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Let’s face it. Halloween can be expensive. Between the costumes and the candy and the school party treats, parents can end up shelling out a few hundred dollars to cover the festivities. But it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to have a great time this Halloween! The most expensive part of Halloween is generally the costume, but you can avoid that cost (and the waste once it is thrown away after only one wear!) by crafting your own from inexpensive materials or things you have laying around the house. Here are some cute “upcycled” costume ideas for your kids:
Some of the best costumes are hilarious puns. Like Pigs in a Blanket. This costume will make your child look like a pig in a blanket … literally! Using cardboard and a pair of scissors, cut out pig ear shapes and paint them pink. Hot glue them to a headband that matches your child’s hair color. Using pink construction paper, fashion a snout out of a rectangle and a small circle. Attach that to elastic. Drape a blanket over your child’s shoulders, and there you have it! A Pig in a Blanket!
Another fun costume idea is Spaghetti and Meatballs. Take an old tablecloth (preferably red-and-white checkered, but any cloth will do!) and cut a hole in the center large enough for your child’s head to fit through. Use off-white yarn to make spaghetti, and glue that in single strands and bunches all over the tablecloth. Glue a pile to a large paper plate and glue that paper plate to the front of the tablecloth. Paint a few small styrofoam balls brown to be meatballs and glue them to the spaghetti plate and in a few random spots on the tablecloth. Make “spaghetti sauce” by combining brown and red paint and drip that over the spaghetti and meatballs plate. Add some “sauce” to the edge of an old pot (large enough to fit on your child’s head), and add a few strands of “spaghetti” to the pot. Slip the newly-adorned tablecloth over your child’s head, and have him wear the pot as a hat. Tada! Spaghetti and Meatballs!
Food costumes are always fun, and Corn on the Cob is another easy costume to throw together. Take an oversized green sweatshirt and cut off the the sleeves. Glue the open arm holes closed. Paint 3 paper egg-cartons yellow to make “corn” and glue to the front of the sweatshirt when they’ve dried. Cut 1 yard of green felt in half, and pull it to create misshapen edges. Fold in half and glue along the edges of the yellow “corn.” Take one of the removed sleeves and cut it to fit your child’s head as a hat. Use raffia as “corn silk” and glue to the top of the hat. And, just like that, you’ve got a Corn on the Cob.
Celebrate the power of women with a Rosie the Riveter costume. Using clothes your child already has - jeans, denim shirt, red bandana - recreate this symbol of women’s strength. Finish the look with a 1950s updo and a touch of makeup - specifically rosy cheeks - and you’re all set for Trick-or-Treating!
Lastly, transform your child into a jellyfish with the help of white clothes, a white umbrella, and some old bubble wrap or ribbon. Use a glue gun to attach long streamers of ribbon or bubble wrap to the edges of the umbrella. Make the streamers long enough to almost touch the ground when your child holds the umbrella up. Outfit her in all white clothes, and you’ll have the world’s cutest jellyfish!