About the time my first son turned two, I became aware of the rip-off that is the current Halloween costume industry. Cheaply-made polyester costumes sold at premium prices.
It’s about that time I became a homemade costume wizard. Why pay $30 for a costume that I can throw together for about $5?
Since then, we’ve used our local thrift store and ingenuity to make our annual dress up ideas. Here are a few of them, along with a link on how to find more.
Ninjas and Pirates (pictured above)
I’m not the first mom to have used her son’s karate gear as a ninja costume. Don’t have one? How about black pants and a black t-shirt? We picked up the ninja hood for just a few bucks. The pirate costume uses a vest we made in previous years, a bandana and handmade “dreadlocks” made from twisted strips of fabric. We even tied beads into them so they looked just like a famous pirate captain.
The pirate vests we’ve used a few times, made out of felt:
The Tin Man
Grey paint, poster board, a funnel and some string.
The ninja turtle costume we found at the local thrift store, along with the ghost rider mask, which we paired with a hand-me-down leather jacket, decorative chains and flaming hair made out of orange and red tissue paper.
A combination of second hand items and craftiness.
This one speaks for itself.
This one was spotted at our kids school.
Seriously adorable costume from my friend Mandy Holmes: “Items: a shirt from dollar store with a felt strip for belt, black sweat pants he already had, the hat was a $2 witch’s hat I painted red and cut the rim off of. The beard is faux fur you can find at Michael’s for about $3 that I cut into the shape of beard and hot glued to the hat.”
Scenes from the festivities!
Up for this years fixings: Spongebob (using a box) and Patrick (pink sweatsuit), a bank robber (because babies look cute with mustaches) Harry Potter ( cape and dress shirt, scarf, glasses, lightning scar) and a zombie clown.