Creative Cheap Halloween Costumes For Kids
You can really come up with some cute and clever ideas for cheap Halloween costumes, even if you don’t feel particularly creative. Don’t wait until the night before Halloween to start your costumes. Look at the people and things around you and ask yourself, “How can I recreate this?”
Look at thrift stores and garage sales for cheap Halloween costumes. Go ahead and buy the costume or piece of a costume if the price is right. You really can’t go wrong spending $0.25 on a piece of a costume. Even if it doesn’t work, you haven’t lost much.
Halloween costumes can be very simple and still make a big impact. For example, instead of the usual witch robes, drag out your elegant black dress and add a witch hat with a veil of spider webbing stretched over your face. Cover the spider web with plastic spiders. For a man, a nice suit and tie and a funny mask makes a good simple yet cheap Halloween costume. For a couple: get a REALLY big sweatshirt, both of you get in it and be Siamese twins!
Here are some examples of some great cheap Halloween costumes for kids:
- Sunflower – For the body, use a white sleeper or sweat suit. Paint the child’s face yellow, adding black spots to simulate seeds if you like. Make a flower out of felt to fit on the child’s head or glue sunflowers on a white hat.
- Angel – Again, use a white sweat suit or a long white dress for the body. Make wings out of heavy white poster board and paint the edges gold. Attach tie straps to them that go around the shoulders. You can also shape a metal clothes hanger into a wing. Make two wings, hot glue fabric around them and add straps.
- Pea Pod – Cut 2 small foam balls in half with an electric knife or a knife with a serrated blade. (Note: Do this BEFORE attaching them to the child! 😉 Wrap in green fabric and pin them to the front of a green sweat suit. Make a hat out of 2 shades of green felt and a little brown felt for a stem.
- Lion – Buy a yellow hat or dye a white hat yellow. Buy long brown fake fur, yellow fake fur and a yellow sweatsuit. You can get fake fur at your favorite fabric store. Add brown fur to the top of the hat (for a mane), hot-glue yellow fur into a long tail, adding a poof of brown for the end. Pin the tail on the back of the costume. Make an oval of the fur for the child’s tummy and use eyeliner for whiskers.
- Dalmatian – Pin black felt dots onto a pair of white sweats. Paint black polka dots on the child’s face. Add more polka dots to a white hat, make some black felt ears and add black shoes to finish it.
- I Paint, Therefore I Am – Glue a copy of a painting with a face on it on a piece of cardboard. (For example, the Mona Lisa). Cut out the face and then use it as a mask with the child’s face in the spot where the other face was.
- Race Car Stroller – Decorate a stroller as a race car by adding fabric or paper racing stripes and a number. Add two flashlights for headlights, plus some reflector tape. If you want to get really creative, add a wind foil, a foil covered paper towel roller for an exhaust pipe or whatever else your clever mind conjures up. Cut a steering wheel out of cardboard for the child to hold. Your child can wear whatever clothes he wants. Just add an old helmet or baseball cap worn backwards.
Think of costume themes for all of the kids in the family:
It can be fun for all the kids to dress up in costumes that complement each other. Some sample themes are:
- Candy bars
- Rabbit family (or family of animals such as ducks, cats, dogs etc.)
- Cartoon characters (i.e. Mickey Mouse, Minnie and Donald Duck).
- They could also dress in pairs like a mouse and cheese, a plant and a watering can or doctor and patient. The sky’s the limit.
- Christmas theme – One child could go as a present, another a Christmas tree, another Rudolph and the 4th as Santa.
- Wizard of Oz or another movie theme.
It doesn’t take a lot of money to be creative with your costumes and you will find that creative costumes are a lot more fun than store bought costumes. Just think about the things your kids like and the materials you have and try to think of a way to make something unique. You’d be surprised about the cute things you can come up with if you invest a little time in the thought.
Remember, the idea is for the costume to be fun and cute, so don’t obsess about perfection and, by all means, involve the kids in making their own Halloween costumes. Just make sure you supervise or the costumes may turn out a little too “impressionist!” 😉
One additional note about Halloween costumes: With younger kids, simpler is better. Our oldest son used to dream up complicated costumes, but they often were difficult to construct and handle and he would get frustrated with them. Once we started helping him make simpler costumes, he enjoyed them much more! The best costumes are easy to move around in that allow the child to see well and can adapt to changing temperatures.
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