Monday, October 24, 2011

Easy Halloween Costumes

Oh, buddy! Halloween is less than a week away! Do you have your costume picked out? I haven't quite decided yet. I'm not one for a slutty Halloween costume, or one that just involves a pair of wings or ears, so I'll have to summon my creative juices over the next few days.

If you're looking for some easy Halloween costumes, you've come to the right place! None of these will break your budget, unless you're looking to invest in a costume.

It seems every blogger has a striped shirt. (Guilty as charged, I just bought this navy and white one from the Gap.) Put those stripes to work as a pirate. Add a bandanna, glittery scarf, eye patch, or sword and you're golden.

Other easy costumes straight from your closet include a cowboy/cowgirl. Lasso a straw hat, plaid or gingham shirt, and some denim. Sheriff star and toy guns are optional.

I've also been a spy at the last minute. Sneak around with black sunglasses, trench coat, and a briefcase.

We have clever friends that were smores one year. She wore all white as the marshmallow. He wore all brown as the chocolate. Both had a square of cardboard strapped to their back as a graham cracker.

One of my favorite costumes from growing up is the Indian corn and my sister's bunch of grapes. This was also perfect for wearing over a winter jacket when the weather was chilly for trick or treating. Simply pin balloons to an oversized shirt. My Mom then painted our faces to look like the stem of the grapes or the dried leaves of the corn.

If you're a little pressed for time to DIY a costume, you can always pick one up at Target or the like. I was a Joann Fabrics over the weekend and their Halloween costumes were already marked down.

And yes, I will milk my running hot dog costume for all it's worth :) It was marked full priced when I looked at it, but I asked for a discount because it was slightly damaged. Its main purpose was for the Halloween 10K, so I didn't care if the velcro needed to be restitched. So if you're handy with a needle and thread, don't be afraid to ask for a discount.

On the other extreme, John decided to invest in this chicken costume, fondly referred to as the "Chilliken." $80 (including tax and shipping) isn't cheap, but he's used this costume for years. And multiple times a year while at SLU.

Fun fact: The Chilliken even made a brief appearance at our wedding. You guessed it. We're dancing "The Chicken Dance."

Jessica of "What I Wore" always has fantastic Halloween ideas. Here are this year's costumes. Some are easy and pulled from your closet, while others take a little more skill to DIY.

What's the most clever costume you've seen?
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  1. I was Waldo one year. I wore a red and white striped shirt, jean shorts, knee high red soccer socks, red fleece hat (the type with a poof ball on top - I got mine at Old Navy), round black rimmed glasses (I got mine at a dollar store and took out the lenses), and a stack of construction paper covered empty cereal boxes to act as a stack of books. I held them together with a black belt. It was inexpensive and fun!

  2. Those are some pretty good costumes - i'm not sure i'm dressing up this year as my fiancee is going to be out of town. We were planning to go as Muppets though.
    I also like the smore idea.
    As for the chicken dance, the last 2 weddings i've been to had that on the do not play list.

  3. I think that the pirate costume will never go out of style. Thank you very much.

  4. a white recycle style garbage bag is good as "white trash" and also seconds as a rain coat while out.


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