Costume Ideas for Moms on a Budget
If money is tight,
you know how hard it is to disappoint your children when they
can't have the Barbie princess or Spiderman costume from the
But here are a
series of unique costume ideas with minimal cost, and many
made from what you probably already have at the house. This
means your child can celebrate Hallowe'en in style, without
Supplies: Cardboard box, paint, plain popcorn, glue gun, string
Chose a cardboard
box large enough for your child to act as the box of popcorn,
and attach suspenders of ribbon or string to hold the box
on your child. Paint red and white stripes, and paint "POPCORN"
on the front and back. Then using a glue gun, glue popcorn
to the box. If you have a shirt you don't mind throwing away
after, you can glue popcorn to that as well.
of Jelly Beans
Supplies: Clear garbage bag, small colorful balloons, marker.
With a clear garbage
bag, cut holes for the head and arms, then write "JELLY
BEANS" on the front and back with marker. When your child
puts it on, tape the open end shut around the legs. Then blow
up small balloons (this can be done beforehand) and insert
balloons into the plastic bag.
Supplies: Bathrobe, slippers or flipflops, hair towel, green
face paint, nail polish, poster paper
Dress in the bathrobe,
slippers and put your hair up in a hair towel. Paint nails
bright red. Paint your face green, leaving round openings
around the eyes (face paint
recipe here). Using poster paper, make a small sign for
the left chest, and a larger sign on the back, with the name
you make up for the Spa. Many use the "School Name Spa".
Supplies: Smarties, sweat pants, glue gun
Glue Smarties all
over the pants. You can optionally glue a sign on the back
of the pants that says "Smartie", or write it with
markers if they are light colored pants.
Supplies: Black clothing, white face paint
Dress all in black
like the celebrities in the ads and using face paint, make
a white milk moustache.
Supplies: Messed up clothing, cardboard sign
Dress like a thief
who just got caught and make a cardboard sign with the inmate
name, number and "Department of Corrections" or
you can personalize it with your child's school name.
more ideas or help?
Read & share more inexpensive
costume ideas here. Or if you need help with your own
costume idea on how to do it frugally, start a new thread
in our Holiday