5 Great Halloween Costumes for Under $5


We shopped for a Halloween costume for our daughter on Ebay this year. It was a net gain because we sold last year’s costume for more than the new one cost. I was really amazed at how much people were paying for some of the more elaborate costumes. There were some that were selling for $70 to $100, which seems crazy for one day of wear, but to each his own.

If you don’t want to spend that much for Halloween costumes, you can always make one on your own. I am not crafty, and I can barely sew on a missing button, so these are all costumes that don’t require much in the way of skills. This is my list of top five Halloween costumes that can be made for under $5.

 1)Bunch of Grapes. I absolutely love this one and have done it for myself and for our former dog. You get a long T-shirt or sweatshirt, preferably in purple or green, but black or even white will do. Next get a package of purple or green balloons, whichever grape color you prefer. Blow up the balloons and use a safety pin to fasten them to the t-shirt until you look like a bunch of grapes. For the dog, we used a leg from an old pair of panty hose with the foot cut off. It fits a small dog like a glove. It is hard to ride in a car if you stick balloons all over your backside, but it can be done.

2)Gum on a Shoe. I saw this one in a magazine a few years ago. You dress all in pink and tie a shoe to your wrist or around your waist. Pretty gross, but very creative and simple.

3)Crayola Crayon. For this one, you’ll need two or three poster boards depending on the size person you are trying to fit. They all need to be the same color. Staple the posters together until you have a cylinder that fits the person wearing the costume. Use some string or shoe laces to hold it up, like spaghetti straps. Take the rest of the poster board and make it into a triangle or cone shaped hat for your head. You can copy the logo from a crayon onto the front and back of the posters with a black marker.

 4)Split Pea Soup. Dress all in green. Make a letter P out of paper or poster or cardboard and cut it in half. Pin the two halves of the letter P to your shirt on opposite sides. You could also dress how you please and pin letter P’s to your pants. Then you’d have pee in your pants!

5)Opposite Gender. Trade clothes with someone of the opposite sex. Ideally, the worse things fit the better. I’ll never forget a guy I went to high school with who wore a dress, wig, and full makeup to school on Halloween. He carried a purse as well. We had a really grumpy lunch lady, but when he came through the line and pulled money out of his purse, she cracked up.

What are you going to be for Halloween? If you’d rather buy a costume, don’t forget to enter the Halloween giveaway to win your share of $660 in cash!



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Written By
Sydney White is a Texas-born stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her family, bargain hunting and, of course, writing. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Snipon.com.


  1. Very cute AND timeless ideas 🙂

    Among my group of friends, an inexpensive route that people have in years past taken is to dress like another person in the group. This usually involves wearing different clothes and styling hair differently. It’s not something that people outside the group would “get” but we have good fun with it and it costs almost nothing.

  2. My wife bought a few white shirts for a couple bucks each and a little bit of non-toxic paint and let our 19-month-old son go to town smearing the paint all over the shirts. So we’re all going as Jackson Pollock paintings. A little off-beat, but definitely cheap and the painting was fun for our son.

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