Frighteningly Frugal: Cheap & Easy DIY Halloween Costumes Pulled Together from the Goodwill Store & Your Closet, Plus Making Magic Wands (video) « Frugal Café Blog Zone

Frighteningly Frugal: Cheap & Easy DIY Halloween Costumes Pulled Together from the Goodwill Store & Your Closet, Plus Making Magic Wands (video)

Posted By on October 24, 2011

Halloween Jack O' Lantern | Photo credit: Joseph Soul, Flickr, Creative Commons


I’m all set for Halloween. A colleague gave me a fabulously feathered Mardi Gras mask as a little gift from his recent trip to New Orleans, and I’ll either resurrect my black high school graduation gown (the nearly always perfect, last-minute Halloween garb) or a long-sleeved, slinky black sorceress dress I made eons ago that still looks terrific. Add some glitter-based makeup and a magic wand we made at a Girl Scout encampment (wands are easy to make, see videos below)… done!

Saving money at Halloween for costumes is limited only by your imagination. This first frugality-minded/DIY ThreadBanger video with Sammy D shows how you can pull together three unique Halloween costumes… from inexpensive finds at the local Goodwill used clothing store.

Sammy D shows how you can thrift trendy pieces to create fabulous one-of-a-kind costumes that won’t rupture your budget, while utilizing used clothing finds that can be worn long after Halloween is over.

Recycled fashion + Halloween = AWESOME.

Sammy Davis Vintage: Easy DIY Halloween Costumes with Sammy D


A few more inexpensive, DIY Halloween costume videos to get your creative, frugal juices flowing.

These first few DIY videos from YouTube how-to-cosmetics sensation Michelle Phan offer helpful, innovative ideas and techniques for makeup application. The easy application information Michelle offers can be used for other Halloween costumes.

Michelle Phan: Be A Ninja In 30 Seconds…I Think


Michelle Phan: Snow White


Michelle Phan: Lady Gaga “Bad Romance” Look


Michelle Phan: Lady Gaga “Poker Face” Look


This brilliantly simple Halloween costume repair trick is valuable to know — while your own costume may not need emergency fixing, your child’s or a friend’s may, so it doesn’t hurt to be prepared:

Duct Tape Has 4,748,901 Uses (and Counting): If your costume breaks in the field, duct tape can fix it. Wrap a couple of feet around a small pencil and slip it into your pocket. You will be glad you did.

Halloween Costume DIY Greek Toga Fast and Easy Last-Minute


Homemade Costumes


Last-Minute Halloween Costumes


Dead Bride – Halloween Look


Halloween Tutorial: Nerd


Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas


Halloween costumes of the popular Angry Birds video game are currently all the rage, so here are a few videos to give you ideas on how to make your own Angry Bird Halloween costume.

I’m still looking for a definitive Angry Birds how-to video that provides costume-making instructions, but haven’t yet been successful.

Tutorial: Angry Birds Costume Make-Up


Angry Birds Costume Awesomeness


Angry Birds Costume


A few how-videos showing a variety of homemade magic wands. Some provide how-to instructions, others don’t, and some are created by children.

How to Make a Harry Potter Wand


Fast & Easy – Wand Making


Self-Made Harry Potter Dumbledore’s Army Wand Collection


TUTORIAL: Make your own magic wand!


Princess Rosie Makes Magic Wands


Related: Awesome photos of jack-o’-lanterns with pumpkin carving tips, plus Halloween party and food ideas, with recipes:

Halloween Frugality & Fun: Pumpkin Buying & Carving Tips for Longer-Lasting, Spooky Jack-O’-Lanterns, Plus Awesome Jack-O’-Lantern Photos

Spook-tabulous Halloween Food, Drink, & Recipes Edition

Halloween Edition Encore… More Awesome Photos of Spooky Goodies, Ghoulish Meals, & Halloween Recipes

Spooky Halloween Food Edition with Frugal Recipes

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I'm a conservative frugalist. My priorities: Watchdogging the government, making sure our tax dollars are spent wisely, living within our budgets (at home and in Washington, DC), and adhering to our Constitution and the conservative principles upon which it was developed by our founding fathers. Also, loving God, my family, and my country. Be wise, be frugal. God bless America!      


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