If your kid is invited to a dress up party or Halloween is approaching then don’t despair because there are some great costume ideas that won’t break the bank.
1. The Classic Friendly Ghost
The oldest classic costume of them all. It takes next to no work to put this one together. An old sheet and a pair of scissors for the small holes that are required. Around these holes pain and use a permanent marker to color in some eyes. With this done your ghost is ready to rock the party – simply place over the kids head and you’re ready to go.
2. The Cube
Find a box that will fit easily over your child’s head. Remove the flaps from the one side (this is where the box will be placed over the child’s head. Paint each side a different color (red, red, yellow and orange) then use black insulation tape to make squares on each side – voila – a Rubik’s Cube.
3. Little Miss (or Mr) Sunshine
For this easy to make costume you’ll need an adult size yellow sweatshirt, orange and yellow felt, glue suitable for fabric, a safety pin and some pipe cleaners.
The basic sweatshirt is the base of this cheery costume. The happy face of the sun is made from felt. A plain long-sleeve tee and yellow knee socks or a pair of tights finish it off. This will bring a smile to anyone’s face or fill up a bag of Halloween treats quicker than almost any other costume.
4. It’s Raining Cats And Dogs
If you have a transparent umbrella then you’ve already got the beginnings of this costume which relies of wordplay. Simply find a silhouette of dogs and cats (easy on the Internet), cut these out of heavy black art paper, use some yarn to attach to the edges of the umbrella and dress your kids up in a raincoat a galoshes. Raining cats and dogs – get it?
5. The Skeleton
This is a great classic. Simply find a pair a black PJ’s and use either tape or white material marker and paint on them bones – for even more effect use fluorescent paint. A value for money skeleton mask or some old makeup and the frightfully fun skeleton is ready for action.
6. Under The Sea Octopus
All you’ll need for this are four pairs of tights and some cotton batting, as well as eight safety pins, a belt and a matching top. Pin the stuffed tights to the belt and turn the belt so that the side with the pins is hidden. For extra effect a knit hat with some googly eyes will complete this costume.
7. The Mummy
Another really easy one, some old sheets torn into strips and some double sided tape are all you need to get that late night horror show effect – this is a classic and still great after all those years.
8. The Vampire Bat
Another easy one which requires very little effort. All you’ll need are some grey jammies, black socks and gloves, some googly eyes and some felt markers and an old black cap. You’ll also need pink, black and white felt and a glue gun – and black umbrella. Use the pink felt you make up bat ears for attachment to the cap, the umbrella fabric is used for the bat wings and attached with safety pins to the back of the pajama shirt. fangs made of felt are attached to the underside of the cap brim and googly eyes to the area above the peak.
9. Solar System
Nice and simple and easy to make in a hurry. All you’ll need is a pair of black jeans, a black shirt and some foil. Cut out stars and planets from the foil, attach to short and jeans and you immediately have a solar system which will outshine all the others on the Halloween trail.
10. The Circus Strongman
With a red and white striped shirt, a length of piping and two black balloons as the ends of the weight (attached with duct tape), as well as a makeup mustache your little man or lady will be ready to wow them all with feats of strength.