Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes

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November 4, 2014

finished costumesHere is a photo of my husband and I this Halloween. I turned us into cheeky comic book characters. It all cost a few dollars using just makeup, markers (for outlining old clothes), and paper for talk bubbles. We loved the reactions we got. We even called our parents, live on video chat, and freaked them out. Best Halloween yet!


Total Time: 1 Hour


  • 1 pack of facepaints/face crayons (white, black, blue, red)
  • 1 black permanent marker
  • old clothes
  • white paper


  1. Draw heavy black lines on the outer edges of your old clothes. Add details like wrinkles and folds.
  2. comic bubble
  3. Draw (or print out) comic book bubbles with you own personal funnies. Cut around the edges.
  4. Do your comic makeup! I viewed old Lichtenstein comics as a guide. I used a wig on myself to be more dramatic, but it's not necessary.
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October 2, 2008

Halloween is fast approaching! Here are some easy and inexpensive Halloween costumes for adults and children alike, using sweat suits and stuff you have laying around the house.

Man in Housewife costume


October 16, 2009

To make this costume, start with a white kitchen trash bag. Cut a hole at the top for the child's head and one on either side for their arms.


For the pupil, we hot glued a paper plate painted black to the center of the front side of the trash bag.

Eyeball Costume


October 7, 2009

This is a clever and inexpensive Halloween costume, great for adults! When my daughter-in-law was pregnant, that presented a bigger challenge. My creative son came up with a really clever idea for their costumes that year.


October 23, 2009

There are a few kid-friendly costumes that can be made from items in your home. You'll find that for an adult or child's costume you won't need to spend a fortune or search the town for the pieces for these costumes.

Halloween Taffy and Candy Corn


October 26, 2010

My company allows us to dress up at Halloween, but it's difficult to find costumes that are family-appropriate and don't hinder movement. One year I made a big splash for less than $10!


October 29, 2004

Go to Office Max and get a pack of the "Hello, My Name is __________" stickers. Fill them out with various names and put all over your clothing.


October 20, 2009

Cut top and bottom out of box. Slide over stroller and tie or tape in place so seat of stroller is inside box. Tie or tape stuffed cats and kittens inside box so that they are looking over side.


October 29, 2004

Last minute Halloween costume: Use a marker to write on an old t-shirt. I AM A _________(cat, pumpkin, puppy... If you can, draw a stick figure on the back, and a few whiskers on the child's face. Call it minimalist! By Linda


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October 18, 2006

When I was a little girl my mother made a simple but pretty costume with the taffeta skirt of one of her old dresses.


October 29, 2005

A list of last minute Halloween Costumes for the little ones.


September 27, 2022

A cute inexpensive Halloween costume is to get two large pieces of plastic, large enough to cover your body front and back (furniture stores are great places to get this) or use a large clear garbage bag. Tape the bottom and side edges together, but leave openings for your arms and legs. Leave the top open. Blow up assorted colors of balloons and fill the bag.

September 28, 2022

I need a Halloween costume for me and my boyfriend for a party. What can I make with stuff I have around the house?

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