Making your own Halloween costumes can be easy and fun -- and you won't break the bank. Check out these ideas and step-by-step instuctions below.
I scream, you scream, your kids will scream for this creative costume.
Difficulty: 3 out of 4 pumpkins
Materials & Tools
2 pairs kids white tights
Adult white tshirts
Tan or Brown leggings
Black or brown sharpie
Child sized Brown tshirt
Giant safety Pins
White long sleeved top
Brown or black shoes
Small safety pins
Step 1: Create Ice Cream
Stuff white tights with white tshirts, or stuffing if you have it, and tie at the end. Depending on how long your child's torso is, you will either be stuffing 3 or 4 legs.
Step 2: Create Cone
Draw criss-crossing diagonal lines on leggings with thick black or brown sharpie.
Step 3: Create Hot Fudge Topping
Take brown tshirt, approx 6 inches down from the collar, start cutting a wave pattern. Cut the curves up and down around the shirt, at different lengths, to look like drizzled hot fudge. When done, the sleeves and body of the shirt will fall away and you will be left with a collar.
Step 4: Create Sprinkles
Dip giant safety pins in paint -- either brown for chocolate sprinkles, or multiple bright colors for rainbow sprinkles. Let dry.
Step 5: Get Dressed
Put on white top and leggings. Wrap stuffed white tights around your child's torso and secure together at the back with safety pins. Also pin the tights to the shirt.
Step 6: Finishing Touches aka "The Cherry on Top"
Put on hot fudge collar. Once safety pin sprinkles are fully dry, fasten them all along the shirt, tights, and collar. Put on red hat.
Lights, camera, action! Your daughter will take center stage in this award-worthy costume that's easy to put together.
Difficulty: 1 out of 4 pumpkins
Materials & Tools
Belt, scarf, or tie
Possible accessories: gloves, sunglasses, tiara, boa
Gold Spray paint
Search through your closets or costume box for a dress. This can be anything from Mom's old bridesmaid dress, to your daughters Sunday finest, or a dress up costume.
Accessorize with a belt. To make it fun and colorful, use a scarf or a tie.
Top off the look with whatever costume jewelry you have -- earrings, broaches, necklaces, bracelets, rings (or even a ring pop!). Old broaches add extra sparkle pinned in the hair or on the belt.
Bedazzle shoes with a Christmas bow on the top of each foot.
Add additional accessories: gloves, sunglasses, tiara, or a boa. Don't have a boa? Dig through some old Christmas decorations to find some Christmas garland. A pretty purse makes a great functional prop -- it's a cute accessory and your child can carry their candy in it.
Make your daughter an award winning costume with her very own statuette. Find a container with a flat bottom -- could be Tupperware, a butter dish, even a tuna fish or cat food can. Remove all labels and wash clean. Turn the container upside down and Krazy glue an action figure to the top. Let dry. Spray paint gold.
Is your child "hooked" on under the sea adventures? Then he is sure to make a splash in this homemade costume!