Tips to save money on Halloween costumes for the kids.
Materials: old boxes, colored posterboard (2 for $1 at discount stores), old sheets or pillowcases, old shower curtain, felt, construction paper, fabric dye or fabric paint, and garbage bags.
Note: garbage bag costumes should not be made for toddlers and small children who may suffocate if the costume slips.
Remember to let the kids color in/paint whenever possible.
Cats: Use colored shirt/pants (or dye them) to create a panther, tiger, lion, or leopard. Cut construction paper or felt ears and put them on a headband. Use fabric paint/markers to color in the stripes/spots. Make the tail from a strip of fabric sewn into a tube and stuffed. Use yarn for the lion’s mane.
Board Games: Use posterboard to create your favorite board game and wear it like a sandwich sign. Use construction paper to cut circles for checkers or backgammon – or use old bottlecaps. Go as a Pool Table or Playing Card. Use an old box to create a die – or go with a friend as a pair of dice.
If you recycle materials you have on hand, you can create a costume with almost no money.