Halloween Costume Ideas

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I called several places about renting a Halloween costume and was dumbfounded at the amount of money you can spend to rent a costume. And you don't even get to keep it! So, I put my thinking cap on and did some research. I thought I would pass along a few ideas, that won't cost you a arm and a leg.


Static Cling: Wear anything in a solid color, all white or even all black. With safety pins, attach stuff to yourself such as socks , underwear and dryer sheets. Spray your hair straight up into the air, and you're good to go...

Miss America: Use an old bridesmaid dress or prom formal (and you thought you'd never wear it again); add a pair of gloves, a tiara, some oversized jewelry and heels. For the banner, write your title of choice in glitter on a wide white ribbon.

1960s Hippie: Tie-dyed clothing, long wig, sandals, headband, anything with fringe on it (vests, purse, etc.), pale-colored sunglasses.

The All-American Tourist: Guys wear loud Hawaiian shirt, shorts , large straw hat. Girls, brightly colored loud dress, flats, big sun hat, straw bag. Don't forget to have a camera and maps hanging out.


Real nerd: Slick back the hair, grab some pants that are too short, white shirt, white socks, penny loafers or lace-up oxfords, pocket protector with lots of pens, dark rim glasses and a briefcase.

This year, use what you've got to make a costume. And if all else fails, there's always a ghost. Among all of those authentic, high-priced getups that are from a rental place, you'll definitely be unique.

These are from Cheapskate Monthly

By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX

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October 17, 20060 found this helpful

One year I bought some fairly heavy weight fabric stiffner- you know, the stuff you put inside waistbands or lapels-- it is somewhat see thru-- with some ribbon it made a fine vampire cape-- with el cheapo teeth and stuff from the dollar store-- and I still could sew with it!

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October 27, 20060 found this helpful

A few years back, I dressed up all in black (nothing fancy) and put on a black cap (like a dock worker would wear). I then wrapped half my body in a bag of $1 fake spider webbing.


While I had to tell most people that I was "the victim of spiderman" once they got it they all thought it was great.

So if ya don't mind explaining yourself, it's a costume that only costs a buck

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By laura g. (Guest Post)
October 21, 20080 found this helpful

One of my guy friends dressed all in black then cut out pictures of celebrity women from magazines and pinned them to himself- Chick magnet.

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By travis in ohio (Guest Post)
October 26, 20080 found this helpful

My daughter once took a large picture frame and put a piece of cloth over the back and used my old suspenders to hold it up and then a blue ribbon on the front and went as a work of art. it was really cute.

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