With Halloween just a week away, are you still looking for cheap and easy Halloween costume ideas, especially homemade Halloween costume ideas?

According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, the typical American shopper will

  • spend about $10 less this Halloween compared to the previous year
  • more than 16 percent will trim costs by making a cheap and easy Halloween costume for family members

After you look over the cheap and easy Halloween costume ideas below, click on over to Easy Halloween Costumes | 41 DIY Costume Pictures for more great Halloween costume ideas.


Cheap and Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

Here are just some of the homemade Halloween costume ideas that I think are great. They can be found through the link below…

Progressive Insurance’s Flo:  All you need is a white shirt, white apron, name tag and a headband and you’re set to cut insurance deals for fellow party goers.

Job Seeker:  Whether you’re unemployed or gainfully employed, this costume is a cinch. Dress in your favorite suit, grab a suitcase and resume and you’re set to go. Those truly unemployed might want to stock the briefcase with real resumes, just in case that perfect job prospect shows up at the party.

Backwards Man:  This simple concept was popular in the 1980s  and is due for a revival. Simply put your clothes on backwards, pad your front to give yourself some “back” and voila, you’re ready.

Gangster:  Some may prefer the under-dressed Sopranos look, but for a traditional gangster you’ll need dress pants, a vest, fedora and toy machine gun. Considering the zero-tolerance policies at most American schools, children may prefer to nix the gun for an empty violin case.

Pile of Laundry:  The perfect costume for college students! Simply pin clothes onto an old outfit or, for a more complex costume, cut the bottom out of an old laundry basket, fill it with clothes and wear it around your waist. A hat made from a washed-out Clorox bottle adds a jaunty touch. Don’t forget to toss in a few used fabric-softener sheets.

Work of Art:  This couldn’t be easier: Hang a large picture frame around your neck. If you want to make it complicated, consider dressing up as a specific work of art, such as the Mona Lisa or a Van Gogh self-portrait.

50 Cents:  Don’t be surprised if you’re not the only rap fan to tape two quarters to your chest.

Web site:  Glasses wearers can turn themselves into a Web site by draping fake spider webs all over those eyepieces.

The Nerd:  Some can go from work to Halloween parties without a change of clothes, but for non-nerds, pair high-water pants, a short-sleeved dress shirt buttoned to the top with pens in the pocket and appropriate ink stains. Take the nose and mustache off a set of Groucho glasses and you’ve completed the look.

The article even includes a recipe for fake blood (which includes Karo syrup and red food coloring among other ingredients) and instructions to create fake wounds.

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