A child's annual quest for candy can turn into an expensive affair. Newsweek reported that every year Americans spend nearly $2 billion on Halloween costumes. Whether the costumes are store-bought or homemade, assembling the ideal Trick-or-Treat outfit can break the bank. There are several funny costume ideas that cost less than $10 to make at home, ensuring a child's Halloween will be more Treat than Trick.
Jim Halpert on the NBC television show "The Office" showed that a Halloween costume can be topical and affordable when he dressed as Facebook, the popular social networking site. Write the word "book" on your child's forehead using face paint or non-permanent marker, about $2 as of June 2011. For added fun and interactivity, dress the child in a plain white tee, about $2-5 as of June 2011. Have them decorate the front of the shirt with their "profile," some of their favorite things and pictures, and write the word "wall" on the back of the t-shirt. Then carry a marker while Trick-or-Treating and ask candy-givers to "write on their wall."
Dressing up as an ancient Roman, even an emperor if the child prefers, is an easy and often free costume to execute. Take a clean bed sheet and wrap it around the child from their underarms down. Take the excess sheet and tie it in a knot above their left shoulder. Friends, Romans, countrymen, we have a toga! For a funny twist, instead of using a solid-colored bed sheet, use a sheet with a fun pattern. To turn the costume from an ancient Roman into an emperor, take about 10 to 15 leaves and tape them together to make a laurel, or crown.
Most people have experienced the sticky crunch of walking across a movie theater floor. That icky sensation is actually an easy-to-make Halloween costume. Dress the child in a long-sleeve, black t-shirt, about $8 as of June 2011. Buy a large bag of candy and a bag of microwave popcorn, about $2 as of June 2011. Then, using tape, staples or pins, adhere the candy and popped popcorn to the dark shirt. When candy-givers ask the child about their costume, the child can reply that they are a movie theater floor, and ask if the giver would like any candy in return. This is sure to garner a few laughs.
Undoubtedly one of the most fun parts of receiving a mailed package is the bonus gift of bubble wrap. Purchase a large portion of bubble wrap from a discount store, about $7 as of June 2011, and wrap it around the child from the underarms down. Secure the bubble wrap with tape. Not only will this costume keep a child warm on a chilly Halloween evening, but they are sure to pop a few bubbles and get a few laughs as they Trick-or-Treat.
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