7 Brand-Name Halloween Costumes You Can Make Cheaply

Discover how to outfit your kids as a dinosaur, a skeleton, the Cat in the Hat and other fun costumes for pennies.

Cookie Monster

Use an adult-sized blue shirt with the bottom middle sewn (or glued) to make leg holes. Then take a baseball cap and glue big white balls (ping pong balls maybe) on it with big black circles for the eyes. Make a big huge cookie for her to carry around. This can be made with big circles of brown felt, two pieces sewn or glued together and stuffed with batting (or something like that). Use dark brown or black peel-off felt for the chocolate chips, or, if the cookie was made big enough, it could even be what the candy goes in.
Submitted by iVillager--cajunmommy

Franklin the Turtle
Dress your child in green sweats. Tie a red bandana around her neck. Have her wear a red baseball cap. For the shell, cut a circle out of poster board and cut a couple holes in it to loop a ribbon thru to tie it. Then, use the spray foam insulation to cover the poster board. Next, paint over with green and brown spray paint. Voila -- Franklin! I really like the ideas of sweats ''dressed up.'' The kids are so much more comfortable in them and they actually leave them on.
Submitted by iVillager--skfmomof3

A Lego Piece

Get a big box, cut a hole in one end for the head, and two for the arms. The box should go down to about her knees. Spray-paint it any color: yellow, red, green, white or black. Then find something for the six ''bumps'', perhaps disposable salad bowls or little butter tubs. Paint these the same color as the box, and glue them on in tow columns of three each, as you would see on a Lego. Dress in the same color clothing underneath.
Submitted by iVillager--cajunmommy

The Cat in the Hat

We found the hat at a carnival, but it can be purchased in any costume shop. Wear a black sweat suit as a base, add white gloves and a white piece of felt attached to the neck area -- all done at a reasonable price, and we can reuse most of it.
Submitted by iVillager--mama2olscam


Any color leotard can be a crayon! Dress in matching leotard and tights. Get a piece of poster paper and create the paper ''wrapper.''

Tony the Tiger

Two years ago when my son was three, he said he wanted to be a tiger. I went to the local consignment store and bought a yellow shirt with hood about five sizes too big. I sewed ears on the hood and made a yellow tail, which I stuffed and attached in the logical place. I also sewed on a white muslin piece on his chest. I took black permanent marker and made tiger markings over the whole thing. He wore a black turtleneck under it and black sweat pants and was too cute!

An Oreo Cookie

When my son wanted to be an Oreo cookie, I took a cardboard box, cut it into two circles, spray-painted it black (but left the letters O-R-E-O unpainted by covering the cardboard with cut-out letters on paper). I got a white turtleneck for about $3, used some white mittens and a black stocking cap that we already had. We tied the two circles together and they hung on my little boy's shoulders.
Submitted by iVillager--davenportk

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