Halloween can get expensive. Between the decorations, bags of candy and of course, the costumes, you may be shelling out a big chunk of change this year. But you can save yourself some serious money by creating costumes with items you already own. Open your closets and cupboards and start creating. Below are a few ideas to get you started.
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Brawny Man – This costume is super easy. A pair of jeans, a flannel shirt, brown boots, and a brown belt is all you need to transform into this recognizable character. Carry a roll of unopened Brawny around to really drive the point home.
Fantana girl – Remember those catchy Fanta commercials with the four girls singing that catchy song about wanting to drink Fanta? You can easily become a Fantana girl by donning a red, orange, yellow or purple outfit. The best part about the Fantanas is they appeared in different outfits over the years so any single colored dress or outfit will work. If you happen to have knee-high white boots to compliment the look, great, otherwise wear a pair of white heels or sandals. Carry your flavor of Fanta around too. If you have three friends you can do a group outfit and be the entire cast.
Morton Salt Girl – To turn into this adorable icon wear a yellow dress preferably with long sleeves. Or you can wear a yellow cardigan over a short-sleeved yellow dress. Find a pair of yellow flats and carry an umbrella and a Morton Salt box.
Charlie Brown – All you need for this classic character costume is a pair of dark shorts, a yellow shirt and felt or paint. If using felt, cut out the zigzag design for the shirt and sew or glue it on your yellow shirt. If you have fabric paint, paint the design directly on your shirt.
Clark Kent – Got a Superman t-shirt on hand? Wear it under a dress shirt paired with dark slacks and find a pair of thick black glasses. Open your shirt throughout the night to reveal your secret identity to other Halloween revelers.
Dora the Explorer – This children’s favorite is easy to recreate. A dark pink shirt, orange shorts, yellow socks, white tennis shoes and a beaded yellow bracelet make Dora’s outfit. Then find a purple backpack to lug around.
Gypsy – Gypsy costumes are easy to throw together. Find one or more long flowing skirts, a few shawls, some bangles and makeup and you are set. Skirts of different length can be layered, a shawl can be tied at the hips for accent or worn around the shoulders and of course one should be used to cover the top of the head. Wear as many bangles and dangling jewelry as you can find and wear some dark makeup, really emphasizing the eyes to complete the look.
Miss America – An old prom dress or ball gown makes it easy to be Miss America. Slip into the dress, find a plastic tiara and make a sash to wear across your chest. Don’t forget to put on your pageant makeup.
Mummy- A set of white thermal underwear is perfect for the base of this costume. Then wrap gauze over your entire body. Paint your face white and make the area around your eyes dark. And now we have a mummy.
Zombie – Find some clothes you want to get rid of, cut them up so they have holes and scuffs, and splatter them with fake blood. Then get some Halloween makeup and work your magic. You don’t have to be a pro to do the makeup, just be sure to cover your face in green or gray makeup, make dark circles around the eyes and add some blood for effect.
This year look around the house for inspiration before spending a ton on a premade costume. You can also take a trip to your local thrift store for cheap outfits. You don’t have to buy an expensive costume to look good this year, just use your imagination and items around the house to make a unique costume.