5 Frugal Halloween Costumes

5 Frugal Halloween Costumes plus Bonus Make-Up Tips
© Frugal Yankee 2011

Whether you are working on a tight budget or even better, you want to engage your family in a fun project, making Halloween costumes is a gas. It shows off creativity, doesn't cost much and just about everything you need is lying around the house.

Here are five ideas for costumes and at the end of this article are some home made make-up ideas. Now have fun and remember, Halloween is a time to eat, drink and be scary!

ROBOT COSTUME
Materials:
Duct Tape
Aluminum Disposable Pans
Grey Sweat Suit
Dryer Vent Tubing
Old Pair of Sneakers
Gallon Milk Jug (empty)
Various Gizmos found in the house and garage.

Instructions:
Put on the sweat suit
Use the vent tubing for arms and legs.
Aluminum Pans for front and back of torso
Cut Milk Jug for a helmet (decorate with gizmos and magic markers)
Cover the old sneakers with silver paint or duct tape.
Attach pieces with duct tape or thread.

SKELETON
Materials: Dark Colored Sweat Suit (preferably black)
White Contact Paper
Scissors
White and Black make-Up
Instructions:
Draw the various bones on the white contact paper.
Cut out the bones and attach to sweat suit.
Use the makeup to color the face (white) and eyes (black)

HARRY POTTER
Materials:
Collared shirt and dark pants
Old Glasses (Dollar stores will have inexpensive fake ones)
Tie
Wand (a nicely crooked stick from the backyard will do nicely)
Eyeliner
Cloth or felt
Instructions: Using a photo dress the child as closely to the photo as possible.
For the cape and scarf use felt or scrap cloth.
Use the eyeliner to draw the 'scar' on Harry's forehead.

Who said Muggles weren't magical?

TUB OF BUBBLES
Materials: Inexpensive Rectangular Laundry Basket
Cloth Straps or old suspenders
White Paper
Glue or tape
Scissors
Old baseball Cap
Small Balloons
Instructions:
Cut holes in bottom of laundry basket so legs can comfortably fit through.
Make straps to go over the shoulders & attach front/back of basket.
Line basket with white paper.
Attach blown up balloons to basket with tape or glue
Attach some balloons to baseball cap.
(this idea can also be used for laundry)

DOG - DALMATIAN
Materials:
Hooded white sweat shirt
White sweat pants
Black felt
Black face paint
Instructions:
Cut various sized 'spots' from the black felt
Sew or glue the 'spots' all over the sweat suit and hood.
Cut and sew dog ears onto the hood

BONUS: CREATING YOUR OWN MAKE-UP

1) ALIEN & ZOMBIE MAKE-UP
Take foundation make-up and add food coloring to it - green for witches, aliens or zombies, black for zombie eyes, blue for smurfs etc.

2) FACE PAINT
1 tsp. corn starch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
food coloring
Mix all ingredients together in an old muffin pan and you are ready to paint. This amount makes one color.

3) BLOOD
Mix 2/3 cup white corn syrup
1 tsp. red food coloring
2-3 drops blue food coloring to darken
1 squirt dish soap (helps consistency)

Mix ingredients and apply appropriately.

Sources used in creating this article: Families.com, Scrapits.com, LivingonaDime.com

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