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8 budget Halloween costumes that won’t scare you silly

Is the price of Halloween costumes giving you a fright? From punk rockers to zombies, keep reading for our list of budget Halloween costumes that won’t cost an arm and a leg. The price of Halloween costumes can scare off many parents and prevent families from enjoying the spooky season together. Store-bought dress-ups are a quick purchase but they certainly don’t make for a low cost Halloween costume, especially if your kid begs for a new one each year.

Instead, why not make your own budget Halloween costume? We bet you have loads of materials already lying around your own home (you can even make use of leftover lockdown loo paper!)

Zombie Nation

Three young girls dressed in tattered rags with makeup on acting like zombies as cheap halloween costumes ideas
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Ah, zombies. These slow, stone-cold monsters are a classic choice when it comes to Halloween costumes. Thankfully, zombies also make for great budget Halloween costumes that’s easy to put together.

This low cost Halloween costume is a great way to repurpose some old t-shirts and pants. All you need to do is grab your old clothes and a pair of scissors and you’re well on your way to zombifying your clothing. Add a bit of eyeshadow for some dark circles under the eyes and some face paint, and your kid will be set to scare the neighbours silly.

Friendly Ghost 

A young child wearing a white bed sheet with holes cut out like a ghost
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Everyone’s favourite alien ET made this costume cool when he went trick-or-treating disguised as an adorably short ghost. Ghosts are super cheap Halloween costume ideas that are a breeze to make, too. All you need is an old bed sheet and, again, a pair of scissors. Cut holes for eyes and arms, and your little ghost will be ready to shout BOO!

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

A young girl wearing a boxed present with a bow on her head as cheap halloween costumes ideas
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Not all cheap Halloween costume ideas have to be scary! While it might not be that time of year just yet, dressing up as a Christmas gift is one way to stand out from the crowd (thankfully, you don’t have to be good at wrapping presents to turn one into a costume).

To make this simple DIY Halloween costume, simply wrap a large box in Christmas paper and cut holes for your kid’s arms, legs and head to fit through. They’ll love being “opened”!

Mummy (the Egyptian variety)

Two children wrapped in toilet paper dressed as Egyptian mummies as a low cost halloween costume
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Are you after budget Halloween costumes and have a cupboard full of leftover lockdown loo paper? Everybody loves a mummy (ahem, we mean the Egyptian variety that awakes from its tomb wrapped in toilet paper). Mummy costumes have been a hit for decades – they’re simple and instantly recognisable.

Use a couple of toilet rolls to make an Egyptian mummy that awakes from its tomb wrapped in Covid toilet tissue. Crack open the crypt this Halloween!

Little Old Man or Lady

A young toddler boy wearing pyjamas, a fake grey moustache & eyebrows, large glasses and a bureau hat, pushing around a walker made of pipes as cheap halloween costumes ideas
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Little kids dressed up as old folks are always funny (and sometimes a little creepy), especially if you go to the effort of making a tiny Zimmer frame from plumbing pipes.

Borrow one of grandma’s frocks and apply powder for grey hair (no offence to grandma). If you want your kids to look like they’ve aged 70 years, then this is a quick and easy low cost Halloween costume.

Add a bit of caked makeup on top and you’ll complete your child’s aging transformation in no time.

Laundry Basket (oh the horror of dirty washing)

A young girl wearing a basket with dirty laundry as a low cost halloween costume
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No we’re not talking dressing up as basket-case, just an ordinary laundry basket. It may be a bit left field but any can all see the horror in it.

Grab a plastic laundry basket from Kmart or Big W, cut a hole in it so it can be worn around the waist and then throw in some dirty socks and other clothing. It’s a win-win: budget Halloween costumes so spooky it might actually scare your kids into helping with the washing!

Punk Rocker

A little toddler boy wearing camo-coloured pants, a Megadeth vest and a black skull and bones headband as cheap halloween costumes ideas
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Are your little ones ready to rock this October? We know kids can be little punks themselves sometimes, but it’s just too cute to see them really rock out.

Dress them up like little punk rockers and don’t be afraid to get some gel and spike up their hair or whip out the coloured hair spray. A true punk wouldn’t worry about the details and neither should you.

Remember to stick a few metal studs on the jacket for good measure! So, let your kids be the star this Halloween without breaking the bank thanks to this budget Halloween costume.

Fortune-telling gypsy

A young girl in a forest wearing a bandana, a simple shirt and a long skirt, dressed like a fortune-telling gypsy as a low cost halloween costume
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Bohemian seems to come and go in and out of fashion, but gypsy costumes are here to stay. Your kids could raid grandma’s jewellery box or mum’s closet for a long skirt, peasant shirt and long beads, otherwise an op shop should have everything you’re after.

Plus, the DIY Halloween costumes might be so nice that your kid will want to wear it all year round!

Ready to make your own budget Halloween costumes?

We hope these cheap Halloween costume ideas will make your child stand out from the crowd, while also taking the stress out of the spooky season. These DIY Halloween costumes can also help you save a bunch of cash, too.

Don’t forget, you can always repurpose an existing costume. Did your child dress up for Book Week? Do they already have costumes for dance or a dress-up box full of options?

There are a whole lot of cheap DIY Halloween costumes that can be reused for multiple occasions.

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