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Cheap Homemade Halloween Costumes

Growing up, My friends and I would almost always make our own homemade Halloween costumes.  Not only was it less expensive than buying one, but it was also more fun. We’d dig through our closets and attics looking for anything that we could use… an old leather jacket, an ugly blazer, Dad’s old leisure suit, Mom’s old workout gear… the possibilities were endless. And best of all, it was easy to avoid credit card debt.

Prevent credit card debt with these DIY costume ideas!

Prevent credit card debt with these DIY costume ideas!

Add in some make-up and maybe a wig, and you could be just about anyone. Some notable homemade costumes I’ve seen include Starsky & Hutch, Mary Katherine Gallagher (from SNL), MC Hammer, Willy Wonka, and Slash (from Guns n’ Roses). We leaned more towards the funny rather than scary.

I once turned an afro wig, an old vest, a button down shirt, and a silk bandana into Jimi Hendrix. Another year, my mother had this old brown leather jacket that I paired with a hat and a toy whip to become Indiana Jones.

The majority of my costumes are inspired from what I find in the closet. Go in with a blank slate and see what your imagination can come up with.  80’s Rocker, 70’s Disco Dude, Pro Wrestler, Nerdy Girl, all things that can be thrown together pretty easily.  If you want to get messy, tear up some old clothes and add some gory make-up to be a zombie or a corpse.

Homemade Halloween costumes can be just as fun as store-bought ones! Sometimes even more so. Another plus is that the money saved can go towards debt management.

You can also make your own accessories. Old sheets can be made into head wraps, bloody bandages, capes, etc.  Some cardboard and duct tape can be made into just about anything. Weapons, armor, robot parts, etc.

Lacking the resources at home? Any Goodwill or Salvation Army store is like a mecca of Halloween costume ideas. Go take a walk through the aisles and pick up some used items on the cheap. It’s basically the same as rifling through someone else’s closets.

Goodwill even encourages Halloween shoppers! You can find a lot of awesome things there.

Here are some cool DIY costumes that I’ve seen…

Lego Boy
DIY Lego Costume for cheap homemade Halloween costumes

Blind Melon Bee Girl
Bee girl costume for cheap homemade Halloween costumes

Chris Farley Chippendale’s Audition
Chippendale costume for cheap homemade Halloween costumes

And the gold medal goes to… Transformers Robot (that actually transforms)

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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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