“Things were much simpler back when I was growing up…” Do you find yourself saying this a lot? This sentiment definitely applies to one upcoming holiday, Halloween. Electronic, power-blower yard inflatables, tableware, creative treats, and costumes. Speaking of costumes, things were much simpler back when we were growing up…
Our Halloween costumes involved a trip to the local Ben Franklin store. Stacked neatly on metal shelves in ONE AISLE were the Halloween-costume-in-a-box selections. Complete with a clear plastic sheet showing the mask and paper thin onesie folded neatly underneath. It was important to choose the correct size to prevent a major Trick or Treat wedgie.
For the custom, self-adjusting hard plastic mask, just carefully remove the staples which attached the rubber band strap at the back of mask. (We could never quite pull the rubber band through the staple without having to remove it.) The band held the mask firmly against the back of the head. Finding just the right amount of tension to create the least amount of hair pull was an art. And we’re done. Costume complete.
Admittedly, not very creative, but simple. Here are a few ideas to keep your Halloween costumes as easy as a trip to the local five and dime.
10. Bag of Popcorn Baby
Love this. This would be easy to adapt for an older child, too! So cute. We found it on Pinterest here.
9. Thing 1 and Thing 2
We didn’t have blue wigs (we borrowed these the night of Halloween) but Thing 1 and Thing 2 are still super cute. Wear red. Hand-sew (or glue) a white felt circle on the front. Write Thing 1 with black Sharpie. Add white makeup. Wear a wig.
I (Tracy) decided to play along and threw on our Cat in the Hat hat and drew on some whiskers.
8. Cluster of Grapes
For the price of a pack of balloons and maybe some green felt you can be a cluster of grapes! This is cute on kids and adults. If you have a group of two or three each of you could use a different color – green, red and purple – for different types of grapes. We found this picture here.
7. Workout Girls
Easy. Pull out some tights, a headband, tennis shoes, and leg warmers?? Comfortable, too.
6. Pizza Box Monster
This is the first time we’ve seen this but what a fun idea!! Styrofoam and a pizza box. We found it here.
5. The Nerd
An old standby but definitely a fun one if your child will do it. We borrowed grandpa’s old glasses and added some tape.
4. Glow Boy
Get glow in the dark makeup, every glow stick you can find, light up necklaces and whatever other glowing, reflective thing you have. He even had a light up ball in his mouth. Its fun AND safe for the streets!
3. The Tourist
This was a FREE costume! We had everything in our house! Hawaiian shirt, lei, old-fashioned camera and a small luggage bag. Use the luggage bag to collect candy. A straw sun hat would be a nice addition.
2. The Accident Victim
A non-evil but bloody costume, this is the one my (Tracy’s) kids love the most. Easy. Just get gauze, an old tea towel, and fake blood. Blot on black makeup for a smokey-dirty effect. Wrap limbs and head, add fake blood and they are good to go.
1. Black-Eyed Peas
Our favorite cheap and easy Halloween costume. Black eyeliner (or makeup) and duct tape. It is fun when people try to guess what they are.
We’ve pinned more here.
What is your favorite cheap and easy Halloween costume?
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