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Simple and Easy Costumes for Halloween

Sep 4, 2008
Easy Halloween costumes no longer need to follow the traditional themes of witches, zombies and goblins. Today, children are less concerned about following the traditions than about dressing up to have fun. Many of the bought or hired costumes head down the super hero or movie character path. Instead, it's possible to create unique and imaginative Halloween costumes without going to the expense of buying or hiring professionally made costumes.

All you need to make a great Halloween costume yourself is some old clothing, a bit of make-up, some interesting accessories and accent pieces, and an exaggerated and original fashion concept. Consider the following possibilities.

A doctor costume is easy to put together. You just need an old white jacket or coat. Then, use some plastic tubing to make a stethoscope or find an old one yourself. If you want to look a little older, you can paint a red cross on the coat and give yourself a distinguished moustache. Then, see if you can get an x-ray photo from someone in your family that you can carry around with a clipboard. All that's left is the treat bag.

You could start with another old white coat, and turn your character into a mad scientist or a geeky nerd using the same approach, with relevant accessories like a stack of pens in the pocket and some make up. The mad scientist could wear a wig to resemble Einstein and the geek could wear a propellor hat. Let your imagination run riot.

A princess outfit can also start with a low cost basic item of clothing, in this case a dress with simple elegant lines, not necessarily full length, and dress shoes. By concentrating on adding copious quantities of sparkling "jewels" in a tiara or crown, necklace, brooch, rings and perhaps a wand, and giving close attention to make up, you will soon have a gorgeous princess look.

Silver foil and stick-on shiny artificial gemstones and beads are low cost ways of creating exaggerated jewelry. A brand name shopping bag would make an appropriate treat bag.

Old clothes can provide you with a truly believable hobo costume, too. You can rip some holes in and sew patches onto your costume clothing. A bottle in a paper bag, a well worn felt hat, and some face paint can make your get up quite convincing.

The hobo face paint should top things off, leaving you looking dirty and tired.
About the Author
Finding it tough to come up with unique & creative costume ideas for Halloween? Visit the Get In Costume website, where you'll find plenty of great tips & advice for a costume that will be the envy of the party. Plus, get a free copy of my special report "The Family Guide To Halloween Safety" at http://www.getincostume.com
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