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Costumes for Under Five Dollars—Homemade Halloween Costumes on a Budget
Five-Dollar Costumes—Homemade Halloween Costumes on a Budget
Having fun on Halloween shouldn't break the bank. After all, no matter how awesome your costume is, the truth is that you will not wear it that often. Luckily, you can make a memorable costume on a budget.
These homemade Halloween costumes each cost five dollars or less to make. Most of them are just downright silly and funny. You are sure to get a laugh, and who knows, you may just win a Halloween contest or two. I also included five-dollar costumes for your dog, Halloween safety tips, cheap Halloween gift basket ideas. I write regularly on Halloween costume, decoration, and party ideas, so if you are looking for other ways to make the holiday memorable or want to learn how to pimp your pumpkin, check out my profile for more articles.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!
Twister is a great costume for either an individual or a couple. It is simple, and lends itself to photo opps as well!
- White shirt
- Red, blue, green, and yellow felt
- Poster board
- Hot glue or needle and thread
- Cut out circles from the felt and arrange them on the white shirt in the same pattern as a Twister board.
- Trim off the end of the poster board off to make it square.
- Draw a circle on the poster board and divide it into sections that correspond with the colors. Color in each section with the markers.
- Cut out an arrow from the piece of the poster board that you cut off. Color it black.
- Attach the tail end of the arrow to the middle of the circle with a brad, so that it can be spun.
There are endless variations on dressing up as an undead ancient Egyptian. You may be tempted to buy loads of gauze and wrap it around yourself, but you will find that it is hard to get it to stay where you would like. Here's an easy way to fix that problem.
- An old white sheet or 2-3 yards of fabric (you will find that this is actually cheaper than buying the necessary amount of gauze)
- Old sweats or any other long-sleeved shirt and pants
- Spray glue or a hot glue gun
- Optional: fake blood
- Cut the fabric into long strips.
- Put on the old sweats or long-sleeved shirt and pants.
- If you have spray glue, spray the fabric, then wrap it around your clothing. Repeat until you have fully covered yourself and wrap a few remaining strips around your head.
- If you have a hot glue gun, glue the end of the strip to your clothing (be careful, the glue can get hot). Wrap the strip around your arm, leg, or torso until you reach the end. Then glue down the end of the strip to your clothing. Repeat until you have fully covered yourself and wrap a few remaining strips around your head.
- Optional: Splatter the fake blood on yourself or dribble some from your lips.
Super Easy Mummy
For a super easy mummy, wear a sheet and wrap just your head in gauze.
Under-Five-Dollar Dog Ghost Costume
Dress your long-leggedy beastie as a ghost that goes woof in the night. An excellent chance to recycle that old sheet!
- Pins or a marker
- Hot glue gun or thread
- Optional: pumpkin basket
- Drape the sheet over the dog. Using pins or a marker, mark where the sheet hits right above the feet, where the dog's eyes are, where the dog's snout is, and where the front and sides of the collar are.
- Cut out large holes for the eyes (the costume will move around a little) and the snout.
- Cut off any excess fabric that would fall below the dog's feet.
- Sew or glue the elastic onto the points of the sheet that will hit the collar.
- Loop the dog's collar through the elastic so that it is attached to the costume. Now he or she can walk around as a haunting ghost!
- Dye or tie-dye the sheets orange and black.
- Paint or stencil something fun on the sheets.
- Write something funny on the sheet like, "Dead Dog Walking" or "Boo". Use your imagination and be creative and I'm sure you can come up with something fun.
Fish Bowl Costume
This works on any belly, whether or not you are pregnant—although it is particularly cute on an expecting mother.
What's more, this is one of the cheapest costume options available. All you need is paint! And, of course, someone who can draw.
- Body paint
- Paint brushes, sponges, or Q-tips
- Cold cream and/or facial wipes
- Paint on the picture with body paint. Paint brushes, sponges (especially the wedge sponges, meant to apply makeup, that are sold at most convenience stores), and Q-tips are all great tools to use to apply paint. Body paint is recommended because acrylic will crack when dried.
- To remove at the end of the day, have cold creme and/or facial wipes at hand.
2. Paint a pumpkin face instead.
3. Paint a Baby on Board sign. Funny for a man to do too.
4. If you are really brave, paint this on your belly and wear a bathing suit and flip flops.
This one is easy. Wear one of your old sports uniforms. Don't have one? Borrow one from someone who does.
Couples can have some fun by reversing the roles. The guy can wear the cheerleading outfit while the girl dresses up in his uniform.
Beer Pong Costume
This will draw a lot of laughs. Be forewarned: people may be tempted to utilize your costume to play actual beer pong. Just say no if you want to make it through the night without getting soaked in sticky alcoholic beverages.
- Large piece of cardboard
- Red Solo cups
- Hot glue gun
- Use the hot glue gun to attach the red Solo cups to the cardboard in beer pong formation.
Pizza Man Costume
This costume takes a certain kind of bravery, but on the bright side, you get to eat a pizza.
- Pizza box
- Some sort of adhesive
- This ventures into the territory of too much information, so I will let you figure it out for yourself!
1. No pizza box? Well, I guess you could always use a Happy Meal box from McDonald's.
2. You can skip the pizza box and just borrow a uniform from someone who works at a pizza place or McDonalds.
Fruit of the Loom Costume
What's sexier than dressing as a brand of underwear sold at Walmart? This makes for a great group costume.
- Green or purple balloons
- Green or purple beanie
- Safety pins
- A t-shirt, preferably in the same color as the balloons
- Shorts and tights—because for some reason the Fruit-of-the-Loom guys in commercials are always wearing tights
- Blow up balloons.
- Carefully safety pin them to the shirt.
- Wear with beanie, shorts, and tights.
1. Use a purple (or green) cap and balloons to make a grape costume.
2. Go in a group as the Fruits of the Loom.
Where's Waldo? Costume
People will have no problem picking you out of a crowd in this costume!
- Red-and-white striped long-sleeved shirt
- Blue jeans
- Red and white beanie
- Round glasses
- Put on all of the clothes and accessories.
- Walk around big crowds waving and smiling.
A Box of Tissues Costume
A box of tissues is a very easy costume that you can prepare the day of!
- Wide paint brush or sponge
- Permanent marker or colored paper
- Tissue paper
- Cut a hole in the top of the box for your head, two holes in the side of the box for your arms, and remove the bottom of the box.
- Using a wide paint brush or a sponge, paint the box. You can paint it a solid color, like above, or pattern it.
- Use the tape to attach the tissue paper around the back of the head hole.
- Either draw the words on with the permanent marker (wait until the paint is completely dried, because moisture ruins permanent markers) or cut the letters out of colored paper and tape them on.
- Write "Tissues" on both the front and the back.
- Use pre-made stickers or stencil letters for the words.
- For a raunchier twist, write "Blow me" on the front.
A Member of the Blue Man Group Costume
This is an extremely cheap and easy costume. Take a trip down memory lane with a Blue Man Group costume.
- Blue rubber cap
- Blue face or body paint.
- Black long-sleeved shirt.
- Black pants
- Put on shirt and pants (you do not want to bother with these after applying the paint).
- Paint all exposed skin with blue paint.
- Put on the blue rubber cap.
1. Have children wear bright colors while trick-or-treating.
2. Use a flashlight at night.
3. Pin child's phone number and name in the costume.
4. Leave the pumpkin carving to adults.
Baby Pumpkin Costume
Great for twins! Buy a pair of two-dollar pumpkins, and you have yourself two costumes for under five dollars! This costume is perfect for a picture, but not to wear all night long. However, it can be worth it just for that baby photo that will follow the child into adulthood.
- Pumpkin (choose the size so that it will fit the baby comfortably)
- Carving tools
- Cut the pumpkin in half and thoroughly clean out the insides.
- Optional: Cut a circle around the stem on the top of the pumpkin to place on the side for decorative effect.
1. If you don't have kids, you could always use your small dogs.
3. Do this costume only for picture taking and dress the kids in something warmer for Halloween.
Cheap Homemade Halloween Gift Baskets
A basket is the perfect gift for friends who no longer trick-or-treat. There's no hard-and-fast way to make a gift basket; you fill it and decorate it in a variety of ways. This is a chance to show your creativity and to customize the basket to the recipient. Here are some ideas to get you jumpstarted:
1. Use orange and black tissue paper.
2. Attach Halloween balloons.
3. Use a plastic pumpkin for a basket.
4. Use black or orange wicker baskets and fill or line with straw.
5. Fill the basket with popcorn and a scary Halloween movie instead of candy.
If you want more ideas for Halloween gifts, check out my profile for links to more Halloween crafts, such as a s'more gift basket.
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