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Halloween Costume Ideas that Won't Break Your Budget

Sep 17, 2008
If you are willing to be just a little bit creative this Halloween season, you should be able to come up with several Halloween costume ideas that will be fun for both you and your kids while not breaking your budget at the same time. Many of the most interesting Halloween costume ideas are also simple to put together and cheap to buy.

If your goal is to keep the Halloween costume for your child as cheap as possible for this year's Halloween activities, you are going to have to make the costume yourself. Start by thinking of what your child will be dressed as and then spend some time considering what materials you will need to make it a reality.

For example, assume that your son decides he would like to dress as a pirate for Halloween. One good first step is to search for pirate costumes online and find one that both you and your child like. Then, use that picture as a sort of guide for designing your own. But don't stop there. Add your own interesting details and accessories to make the costume unique. You can make a scary pirate's sword and a classic pirate's hat by using some cardboard and, in the case of the sword, aluminum foil.

Browse through thrift stores to find useful items for the accoutrement you'll need. Makeup and extras like eye patches give an exciting touch to the would-be Jack Sparrow.

If your little daughter has her heart set on dressing as a princess, such as Snow White, you will probably run into a few more difficulties trying to make the costume at home for a lower price. In this case you will definitely need a good picture of the kind of costume your daughter wants so that you can make the costume as similar to it as possible. Make sure that the important parts of the costume that will most stand out are well done. Snow White, for example, would need good color coordination and the properly designed hair.

Cinderella's costume, on the other hand, relies heavily on the shoes and dress. Unfortunately, making a princess's dress is no easy task. Designing a dress made from pieces of clothing you already have can work, but keep in mind that it is sure to be quite time consuming as well, especially if you find that you need to make some changes to it after your daughter tries it on.

Of course, if making a costume by hand is not what you would call one of your skills, there are plenty of other ways that you can save money on this year's costumes. A vast number of costumes are put up for sale each year on eBay, where you may be able to find just what you are looking for at a good price.

Just taking some time to think about costume ideas will help you to find a cheap solution for your Halloween costume.
About the Author
Now's the time to start planning your Halloween costumes for this year. Don't wait until the good ones are all sold out. Get plenty of creative costume ideas on the Get In Costume website, where you can also get a free copy of my report "The Family Guide To Halloween Safety." Visit http://www.getincostume.com for more information.
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