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Comic Book Couple for HalloweenHere is a photo of my husband and I this Halloween. I turned us into cheeky comic book characters. It all cost a few dollars using just makeup, markers (for outlining old clothes), and paper for talk bubbles.


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Pippy Longstocking WigI had to laugh when I saw this category. Years ago I dressed like Pippy Longstockings for Halloween. I took a mop head and colored it red with food coloring and used a bent coat hanger to braid the hair around so it would stick out straight.


Girl Pirate with Gun Pointing at Camera

Halloween: Girl PirateThis is a girl pirate costume. I used nearly all things I had in my closet or Halloween trunk, except for the striped tights (new) and the off white blouse (Goodwill). It's more fun to make a costume instead of buying one


A homemade Wolverine (X-Men) costume with yellow eyes and long metal claws.

Halloween Costume: Wolverine (X-Men)This is a costume of Wolverine from X-Men. This is the Hugh Jackman version, not the comic book blue/yellow version. Total materials cost about $36.


Two boys dressed up as cowboys for Halloween.

Halloween Costume: Big Little RanchersSince crafting has always been a huge part of my life, making our sons' Halloween costumes was a huge event. The boys enjoyed it as much as I did and really had some good ideas.


A close up of the Carmen Miranda costume, with a fancy flowered hat.

Halloween Costume: Carmen MirandaAs soon as I found an old photo of Carmen Miranda, I knew her colorful style and punchy attitude would make a perfect Halloween costume project. I had the photo up in my bedroom for months and built the costume piece by piece for just as long.


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Halloween Costume: A Man and His DogOne Halloween, I dressed the older boy in a dress shirt, vest, bow tie and dress trousers with leather Sunday shoes. The younger one wore a black sweatshirt and sweatpants, with a simple black woolen cap to which I had sewed stuffed black socks for "hang dog ears".


Girl Dressed as Rainbow Brite

Halloween Costume: Rainbow BriteI made this costume in the 1980's for my daughter who was a big fan of Rainbow Brite. In those days $40.00 was a lot to spend on a homemade costume. But it was worth the smile on my daughter's face.


A halloween costume where the right side is a man in a white shirt, jeans and a tie, and the left is a woman in a black dress with heels.

Halloween Costume: Half Man - Half WomanOne half of my body looked like a man, and the other looked like a women. Very inexpensive. Go to a used clothing store to get the clothes.


Two pictures of a man dressed as the Incredible Hulk.

Halloween Costume: The Incredible HulkThis is my costume for the Incredible Hulk. It consisted of ripping up a white T-shirt, tearing some jeans and dying them purple, wearing green contact lenses, and spending nearly 3 hours getting airbrushed and detailed with green and purple paint.


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Halloween Costume: Hickory, Dickory, DockChild becomes the grandfather clock in the nursery rhyme, Hickory, Dickory, Dock.


Pattern for Dracula costum out of 2 sheets

Pattern for Dracula CapeI have made capes out of twin size black flat bed sheets. They're $5 at Wal-Mart. Just find the middle of 1 edge of the sheet, and cut straight to the opposite corner on the bottom. Do the same on the other side.


Boys Dressed up as Plant and Zombie

Halloween Costume: Plants Vs. ZombiesMy sons love the game, Plants Vs. Zombies so they decided to use it as the basis for last year's costume. I think it turned out super cute, except that when my older son got tired of his Peashooter mask and took it off, he looked more like a frog.


Closeup of face with spiked hair, glasses, and fake teeth.

Halloween Costume: Mad ScientistI put this homemade mad scientist costume together so I could play "Host" to my son's Halloween themed birthday party.


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Halloween Costume: Black Eye PeaTake a shirt and put a P on it. Then get the black stuff that the football players wear and put it under your eyes. Tell everyone you are a "black eye pea".



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Halloween Costume: Lunch Lady Land!My company allows us to dress up at Halloween, but it's difficult to find costumes that are family-appropriate and don't hinder movement. One year I made a big splash for less than $10!


Halloween Costume: Dog the Bounty HunterMy daughter thought this up for her daughter, who is my grand daughter.


Little boy dressed as a bunch of grapes.

Halloween Costume: A Bunch Of GrapesI started with a sweatshirt that had plenty of space. I blew up a bunch of balloons, and used safety pins to pin them to the sweatshirt (through the part on the other side of the knot, obviously), in the shape of a bunch of grapes.


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Homemade Face PaintTo make face paint mix 1 tsp. cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. cold cream, 1/2 tsp. cold water and add food coloring. Mix the ingredients well and paint away! This will wash off with cold cream.


pink princess

Princess CostumeI used an old dress for this costume. I tore a piece of the dress to put in her hair and added a necklace and I gave her that toy wand.


Halloween: Dog the Bounty Hunter and Wife CostumeDuane Chapman is known as Dog the Bounty Hunter and lives in Hawaii with his wife Beth and family. My husband Todd agreed to wear the only store-bought part of this costume, the long blonde wig.


kids dressed as the characters

Popeye and Olive Oyl CostumesPopeye's arms are two pairs of tights (one inside the other) stuffed in the middle with stuffing and sewn to the sleeve of his shirt. I used some red material to pin around his neck for his collar and his yellow karate belt for his waist.


Lollipop Guild Munchkin Costume

Lollipop Guild Munchkin CostumeThis is a very basic and clean costume that uses 2 button down shirts, a pair of gray cut slacks, white/gray striped leggings, and a pair of boots.


Little Scarecrow Costume

Halloween: Little Scarecrow CostumeThis is "Our Little Scarecrow" Tyler. His costume is homemade by me, his mommy. I took an old pair of overalls, some scrap material and a little creativity. My secret weapon was using an old hula skirt as his straw hair, stuffing, etc.


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Halloween: Smarty Pants CostumeBe a "Smarty Pants" for Halloween. Buy Smartie candy rolls and tape the candy all over a pair of pants. Use clear packing tape to ensure the candy doesn't fall off.


Halloween: "Monthly Gift" Couple Costume (Adult)Here's our interpretation of the "Monthly Gift from Mother Nature". I wanted to do something really funny and make a costume that no one else would be demented enough to make.


Child in Grover costume

Super Grover Costume (Sesame Street)Here is a DIY Super Grover costume. At a local thrift store, I bought a blue sweat shirt and a blue pair of pants, and tried to match the color as close as possible. I also found some colored felt and sewed on the "S" with the lighting bolt as his logo.


Spooky Witch Costume

Halloween: Spooky Witch CostumeMy granddaughter had a witch costume. We hot glued plastic spiders all over the hat and painted her face a nice shade of green and added "warts."


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Movie Theater Floor CostumeCut the glass down the middle and hot glue upside down to shirt sleeve between elbow and wrist. Cover and all and add a straw to each "cup."


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Rubik's Cube CostumeDazzle people this Halloween as the world's all time favorite puzzle toy, The Rubik's Cube!



Three children in costume.

Halloween Costume Safety TipsRegardless of if your costume is bought or homemade, please use a "homemade" face. As a volunteer with our local fire dept and a first responder, I find it sad that every year at least one child is injured by their costume.


bib and tunic top

Halloween Tunic TopThis Halloween bib was less than a dollar and with a couple of snips, it became the front pocket on my daughter's tunic shirt. I simply cut off the top portions and sewed around the edges.


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"Free Kittens" Stroller CostumeCut top and bottom out of box. Slide over stroller and tie or tape in place so seat of stroller is inside box. Tie or tape stuffed cats and kittens inside box so that they are looking over side.


Pirate Costume (Jack Sparrow)

Halloween: Pirate Costume (Jack Sparrow)This costume was made from items around the house and thrift store buys, costing pennies to make. Any black pants will do, an adult black sweater with arms cut off for the vest, a striped piece of fabric for the sash and a belt.


Halloween: Partly Cloudy Costume

Halloween: Partly Cloudy CostumeTalk about a frugal, quick, inexpensive costume, this is it! Take any plain, solid-colored sweatshirt (preferably dark), glue or use double-stick tape to adhere some white pillow stuffing a little below the neck of the shirt.


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Lego CostumeThis Lego building block costume will wow your neighbors. Also works great as a couples costume!


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Halloween Laundry Basket CostumeYou will need a large white bedsheet. Cut out a hole in sheet to fit over your head. Try to center the hole in the middle of length of sheet. You will need a round plastic clothes basket with most of bottom cut out to fit over your head and rest on your shoulders.


Barbarian Warrior Costume

Barbarian Warrior CostumeTo make this costume, we used old curtains, a toilet seat cover, an old wig and leatherette from an old purse.


Boxasaurus Dinosaur Halloween CostumeFrighten people this Halloween all the way back to the prehistoric era with this Boxasaurus dinosaur costume!


Halloween: Jack in the Box CostumePop out of a Jack in the Box and surprise people at their doors this Halloween. On all box costumes, you will need to secure the box shut with tape


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Halloween: Upper and Lower GI CostumesThis is a clever and inexpensive Halloween costume, great for adults! When my daughter-in-law was pregnant, that presented a bigger challenge. My creative son came up with a really clever idea for their costumes that year.


infant dressed as a football

Infant Football CostumeWe needed a costume for my sister's baby for their Church's Fall Festival Block Party. She and her husband both enjoy football and already had jerseys, so I made the baby a football costume with about a 1/4 yard of fleece. Easy, fun and inexpensive. cost less than $3.


Wand Using Hanger

Magic Wand from Recycled Coat HangerI made matching wands for the daughter's dance class. Their costumes were bright green with boas. I took the cardboard portion of a wire hanger and hot glued a little fur to the top. They loved it!


A dog dressed as a witch for Halloween.

Howl-O-Ween Sweater DressThis is a sweater dress I made for my tiny Yorkie, it is a cute dress, a sweater and a costume all in one.


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Halloween Costume: Stick Of Butter Lady (Paula Deen)For a fast and inexpensive costume that won't look like those at the store, why don't you go as Paula Deen? Or, as my husband affectionately calls her, 'The stick-of-butter lady' with the cooking show. Every recipe she makes seems to begin with a stick of butter, lol... so guys all seem to adore her recipes.



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Buy Your Halloween Costume Larger For Warm Clothes UnderneathIf you live in a colder climate, buy your child's costume a size or two larger so s/he can wear sweats or a jacket underneath without ruining the effect.


Man in Housewife costume

Frugal Halloween Costumes for Children and AdultsHalloween is fast approaching! Here are some easy and inexpensive Halloween costumes for adults and children alike, using sweat suits and stuff you have laying around the house.


Woman dressed as a bowling ball.

Homemade Bowling Ball CostumeI just wanted to share my Halloween costume picture. I went to Walmart and got two standard size hula hoops and a box of 39 gallon lawn and leaf bags. A hula hoop fits right inside the lawn bag and then I taped all the edges to the back with black electrical tape.


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Halloween Costume: Ghostly GuiseSheer curtains over white or grey sweats make an ethereal and safe (see through) ghost costume. They're very inexpensive and much lighter than a sheet and no makeup is needed, although one could use a little clown white.


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Halloween Costume: GhoulteacherFor Halloween one year, I bought the ugliest dress I could find at the thrift store. It was a black sheath dress with yellow, white and gold shear collar and it was sleeveless. I wore black pantyhose and glued spiders and ants on the hose and dress.


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Trade Costumes With FriendsIf you have friends with children the same size or about the same as yours, trade Halloween costumes. This way, each costume will be "new" to each child.


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Keeping Kids Warm in Their CostumesIf your kids go outside on Halloween it's important that they stay warm in their costumes. Just put them in matching colorful sweatshirt and sweatpants; then pair that with a good mask or hat!


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Easy, Pretty Girl's Costume from Old DressWhen I was a little girl my mother made a simple but pretty costume with the taffeta skirt of one of her old dresses.


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Halloween Costume IdeasI called several places about renting a Halloween costume and was dumbfounded at the amount of money you can spend to rent a costume. And you don't even get to keep it! So, I put my thinking cap on and did some research.


A homemade Halloween costume

Homemade Halloween CostumeEvery year, I make all my grandchildren's costumes. I use plain sweats in bright colors without any logo's on them. Hanes is a good one to use. . .


Making Paws for an Animal CostumeSince Halloween is just around the corner I thought I would share this tip. When making an animal costume with paws for hands,(great if it's cold on Halloween like it is here) take a glove in the size you need and cut it apart.


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Making Tails for CostumesTails On Halloween Costumes. When looking to add a skinny tail to a costume for Halloween or a play, use a tube sock as a guide. . .


Cute Bird Halloween Costumes

Cute Bird Halloween CostumesFor Halloween costumes, I use sweatsuits/jackets/sweatpants that I already have on hand and decorate them.


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Cheap To Free Halloween Costumes for BabyA list of last minute Halloween Costumes for the little ones.


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Bag of Garbage Costume IdeaCut holes in the bottom of a large garbage bag for legs and two holes in the side of the bag for arms...


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"Bun in the Oven" CostumeIf you are pregnant this Halloween, get a big box, like one that a TV or microwave comes in, cut holes for your head, and arms leaving the bottom open so you can have lots of room for your legs. Make sure to get one that will go below your belly...


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TV Costume IdeaGet large cardboard box and cut out the bottom for your legs and three holes for your arms and head...


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Ninja Costume IdeaAll you need is black pants, black shirt, black shoes and a black sash to wear as a belt...


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Skeleton Costume IdeaTake an old black sweat suit and paint bones on it with white paint...


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Grapes Costume IdeaGet a purple sweat suit and attach a bunch of purple balloons to it so it looks like a bunch of grapes.


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X-Ray Machine Costume IdeaFor a variation on the skeleton costume, paint the rib cage of a skeleton on a black t-shirt.


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Easy Ghost CostumeFor a last minute costume idea, dont forget the good old plain white sheet ghost costume.


View of the helmet painted like a shell.

Turtle Costume for a BabyTrying to find an inexpensive costume for a 7 month old can be hard. I had this idea to make our son Nathan a turtle costume.


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Making Masks and Halloween CostumesMy children love to create their own costume's mask for Halloween. I buy foam craft sheets, self sticking cut outs, glitter and glue. Any items in the craft area or around the house works.


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Washing Detergent CostumeSix Halloween costumes to come up with yearly and wanting to never repeat one was quite a challenge. One of the cutest and easiest, was a box of detergent that was overflowing with suds. Instructions included.


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Face Painting Ideas for CostumesDo an internet search for face painting ideas. Last year I found a great fleece lion costume for $5.


Couple dressed in costume.

Gold Digger and Sugar Daddy CostumeFor the woman, wearing black pants and black sweater, using a 3 inch wide yellow ribbon, I made a "Miss America" type banner, and put sticky letters on it saying "GOLD DIGGER" ...


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Handmade Hobo CostumeHandmade costumes are fun. They can dress like a hobo with a stick and bandana item...


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M&M Halloween CostumeAll buy material big enough to make a big circle, front and back, with solid color material. Allowing neck hole, arm holes & a way of putting it on. Sew or mark a big "M" on the front.


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Lamb CostumeI saw a sweet little Halloween costume yesterday. It was a lamb costume. She'd used a black long sleeved bodysuit and glued white pompoms on the belly and made ears with a plastic hair band covered in black felt and hot glued ears with black, white, and pink felt.


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Really Quick Halloween CostumeGo to Office Max and get a pack of the "Hello, My Name is __________" stickers. Fill them out with various names and put all over your clothing.


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Halloween Costume Ideas for CouplesFinding couples Halloween Costumes has always been a challenge! Over the last few years I have seen many different ones at Halloween parties. To give you a few ideas I have about 80 here.


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Sparkle Shoes for Girl's Halloween Costume (or dress up)Don't waste money buying them at a store. Make your own. I did last year (red ones for a Dorothy costume) and they held up well.


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Homemade Halloween Make-upAn easy Halloween Make-Up recipe.


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Sizing Down a Costume for a ChildWhen you are sizing down a costume for a child, have them try on the costume for fitting inside out and with the shoes (if any) they will be wearing with the costume. After they have the costume on (still inside out) mark where the seams for the intake will be.



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