Savings Tip: Make your own Halloween costume (without going overboard!)

Are you tired of paying “an arm and a leg” for kids’ Halloween costumes that get worn once or twice around the big night, and then are either outgrown or out-of-favor for a repeat performance the following year?

Do you have any of the following around the house: a recycling bin, duct tape, trash bags, empty toilet paper tubes, paper grocery bags, hot glue gun, magic markers, Velcro or cardboard?

If you answered “Yes” to both of these questions, you’ll want to turn to Real Simple for information on 16 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes. From superhero to safari guide, the costume ideas are as easy as they are inexpensive.

And, here are 16 more totally simple and inexpensive do-it-yourself costumes for little kids from

If your older kids decide to join the Trick or Treating crowd at the last minute, try one of these quick and inexpensive costume ideas and they can be out the door in a flash.

Still looking for inspiration? You’ll find lots of ideas on Pinterest’s Halloween pages.

What will your youngsters be wearing this Halloween?

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