Halloween can sneak up on you, and if you have kids you definitely don’t want to be unprepared. The spookiest day of the year can also be scary for your wallet, depending on the type of costume your child wants. But, if you’re creative and have a child who isn’t too picky about what they’re going to be this year, don’t be afraid to tap into the spirit of DIY and frugality to create a cool costume for him or her.
Like decorating, costuming can be a fun joint project for you and your little ones. And don’t even trip if you can’t sew or beat a face because you can always pull a creative Halloween finesse in other ways. Here are our recommendations for budget-friendly costumes that are still fly.
Use Your Makeup Stash
If you have a nice makeup stash tap into it for face painting. I’m not saying destroy your favorite lipstick, but you probably have some old ones that you don’t wear anymore and those are perfect for morphing into crayons.
Let’s say your little one wants to be a butterfly or a cat. You can draw a butterfly shape on her face using lipstick and fill in the wings with eyeshadows. For the cat, liner can make the whiskers and the cat nose. Just get creative and work with what you have. If you’re a super makeup junky and have glitter anywhere in your arsenal, pull that out too!
I like dressing up on Halloween and it didn’t take much for me to pull off these cat and glam skull looks. All of the makeup you see was right from my stash: lipstick, eyeliner gel, eyeshadow, glitter and accessories I already had. Dassit.
The pic below is of my daughter at a birthday party. Her face was traditionally face painted but this is a look you can easily recreate with makeup from your stash.
Accessories Can Be The Star
You know we all shop at the same places, H&M (don’t act like you really cancelled them), Zara, Forever 21, The Children’s Place, Etsy, etc. All of these places tend to sell accessories like cat ears, hair pieces, and unicorn horn headbands. Do you see where I’m going? Get one of these headpieces and then dig in your kid’s closet for pieces that match. For example, a leopard print top or something in all black or brown to match the cat ears would be perfect. If your child has sequins or sparkly clothes, pair that with a unicorn horn. If your child has colorful patterned prints, add colorful barrettes and/or hair pieces and let them be a clown. Dip into your own closet and do the same for an adorable mother-daughter duo of a costume.
Other accessories you can use are your standard trick-or-treating pumpkin, but give it a nice makeover. Spray paint it silver, gold or some other funky color and completely redo the face for a funky look. Plus, if it’s a bright color, that means you’re more visible for safety. You could also do a Halloween bag, like this nifty reflective bag by Frito-Lay Variety Packs. It already comes stuffed with the types of chips kids love and it’s big enough to hold lots of candy.
Hair Pieces For The Win
Clip-ins, glitter, temporary color spray, and charms are all easy ways to transform you or your little one’s mane for one night. Check out your local beauty supply store or the typical places like Amazon and Walmart for all of the above. The best part is your child can continue to play dress-up with these things at home or even out in public, if they have a bold sense of style, giving you even more bang for your buck.