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10+ Ideas for a Creative, Home-Made Halloween Costume


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Nearly 50 million adults and 60 million children will dress up for Halloween this year!

The average shopper spends about $66 on the Halloween season, for a total of about $5 billion in U.S. sales. But this year, with the recession still upon us, many are scaling back ... including looking for creative ways to make their own Halloween costumes. While others are so passionate they are going all out again this year.

Either way, if you are looking for ideas for your costume or just want to sit back a be the judge as to which costumes you like best… we have gathered photos that present ideas that can be FREE (like the below shaved man’s chest design or the extravagant chess player, which will mostly take many hours to develop and assemble vs. just a quick drive to the store).

Consider Using Found Objects:

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Over the Top “Mate!”

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“Brute Basics” found around the garage and a little makeup… or a mask

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Dirty Dog… and who? Did someone say David Letterman is coming to the party?

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Utterly Yours

Creating the MOST CREATIVE Holloween Costume Takes Real MAGINATION! And Lots of Time!

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Utilizing One’s GREATEST Assets!

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New definiton for “Kitchen-Wear”

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What a little mask and a Sheet can do?

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Be Yourself, and VERY Careful … it could be a long night

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“Topless Close Shave Artist!” (FREE Costume, but be careful)

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Just Ducky

flying dog

“Why Dogs Bite People” (see more dog costumes in coming article later this week, yes titled: “Why Dogs Bite People”)

In all, 47 million adults and 58 million children are planning to dress up this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2009 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, with the top costumes going to:

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Top Adult Costumes

  1. Witch

  2. Vampire

  3. Pirate

  4. Clown

  5. Wench/Tart/Vixon

  6. Cat

  7. Devil

  8. Scary Costume/Mask

  9. Athlete

  10. Police Officer

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Top Kids Costumes

  1. Princess

  2. Witch

  3. Spider-Man

  4. Pirate

  5. Pumpkin

  6. Vampire

  7. Disney Princess

  8. Star Wars Character

  9. Tinker Bell

  10. Batman

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Top Pet Costumes

  1. Pumpkin

  2. Devil

  3. Bowties/Fancy Collars

  4. Witch

  5. Superdog/Supercat

  6. Princess

  7. Bat

  8. Dog

  9. Angel

  10. Bee

Creative Alternatives to Candy for Trick-or-Treaters

Looking for some healthier candy alternatives to hand out to trick-or-treaters this year (that won't cause your house to get t.p'd)? Try these:

  • Crystallized ginger

  • Chocolate-covered raisins or almonds (Almond M&M's also work)

  • Small dark-chocolate bars

  • Relish the night!

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  • Naturally sweetened gummi bears and licorice (sweetened with fruit juice or cane sugar, not corn syrup)

  • Fruit leather (made from 100-percent fruit)

  • Granola bars

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10 Make-Your-Own Costume Ideas

If you’re looking to make your own costume this year, we’ve compiled some great ideas for you to make a statement this Halloween without breaking your budget.

First, here’s how to make some creative costumes this year, thanks to these fast and simple costume ideas from

  1. Pumpkin: Wear an oversized orange sweatshirt and dark-colored sweatpants. Stuff the sweatshirt with crumpled newspaper once you have it on, and tie a belt or yarn around the bottom to keep it in place. If you like you can also pin a felt “face” to turn the pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern!

  1. Static Cling: Wear a dark-colored sweat suit and use safety pins to attach socks, underwear and other clingy items to you. Then use a natural gel or hairspray to make your hair look like its full of static too. As an aside, you can use Static Eliminator in your real life to safely and effectively get rid of static for good!

  1. Bathing Beauty: Wear a pink or blue sweatsuit, blow up some pink balloons and carefully pin them onto the sweatsuit (these are the bubbles). Then, wrap a towel around your hair and grab a rubber ducky, and you’re set!

  1. Babe Magnet: Guys can make a statement by pinning a sign that says “babe magnet” to their t-shirt, then pinning several small dolls to their clothes.

  1. Glamorous Zombie: Wear old jeans and a t-shirt that you’ve cut up or added makeup to make them look grungy. Then add dark makeup under your eyes, a crazy out-of-control hair-do, and some fake teeth.

  1. Little White Lie: Become a “little white lie” by dressing in white (use a white wig, too, if you have one) then pinning “white lie” index cards to yourself. Get creative and come up with as many different white lies as you can, like “I already have plans” or “This is the best dinner ever!”

  1. Mother Nature: Wear brown or green clothing and attach fake leaves, flowers, birds and other small stuffed animals to them.

  1. Pop Star: You can become your favorite pop star just by dressing up in fancy clothes (check out your local thrift shop) and sunglasses and carrying a microphone and a notepad for autographs.

  1. Charlie Brown: Find a yellow t-shirt and paint the characteristic zig-zag around it (you can also make it out of fabric and pin it on). Pair it with black shorts and sneakers and you’re ready to go.

  1. Cotton Candy: Wear a white or pink sweatsuit and pick up some pink or blue tulle from your local craft store. Simply wrap the tulle loosely around your clothing, puff it out so it looks like cotton candy and secure it with a few safety pins.

A FEW Decorating Ideas:

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Quick to the “Core” Party Home Decorating Ideas

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A Few MORE Ideas to Try Out …

Get creative with some body paint.

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Dress up like a mime.

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If you’re good at handstands … then you better have a good imagination for what to do with the top half!

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Hula dancers!

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“Make-up” a smile …

Still, no matter what costume you choose, enjoy the day with your family and be sure to stay safe and have fun. As Phil Rist, Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, BIGresearch, said:

“The economy will impact how much Americans spend on Halloween, but people will still find ways to celebrate one of the most lighthearted holidays of the year. Young or old, Halloween is about having fun, even if it means using last year’s costume or piecing something together from things around the house.”

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