Frugal Halloween

Halloween can be a fun time for everyone. The best part is how creative you can be and the costumes you can come up with from items around the house. Here are some homemade recipes and ideas for kids and adults.

Homemade Face Make Up:

1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp water
1/2 tsp cold cream
food coloring

Stir together starch and cold cream until well blended. Add water and stir, then add food coloring.


Wash your face and any area that you will be applying the makeup to. Dry thoroughly. Use fingertips to spread onto large areas. Use a small paint brush to paint designs on face. Removes with soap and water. Store in airtight container.

Tourist: Tan shorts, tall black socks, a camera, some maps hanging out of your pockets.

Biker/Rock Star: Old torn jeans, black sleeveless shirt, dog collar, bandanna. Paint on fake mustache, sideburns, etc.

Clown: Wear mismatched clothes, oversized shoes, a tie, face paint, messed up hair.

Hunter/Soldier: Wear camouflage, bright orange clothes, stocking cap, camouflage face paint.

Nerd: Small pants hiked up, suspenders with a half tucked-in shirt, slick parted hair with a cowlick, old pair of taped glasses, pens/pencils in shirt pocket.

Highway: Gray sweatshirt and sweat pants, yellow tape, toy cars. Tape a dotted yellow line down the middle of the sweat-suit and tape or glue cars on the “road”.

Ninja: All black clothes, you can wrap a black material cloth or bandanna around face. Cut weapons out of cardboard and wrap in aluminum foil. (You can create almost anything from some cardboard and aluminum foil)

Ghost: A classic! Cut holes in a white sheet for eyes. For better vision cut hole big enough to drape on shoulders and paint face white, or you may use a white ski mask.

Hobo: Old raggy clothes and hat. If you have old shoes, cut the toes out of them. Paint a beard on and rub a little dirt on the clothes.

Vampire: Black pants, white button up shirt, fake fangs (really cheap). Slick back hair, paint face white with black bags under eyes. Use black fabric or garbage bag and pin to back of shirt as cape.


Pirate: Baggy button-up shirt, short pants, colored socks, bandanna/scarf, paint on beard and eye patch, or buy eye patch (usually not more than $1).

Beauty Queen: Use an old bridesmaid or prom dress. Make a sash wear a lot of jewelry and makeup. For a scary effect tear holes in dress, add a little dirt, paint face white with dark rings under eyes. Put an old date on the sash.

Sports Athlete: Wear a sports jersey, hat, cleats, carry a ball, paint some black marks under eyes.

Bag of Jelly Beans: Cut holes in a clear garbage bag for head and arms. Fill bag with small colored balloons. Tape up bottom of bag, make a label and tape on front of the bag.

We could fill all of October’s Pilot with great Halloween ideas. Unfortunately, we have limited space. So I encourage you all to use your imagination and find things around your home. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

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