Happy Friday: Homemade Halloween Costumes

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Sent from reader, Briana:

Just wanted to share my super frugal costume I put together for our youngest. I got the goggles for $1 at Kmart with points from a sweeps entry, paid $1.50 for the shirt and pants at Savers, used a cartwheel offer and gift card for the soda bottle tank, the pacifier and felt we had at the house and got the tubing at Home Depot. We went to my son’s Fall Festival tonight and everyone just loved it!

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Sent from reader, Megan:

I have baby #3 on the way and decided to make a fun maternity Mike Wazowski costume (from Monsters Inc.). I lucked out and found a green maternity t-shirt at Goodwill for $3.49. I bought 2 pieces of felt at Walmart for $0.50. And I used a few extra pieces of felt and thread I had on hand. It took me a couple hours and $4 to make this year’s costume. I love dressing up every Halloween with my kids and making my own costume has become part of our Halloween tradition. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sent from reader, Melanie:

With 4 kids Halloween costumes can get pretty expensive. When my 3 boys decided that they wanted to be Star Wars characters this year, I knew that costumes would be easy to find because of the new movie, but I also knew that they might be expensive. Many of these costumes run $30 each or more. With 4 kids that was way out of our budget, so I decided to see what I could make or borrow.

I purchased: 1 sheet gray felt (for the Princess Leia belt)- $0.31 at Michaels with a coupon, 1 sheet gray foam board – $0.71 at Michaels with a coupon, 1 brown t-shirt (to make Princess Leia hair)- $1.40 at Goodwill, 1 pair brown sweatpants (for Chewbacca)- $1.70 at Goodwill, Chewbacca hoodie- $18.99 at Target paid for with gift cards from previous diaper purchases
Total out of pocket: $4.12!

For Chewbacca, I bought the hoodie and pants, and the bowcaster was made with toys we already had and electrical tape. For R2D2, I used 2 sheets of poster board that I already had and foam board (I purchased gray, but already had the rest), and the helmet is made from paper mache. For Darth Vader, I borrowed everything from a friend whose child used this costume a few years ago, including the light saber. For Princess Leia, I put her in white tights, a white turtle neck, and then a white undershirt that belongs to one of her brothers. I made the belt from white felt I already had and bought gray felt for the detail. I made the cap and hair buns from a Goodwill t-shirt.

Sent from reader, Heather:

Hip2Save always helps inspire my family and I to be creative on a budget. This year my littlest wanted to be Superman and my oldest wanted to be Spiderman’s Villian Dr. Octopus. So with a little creativity, a lot of items around the house (like boxes, an old backpack, soccer socks, an old t-shirt, some landscaping drain pipe) and a trip to the Goodwill and Home Depot we were able to make both costumes for under $30 total. I know a lot of people can probably get a store bought one on sale for less and with a lot less stress and effort, but the joy in my kid’s faces at seeing their imaginations come to life is priceless. Thank you Hip2Save for always making it easy and FUN to save money! Happy Halloween!!

Sent from reader, Debbie:

I used my Hip2Save shirt as part of my Coupon Queen costume at work today. Telling a lot of coworkers about Hip2Save!


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Comments 49

  1. Laura

    I’m old school. Grew up in the 70s, where you always pulled something out of Dads closet and made some sort of costume. Thanks for sharing! Love all of them

    • Erin

      Yup! Not a fan of purchased costumes at all.

    • Angie

      Laura, I was a kid of the 70’s from a not well off family so I know those homemade costumes, but I don’t have the same fond memories. Brings back memories of too many years of being poor and not having what everyone else did, but that is just me. I guess different people remember it differently. That said, my son kind of made his own costume this year since he wanted to go in his athletic uniform.

      • beth

        I can relate to what your saying. Kind of OT but I can remember sitting in the movie theater watching The Pursuit of Happyness and feeling sort of ashamed because the movie was too similar to my upbringing. But then I thought about how far I have come since that. I read this quote recently and I am sure it applies to both of us– “She needed a hero, so that’s what she became..”

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  3. Just Me

    Oooo I wish I’d sent in my home made five nights at Freddy foxy costume. Most ppl didn’t know the game five nights at Freddy’s but for those that did , they thought it was awesome. I was so proud of myself and my son was pretty happy too.

    • Melanie

      I did the puppet marionette from FNAF everyone loved it today

  4. Vivian

    They are all so cute!!

  5. Sara

    These are all so cute & creative!

  6. Rose

    I made my child a fire truck costume out of felt sheets and a copy paper box turned upside down. It cost me $10 and I thought he is the best firefighter at school.

    • Rose

      All the costumes are wonderful. I think the best costumes are the one with imagination and handmade!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Sweet! Great idea Rose.

  7. ๐Ÿ˜

    Love it soo cute!!

  8. Melissa

    Great Costumes!

  9. Lori

    Congrats ladies. Super creative!

  10. SG

    They are all so cute!

  11. Dee

    That is THE cutest baby diver ever!! And very creative.

  12. Gwen

    Awesome Costumes! Everyone was so creative and frugal! Congrats!

  13. girl_hush

    I wish I thought to share a photo of my daughter…this year she was wonder woman..handmade and way too cute!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Tobey

    Love them all

  15. Jessica

    Same here, I made my 1 year old a Joker costume and my 4 year old a Harley Quinn costume. I purchased flannel during the moonlight/midnight madness at Joanns.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      That’s great Jessica!

  16. Laura

    Im inspired to be more creative next year! My 3 kids are all wearing store bought costumes this year, although I will say that one is a hand-me-down Snow White costume that she wears daily for playing dress up ( and was her own choice to wear for Halloween!) and the other two (Ariel and a sunflower) were purchased at goodwill for 3.99 each. I also had an Ariel wig I got on clearance at target last year for under $5 and then splurged on a Snow White wig for about $10. Not too bad, but I love the creativity of putting together those Star Wars costumes!

    • Just Me

      Halloween is my favorite time of year for the thrift store !

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You scored costumes at great prices Laura! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Mika

    That baby scuba diver is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Way too adorable.

    • kim

      Omg, your sooo right.

  18. Dawn

    Love all of these creative thrifty Halloween costumes…Thanks for sharing! Debbie, your Coupon Queen costume complete with tiara is terrific! Your co-workers are going to thank you for introducing them to Hip2Save! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  19. Shelen

    Love this they are all great… very creative on princess Leias ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Rose

    Made my daughters from Crocheting their tops and bottoms made of Tulle. Made Elsa and 2 witches ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Oh wow! Such a creative idea Rose!

  21. Barb

    All of those are seriously the cutest costumes!!! Love all of them! Happy Halloween everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Jen D

    LOVE the coupon queen costume! That is so cute and creative!!

  23. jhnicole

    Mee too Jen love that coupon queen costume.Thats crazy i was just coming to say that.i cant wait for halloween clearance.Happy Friday thanks for sharing Briana. spoken by a true couponer .I also love the baby with the bun hair costume i forget that star wars lady name.

  24. jhnicole

    Debbie,Melanie,Debra and Heather thanks for sharing too, love it all.

  25. Joe H.

    Great “coupon queen” costume, Debbie. You sound like a terrific lady who is fun and smart.

  26. Briana

    Woohoo! Thank for showing our little scuba Sadie! Loving all of these!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Julie

    Loved them all- but, I have to say that the Coupon Queen is my favorite one of all. Because saving $$$ is…Priceless!!

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  28. Leigh

    LOVE homemade costumes! My mother always made my costumes herself and now that I’m a mommy, I do the same for my kid! This year he wanted to be fish ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Too cute! Thanks for sharing your tradition Leigh.

  29. Jennifer

    Homemade Dorothy and Glinda the good witch for my 3 and 7 year old girl. Made the Glinda crown out of a country crock butter bowl that I got with a coupon of course,lol.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Oh awesome!

  30. Mindy

    They all are so cute and very creative!

  31. Corrine

    My 2 middle boys are Marty McFly and Doc Brown this year. We try and have them do a theme every year as they are so close in age… Its fun to come up with new ideas every year and hunt for different pieces… Wish I could share a photo in comments!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Love that Corrine!

  32. Sara

    Debbie’s costume is my favorite. Lol

  33. Mom Of 3 Spoiled Lovely Brats

    I made my daughter a gum ball machine

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