You don't need spend a fortune on Halloween costumes when you can put together any one of these ideas with items you probably already have in your home.
: Hero costumes — firefighters and police officers, etc. — never go out of style. And the costumes are usually a snap to make. This firefighter costume
uses duct tape and a black sweatsuit, while this police officer costume
is just a shirt and pants and whatever accessories (handcuffs, holster, hat, badge) you can get your hands on. Just do me a favor and skip the plastic handgun ... yeah, you know it's fake, and your kid knows it's fake, but other folks might not. And it's just not worth the risk.
: Ever so popular with the little girl set, fairy costumes are so very simple to make. All you need is a little imagination and a lot of sparkle and you can turn almost any leotard and tights combination into a fairy costume. This fairy costume
site shows you how to embellish a long dress with ribbons and glitter spray to bring out your daughter's inner fairy princess. If you want a more challenging craft, try this autumnal fairy costume
that's created by sewing fake leaves and butterflies to leotard and wings.
Rock star: Fortunately (or maybe I should say unfortunately,) your kids probably have everything they need to put together a rock star costume. Think ripped jeans, ratty T-shirts, excessive fake bling ... you get the picture. Feel free to add a colorful wig, fun instruments or a microphone to jazz up the ensemble.
: Lions (or tigers, or bears, oh my!) are always popular with the kiddos. And fortunately, they are often pretty easy to put together. My youngest wants to be a cat this year. Black pants, black turtleneck, a tail, ears and facepaint — and we are good to go. For more ideas, Google the animal that your child is interested in, or check out Coolest Homemade Costumes
. This website has lots of cool animal costume ideas (including 15 different posts about homemade lion costumes ... all including pictures).
: Whether your child wants to be a scary magician
or the charming Harry Potter
, there are lots of great DIY magician costume ideas on the web. Make your own magic wand out of a cardboard tube and tin foil and complete the look with a wizard's hat (decorated paperboard) and get ready to enjoy the magic of Halloween!
What's your child dressing up as for Halloween?