Halloween can either be really fun or really stressful. It just depends on how you feel about being an ad-hoc costume designer. When the budget isn’t big enough to get pre-made costumes, DIY is the way to go. Here are a few ideas (that won’t break the bank) to get you started.

Bubble Bath
Rubber duckies always make bathtime fun. Halloween too! Customize for any kind of weather, but you’ll only need these supplies: Clear, White, and Pink Balloons, White Shirt & Pants, White Headband, Safety Pins, Crazy Glue, Rubber Duck.
Estimated Cost: $15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inflatable Air Dancer
As champions of the used car lots and mega sales, everyone can’t help but be entertained by these goofy characters. All you need is: scissors, hot-glue gun, tape measure, marker, 6′ child’s fabric tunnel, (3) yards matching ripstop nylon, black mesh fabric, scrap white and black fabric, kraft paper.
Estimated Cost: $20

 

 

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!
Who can resist a punny costume as cute as this? The best part: you probably already have all of these supplies in your house somewhere. You’ll need: Umbrella, Cat and Dog Stuffed Animals, Safety Pins, Rain Coat, Rain Boots.
Estimated Cost: $15

 

 


Spider Infestation

For those that might not be into costumes, per se. Cover your body in whatever creepy-crawlies will make your friends scream the most. Find temporary tattoos, or make them yourself. You’ll need: Shirt + Pants, Temporary Tattoo Paper, Plastic Spiders, Hot Glue Gun.
Estimated Cost: $15

Frida Kahlo
With this incredible woman comes an incredible style. Find inspiration from any of her iconic looks while you’re learning about the impact of her artwork. You’ll need: A Skirt, Patterned Top, Jewelry, Rose Headband, Makeup.
Estimated Cost: $20

 

 


Gumball Machine

Whatever your age, make yourself into the sweet treat of the day. You’ll need: Multi-Colored Pom-Poms, Hot Glue, Base Outfit of Red + White, Marker, Kraft Paper, Bubble Gum (optional).
Estimated Cost: $15

 

Olaf the Snowman
Hoodie sweatshirt costumes keep things easy and kid-friendly. You’ll need: White Hoodie, Black, Brown, Orange, and White Felt, Brown Pipe Cleaners, White Duct Tape, Hot Glue or Sewing Kit, 2 Wooden Skewers.
Estimated Cost: $20

 

 

 

Glowing Jellyfish
Keep track of your kid in a crowd with this bright Jellyfish idea. You’ll need: 1 Dome Umbrella, 5 Rolls Assorted Wired & Curly Gift Wrapping Ribbon, 2-3 Strings LED Lights, Glue Gun, Velcro.
Estimated Cost: $20

 

 

The Stick Figure
For a kid (boys or girls) with a sense of humor, this is a funny change of pace. The design is pretty self-explanatory. You’ll need: White Clothes, Electrical Tape, A Paper Plate, Markers, and String.
Estimated Cost: $15

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