With Halloween costumes getting more expensive every year, many parents are opting to go the “do it yourself” route. When some people think of homemade Halloween costumes, they picture sheets with two eye holes or a paper grocery bag with a scary monster face drawn on it. However, if you want to make your child’s Halloween costume yourself, there are a lot of neat options you can choose from that don’t cost a lot of money.
Here are some websites where you can find homemade Halloween costume ideas:
AllCrafts.net has a good selection of do-it-yourself Halloween costumes, from a Lego costume to a pig on a platter. There are also many standard costumes, including animal costumes for babies. You’ll find a list of necessary materials (and possibly tools) as well as detailed instructions for putting each costume together. At least a couple of the links don’t go to the right page, but the ones that do have good descriptions for making your own costume.
At Stretcher.com there is a page-long list of articles about Halloween, many of which are aimed at saving money or doing things as inexpensively as possible. There are several links to articles with ideas for Halloween costumes that you can make without spending a lot of money, including one article about a costume a mother made for her daughter that won a local Halloween contest. The articles are detailed, and the directions are generally pretty good.
iParenting.com has a list of 10 Halloween costumes for kids that are inexpensive to make. The costumes are designed for babies all the way up to teenagers, and range from a lion to a crayon. Each costume includes a picture of the finished product, a sketch to help you create the costume, a list of materials needed, and detailed instructions for putting the costume together. For parents who have never made their children a costume before, this site is a good place to start.
This site has a long list of different costume ideas, many of which were taken from other websites. The ideas are described but not fleshed-out, and they range from the simple and ordinary (such as a mummy or a baked potato) to more unique ideas, like Mount Rushmore (which requires three friends).