6 Halloween Costumes to Try This Year

Before you run out and buy an expensive Halloween costume for one night of trick-or-treating, try making one at home with your child. Here are 6 inexpensive ideas for fun, easy-to-make costumes from our community. That'll ensure your child has a one-of-a-kind look this year!

Sunflower Sweetie

This sunflower idea is great for your darling daughter. All you need to purchase is some colorful felt—everything else you likely have around the house.

What you need:
green sweat suit, preferably with a hood
yellow felt
glue gun
brown eyeliner

How to make: Cut five to seven petals out of yellow felt and attach to hood with a glue gun. You can also cut small flowers out of the felt and attach to various parts of the sweat suit — knees, chest, bottom. Paint cheeks brown and make freckles with eyeliner for seeds. To top it off, have your child carry a little watering can to hold her treats!

chatRboxParty Pirate

Your child will love parroting the pirate-speak that comes with this costume. "Aaarrghs" and "shiver me timbers" are par for the course with this easy-to-make get-up!

Take an old pair of black jeans (or sweatpants) and cut off just below the knee, leaving jagged points. Cut sleeve edges and bottom of a striped shirt (any colors will do, but red and white are more authentic & colorful) into similar jagged points. Cut a few holes in the shirt, and if it's chilly, layer it over a sweatshirt for added warmth. Add colorful strips of scrap fabric for a sash. Stick a plastic sword in the belt — or cut one out of cardboard & cover with foil).

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