When you’re a mom of 5, frugal Halloween costumes are a must. One frugal costume idea is using adult shirts from your closet. With a little accessory help from the dollar store and Target, you can make a fun costume long on style and short on funds.
Thrift shops and flea markets are another great source for frugal Halloween costumes and costume accessories. Toddlers and preschoolers grow up and outgrow those cute costumes from Old Navy and Target. Since most costumes are worn once, you sure to find a fantastic deal on a costume at a thrift shop.
Don’t limit yourself to the costume section in the thrift shop. Poke around the kids section for clothes that can be used for costumes. This black body suit I found at a church flea market is the perfect example. Only $1, it wasn’t in the best of shape. Someone probably bought it for dress up play or to be in a school play. The suit was big for my daughter, but it was only $1. I knew I’d find a way to use it, or she could use it for dress up play.
When my daughter was in Kindergarten, I found a set of wings at Target and a mask at Target. I think I paid around $12 for the set. With a pair of black shoes, bought on clearance and the butterfly accessories, my daughter was a butterfly for Halloween.
The following year, we found a set of black cat accessories, also at Target, and decided to turn the black body suit into a cat costume. Since the weather was cool, I bought a black long-sleeved shirt at Goodwill for a few dollars and put it over the body suit for extra warm.
Then, I googled for examples of cat faces done with clown makeup and found one. Using a clown make up kit I found at Party City, I made up my daughter’s face like a cat. She loved it!
What other costumes could I make with this simple black body suit?
Resources from The Dollar Tree
Here’s a few other ways to use the black body suit with these $1 items from The Dollar Tree.
More Halloween ideas
I’ve joined forces with some other wonderful bloggers to bring you more great Halloween ideas:
- Budget Halloween Costume with a Box from Written Reality – stuck for Halloween costume ideas for your child? If you have a large box and some paint hop over and see how Mitzi turned them into awesome costumes. Your child will be the talk of the party!
- Frugal Halloween Costumes – 2 Ways to Use a Black Body Suit from A Life in Balance – You don’t need to spend lots of money on a Halloween costume for your child. Barb shows you how to make a fabulous costume from a thrifted black bodysuit.
- 20 not so scary Halloween treats from The Super Mommy Club – Whether you want to make some treats for a party of just for your family to enjoy Clare has rounded up some great recipes, including some that can be assembled from store bought items so you don’t even have to turn the oven on!
- Halloween Picture Books from Making Our Life Matter – if you like to read seasonal books with your children hop over and see Jen’s suggestions for wonderful picture books you can enjoy together.
- Halloween Blessing Printable from Faith Filled Food for Moms – Shari Lynne has created a beautiful Halloween blessing printable that you can use to bless your neighbourhood.
- Halloween Child Safety Tips from NEPA Mom – don’t let your children go out Trick or Treating until you’ve read these safety tips from Megan. Everyone will have so much more fun when they’re safe.
- Easy No Bake Butterfingers Pie from It’s a Keeper! – And finally when Halloween is over and you’re wondering what on earth you are going to do with all of that candy check out this recipe from Christina for an impossibly easy Butterfingers Pie.