Homemade costumes save money

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WITCH

Unique ideas for those who like to get creative

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

At no other time can you act like a kid again and get all dressed up just for fun.

As a kid, it’s the perfect time to pretend to be your idol, be it a superhero or princess, or to attempt to scare people by dressing up as a vampire or ghoul.

However, store-bought Halloween costumes are often expensive.

Luckily, they are also easy to make. With the Internet, craft stores and resale stores, it’s easier than ever to fashion your own professional-looking costume at a small price.

A few years ago, I dressed up as a witch. I bought a long black dress from a local resale store, a black belt and a witch’s hat. I purchased some green face paint and a broom, and, viola! I was a witch.

The whole costume cost me about 10 bucks.

Last year I was a lumberjack — all it took was a pair of jeans, a plaid shirt, a pair of suspenders and some combat-style boots. I even made an ax … out of a toilet plunger handle, some cardboard and tin foil.

I didn’t have to purchase anything for that costume!

Here are some fun and easy Halloween costumes that you can make yourself, right at home.

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Here’s what you need for your little one to be a thirsty blood sucker :

  • a pair of black dress pants
  • a white dress shirt
  • black dress shoes
  • a black cape — look for one at your local resale store or make one out of black fabric

Of course, there’s all kinds of accessories you can add to the costume such as fake blood, vampire teeth or a Medieval-looking medallion.

Scarecrow

This costume is great for any age, and all you need is a pair of bib overalls with a plaid shirt underneath.

A pair of garden gloves and a straw hat complete the outfit.

An optional accessory is hay stuffed in sleeves or the neckline of the shirt.

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Sometimes a kid’s favorite toy is the box it came in. Some kids love Legos. So what better Halloween costume than a Lego piece, made out of a box?

Your materials:

  • large cardboard box
  • spray paint

Spray paint the box. Cut out neck, arm and leg holes. Cut out extra circles to glue on top of the box; add arm straps and you have a Lego man!

Mouse

This one is simple … all you need is a pair of gray sweatpants and a gray hooded sweatshirt to start.

Use pink a gray felt for the ears, attach with safety pins to the hood.

Use a gray tube sock, filled with newspaper, for the tail.

Bunch of grapes

Possibly the most inexpensive Halloween costume, a bunch of grapes is also easy to make.cat

And, what kid doesn’t like balloons?

You’ll need a purple sleeper, or purple sweatpants and sweat shirt, and a package of purple balloons.

Carefully attach the balloons with safety pins (bring extra balloons in the event some get popped).

Cat

Similar to the mouse costume, all you need here is a pair of black sweats, and a cat accessory set from your local Halloween store.

A pair of cat ears and tail make the look complete.

 

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Posted by Michelle Graves

Michelle is the managing editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3106 or mgraves@pioneergroup.com.

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