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DIY Halloween Costumes That Won’t Kill a Mama’s Budget

Halloween for Kids

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Being I was extremely pregnant at this time last year, I didn’t have much energy to do any of the activities I look forward to in the fall. Pumpkin and apple picking. Sitting at the edge of the haunted hayride wagon. Wearing a sweatshirt while kicking fallen leaves during dog walks. Creating an outrageous costume to wear all over town. Unfortunately, I missed out on many of the things I love most about the season.

I had just moved to a new apartment and city and didn’t even try searching through boxes for my fall décor. Instead of putting together a creative costume for myself and my extremely large baby bump, I bought cheap, Halloween leggings, carved a pumpkin with my boyfriend, and roasted pumpkin seeds. Though the bonding aspect was nice and the relaxation was needed, I did miss the chaos that comes with putting together a fun costume.

This year will be different. We will venture out to pumpkin patches and festivals and watch Halloweentown too many times. We will dress the girls in overalls and plaid flannels and go for stroller rides through the changing leaves. Most importantly, we will find fun costumes for not only our girls to wear, but also for us.

The thing is we don’t have any idea what we are doing yet.

Technology and Creative Moms to the Rescue

Thankfully, there is the magic of social media.

Technology is a funny thing. It frustrates people and people go insane without it. Between Pinterest, Facebook groups, and Instagram bloggers, I found some inspiring and creative do-it-yourself projects parents may find intriguing when preparing those costumes. Even though I am still unsure of what the heck our costumes will be, these three DIY projects make the adventure seem a little less intimidating and a little more fun.

Not that costume-creation isn’t fun. The feeling of accomplishment after putting together a successful costume is a morale-booster like no other. However, when you add two small humans into the mix, an extremely busy, hardworking boyfriend, and a multitasking mama – time and patience can be of the essence.

The Bravest Chicken in All the Land

DIY Chicken Costume for Kids

Photo credit: Melani Swartz

Creative mama, Melani Swartz, put together her daughter, Eliza’s, chicken costume on her own. Even though the costume was budget-friendly and not very time consuming, it doesn’t mean it won’t be for others. That’s important to take into account whenever jumping into a project – it may seem easier from the outside looking in. However, with patience and love for your little one, you can turn your baby into a feathery and feisty little chicken.

Melani created Eliza’s costume by purchasing three white, feather boas and sewing them to a white shirt. Melani chose a white long-sleeved shirt for this costume, but, as always, sleeve length can be weather dependent. Her friend gifted her the hat, but similar hats can also be found on www.etsy.com and www.amazon.com – as well as many others. From there, she wore orange, latex gloves over her shoes to mimic chicken feet as well as yellow leggings to mimic chicken legs.

Recipe for Success:

  • White, feather boas
  • White shirt
  • Knit hat
  • Orange, latex gloves
  • Yellow leggings

Quite the “Toy Story” Team

Toy Story DIY Costume for the Family

Photo Credit: Cari Roraback

When you are a family of four and you want to make a story come to life, what better one to bring to life than “Toy Story.” Mom of four, Cari Roraback, put together quite the costume package for her whole family – and does it every year. Traditions are always great ways to bring families together and creating costumes together is definitely a bonding experience.

Cari purchased her and her husband’s clothes from a thrift store. Stores such as Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and local consignment shops are good budget-friendly options. To create the fancy detail and flair, she used red pipe cleaner and glue. All of the hats were purchased at the Dollar Store and string was added to mimic the actual Toy Story characters. Buzz Lightyear’s costume was reinforced using pieces of foamboard connected by Velcro so she was still able to safely sit in her car seat. Cari purchased $10.00 inflatable wings and The Prospector’s hat and beard were crocheted by a family friend of hers, but can also be found on sites such as www.etsy.com and www.amazon.com.

Recipe for Success:

  • Thrift stores clothes
  • Red pipe cleaner
  • Dollar store hats
  • Foamboard
  • Velcro
  • Inflatable wings
  • Knit hat

The Golden Girls Never Get Old

Golden Girls Costume

Photo Credit: Five Twenty One

Renee Saraceni, mama of two, wants to make sure her girls appreciate good, original television characters during the Halloween season – all while looking as cute as ever, of course. Instead of going the “Old Lady Costume” route, Renee decided to make the costume mimic her favorite Golden Girl, Sophia. 

The dress, tights, shoes, and sweater were gifted to her daughter, but those items can easily be found at local hand-me-down stores, thrift stores, and consignment shops. It comes to show how appreciative mamas are for those birthday and holiday gifts. She curled her daughter’s hair and bobby-pinned it back before attacking it with white hairspray. She found dark-rimmed glasses with plastic lenses that can also be found at the Dollar Store or WalMart as well as hand-me-down stores.

Recipe for Success:

    • Dress
    • Sweater
    • Tights
    • Shoes
    • Kid’s glasses with plastic lenses
    • A stubborn, sassy, Sophia pose


Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.

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