Below is another guest post by my friend, Tanya! Hope this helps give you some ideas!
The cost of costumes continues to rise every year and your kid only wears them once! And let’s face it, you want to try to be original…we all know the kids with the cutest most unique costumes always get more candy! The last couple of years we have been making our son’s costume and they are always a hit! Here are some of my ideas we have done in the past and also a list of websites that offer tons of ideas as well!
Zombie- take an old shirt and smeared fake blood on it (found at the dollar store) or I’m sure Kool-Aid would work well. Take the “bloody” shirt and roll it around in the dirt (free in your yard). Then take some scissors and slash the shirt all up. Get a make-up kit (I think it was a couple of bucks) and make flesh and fun stuff on the face and make the hair all crazy! If you don’t want to spend money on the make-up kit you can use what make up you have at home and make the face look “dead”.
Vacationer-this is what my son is going to be this year! Very simple—he has a little Hawaiian outfit and we will put some sunscreen on his nose and some red blush on him as if he was sunburned. We add some black socks with his sandals and a little toy camera or binoculars! You should have most these items at home and won’t have to spend anything!
Clark Kent-put a Spiderman shirt under a button-up collared shirt and leave it a little unbuttoned. Attach a cape to the back and wear a little pair of glasses. (I took those funny glasses with the nose on them and cut everything off, $1 at the Dollar Store). And as a final touch, part the hair to the side.
Chuckie- take a pair of overalls and put a multi-colored striped shirt underneath. Cut out some letters that say Good Guys and attach to the overalls and wear a little pair of sneakers. I found some red hair spray at the Dollar Store and drew some scars and freckles with eye liner.
Popeye-this is actually a lot easier than you think. You can make a sailor hat from a paper bag. Then I bought some wide red ribbon and used it for a collar on a black t-shirt. I found some large buttons (or whatever you have on hand) and attached to the shirt. I drew the anchor tattoos onto his arm and gave him a NON-USED corn pipe and a can of spinach! VERY EASY!
35 Halloween costumes for Kids-this site also has a link for Toddler costumes as well!! Lots of ideas such as an 80’s rocker, Rainbow Connection, Sunshine, Twister and much more
29 Halloween costumes for adults-now the parents have to have fun too! They have a really cute Wilma and Fred costume—which you could incorporate your kids for Bam Bam. They also have jolly green giant, Waldo and more!
Many Costumes-this site has TONS of ideas! Masks, Girl and Boy ideas, 39 LAST MINUTE ideas, Fantasy and some funny ones.
30 Unexpected DIY Costumes-here are 30 really neat and unique costumes for kids and adults…a moose, bat, art work, cell phone and a great group idea….Paper, Rock, Scissors!!
25 homemade costumes from recyclable items-for all the “GREEN” people out there…and not the Jolly Green Giant…all these costumes are made from recycled times and recycled Halloween Costumes from the past.
Easy Kid Costumes-this site features some easier costumes for the kids—a lego, hot air balloon, an owl and more.
40 Pop Culture Costumes on a Budget-one of my favorites on here is Zoolander!
I hope this gave you some inspiration for you and your family to make the perfect costume! Let me know how much candy you get from one of these ideas!! I can tell you from experience, we end up unloading half way through! 😉