Halloween is just a week away. If you haven’t figured out your children’s costumes yet, don’t despair.
You don’t have to break your budget on a last-minute costume.
Look around the house for some great DIY costume options.
- Cardboard, a T-shirt, balloons, and some leggings or tights become a bubble bath.
- Paint a target on a brown T-shirt, make a sign, “Bummer birthmark, Dude!” that your child carries, make some antlers or grab the Rudolph Christmas ones you have lying around, find a red ball nose, and you have an Unfortunate Rudolph. Thanks, Far Side©.
- Got some suspenders, tight high-water pants, a white button-down shirt, and a bow tie? Presto! You have Alfalfa from Little Rascals.
- Felt, Stitch Witchery or Velcro, and an old sheet could become a slice of pizza.
You get the idea. Hopefully, your creative juices are flowing.
Have some time to do a little shopping? Try these tips:
- Swap costumes with a friend. Call a friend to see what costumes her kids don’t want to wear this year. Ask to borrow or buy them from her. You get a new costume for your kids, and she gets an item or two out of her house. Win-Win.
- Shop your closet. What do you have in your closet or attic that could be part of a costume? Be creative. Got an old graduation gown and mortar? Chemistry scholar. Add a few bottles of something weird to complement the idea.
- Shop your Mom’s or Grandma’s closet. If your parents or grandparents live nearby, you have a goldmine. Ask if you can look through their stored items to come up with pieces you can turn into a crazy costume. One year I wore my Dad’s Naval uniform and went as a midshipman.
- Shop a thrift store. What can you find to make a costume that’s unique? Once, for an office costume party, I went as a fruit cocktail after finding a hideously bright dress on a rack. Also, you might find some previously worn costumes for pennies on the dollar.
- Browse Pinterest for some creative ideas. Check out some of these ideas I found in a brief search for DIY Halloween Costumes:
This year, be unique.
Whether the costume is for you or your kids, think outside the box (hmmm . . . there’s a 10th costume idea there). Make it a game with your kids to see who can be the most creative and spend the least amount of money.
I know my readers are a super creative bunch. Post your costume pictures in the comments below or on Facebook. I’m excited to see your costumes.
If you need help, please reach out. I promise to listen without judgment and help you take the next step.