Last year, I re-lived how much fun it was (when I was a kid) to design and make our own costumes. I went on and on about it. I allowed my boys to search the internet.
They decided to be a cop and an inmate. I bought them sweatpants outfits (one black and one navy blue - $20 total, plus they could wear it afterwards) and made the rest by hand.(Yes, those are hats made out of poster board. Yes, that is a ball and chain made out of a dog chain and tin foil. - What can I say??)
This year, again, I planted the seed.
Colby's was easy... His best friend was going as a nerd and he wanted to be one too.
Glasses - $1
Suspenders made of white duck tape (from last year's costume) and chip clips - free
happy (nerdy) child - priceless
Now Sam's took a little more time and thinking...
Lab coat from school - free
rubber cleaning gloves from under the kitchen sink - free
red paint - 77 cents.
Sam being EXTREMELY happy because he got EXTRA candy because people liked his costume the best - priceless!!