8 Frugal Halloween Costumes

halloween costumes toronto frugal easy diyStruggling to come up with Halloween costumes for your little ones? Guest contributor Vinma Joseph has eight fast and frugal suggestions.

Halloween is just around the corner. With lots of ghosts and goblins waiting to hit the streets for some trick-or-treating, the scariest part for you may be wondering how to find costumes without breaking the bank. Never fear, I have eight easy costumes that can be made for little to nothing. Get ready to get your scare on and dress up!

8 Easy and Frugal Halloween Costumes

1. Paper Doll – This one just requires some cardstock (poster board), duct tape and markers. Have your child lay down on a large piece of poster board that can be found at most dollar stores. Draw an “outfit” in the shape of a dress around them. Finalize it by drawing in details and coloring. You may even want to get extra creative and add a “purse” or a “hat”. Don’t forget to draw tabs on it the way paper dolls have. Your child will love decorating this one! To make it stay, connect the ends with duct take similar to a sandwich board and tape the sides.

2. A Bunch of Grapes – Just get purple balloons and blow them up. Have your child dress in a purple sweat suit. Pin the balloons on them and add a green ski hat. All done!

3. 80’s Rock Star – Go thrift shopping for some radical duds. For girls, tease the hair and add crazy, bright makeup.

4. Lumberjack – Looking for truly Canadian Halloween costumes? Dress your little one in a plaid shirt, jeans, suspenders over the plaid shirt and boots. Make an “axe” out of foam. You may want to add a 5 o’clock shadow as well and a ski cap. For bonus points, teach them the Log Driver’s Waltz.

5. Tooth Fairy – Dress your child up as you would for an angel or fairy. This is great if you can find wings at the dollar store. To make it a tooth fairy, pin cutouts of toothbrushes on her costume. Hang a cardboard “tooth” around her neck as a necklace. Put glitter on her face.

6. Pippi Longstocking of Sorts – This is one of the easiest Halloween costumes to create. Just dress your little girl in mismatched long socks, a colorful jumper, mismatched shoes and do her hair in braids. If you want to make her hair red, use a simple can of red hairspray. Add freckles with a brown eyeliner.

7. Lego – Dress your child in all one color. Take a box that is large and rectangular add plastic solo cups to make a lego out of it. Spray paint it, allow it to dry and attach it like a sandwich board to your child’s shoulders.

8. Chef – Get a chef’s hat at a thrift store and have your child wear black pants, a white shirt, and apron and you may even wish to draw a big black mustache on them. To collect candy, get one of those plastic cauldrons or another lighter kind of pot.

Do you have any favourite easy and frugal Halloween costumes? Leave a reply and share your suggestions!

Vinma Joseph is a mom of two little ones. She is an Insurance Underwriter by profession but blogging is her passion. Her blog, A Momless Mom, is about her life as a busy working Mom and also of her own Mother who left her quite early on. Recently, Vinma was voted Top 25 Canadian Moms in the Circle of Moms contest. She is now settled in Toronto with her family. Other than at A Momless Mom, you would find her on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

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