Victoria Lynn has a passion for saving money, so coming up with cheap, DIY Halloween costumes is right up her alley!
Creative Halloween Costumes
Some of the funniest—and cheapest—Halloween costumes I’ve ever seen are actually archived in my own family albums, particularly those that my mother has put together over the years. My mom was very creative in helping four kids come up with cheap, interesting Halloween costumes, but her best innovation was the year that she dressed up as a man and my dad as a woman. I treasure those photos.
Dress up as the Opposite Sex
The most creative things my parents ever did in my eyes was to cross-dress on Halloween. What a couple they made!
There’s my dad, a quiet man, who agreed to put on make-up, wear a wig, don a skirt, and stuff himself to make quite an impressive bosom. And my lovely mother, who put on flannel, pulled back her long hair with my dad's hunting cap, attached hair to her chin and chest, and penciled on a somewhat manly little mustache.
This was funny, funny stuff to a kid. Here we have very cheap costumes, which is appreciated by the adults, of course, in saving money. But what is very appreciative to kids is the parents going all out like Mom and Dad did that year. And can I just say that I adore that look on my dad's face!
My dad in a skirt!
Cheap Costumes for Kids
The year of the "cross-dressing," the costumes for us kids weren't quite as creative, perhaps due to my mom having spent so much time on her and my dad. I mean, seriously...I can't imagine my dad sitting for a makeup session. haha. So here we are with my youngest brother in a mere plastic mask as Woody Woodpecker. Not too creative there. My next brother is in a somewhat scary--yet plain plastic--ghost mask. I have on my "Indian" (as we would say back then instead of "Native American") mask. Braided hair and a poncho complete the outfit. Then my older brother has a pirate mask. I do remember when those plastic masks were handy and plentiful, though not so creative.
Creative Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids
Now, let’s look at a particular year that we all had creative, extensive homemade Halloween costumes. I grew up in a small town, complete with dirt roads and no Wal-Mart, so we weren’t afraid to walk around the whole town, as we knew every house. So Halloween was a big deal, as the four of us kids made quite a haul.
In this picture, you can see me (the only girl) and my three brothers all decked out in homemade costumes. My older brother, on the left, is cut off a bit, but look at his Lone Ranger eye mask and bright scarf. He probably has on a hat, plus some boots and spurs. Next to him is my other brother, the Ghost, with arm holes cut out, and flour worked into his hair and face, with his eyes highlighted with eye makeup. Once again, I go with the Native American theme. Note the old feed sack that Mom made into my "dress." My dad bought feed at the local general store for his farm animals; one of these sacks became my dress shown here. A totem pole charm hangs on the chain around my neck. Tuck a feather from the farm into my headband, braid my hair, and I'm ready! My youngest brother is dressed up as a "hobo," with the patches (a la Mom!) attached to his shirt, bag of belongings tied up on a stick, and coffee grounds put on his face to make a scraggly beard--with lotion to hold them on.
A Few More Creative Homemade Costumes
A few years later, my mom helped one of my brothers and me come up with another Halloween costume. I had a Kimona that someone had given my mom, so I put that on and my mom did the hair and makeup to become...an Asian girl? My brother may have lacked the green chest, but at least the green face made him “The Incredible Hulk.”
Extravagance has become a part of many Americans' lifestyles, athough the economy of the last few years has forced people to be tighter with their money. This is when creativity and frugality come in handy, as did my mother’s hand in our Halloween costumes when I was a child. Try to be as impressive as she was in coming up with unique costumes!
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© 2011 Victoria Lynn
Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 08, 2013:
Crystal, my mom is cool like that! Yeah, there are many cheap costumes we can make ourselves!
Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 05, 2013:
Haha - I love that your mom actually attached hair to her chest! I desperately want to dress up for Halloween, but I'm not looking to spend money on a costume. I'll have to put some thought into a creative homemade costumer. Voting up and awesome.
Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 24, 2013:
Thanks MrVeg. I appreciate your compliments!
mr-veg from Colorado United States on September 24, 2013:
Nice and beautiful ideas :) Greatly put together.. Great work !!
Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 27, 2012:
LOL! ClassicMovieFan--I'm glad you kind of remember. It was a hoot! :-) Thanks!
ClassicMovieFan on October 26, 2012:
Wow, I actually remember that....just barely. Great hub!
Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 25, 2011:
Thanks, Cloverleaf. I appreciate the votes. Always good to see you!
Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 25, 2011:
Hi Victoria Lynn! Thanks for sharing these priceless memories. The drawn on moustache was always a hit as I remember :) Voted up & awesome.
Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 22, 2011:
Thanks, sweethearts2. I, too, have some great Halloween memories, as evident by those pictures! And, boy, growing up in a small town where we knew everybody really made it fun. We got enough candy to last for months!
Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 22, 2011:
Thanks, lyricwriter. Nothing beats a homemade costume--both creatively and financially!! Thanks for the nice comments and vote.
sweethearts2 from Northwest Indiana on October 22, 2011:
The best memories come from the times when families spent time together. Halloween was always a great time spent in helping and being with each other. It was hours of fun (getting ready) before more hours of fun spent with family,neighbors and friends. I also loved the imagination my mother had for putting costumes together. Thanks for sharing (and bringing back) memories. Love the pictures.
Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on October 21, 2011:
Victoria, this is a useful hub. I love the homemade costumer. Well written and voted up.
Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 19, 2011:
I enjoyed reminiscing, CreativeThinker. Homemade costumes certainly are fun to put together!
A.CreativeThinker on October 18, 2011:
These homemade costumes are very creative Victoria Lynn. It brings me back to the many costumes I've made my son and how much more fun it is when you do. The photos are great. Brings back many memories. Thanks for sharing yours.
Take Care :)
Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 18, 2011:
Thanks, Movie Master. I agree that homemade costumes are much more fun!!
Movie Master from United Kingdom on October 18, 2011:
Hi Victoria, homemade costumes are great! I don't think an expensive hired costume is nearly so much fun!
Your photos are just wonderful, what great memories.
Thank you for sharing, best wishes MM
Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 17, 2011:
Thanks, drbj. My mom IS very creative--and a hoot! Thanks for the comments!
drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 17, 2011:
Victoria - Your mom and dad look terrific as cross dressers. Particularly love your mother's creativity in fashioning her beard and moustache. What a hoot she is! Thanks for sharing these great photos.
Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 16, 2011:
Arlene, you're welcome. You're funny. Vampires are great, and the welding helmet--well, that must have been a sight. Thanks for all the votes. Glad I brought back memories for you--did up that picture!
kikaline--Dig up the photo album. You'll have a great time. I sure did! Thanks for reading.
kikalina from Europe on October 16, 2011:
These pictures reminded me of the costumes I used to wear as a child. I really need to dig up the photo album.
Arlene V. Poma on October 16, 2011:
Hey, Victoria Lynn, thanks for the memories! I was an 80s vampire for years and wish I could dig up my photograph. It's somewhere. I wore a cheap white, floor length gown at the time and went to work with the fake blood from the Halloween store. I used to drive down the freeway in my costume during the day. Was lucky I didn't cause any accidents, but I got plenty of stares and double takes! I used to have big hair in a short, curly perm and always picked it with an Afro pick. Ah, youth! And fun, fun, fun! Voted up and all the other keys I hit. I did show up on Halloween in the the welding suit that belonged to the ex, but that welding helmet made me feel like I had a fishbowl stuck on my head. Being a vampire before vampires were common was way too cool for me.