Hair-raising Halloween outfits without scary costume hire costs.

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Halloween is almost here! So if you haven’t got your trick-or-treat outfits sorted out yet, you’d better get your skates on. The good news is that great outfits don’t need to cost a fortune if you decide to do-it-yourself. In fact, helping your kids create their own costumes can add a whole lot of fun to the occasion.

Get creative with your costumes

It’s amazing what you can create just by using the everyday items that sit around the house and a few bits and pieces from your local craft store. So whether you’re going for a traditional spooky look, or something a bit more on-trend, here are a few ideas for simple DIY Halloween outfits.

Spooky, scary and oh-so simple

If you have an old white sheet and a pair of scissors, you’re half way to the perfect ghost outfit. Now for the finishing touches. A white (or light coloured) hat worn under the sheet helps to keep the outfit in place. And elastic wrist straps attached to the sheet allow your ghost to move more easily. To go the whole nine yards, why not sew some see-though black mesh inside the eye and mouth holes for that ‘sunken-eye’ effect all good ghosts have.

Unicorns are all the rage

Unicorns are super simple to create – just add a horn to pretty much any outfit. To make one, simply buy a piece of coloured card and cut a large triangle with a rounded base from it. Roll the cut-out into a cone shape and glue it in place. Now decorate it using your favourite coloured ribbons, felt tip pens or glitter (or all three!). Punch a couple of holes on opposite sides of the base for a piece of elastic and you’ve got a headband too.

The A-Z of zombie outfits

Make up can make all the difference to a good zombie outfit. You can wear pretty much anything – as you’re not planning on wearing it again!  Start by putting a few rips in the clothes and then apply some white face paint, dark eye liner and a few spots of fake blood. Now add some hairspray for that special Halloween hairstyle – and start practicing your ‘walking dead’ zombie march.

Make your own monster mask

If you’re feeling creative, why not make a monster mask? It’s one of the simplest ways to make a spine-tingling impact this Halloween. There are lots of free patterns to be found online and most of them can be made using a piece of felt, a fabric marker, scissors, felt glue and a strip of elastic. It’s also a great way to bond with the kids over craft-time.

A world of inspiration awaits

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. There are masses of affordable costume ideas out there (if you haven’t checked out Pinterest – you should), so really the only limit is your imagination. Here’s hoping you have a successful and spooktacular Halloween!