I don’t know about you, but when I go to a store and shop for Halloween costumes, I am continually astonished at the skyrocketing prices of costumes. What is even more shocking, is that most of the costumes are not that high of quality. $20 for a lace cap that would tear into little pieces if it got caught on one little thing. $40 for grim reaper costume, which is really just made out of cheesy polyester type fabrics that itch and fit funny every time. Can they really seriously think those costumes are worth that?
It’s crazy when you imagine getting costumes for a family. To get something cheap for four family members, that’s at least $120 or more. To get something that looks reasonable authentic, or doesn’t itch all night, you can up that price to a minimum of $200. I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to waste my money like that. So…. like most crafty mom’s, I have found a bunch of great ways to make costumes for Halloween that don’t cost much.
1. GHOULISH GHOST
This is by far the most affordable and easiest costume. Simply find yourself an old white sheet and drape it over yourself. Carefully cut out some eye holes and then have your way with those in the area in need of a haunting. For something really entertaining, you can be a ghost of a different color, and choose a sheet that is black, green, blue, red or purple.
2. CURIOUS CAT
Find your local fabric store. Fabric stores are exciting places around Halloween, as they often have many great props for only dollars, that you can easily use to create a costume. My favorite, is the $3 set of cat ears, a bow tie and a tail. With an all black outfit, and some black lipstick, you can easily find yourself catting around as the best dressed Halloween cat.
3. CLUMSY CLOWN
Who says that clowns have to look any specific way? Do they all have to have rainbow hair and bright red shoes? I always enjoyed putting on clothes that were ten times to big, add in an old tie that isn’t tied right, with big floppy shoes that used to be my grandpas. Then it was easy enough to get a dollar store Halloween make up kit, rub some white on and then some red lipstick around the lips. And volia! You’re a clumsy clown!
4. DEATHLY VAMPIRE
A cap is simply made with any old bed sheet. Fold it in half and fit it over your shoulders to make sure it comes fully around you. Then cut some small holes in the corners for strings, so that you can tie it tightly below your neck. Then take some olive oil or vegetable oil and slick it through your hair so that it comes back in a sleek look. Then get some of that dollar store Halloween makeup and give yourself that pale expression, with a bit of hollow shadows beneath the eyes.
5. THE UNDEAD
The undead are any number of creatures that roam the earth, that aren’t dead, or alive. They are easy enough to make with that cheap dollar store make up. Start out with a base of white mixed with a little bit of black, so that it makes a pasty gray color. Rub that all over your face first. Then add some black under and around the eyes. From there, you could add icky chicken pox, mumps or open sores. Or you could simply add some more white, make some teeth around your lips and go as a skeleton!
6. WITCHY WITCHES
Remember that fabric store? Go back there. Look around for some colored hair spray, preferably with something glittery in it. Then grab a bit of their affordable prices witches warts, or possibly a long nobly nose. Grab some dollar store make up on your way home. Use the colored hair spray to make your hair a rats nest of wickedness. Then use the make up to give yourself a green face with a few warts or a long nose. Throw on the best black outfit that you have, and grab a black or darker colored sheet to tie over your back. Then grab the kitchen broom and you’re all set! Have fun on witching hour!
This one is fun, though it doesn’t last as long as the others. You’ll want to get a whole package of toilet paper, which is usually between 6 to 8 rolls of tp. You’ll need a helping hand to get all dressed up. Put some of that cheesy make up on your face first. Specifically around the mouth and eyes. Black is better. Then have your helper start unrolling the toilet paper all around you. You can start at the hands or the feet. I don’t suggest starting at the face though, as it does take a bit to get used to, so you’ll appreciate the time your head is unwrapped. Do be careful with this one, as toilet paper doesn’t do well in wet conditions.