Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween costumes expensive! And if you waited too late in the season, you may not have many costume choices left. Therefore homemade costumes are more fun and oftentimes more much cheaper! Plus, if you involve your kids in creating the homemade Halloween costumes, the memories will be worth more than any store-bought costume.

Here are some inexpensive, homemade Halloween costume ideas.

Scarecrow Costume

Homemade Scarecrow Costume from Clever Pink Pirate
Homemade Scarecrow Costume from Clever Pink Pirate

Stuff some faded jeans or overalls (can even add some patches) and an over-sized flannel shirt with plastic grocery bags and leave a little straw hanging out of the shirt and jeans. Draw some stitches on your face, add a hat and some boots, and you’re set!

Ghost Costume

15 Last Minute Easy DIY Halloween Costumes
15 Last Minute Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Ghosts are an old stand-by stoume idea that never goes out of style. Use an old white sheet with holes cut for the eyes. You can dress your ghost up a bit by making lips out of red lipstick or color a beard or moustache with markers. You can also create a colorful ghost by using a brightly colored sheet.

Clown Costume

Clown Face Paint
Clown Face Paint

You can create a clown costume easily with sweat clothes that you can stuff and decorate with fabric paint or markers. Sew on some pom poms, wear a colorful wig and bow tie, and paint your face up like a clown with face paint.

Hippie Costume

Tutorial 70's Style Bell Bell Bottom Jeans
Tutorial 70’s Style Bell Bell Bottom Jeans

You can become a hippie from the 1970s with a tie-dye shirt and bell bottom jeans. Combine this with a headband, a wig, and a fringed jacket or vest. Add some platform shoes and John Lennon glasses, and you’re ready to “peace out”.

Nerd Costume

Adorable Nerd Costume, A Night Owl
Adorable Nerd Costume, A Night Owl

You can dress up as a typical nerd, complete with white shirt, pocket protectors, high-water pants that are too short, horn-rimmed glasses (don’t forget to tape the nose piece), white socks and black dress shoes. Slick back your hair with hair gel and carry around a calculator to complete the nerd look.

Soda or Beer Can Costume

Natural Light Beer Can Costume
Natural Light Beer Can Costume

Find a cheap or discarded plastic barrel and cut a hole in the bottom (or use a round trash can turned upside down). Paint the entire barrel the colors and design of your favorite brand of soda or beer in a can. Cut holes out for arms and your head.

You can be the hit of the Halloween party if you use a little imagination to create special homemade costumes out of inexpensive, everyday items!