Halloween is a great time to be creative and save money. Try out these ideas for homemade Halloween costumes.
Wear black pants and a white turtleneck or long-sleeve shirt. Cover a large box with white paper and add black paper dots on the sides. Cut holes for your head and arms and put the box over your head - voila, you're a dice (well, a die to be correct)! This is a great costume to make for two: a pair of dice.
2. Bag of Trash
Why not trick-or-treat as a trash bag? It's a creative and fun homemade Halloween costume. Simply cut holes in a large trash bag for your legs and arms and step in, fastening the top of the bag at your neck. Add crumpled newspaper or plastic shopping bags inside to make the bag appear "full;" you can also attach some random pieces of trash (a fast food drink cup, candy wrapper, etc) to the outside of the bag for visual interest.
These are two easy costumes; just use things you have around the house. For the hobo, try an oversized old suitcoat or flannel shirt and oversized pants of any type. You can sew on some random patches at the knees and elbow. Complete the look by creating a "poke" with a bandana tied to a stick, and carry this over your shoulder.
For the nerd, wear short/"high water" pants, a shirt with a pocket protector, and thick glasses. Add a pair of suspenders and carry some books to add some fun.
Homemade Halloween costumes don't get much easier than a ghost. Put a white sheet over your head, cut holes for eyes, and you're good to go. If you'd like more details, carry a length of chain for a creepy "ghost of Christmas past" effect.
Animal costumes are always popular, and many can be created using a basic sweatsuit, preferably with a hood. Let's begin with a bunny: wear a sweatshirt and sweatpants in the desired bunny color (pink is always good). Buy some bunny ears from a costume shop and add these on top, as well as adding a large white pompom tail in back. You can go for more detail by sewing or glueing white fabric to the front of the sweatshirt for a white tummy, and you can wear whiskers as well.
For a puppy, begin with a white sweatsuit. Cut circles from black felt and sew or glue these onto the suit. Cut ears from white felt and attach them; wow - you've got a dalmatian!
Now that you've read about a few frugal Halloween costumes, hopefully your mind has been inspired to come up with more of your own. Homemade Halloween costumes are not only smart financially, they're an excellent creative outlet. The neighbors will remember your homemade creation long after they've forgotten the store-bought witches and goblins.
Susan Braun is a freelance writer living with her husband, three daughters, 2 rabbits, 2 gerbils and hedgehog in Indiana. She writes at girlsinwhitedresses.wordpress.com and Associated Content.