Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Thursday, October 30, 2008

How to Save a Billion Dollars on Your Costume

by Julie Coulter Bellon

I heard yesterday that Americans will spend four billion dollars on Halloween costumes and decorations. Wow. But in these difficult economic times, if you aren’t one of the lucky few with a billion to spend so that you can buy a store-bought costume of a one size fits all M&M or an Indiana Jones jacket, you will have to be creative in your costume. So today I am going to share with you ten of the best simple, homemade costumes I’ve seen.

  1. The Babe Magnet—Wear an old suit coat with Barbies attached all over it and you are now a babe magnet.

  2. The “Cereal” Killer—Wear an old suit coat with those tiny cereal boxes all over it, with a plastic knife sticking out of them and some fake blood and then you are now a “cereal” killer.

  3. Deer Revenge--Make deer antlers out of a paper bag, (can use wire to make them stiffer) and glue them to a hunter’s hat. Put some black makeup on your nose to complete your deer self, and dress in orange. Carry a toy gun.

  4. Dirty Clothes Hamper--Cut a hole in the bottom of an old laundry basket, big enough for you to fit through. Use clothesline twine to make suspenders to hold the basket up and put some clothes in it.

  5. The Lame Excuse—Wear a white shirt and use a cane. On colored post-it notes, write down all the excuses you can think of—my dog ate my homework, I feel a migraine coming on, I didn’t understand the rules, etc. Then put the post it notes on your shirt and you are now a lame excuse.

  6. Road Kill--Wear black pants and a black shirt. Put white tape down the middle of you for a dotted line to make your road. Attach a bloodied stuffed animal and you are now road kill!

  7. Smarty Pants—Attach Smarties candies all over your pants (by sewing or by safety pin) and you are now a smarty pants.

  8. A Blind Referee—Wear a striped shirt that looks like a referee’s, sunglasses and a cane or stick to round out this costume.

  9. Static Cling Costume—Randomly attach socks and other laundry items to your clothing and don’t forget the dryer sheet!

  10. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs—Attach some stuffed animals (cats and dogs) to an umbrella. Wear a raincoat and carry the umbrella because it’s raining cats and dogs.

When you are done at your party or with your trick or treating, then you can relax with a story from Edgar Alan Poe, perhaps, or watch an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Although, I’m more of an “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” girl.

Anyway, I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween. If you have some more creative costume ideas, post them, I’d love to see what you’re wearing!


At 10/30/2008 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At our ward party las night, a woman was wearing a t-shirt that said, "Go Ceiling!" on it. It took a while to register--she was a ceiling fan!

At 10/30/2008 3:54 PM, Blogger Sandra said...

One year one of my sons wore a clear garbage bag (cut holes for legs, tape closed at neck) filled it with colored balloons. He was a gum ball machine.

At 10/30/2008 4:47 PM, Blogger Matthew Buckley / Marion Jensen said...

Back in my college years I used to go as Waldo. I would take a red, long sleeve shirt, and wrap masking tape around it for stripes. Then I'd do the same with a red stocking cap. To top it off, I'd get some of those fake glasses with the nose and mustache, but I'd take the nose and mustache off.

It was very fun, but the only downside was whenever we took pictures, they would make me stand in the back, or off to one side, and only my elbow could be showing.

At 10/30/2008 5:40 PM, Blogger Heather B. Moore said...

I love the do-it-yourself costumes. I only had to buy one costume this year because my 4 year old was dying to be Ariel. But a "redneck" costume is always good. Just color your neck red :)

At 10/30/2008 6:49 PM, Blogger Just_Me said...

Princess Leia- Any white dress with a belt tied (I used an old Cleopatra dress)

Han Solo- Black, gray, or brown pants, white shirt (you might have to unbutton a bit), black vest. Add blaster if you can. Half the guys from church can find this in their closet without trying.

Jedi- Brown pants, off-white or white shirt, brown jacket or older siblings shirt with the front cut, lightsticks for lightsabers.

High Schooler- Pull out old high school clothes before taking to Goodwill. Wear them. Note: not all teenagers will be amused with your impression :o)

At 10/30/2008 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is terrific, Julie! Thanks for sharing - my teens may need a couple of these.


At 10/30/2008 9:19 PM, Blogger Karlene said...

Paint a box bright red. Cut out arm and head holes. Cut bottom out so you can wear the box like a shirt. Tape 6 red plastic cups down the front in two rows. You're a Lego. (Can also be done in blue or yellow.)

At 10/30/2008 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Kerry Blair's "Ghost of a Chance" (One of my most favorite books in the world,)Samantha Shade went to her family's annual Harvest Ball/Halloween bash as Sam Spade, old-time private-eye, wearing a trench coat and a fedora as a costume. I loved the idea so much that I went to our ward's "Trunk or Treat" event last night dressed just like Sam ... and Sam, in my husband's trench coat and a dear friend's borrowed fedora. It was still a little warm down here in Yuma for such a heavy coat, but we had such fun!


At 11/05/2008 7:07 AM, Blogger Keith Fisher said...

Thanks for the suggestions I wish I'd read before the big event. nevertheless I will save these for next year. thanks again

At 11/19/2008 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One year, I wore a name tag that read "I'm okay." I told people that I was a lumberjack.

Several people came up to me later and told me that they really did get it. :-)


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