PDP Exclusives by Rebecca

Thursday, October 27, 2011

No Excuses This Halloween Season

Our Union Riveter Wenchkin loves all things Halloween.  You've seen her pumpkin-carving skills and her bat hoodie costume on the cheap.  Here are some more ideas for cheap, last-minute costumes (you know, in case you 'suddenly' are invited to a party).

So I keep hearing about how expensive costumes and candy are. I get not wanting to deal with trick or treaters, but Halloween was and always has been my favorite holiday. It is a big play day for me where I get to be someone else. When I was a kid my grandmother made all my costumes for me and I continued to make my own later in life.

I think in this day and age where everyone is understandably concerned about money, we need to learn to take back our holidays. There is no reason to not have Halloween because you cannot afford it. My mom often had craft parties for us kids that consisted of all the moms pitching in with some juice or cupcakes and whatever craft materials they had at the house. There are countless links to be found Googling DIY halloween crafts or even going to Martha Stewart's site and browsing it (she even has a "last minute Halloween ideas" section).

Costumes do not need to be expensive, a little imagination will go a long way.

Look what we found just
by Googling cheap costumes!
  • Mummy: two bucks worth of gauze got me a mummy costume
  • Instant Nerd: broken glasses, tape on the nose and a fake paper pocket protector 
  • Kitties: for 6 bucks you can get any variety of tail & ear packs for just about any feline
  • T-shirt ninja: you just need all black and a black tshirt, Google it
  • Vampires: all you really need is teeth or glitter
  • LEGO blocks: you need a box, six plastic cups cut in half, glue and some paint
  • LEGO man: round bucket, plastic cup cut in half, glue, yellow paint
  • Butterflies, Lady Bugs and Ninja Turtles: all be easily done with straps, cardboard and some paint.
  • Freudian Slip: print picture of freud, attach to a slip
  • Be a T-shirt Ninja!
    Just add black clothing and you're all set.
  • Tourettes Guy: wire framed glasses and neck brace
and that is just to name a few of the possibilities out there.

Take back the holidays, do less shopping, more making, make your own traditions and involve your friends and family. You can do it, you are only limited by your imagination.

Wenchkin is the amazing artist behind Wenchcraft, the Art of Wenchkin. You can find her on Google+, on Facebook, or you can shop her ArtFire shop! She currently resides in Albuquerque with artist Scott Krichau, and their tripod Jack Russell "P."


  1. Great. Now I kinda wanna be Tourettes Guy....

  2. LOL! Brooke, the way we swear, I think we ARE Tourettes Guy....

    Seriously though, I LOVE this article. The best costume I ever did was a last minute one that involved an old full slip, a pink crinoline and cardigan from my closet and about $10 of old lady slippers, curlers and support hose from a discount store. Add a cardboard & tin foil fairy wand and some glitter and you have a (re)tired Fairy Godmother. Heh.

  3. Scott used Tourettes Guy one year and said it just gave him and great excuse to be obnoxious and use foul language

  4. love this. i firmly believe in easy DIY halloween.