Frugal DIY Halloween Costumes, Politically/Socially Inspired: Balloon Boy, Illegal Alien, Bernie Madoff, Octomom, & More
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on October 22, 2009
If you’re on a tight budget, buying a Halloween costume is a luxury you can’t afford. That money needs to go to pay for more important things, like food or the electric bill. But being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a great costume.
Here are some politically and/or socially inspired costumes you can make without spending too much money, or not spend anything at all, instead using items you can borrow or find around the house.
Hat tip to blogger Doug Powers for the Balloon Boy Halloween costume idea, posted at The Powers That Be: Inevitable: The ‘Balloon Boy’ Halloween Costume. To order a Balloon Boy costume kit, or get directions on how to fashion your own homemade version, go to Plantraco Microflight.
Other clever political-minded costume ideas that you can make on the cheap are offered by Stephanie Miles at RecessionWire… here are but a few, so visit the RecessionWire site for more innovative, recession-slanted costume ideas that are cheap-cheap-cheap to make:
Get Your Recession Scare On
By Stephanie Miles
October 15, 2009
Looking for some timely Halloween costume ideas? Let the recession be your inspiration. Whether you’re dressing up as Bernie Madoff, the repo man, or a laid off CEO—now’s the time to get crafty and start planning your recession-ready party wear. And if you’ve recently been laid off, then consider it a blessing. After all, you’ll have more time to grab your glue gun and start making your own costume from scratch.
Here, some of our favorite recession-inspired costume ideas.
Bernie Madoff: Dressing up as America’s No. 1 Ponzi schemer is shaping up to be a popular option this Halloween. Just pick up a Madoff mask (available at costume stores across the country, as well as online), a suit, and you’re ready to go. Just don’t forget to stuff your pockets with cash to make the costume complete.
Pyramid Scheme: For Madoff enthusiasts who prefer to be a little less literal, why not try dressing up as a pyramid scheme? Create a wearable pyramid with cardboard and green paint, and turn the pointy top into your very own hat.
Bank CEO: You’ll need an expensive suit, for sure. But what will really make this costume pop is the golden parachute (i.e. a spray painted bed sheet) sticking out of a backpack on your back. Take our advice, though, and prepare to get soaked, since drinks may very well be getting tossed your way throughout the night.
Bear Market: There may be no better icon of the recession than the bear market. To get in the (admittedly, depressing) spirit, go big with a faux-fur bear costume for the night, and tape a red cardboard arrow—pointing downward—on your chest.
Job Seeker: If you’re unemployed or not, this costume ought to be easy. Get dressed up in your favorite suit, grab a brief case and a resume, and you’re ready to go. And hey, if you happen to see someone who’s looking to hire while you’re out at a party, you’ll be prepared.
The controversial, headline-grabbing illegal alien costume that Target was selling shouldn’t be too difficult to make. Any “alien from outer space” type costume can, with a few accessories, be tweaked to be that of an “illegal alien.” Photos below should give you ideas.
A Martian-type mask, a hooded sweatshirt or jumpsuit with some lettering on the front, a homemade green card… you’re pretty much set. Read the post, Offensive or Funny? Illegal Alien Halloween Costume at Target Angering Immigrant Rights Groups, for more information.
I believe you can still order the illegal alien costume in the orange jumpsuit through Target’s online store.
Who can forget Nadya Suleman, the wacky, unemployed “Octomom” in California who gave birth to eight babies not too long ago? A number of super-easy and unique ideas are available on the Internet for an Octomom costume. Here is one visual to get those creative frugal juices of yours flowing (I’m not sure about those big lips, though… your call on whether or not you use them. They kinda creep me out).
The one imperative for the Octomom costume is that you MUST have eight baby dolls (and some kind of device for carrying them, like a sling or pouch). Many of the dollar stores have inexpensive baby dolls that should work perfectly, or you could borrow them from a relative’s or neighbor’s child.
The Nadya Suleman costume is two costumes in one: first, its an Octomom costume, but secondly, the Octomom was clearly all along trying to dress up like Angelina Jolie. And by dress up, I mean “become” Angelina Jolie. But really, who can blame her?
Regardless, CreepyLA is here to help you assemble all the items you need to dress up like the Octomom for Halloween, to compete on “Let’s Make A Deal,” or just to creep out the neighbors.
…A few Octomom costume pics floating around the web take her name as literally as possible and giving her eight tentacles with which to carry her new kids.
Click this link to go to CreepyLA for more instructions.
With a bit of creativity, couples could work up a team costume and go as the intrepid journalism duo of James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, undercover as a pimp and a prostitute out to expose ACORN’s corruption. Short shorts or short skirt outfit with big hoop earrings for the female… ratty fur cape, Fedora, and walking stick for male. Could also include carrying some acorns in a bag or dish just to better convey the costumes’ message.
Wacky Halloween video… Steven Crowder, Big Hollywood: Obama Gets Trick or Treaters!
Have a ghoulish, frugal time on Halloween by making your own personal political or social commentary statement, without busting open the piggy bank.
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