Ok, to wrap up this crazy week before Halloween, we’re going to focus on costume frugality. I will give several costume ideas a day. If you don’t like them, don’t blame me. I collected them from all over and some of the magazines are ancient! LOL That’s why I’m giving you a few to pick from each day. I figure by the end of all this you’ll have so many frugal costume ideas, you won’t know WHAT to do with them all!! And hey – it wasn’t me who waited until the last minute to get costumes this year (ok so it was!) LOL
BUNNY: White sleeper or white sweats, attach a pompom to the seat. Make ears out of white cardboard or felt and you have a bunny. Use other colors and ears for a bear, cat, etc.
BUMBLEBEE: Yellow pjs or yellow sweats and antennas made from pipe cleaners make a bumblebee. Add stripes with black felt or paint.
LADYBUG: red pjs or sweats, make antennas with pipe cleaners and styrofoam balls. Paint the balls black. Add spots with black felt, paint or permanent marker.
PIRATE: For this one you need a big white shirt (one of Mom’s or Dad’s will work nicely), dark pants, boots, a bandanna, a wide belt and a little felt and cardboard for accessories. Put on the clothes with the belt around the outside of the shirt and poof out the shirt above the belt. Tie the bandanna around the child’s head. You can add some gold chain jewelry and a hoop earring if you have cheap one that you’re not worried about losing. Make an eyepatch out of a piece of black felt and elastic. Make a sword from cardboard and cover “blade” with aluminum foil.
ANGEL OR FAIRY: White nightgown or dress (pastel colors are good for fairy), posterboard for wings, metallic pipecleaners for halo, antennae, wand. Decorate wings with glitter if you like and attach with safety pins or tie on with scarves or wide ribbon.
BUTTERFLY: Black leotard and tights or leggings and turtleneck, pipecleaners for antennae, posterboard for wings. Decorate wings in bright colors.
CRAYON: Make a tube out of posterboard or felt that fits around the child. Cut holes for arms. Make a pointed hat out of the same color. Decorate tube with markers or additional felt to look like a crayon. Dress child in a black leotard or leggings and turtleneck. Put on tube (it’s easier if you put some velcro on the back) and hat…voila! Instant crayon!
KING OR QUEEN: Bathrobe in a “royal” color (purple, burgundy, midnight blue, emerald green)…velour is nice if you have it. Posterboard and shiny gold paper for crown. Old jewelry.
BUNCH OF GRAPES: Green leotard or leggings and turtleneck. Lots of round purple balloons. Dress child in leotard. Blow up purple balloons and attach to child.
GYPSY: Big, full skirt. Lot’s of jewelry. Bandanna to tie around head.
ROBIN HOOD: Green tights, long brown vest, wide leather belt. Make an appropriate hat out of green felt and carry a toy bow and arrow or make one from cardboard.
TURTLE: Start with a green or brown sweat suit. From lighter green or brown fabric, cut a large circle and sew (or glue) to the front of the sweat shirt. To make the shell, locate a plastic mixing bowl and small flat pillow or piece of foam. Place the bowl on the foam and cover in fabric. The pillow should extend slightly from the base of the bowl. Decorate accordingly with fabric remnants, fabric paint or pens. Attach straps so that the child can wear the shell as she would a backpack. It’s very cute when assembled. Additionally, you may want to locate a mixing bowl that fits as a hat and cover in coordinating fabric.
STATUE OF LIBERTY: A toga can be quickly assembled from fabric or sheets. The crown and torch can be fashioned from tin foil.