Inexpensive Halloween Costume Ideas

by Maureen Callaghan

You don’t always have to go to the store for a Halloween costume. Sometimes, it’s better to work with materials inside your own home to create a costume especially if you’re on a budget. You’d be surprised at the materials you may have that can provide inspiration.

Here are some tips on how to create nine inexpensive costumes that use common materials from around the home and may require a trip to a thrift store or dollar store at most. I’ve tried some of these myself over the past few years and now my friends always wonder what creative idea I’ll come up with next year.

The Ghost:

As you might have guessed, this is one of the easiest costumes to make because all you need is a sheet. You’ll obviously need two holes for your eyes, but you can also customize it to fit your personality. Consider putting blush around the area of the cheeks, or lipstick near the mouth, or wearing other accessories to make your sheet, I mean ghost costume stand out.

The Vampire:

The vampire is an iconic Halloween figure indeed. Dressing up as a vampire is also one of the easiest costumes to make. Actually, you really don’t need to “make” a costume. Simply get a pair of fake vampire fangs. Apply on some lighter than normal makeup to give your skin that just risen from the grave look. Dribble a little fake blood or red food coloring on the side of your mouth. Voila!

The Nerd:

Are you the geeky type? Here’s a great way to embrace the nerd within you. Find a pair of glasses and wrap some tape around the part that rests on your nose. For your clothes, you’ll need a solid colored button down shirt with a collar, suspenders, and pants that don’t quite reach your ankles. Be sure to tuck in your shirt. For our hair, give yourself a well-defined part and mat your hair down with some styling moose or gel. Find tacky clothing at a thrift store to add to the effect. And last but not least, put a few pens and a small calculator in your shirt pocket and carry around a few books to complete the look.

The Over-The-Top Sports Fan:

 If you enjoy sports, then this costume will be as simple as walking into your closet. Browse through all of your sports gear. Now put them all on. Let your creativity flow by adding as many accessories as you as you can think of - wristbands, hats, helmets, towels, knee braces, head bands, etc.). Let your wardrobe speak and be as over the top with what you wear as possible.

The Creepy Fortune Teller:

Wear a head scarf, an outdated blouse, and a shawl for your shoulders. Go over the top with extra lip stick and eye shadow. Find as much flashy jewelry as you can and wear them all at once. Thrift stores are a good place to find inexpensive and gaudy jewelry. Stay in character by coming up with unique fortunes for your friends and family and keep a mysterious smirk on your face.

Hopefully, you find these tips useful and easy to do. Have fun and be creative with your costumes, and most of all, have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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