halloween budget So you’ve pushed Halloween shopping off because your kids can’t decide what they want to be, or they have changed their minds a million times? I’ve been here more times than I can count and this seems to be a challenge every year. Hence the need for last minute ideas, because it’s the day of the Halloween parade and the store has nothing left in stock, or it’s picked over, and the leftovers just aren’t cutting it. So, what to do? Well, I have found some of the most cost-effective, quick and easy, but still awesome DIY Halloween costumes. Keep on reading.


deer/doe costume

This diy halloween costume is super simple and, honestly, the makeup is what sets it apart. I have done this for my sons, and they wore all black clothing. I found a super cheap faux fur vest at Goodwill, and I even made ears out of felt and a headband. The total cost was $9. The makeup was where we had fun; I followed this video tutorial. You can wear light clothing as well, or dress it up a bit with more formal clothing for a sophisticated look.


mummy makeup

Long gone are the days of wrapping the kids up in toilet paper for them to be a spooky mummy. Let’s bring it into this century and get a little more creative. I found this mummy costume here. A quick overview – take old white t-shirts/sheets/pillowcases and cut them into long strips. Let them sit in the sink with tea bags to stain the fabric, making it appear old and dingy. Let them soak for about 30 minutes. Take out, separate and hang to dry. If you have a sewing machine, sew the strips to an old pair of track pants (gray or white turned inside out) if not, wrap and tie them on. I even secured them in place with hot glue. Worked just fine!


Flower Pot

DIY flower pot costume

Spring is long gone now, so dream of your garden while out trick-or-treating. Making this costume takes no time, and it’s less than $10. All you need is a large bucket, cheap plastic planter, or a large wash tub like I got at the Dollar Tree, 3 or 4 bunches of flowers, and a headband. For full instructions on making this cute costume, click here.


Skeleton Halloween Costume

I don’t think there is an easier costume to make, seriously. I know there are skeleton outfits that you can buy, and they are super cute but expensive. Also, after Halloween, my kids never want to wear them again. So dress your child in all black clothing and get white duct tape. Simple and easy. Lay the Halloween outfit flat and get to work, laying out the bones. You can be as detailed as you like.

Use face makeup to complete the outfit – black around the eyes and white on the skin to make it spooky.

No matter what you throw together last minute, it will be fun. Halloween includes imagination and playfulness, which kids have in abundance. So have fun and stay safe this Halloween.