Halloween is a time for fun: carving pumpkins, tricks and treats, indulging in sweets, and dressing up in silly costumes.
Halloween costumes can be a bit pricey, but with a little resourcefulness, one can come up with some terrific and easy costumes with items from home.
Danvers Patch caught up with two Halloween costume experts: super-crafty moms who have been at this for a few years, to get their tips on some budget-friendly home-made costume ideas.
Becky Lemp Mathias works in the bakery at Market Basket, but she draws on her many years of experience with the costume departments of the Danvers High School and community theater when it comes to making home-made costumes for ten-year-old son, Dylan.
Use things from around the house, like trash bags, shoe boxes, Christmas ornaments.
- Take a clear trash bag and cut leg and arm holes and fill it with blown up balloons: Go as a bag of Jelly beans!
- Dress in all green and string garland and ornaments across yourself and decorated shoe boxes to wear over shoes as gifts: You are a Christmas Tree!
Denise Bolduc Manning is a pre-school teacher and girl scout leader. She has been making costumes for her two children Grace, 7, and Tommy, 5, for years.
Here are her costume ideas:
Go to your local thrift/consignment shop to re-purpose clothing; and craft shops for accessories.
- Grace's first costume was an angel: Went to a consignment shop and bought an awful christening dress that had gold lame on it. Worked great.
- For Grace’s costume this year, we’re doing a Greek Statue: She will wear all white (including tights and gloves), I will paint her face and neck white. I am going to get a little white fabric for a toga and have her wear white sandals with white ribbon attached and criss-crossed up her legs. I bought cheap plastic grapes at Michael's Crafts and I will spray them white too. I figure she can "freeze" every once in a while to be a statue.
- Tommy was once a UPS guy: I got a brown polo shirt, brown pants, he used one of his dad’s UPS baseball hats and I glued extra UPS patches onto the shirt. I gave him a box to collect his candy in. So cute!
- This is a great website I go to for ideas.