Costumes can get expensive, but Halloween doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some easy ideas and tips for DIY Halloween costumes!
DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUME TIP 1: SHOP YOUR CLOSET
Pick a movie or theme you like and search your closet and garage for items that complete the look. A big fan of the original Jurassic Park, I had fun recreating Dr. Ellie Sattler, Dr. Alan Grant, and the t-rex, complete with the Jeep (a Christmas gift for my little one a couple years ago) and a t-rex. Don’t be afraid to borrow from someone’s closet. The button-down and t-shirt I’m wearing belong to my dad and husband.
If you don’t have an item you need, get creative. I couldn’t find a red bandana for my son’s Dr. Grant look, so I substituted with red tissue paper!
DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUME TIP 2: GET CRAFTY
Some costumes just don’t exist and require a little creativity. So when my daughter wanted to be Elena of Avalor a few years ago, I knew I’d have to get crafty if I wanted to be her animal sidekick Skylar the Jaquin.
I just cut some poster board in the shape of wings and used construction and tissue papers to add color and texture. Using the same paper, I made a tail and ears and shopped my closet for the top and shorts. I completed the look with some simple face painting and some paper spots I taped to my shirt. My daughter was thrilled and I spent under $5!
DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUME TIP 3: LOOK OUTSIDE OF COSTUME SHOPS
Last year the kids dressed up as Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. I wanted to be Wendy but found her costume difficult to find (or extremely pricey on websites like Etsy). So I shopped around some fast fashion sites and found a Wendy-esque dress for under $20. I simply added blue ribbon which I found on discount at JoAnn Fabrics on my waist and in my hair to finish it off.
Whether you’re getting creative with a DIY or purchasing your costumes, let’s enjoy making memories and having a good time with our kids this holiday! For more ways to make Halloween fun this year, check out our HALLOWEEN FUN GUIDE.
Do you have any tips or ideas for DIY Halloween costumes? Be sure to share in the comments!