Frugal Costume Ideas


September 16, 2010

Couple in t-shirts ripped to look like a skeleton and sugar skull facepaintI need cheap, free, or homemade costume ideas for Halloween.

By BargainGirl from Greenville, SC



September 18, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

I made my g-daughter into a" Bag of Groceries" I used a store's brown bag, cut out the bottom and slit the bag up the back to wrap around her. I didn't do arm holes as the bag hung below the arms and stayed on by hot gluing an old fabric belt cut to size for shoulder straps. Then I filled it with "products", like cutting out the fronts of boxed items (different sizes) and layering them every which way around the body of the bag and glued them together in batches. I found smaller items to glue up and down the straps (empty Jello boxes, pet food treat containers, a toothpaste box, etc). I took a ketchup bottle, cleaned it and inserted a piece of red construction paper to give it color and put the bottle into the body of the bag).


Then I paper-clipped a bunch of coupons to the front of the bag along with a long register receipt that was dangling out. Her head was covered with a white knit cap and an empty bag of sugar placed upside down on her head. Cut the flaps to lay flat for using bobby pins to hold it in place. (Just wear something neutral underneath). Everyone loved her costume! Carrying one of those recycled totes from the store for getting treats completes the outfit. This outfit cost was ZERO, too :D---a little imagination goes a long way!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Silver Feedback Medal for All Time! 337 Feedbacks
September 21, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

There are lots of costumes you can make from old clothes. Try a hippie, if you have torn jeans, a vest, lots of love beads, a scarf for a belt.


A tramp, out of whatever ragged things you can devise, use a broomstick and a bag of "something" on a stick so it looks hobo-ish.
A farmer, jeans, plaid shirt, straw hat or cap.
A maid, dress, apron, tray with dishes on it.
Cowboy, if you have the appropriate hat, and boots are a bonus, otherwise jeans, shirt, vest, hanky around neck, maybe a hobby horse.

Ask your kids for ideas, if they are school age. My son once dressed up as the "chensopater". I didn't know what that was (a word he made up) , but we used things we had, big hat, cape, ragged pants and shirt, he put together the costume and was thrilled.

Just a reminder that face paint is always better than a mask for trick or treating (unless you are the Lone Ranger, he has to have a mask! LOL)

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question


ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.

September 16, 2010

I am looking for ideas for easy and inexpensive, yet unique, Halloween costumes. Thank you.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

October 6, 2009

Halloween is coming! Here are some inexpensive costume ideas and a recipe for face paint. Hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
In This Page
CostumesApril 7, 2016
Fourth of July Ideas!
Summer Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
AdviceBooksCandyCostumesCraftsDecorationsGamesGhost StoriesHaunted HouseHistoryJokesLinksMake UpMiscellaneousPartiesPartiesPhotosPumpkin CarvingRecipesSafetyTipsTreats
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2021-06-30 15:13:42 in 3 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2021 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.