cheap Halloween costumes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7940/all en-US Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-diy-halloween-costumes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/last-minute-diy-halloween-costumes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/IMG_1435.JPG" alt="Last Year&#039;s Cowgirl Costume: Quick and easy!" title="Last Year&#039;s Cowgirl Costume: Quick and easy!" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's a few days before Halloween,&nbsp;and while I have put up&nbsp;<a href="http://www.littlehouseinthevalley.com/simple-and-inexpensive-halloween-decorations">Halloween decorations</a>, I have given barely a thought to what I'll wear as I hand out pencils and candy to the little witches and goblins that visit my door. Part of my procrastination stems from the fact that I don't have children of my own hounding me for costume ideas or reminding me months before the candy-feast that Halloween is impending. Of course, I&nbsp;make mental notes throughout the entire month of October as I visit orange-and-black-themed shopping centers and grocery stores, but I often wait until a few days before the holiday to figure out my own costume and decide whether I stay home and hand out treats or attend a costume-themed party. However, my delay in choosing an outfit has made me more ingenious than I ever thought I could be when it comes to whipping up a costume at the last minute.</p> <h2>Quick and Free Costumes</h2> <p>Here are some ideas on making your own costumes from things around your house.</p> <h3>Classic White Sheet</h3> <p>There's the timeless white sheet as a homemade ghost, but don't just stop at a sheet; add chains from a bicycle lock for some sound effects. Tired of the ghost costume? Turn that white sheet into a Roman toga by adding a rope as a waistband and a few leaves as a head-piece.</p> <h3>Versatile Clothing&nbsp;</h3> <p>Who knew that an old vest could help make a fisherman? Add a few lures and fish hooks, grab a fishing pole, and don a floppy hat, and voila! The old man from the sea. A little red lipstick or face paint for goriness can turn an everyday fisherman into a haunted illusion of a fishing excursion gone awry.</p> <p>Do you own a pair of denim jeans? Cowboy boots or work boots? Add a straw hat and a thick cattle-wrangling rope, tie a bandana around your neck or hat, and you're a cowboy or girl.</p> <h3>Cardboard Boxes&nbsp;</h3> <p>Old cardboard boxes have so many uses, especially when it comes to costumes. Turn an old square box into a television set using a few markers and a wire hanger. Add straps to the box using suspenders or belts and make the box wearable. Or decorate the square box and turn it into a million things such as a milk carton (do you want white or chocolate?), a computer printer (have paper spewing out of the top using a roll of paper towels), or a box of crayons (a few crayons could be sticking out of the top, created using a whole roll of paper towels with the outer towels colored in Crayola colors). The ideas are endless. Of course, you could also just go as a packing box: Tape some rolls of packing tape around for a quick and easy costume.</p> <h2>Inexpensive Alternatives</h2> <p>Here are some great places to look for last minute accessories and clothes for cheap.</p> <h3>Thrift-Shop Clothing</h3> <p>Thrift stores know that they have some of the best bargains when it comes to costumes. That's why they often display their Halloween ideas in their store windows. Not only can you find actual Halloween costumes of yesteryear, you can find clothing for just about any occupation imaginable.</p> <h3>Garage Sale Bargains</h3> <p>Sometimes garage sales sell clothing from different eras &mdash; pieces that would make for terrific vintage costumes. Keep a look out for shawls and cloaks or top hats and canes that could create period pieces.</p> <h3>Mix-and-Match Costumes</h3> <p>A few days before Halloween, stores often mark down their seasonal products substantially. Since the majority of their stock is nearly sold out, this is a terrific time to purchase a few key costume pieces for less; mustaches, eye patches, witch hats, and straw filler are a few adaptable elements that work for a multitude of possibilities.</p> <p>These low-cost, easy ideas work for both adults and kids. Homemade costumes are usually much more creative and fun to dress up in and cost less as well &mdash; a two-for-one bargain.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-house">Little House</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-diy-halloween-costumes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/85-easy-frugal-halloween-costume-ideas">85 Easy, Frugal Halloween Costume Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-cheap-halloween-costumes-for-kids">20 Simple and Cheap Halloween Costumes for Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-october-2012">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in October 2012</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-during-the-halloween-rush">How to Save Money During the Halloween Rush</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/halloween-is-over-now-go-and-buy-your-costume">Halloween Is Over. Now, Go and Buy Your Costume.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Shopping cheap Halloween costumes costumes Halloween Wed, 27 Oct 2010 12:00:10 +0000 Little House 271020 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save Money During the Halloween Rush http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-during-the-halloween-rush <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-money-during-the-halloween-rush" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/owl.JPG" alt="owl" title="owl" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="332" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the Halloween season upon me, I realize that there is a great push to spend money. Even if I'm on a budget and saving money, that temptation to blow my budget isn't too far out of my reach. So, I've had to get creative with decorating and gift giving.</p> <p>Being a teacher, I can usually throw together a craft project out of paper plates, construction paper, glue, and wiggly eyes. Using what I know from teaching, I incorporate these ideas into craft projects that always seem to keep kids occupied and enjoying themselves. It also provides great homemade holiday decorations with a little adult help.</p> <p>Over the past few years, I've also gotten some very creative, inexpensive gifts from colleagues that have inspired my own gift ideas. There are usually colleagues I purchase gifts for in return, and I use some of these past ideas to keep me under budget. Below, I've detailed Halloween decorations, costumes, and gift ideas that are creative and economical.</p> <h2>Quick and Simple Costumes</h2> <p>When I was little, my mother would make my Halloween costumes. She was a superb seamstress, and my costumes were always much more beautiful than any store bought costume. Some years, if she ran out of time, we would gather things around the house and make a hobo or ghost costume out of old clothes or a sheet. As I've grown, I've taken these tips and expanded upon them. Here is a short list of ideas for homemade, quick and simple costumes:</p> <h3>The Easy Ghost Costume</h3> <p>Take an old sheet, cut out eye holes, spray paint glitter on the sheet or smoky gray hair spray for more detail. If you have an old bike chain hanging around in the garage, or on your bike, take it along with you to clank and bang</p> <h3>The Hobo Costume</h3> <p>Select some old clothing that you were thinking of donating to Good Will, rip some holes in the jeans and roll up the bottoms. Rub some gray charcoal on the pants and shirt. Layer old shirts and coats, giving you the rumpled look. Take an old hat, crumple it up, add some of that charcoal to your face and hands, and off you go.</p> <h3>Masks and Leotards</h3> <p>If you want to go a bit further, you can make masks out of paper plates. This is especially great for small kids. They can help decorate their masks. Cut out eye holes and use a large rubber band to attach to either side of the paper plate so that it will stay on. With a little construction paper, glue, and scissors, you can make just about any mask you like. Check out <a href="http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/paperplate/">EnchantedLearning</a> for more detailed information on paper plate masks, it's a great resource.</p> <p>Every year for Halloween, my husband and I decorate our home simply with luminaries and some fake spider webs. We keep it simple. The biggest surprise at our house is my husband wearing his leafy-hunter suit laying in the yard with a very scary mask. He waits until the children have gotten their pencil or candy, then on their way out, jumps up and scares them. Luckily, I usually warn the little ones, or I say very loudly to my husband, &quot;These are some very little kids, be nice!&quot; He then waits until they are outside the gate before he pops up.</p> <h2>Decorating Ideas</h2> <p>If you want to go a little further with decorating, and have kids who love to make crafts, here are a few craft ideas you can make using some basic supplies:</p> <h3>Luminaries</h3> <p>Luminaries are easy to make and help light our path. Here is a simple way to make them:</p> <p>Using brown or colored paper bags, the size of lunch bags, cut out a jack-o-lantern face using basic shapes such as triangles and rectangles. You can make a pattern first to trace on each bag before cutting them out. Then, place tea lights, real or battery operated, inside them along your path.</p> <h3>Spiders</h3> <p>Using the small paper plates (6&quot; if you can find them), paint one side of the plate black. Then, using black pipe cleaners, glue or staple 4 long pipe cleaners to the back of the plate, criss-crossing them to make a total of 8 legs poking out each side of the plate. (You can also use black construction paper cut in strips then folded to make accordion like legs.) Glue on 8 small wiggly eyes, or paint 8 small white or gray dots to make eyes. Cut out two red triangles for fangs out of construction paper. You can make a few of these to hang in your windows or on your porch.</p> <h3>Ghosts</h3> <p>Using white tissue paper, or actual tissues, lay out your tissue and put a few cotton balls in the center of the tissue. Gather up the rest of the edges and secure them with a twist tie or rubber band just under the balled up cotton balls. Then, using a black marker, draw two dots for eyes. Hang your ghosts throughout your yard or windows.</p> <h3>Owls</h3> <p>Have your child trace and cut their hand about 4 times using yellow, red, and orange construction paper. Then, draw a half circle on brown construction paper for the owl head. Draw two small circles for the owl's eyes and one triangle for the owl's beak. Take the hand cutouts and glue the tops of them to the back of the semi-circle head, so that the hand and fingers will be the owl's feathered body. Glue the eyes and beak on the front of the owl. Small children will need help tracing and cutting out their hands.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This guest post is by <a href="http://www.littlehouseinthevalley.com/">Little House</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-house">Little House</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-during-the-halloween-rush">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-diy-halloween-costumes">Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-useful-gifts">25 Awesome, Useful Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/85-easy-frugal-halloween-costume-ideas">85 Easy, Frugal Halloween Costume Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-50-unique-housewarming-gifts-for-less-than-20">Almost 50 Unique Housewarming Gifts for Less Than $20</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Shopping cheap Halloween costumes cheap Halloween decorations Tue, 20 Oct 2009 14:00:02 +0000 Little House 3730 at http://www.wisebread.com Hairy, Scary, and Larry--5 Halloween costumes you can make from stuff you probably already own http://www.wisebread.com/hairy-scary-and-larry-5-halloween-costumes-you-can-make-from-stuff-you-probably-already-own <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/hairy-scary-and-larry-5-halloween-costumes-you-can-make-from-stuff-you-probably-already-own" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/286048909_e7d20c59ac_m.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="192" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s that dreaded time of year again. No, not tax time. Nope, not time for New Year&#39;s resolutions, either. It&#39;s Halloween costume time. As in, the time of year where you wonder if you should just turn down the invitation to your friend&#39;s party because you have no idea what to wear or how much you&#39;ll have to spend for something you&#39;ll never use again. But never fear. You can accept the invitation with pleasure, because there are many easy, inexpensive, fun costumes out there.</p> <p><strong>1.</strong> Go as a bunch of grapes. Find some bright purple balloons, attach them to a cheap black or purple T-shirt, find some black or purple shorts, and you&#39;re ready to go. </p> <p><strong> Bonus #1:</strong> Find a little green beanie and you&#39;ve got a stem. </p> <p><strong> Bonus #2:</strong> Use dark baloons and make yourself a blackberry, red ones to make yourself a raspberry.</p> <p><strong>2.</strong> Go as a person from another country...where they wear robes. Pick your country. Many places in Africa, India, and the Middle East could be included here. Use old (or even current, if you&#39;re careful) bedsheets and wrap them around you until it looks right. Pin any areas you don&#39;t want to fly open. Voila...your&#39;e a farmer/peasant/refugee from somewhere else.</p> <p><strong> Bonus #1:</strong> If helping out refugees is your kind of thing, this can give you a chance to connect for your cause at the party.</p> <p><strong> Bonus #2:</strong> Add some beaded jewelry or some extravagant earrings to make yourself even more exotic.</p> <p><strong>3.</strong> Make up a superhero. All you really need is a cape to be convincing, and that&#39;s easy to make from an old bedsheet or just about any piece of material you have lying around. After that, you can go as low maintence (&quot;Hi there, littile girl, I&#39;m Regular Guy!&quot;) or as high maintenance as you want.</p> <p><strong> Bonus #1: </strong>Do something funky with your hair. That will stand out at the party, as most of the people will know you with it in a particular way, and will go far to create a persona for your character.</p> <p><strong> Bonus #2:</strong> Wear bright colors and/or tights. This will distract people from the fact that they&#39;ve never heard of your hero before.</p> <p><strong>4. </strong>Be a serial killer or a psycho stalker. Wear your normal clothes (after all, these people are virtually indistinguishable from everyone else on the outside). Act slightly strange all night: stare at people, refuse to answer when they ask you what you are, laugh at things that aren&#39;t funny.</p> <p><strong> Bonus #1:</strong> Carry a box of breakfast cereal and tell people it&#39;s a clue to what you are. Offer a prize to whoever guesses correctly. Give the winner the box of cereal. </p> <p><strong> Bonus #2:</strong> Pick a person and follow them around for the duration of the party. Hide behind corners, furniture, potted plants when they look your way. Be obvious...be very obvious.</p> <p><strong>5.</strong> Go as a failed gymnast. Wear clothes that are identifiably sporty--sweats, track pants, yoga pants, etc.--and spend the night trying to touch your toes or other stretches. Turn somersaults and look like you expect applause. Limp. Lament loudly the loss of your career, the win that got away, how &quot;if only&quot; that 15-year old from China had eaten the day before, you would have your medal.</p> <p><strong> Bonus #1:</strong> If you have a swim cap and goggles, add them to the outfit and be a failed swimmer. </p> <p><strong> Bonus #2:</strong> Get someone to come as your coach. Dress them coachishly (sweats are great!) and give them a whistle. Have them come up to you repeatedly yelling coachish things. Ignore them unless they have food. </p> <p>Clearly, a Halloween costume can be more about personality and less about what you wear. So think up a character, dress appropriately, then act your way through the night. More than anything, though, have a blast! And if any of these costumes win a prize, I want to know!!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hairy-scary-and-larry-5-halloween-costumes-you-can-make-from-stuff-you-probably-already-own">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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