Tara Crooks
Limitless Contributor

Halloween is always spooktacular at the Crooks'. I can remember when I was little my grandma always came up with the most interesting, fun, homemade costumes. She would even dress up with us. That tradition carried on to my family and we all dress up every year - though my husband does it just to make the girls and me happy. We try something different every year.


This year he gets a pass being in Afghanistan but I'm going to pull off a very ghostly woman. My girls? We have a candy fairy and Katy Perry. If you're feeling a bit creative this Halloween and want to save a few bucks, here are some amazingly easy and affordable costumes you can throw together.


Clown: Sweat clothes that are too large. Decorate by using either fabric paint, or markers. For those who dare, try tie-die. Tack on some large pop-poms, add a cheap wig, hat, and make-up. You may also stuff the extra space in clothing with tissue.


Scarecrow: Over sized flannel shirt, faded blue jeans with patches, rope for belt and to tie at the cuffs of his jeans and sleeves, stuff the shirt and jeans with plastic grocery, or paper, a little bit of straw to hang out of jeans and shirt. Add a little bit of make-up and a hat.


The American Tourist: Loud Hawaii shirt, shorts (if weather permits), large straw hat. Girls could do a bright floral dress, flip flops, big sun hat, straw bag. Don't forget to have a camera, fanny pack, maps hanging out, and that look of being lost.


Miss America: Use an old bridesmaid dress of formal, add a pair of gloves, a tiara, some oversized jewelry, and heals. For the banner, pieces of wide ribbons, and write "Miss. America" in glitter.


Soda Pop Can: Use a round barrel, cut a hole in the bottom. You cut holes for arms and your head. Paint it the colors of a pop can.


Turtle: Dress all in green with a piece of poster board attached to your back. Simply cut the poster board into a large oval, make random marks like a turtle shell, and paint.


Bubble Bath: Take a white laundry basket and cut out the bottom, be sure to tape the cut edges with masking tape - ouch. Attach two wide strips of material (white) to front and back of basket (these are the shoulder straps). Attach white, light blue, and pearl balloons to the straps using safety pins (these are bubbles) Wear a white bodysuit, and white pantyhose. Put on your house shoes, shower cap, and grab your scrub brush. (If the laundry basket has holes in it, cover the inside with poster board)




What are you planning on dressing up as this year? Your children?
How much do you spend on Halloween candy each year? On costumes? On Decorations?