DIY Halloween costumes that are creative AND cost efficient! WIN!

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Growing up, I was always steered towards do it yourself costumes.  Mary Poppins came out in 1964, and thirty five years later I was obsessed with the movie.  My grandmother reluctantly helped me create a Mary Poppins costume for Halloween one year.  I can still remember her telling me to not get too upset in case people did not know who I was supposed to be.  That Halloween as we trick-or-treated throughout Deer Lake, a man opened the door and called for his wife to come see who was on their stoop.  He told her it was none other than Mary Poppins.

That’s when I became obsessed with brainstorming and thinking of creative DIY costumes year after year.  Even into my college years, my girlfriends and I would decide on a theme and put together fun costumes to not trick-or-treat in but to party.  When I met my now husband, he won me over our first Halloween together when he showed up wearing Barbie Dolls attached to his shirt.  He was none other than a “chick magnet.”  Since our first Halloween together, he continues to win my heart year after year with costumes such as mimes, Jeopardy contestants, Trophy Wife and husband, and Bun Maker and Bun in the Oven when I was pregnant.

Social Media has definitely helped in awareness on creative costumes, and looking back at the past decade I find that I also surround myself with friends and parents who enjoy in the Halloween costume task as much as I do!

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Now that I have children, it’s no different that each year I try to come up with something creative for my kid to dress up as.  Bonus points are awarded if I am able to create a costume using items that I already have.  Just like most kids clothing items, they only wear the costume for such a short amount of time.  While creativeness is a focal point for costumes, cost efficiency is also high on the list!  

HERE ARE SOME AMAZING TRIED AND TRUE IDEAS FOR YOU TO USE!

If there are any Moana lovers out there, Hei Hei is an awesome addition to your Moanas and Mauis.  

Rachel Katzeff

ITEMS USED FOR HEI HEI:

  • Hat from Etsy.com
  • Already owned yellow pants, onesie, and moccasins 
  • Feather boa

With smaller aged children, sometimes costumes can be difficult.  If a child needs a stroller, wagon or infant carrier, embrace it!  

Garnet Gordon

ITEMS USED FOR BLACKJACK DEALER:

  • Stroller
  • Felt
  • Fabric
  • Plywood
  • Paint
  • Clothing items found on Amazon.com
  • Already owned poker chips and playing cards 

Like my own interests from my childhood, this mom used her creativeness to her daughter’s advantage utilizing the love of a childhood toy.  This costume was also accessible with the use of a stroller!

Holly Miller

ITEMS USED FOR CABBAGE PATCH DOLL:

  • Wig from Etsy.com
  • Dress was already owned
  • Box was painted by art teacher at local school

Having girls less than a year apart, you can do amazing costumes that incorporate both kids!  This mom rocks it year after year with her DIY costumes for her sweet girls.

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ITEMS USED FOR BOO FROM MONSTERS INC.:

  • Dress and leggings already owned
  • Stuffed monsters already owned

ITEMS USED FOR OLD LADIES:

  • Pajamas and slippers already owned
  • Fake glasses from Target
  • Hair rollers already owned
  • Cotton balls
  • Beanie (cotton balls were glued to the beanie! GENIUS!)
  • Scarf already owned 

ITEMS USED FOR DALMATIANS AND CRUELLA DEVILLE:

  • Black dress already owned
  • Dalmatian shawl from Etsy.com
  • Hair color
  • Red shoes already owned
  • Red lipstick already owned
  • White tutu from old dance costume
  • Black felt for polka dots
  • White onesie already owned
  • Puppy ears from Etsy.com

Themed Halloween costumes are also super popular.  Another fabulous mom went the same route with a 101 Dalmatians theme, but added herself as Cruella!  Dalmatians are also a creative addition to a big brother firefighter!  

Emily Ward

This costume idea was as simple as it comes!  Before having children, our black lab was our first love.  It only seemed appropriate to include her in our family costume idea!

ITEMS NEED FOR CLARK KENT:

  • Jeans and white shirts already owned
  • Superman shirts purchased at Target
  • Ties already owned
  • Pet costume purchased at Petco

Who doesn’t love a “finger lickin good” costume?!  There’s something so hysterical about a toddler dressed up as an old man!  

Bethany Prah

ITEMS NEEDED FOR KFC COLONEL SANDERS:

  • Tights, shirt, moccasins and shorts already owned
  • Glasses and bowtie from a Halloween party store
  • White iron on letters and red apron from Hobby Lobby 

It’s no doubt that the moms and dads out there are amazingly creative!

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Comment with your favorite from the blog or share one of your own!

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Ashli is a Fayette County native but made the leap to Allegheny County in 2013. She married a man named Jarred that she met randomly at a Toby Keith concert at KeyBank Pavilion. Seven years later, they have shared four blissful years of marriage and have welcomed three children into their homes; their oldest- a black rescue lab named Fiona, a sweet toddler boy named Collins, and a precious baby girl named Carmie. Ashli and her clan live in the South Hills, but more importantly five short minutes to Target where she enjoys quiet weekend strolls through the aisles. Extra bonus points are added when she stumbles upon something she doesn’t need, but has to purchase because it has the red clearance sticker on it. Ashli is currently working on obtaining her Master’s degree in STEM Education. Ashli is passionate about working with children, and is a fifth-grade teacher presently on maternity leave. Last January, Kristine Sorensen from KDKA interviewed Ashli because she was nominated as a top Peer Mentor for the students in her district. While away from the classroom this year to take care of her own sweet babies, she receives weekly FaceTime calls from former students that need a pep talk. Ashli’s goal in life is to change the lives of students that have ventured onto that wrong path in life, and do everything she can to get them back on the right one.