10 Low-Cost, No-Sew Halloween Costumes that Stand Out from the Crowd

Family Matters on 10.06.11
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Why take the half the fun out of Halloween by just grabbing a costume off the racks? With these irresistible make-your-own costumes, you'll save money and teach your kids about resourcefulness. And we promise you won't have to touch needle and thread.

1. Paper Doll

Little fashion designers can help sketch and color their outfits. Poster board and foam core are the main ingredients here, with hot glue and duct tape to pull it all together. Print off diagrams, templates, and instructions at Family Fun.

2. Pig in a Blanket

Perfect for those chilly October evenings -- plus the unexpected twist (it's not an hors d' oeuvres costume!) will win you plenty of smiles. Extra points for frugality since you can re-use the leggings, turtleneck, and ballet flats. To find out how to make the EZ-Felt ears and button nose, go to Real Simple.

3. Zookeeper

Talk about easy. All you have to do is safety-pin some stuffed animals to a white polo shirt and the word 'zoo' to a hat. The rest -- white socks and khaki pants -- you probably have lying around. From Parents Magazine.

4. Hula Dancers

With a trip to the grocery store and an hour or two, you can transform your child into a Hawaiian beauty. Skirts are made from mop heads and leis from gift bows. For instructions, see Martha Stewart.

5. Here Comes the Sun

The base of this costume is a large yellow sweatshirt. You won't need much more than orange and yellow felt and elastic to create this cheery costume. For step-by-step directions, see Parenting Magazine.

6. The Galaxy

Dubbed "the easiest costume in the universe" by Wondertime Magazine, a galaxy costume only requires clothing you already have and a sheet of stickers. Dress your child in dark solid colors and cover him with these glow-in-the-dark star and planet stickers

7. Bumblebee

Can you believe this bumblebee costume takes less than an hour to make? Main ingredients are a black hoodie, duct tape, pipe cleaners, and pom poms. For the how-to, see Kaboose.

8.  Race Car Driver

Easy-peasey for your little car aficionado. Take a sweatsuit and iron on a few numbers, stripes, or logos. Add a baseball hat and some batting gloves. If you don't have a trophy, you can make one with aluminum foil. See the whole costume at Quick & Simple.

9.  Hot Air Balloon

Entering a costume contest? You might want to try this one for an almost-guaranteed win. Made with a painted cardboard box and foam pipe insulation borders, this get-up will raise everyone's spirits. Go to Country Living for directions.

10. Crayons

Use black sticky felt to decorate solid color outfits (that you can just add to your child's wardrobe post-Halloween). Use stick-it letters to spell the color on the back of one leg and bigger letters to spell 'crayon' up front. Top it with a party hat, and it's time to color the town! For full instructions, see Parents Magazine.

So have we tempted you with these make-your-own costumes? Let us know what you make!

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