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Best Budget DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for 2012

Avoid credit card debt with these budget-friendly tips.

Avoid credit card debt with these budget-friendly tips.

If you’re like me, you look forward to Halloween all year long.  Throughout the year, I’ll be thinking about my next Halloween costume and trying to remember the best ideas until the time actually comes.  I’ll even go as far as writing them down and saving the paper so I don’t forget… which will happen when you have an idea that can’t be used for 7 months.  I also like to make my own costumes. It’s a good way to stay on budget and avoid credit card debt. Here are some of the best DIY Halloween costumes that I’ve seen this year.

All of these ideas are very cool and involve only basic materials, craft skills, and/or makeup.  A lot of this stuff you can buy on the cheap, or you might even have lying around the house.


Rosie the Riveter 

Poster of Rosie the Riveter


Fairy / Insect 







Fairy wings for budget DIY Halloween costume

by grumpypants (flickr)










Zombie nurse budget DIY Halloween costume




Hobo costume for budget DIY Halloween costume

Creepy Scarecrow 

Scarecrow for budget DIY Halloween costume


Skeleton face paint for budget DIY Halloween costume



Clark Kent / Superman



Superman costume for budget DIY Halloween costume

Tiger or Zebra 

Tiger and zebra costumes for budget DIY Halloween

Bonus tips:

  • Look in your closets and storage spaces for old clothes and accessories.  Something may trigger an idea.  I’ve made costumes out of old clothes several times, and I have zero sewing or craft skills.  You just improvise and learn as you go.
  • Shop without buying.  Go to the costume store and just look around.  Maybe you’ll see one accessory to build off of, then do the rest at home.
  • Have an idea? Do an online search to find tips on how to make it come to life… even if you’re supposed to be dead.

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Andi is a Marketing Assistant at ACCC. He is passionate about supporting financial literacy efforts and helping to educate people on the Talking Cents blog!

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