My husband and I host a Halloween party every year with a couple of our good friends. We have been many characters/costumes over the years and the only rule we have is… we can’t be something we have already been. Over the time we have been dressing up, we have made a contest with ourselves on how can we get a good costume without spending a fortune. This year in both costumes we have approximately $50 total. Needless to say, I was very happy with that.
To start off with my dress, I purchased a clearance dress from a local bridal shop… which was the most expensive thing we bought. We made “stick pins” from cake pop sticks and styrofoam balls. After a little destruction of the pretty dress, I glued a small piece of foam to the chest of the dress and added a felt heart. Adding a few more details, with some jute string and fabric swatches, the dress was complete. I wore my hair in pigtails and added some stick pins to my hair, painted my face and was good to go.
For our witch doctor costume, we used a grass skirt that we had and added some bells, bones and such to make noise as he walked. We used an old shirt that I had from when I was the high school mascot as a Redskin, turned it inside out and added some fabric scraps in an animal print, some black paint and fake bugs. He wore a long black wig made of dreads and we added a plastic skull and bone to the head with hotglue. We finished his costume off with a bone through the nose and a little face paint.