5 Homemade Halloween Costumes that Won’t Break Your Budget

October 7, 2019 | by amanda ryan

You walk into your nearest Halloween store and start to browse for a costume for your little one. As you jump from costume to costume, you notice the steep prices for each selection. You wonder to yourself, “How is anyone supposed to afford this?”

Halloween costumes that are already put together can cost an arm and a leg. When you factor in the costume, accessories, candy bag, and makeup needed, you’re looking at around $50 for a costume. This is a lot of money to spend on a costume that will be worn once, not to mention if you have more than one kiddo!

So, how can you make sure your child has a fun costume that doesn’t put a dent in your budget? By making it at home!

We compiled a list of 5 costumes that are either free or cheap to make at home. Here are our suggestions…

1. Superman/Clark Kent

For this super simple costume all you are going to need is a Superman T-shirt, a white dress shirt, and a pair of black-rimmed glasses! Your little one will look like they just stepped off the movie set in this homemade costume.

2. Ted Shackelford and Curious George

Curious George is a beloved book and television series for many of us. To bring this classic story to life all you will need is a yellow outfit, hat, and a stuffed monkey. Many of these items you probably already have around the house!

3. Mac and Cheese

What kiddo doesn’t love this ooey gooey cheesy meal? Well, you can bring their favorite food to life this Halloween with a homemade costume. All you need is a yellow shirt, some old toilet paper or paper towel rolls painted yellow to stick to the shirt, and some colored construction paper for the bowl!

4. UPS Driver

Dressing up as a profession is super popular for kids. We’ve seen doctors, teachers, and firefighters, so why not a UPS driver? This costume is super simple! If you have a brown outfit with a brown hat, an old cardboard box, and a printer for printing the UPS logo then this Halloween costume might be the one for you.

5. A Grape

A popular snack or a Halloween costume? Why can’t it be both? To create a grape Halloween costume all you need is purple balloons, tape, and some fake greenery for a head piece. So simple, yet so cute!

As this Halloween rolls around, don’t sacrifice style for your budget. There are so many simple and cheap options for homemade costumes, you just need to check your inventory. With a little bit of creativity and craftiness, your kiddo will be spooky stylish this Halloween night!

Amanda Ryan

Amanda Ryan is a freelance writer specializing in child and family content. Within this content area she has about 5 years of experience. Her love for learning about family life led to earning a bachelor’s degree in child and family development from Western Michigan University. She loves to research and write about the things that can help make parenting a little easier!

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