these days. It's really no surprise that parents only care about buying cutesy Halloween costumes until their kid reaches a certain age, before sticking them in a homemade outfit. Kids that still want to dress up after age ten can forget about getting an expensive costume, especially if they have a cute little sibling going as a pea pod.
Its much easier after years of buying expensive Halloween costumes to scrounge up something clever from around the house. Homemade costumes can still work, especially some of the timeless classics. In case anyone forgot about these classic DIY homemade costumes, here is a refresher on ten of them:
- Ghost: This is probably just about as simple and chintzy as parents can get, but it is still a classic homemade costume and worth mentioning. In order to make it all you need is a white, or in the case of really cheapo parents--off-white, sheet. Throw it over the kids head, mark where the eyes should be while it's on the kid, then cut the eyes out (after you take it back off the kid). Whala—a ghost!
Hobo: We've seen this guy time and again and yet it apparently never gets old. To make a good hobo outfit you need old raggedy clothes, preferably overalls, and shoes with the toes cut out. If Halloween make up is just way out of your budget, then get an old stick of eyeliner, an eyebrow pencil or mascara and paint a 5 o'clock shadow on your kid's chin. Dress them up in their raggedy clothes, tie a bandanna in a bundle on a stick, then send them on their way.
- Zombie: Back before zombies were cool, we just called this “dead guy”, but now after all the zombie hype, this could turn out to be less than miserable for the kid in the homemade costume. Ripped, tattered clothes are a must for this outfit so find an appropriate play outfit and start shredding. It also requires pale (dead) skin so you will need to either purchase some white Halloween make up or douse your kid in baby powder. Whatever you can do to make the kid's skin dead-looking. Zombies also need blood-stained mouths, so if you don't want to splurge on fake blood, you'll have to come up with a way to improvise—like lipstick, maybe.
Housewife: This is another simple one that we see year after year. All you need for this one is a housecoat (if you have a grandma that lives close by, you can borrow hers) or robe, a pair of house shoes and a curler. If you don't have a hot roller lying around, I guess you could improvise to the best of your ability and maybe use one of those mini lint rollers!
Punk Rocker: I guess you can't call this costume a hooker at this age. But really, the costume itself is practically interchangeable between the two. Call it whatever you're comfortable with. You'll need a mini skirt, knee-high boots, fishnet hose, ratted hair and lots of make up. Don't forget to paint on the fake beauty mark before sending your kid out the door.
- Hippie: All you really need to make for this costume is a pair of bell bottoms and a tie dye shirt. You can cut slits in any pair of old jeans and sew some retro, flashy fabric in each slit to make them bell out. Grab a white tee shirt, section it off with rubber bands and get the food coloring from the pantry. Dip the rubber banded parts into different colors of food coloring and let it dry. That takes care of the hard part, now all you need to do is get a permanent marker and write hippie phrases on the jeans, like “make love, not war” and “peace”. Oh and be sure to draw some peace signs. Hippies also wore bandanas or headbands, and any colored pair of sunglasses.
- Clown: This one is fairly simple. All you need is some colorful clothes, baggy pants cut off below the knee, and suspenders or something like them. You can also cut out patches from bandannas and sew them on randomly. For the face you'll need red lipstick for the nose if nothing else. Ideally you'll want to outline the eyes with eyeliner and paint the corners of the mouth into a smile. Feel free to go the whole nine yards and paint the face white if you want. For headgear, since some parents wont bother with the rainbow wig, you can get creative with the head of a mop, a party hat, or a toboggan hat with a pom pom on top.
What is your favorite homemade Halloween costume?
- Athlete: Ahh...another one that is almost as cheap as the ghost. The only thing you need for this costume is the uniform for whatever sport your kid is playing. If your kid is in little league baseball or pee wee football, dress them up in their uniforms, smear some black mascara under their eyes. Some bubble gum would probably go well with the baseball player too. You can get more generic than this even. If you are desperate for a costume, you could dress your kid up as a miscellaneous athlete by putting them in a sweatsuit and accessorizing with sweat bands and an iPod. You could always say they're “training”.
And finally...last but not least....
- Paper Plate Monster: This one is so simple even the kid can put it together, literally. In all honesty though your kid will probably have a lot of making this costume and they get a chance to express their creativity. Let your kid use the markers and color their own monster face on the back of a paper plate. When they're done with their masterpiece, measure it to their face and cut some eyes and maybe a spot to breath. Now you just thread or staple a piece of elastic or string through both sides of the paper plate and strap it around your kids head. For instructions on how to make the skeleton mask in the picture, visit this website.
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