If you're one of those parents who leaves costume ideas for your child to the last minute, not to worry; here are some popular kids costumes that you don't have to rush out to the store to buy, but can make right at home.
Ask any boy what he wants to be for Halloween, and you'll most likely get the response of a superhero. But say you don't want to go out and spend over $30 on a costume that will only be worn once. Here are some costume ideas that will make your little superhero in training satisfied:
• Optimus Prime - Have your child dress in blue and red clothing. Then, take cardboard boxes to make the truck that he can transform into. An example can be seen at instructables.com.
• Superman - If your child has a superman shirt with the big "S," get creative and have him dress up as Clark Kent in a suit. Have the dress shirt opened up showing the Superman shirt underneath. He can go as the "transforming" Superman.
• Pirate - Dressing up as a pirate, maybe a pirate from "Pirates of the Caribbean," is easier than you think. Essortment.com says all you need to do is raid your child's closet for black pants, a white shirt, bandanna and boots. The only thing you may not have is black felt to make an eye patch.
As for the girls, they usually request a costume that has something to do with being pretty like a princess. Here are some easy do-it-yourself costumes to make your little princess the fairest in the land:
• Princess - If you don't have a long flowing dress, Martha Stewart.com has a very creative way to make a princess costume using drawstring trash bags, doilies and a table cloth.
• Rock Star - The days of Hannah Montana may be gone, but that may not be stopping your little girl from wanting to be a rock star. Parents.com suggests wearing black on bottom, decorating one of your child's shirts with glitter and stick-on gems, and adding sunglasses and some flashy scarves or belts to accessorize.
• Butterfly or Fairy - Dress your child in a solid color, such as black. Then make these easy home-made butterfly or fairy wings featured on DIY Network. You'll just need clothes hangers, pantyhose, duct tape and some glitter to decorate.
Who says Halloween has to be an expensive holiday.