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Frugal Halloween Costumes

By Cyndi Roberts

Halloween is a time of year that children of all ages enjoy.  Children love to play dress-up.

This year, instead of expensive store-bought costumes why not try coming up with a costume using items you already a little ingenuity and imagination!

1. Kids might like to be a "person from the 1950's".  All they need is a black "leather" jacket plus a white t-shirt and jeans.  Put a little gel on your little boy's hair and give him a 50's "do" and he's all set.

A little girl could roll her jeans up and tie her pony tail with a scarf.

White bobby socks and loafers complete the look.

2. If you sew, you can come up with lots of costumes.  One year, I made a black cape with a red lining for a dracula costume.  That black cape was used for several years...once as a magician's cape, once as part of a witch's costume and probably some others that I don't remember!

3. This year my little grandson is going to dress up as a scarecrow... with a plaid flannel shirt and jeans with patches sewn on.  A little raffia inside his shirt sleeves and pants legs and some freckles and red cheeks painted on and he's set!

4. It's easy for a little boy or girl to become a cowboy for a night! Jeans, boots and a cowboy hat plus a stick horse to ride are all you need.

5. If your child wants to be something a little scarier like a skeleton, just cut "bones" out of white paper or fabric and attach to black pants and shirt.  A little white face paint completes the look.

6. How about a pirate costume?  Black pants, white shirt with a red sash are what you need.  Make a black eye-patch and tie a scarf around your little one's head and add a clip-on hoop earring.  Your child might even have fun making a cardboard saber. 

7. Has your daughter been in a wedding this past year and has a fancy dress that will never be worn again?  Why not let her be a Princess this year for Halloween?  Make her a pretty crown with cardboard and glitter and she'll have a ball!

At any rate, it's not necessary to spend lots of money on a costume. And it's lots of fun to make your own!

Helping you live the good life...on a budget! Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another" bi-weekly e-newsletter and founder of the website of the same name. Visit to find creative tips, articles, and  a free e-cooking book.  Subscribe to the e-newsletter and receive the free e-course "Taming the Monster Grocery Bill".  


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