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6 Affordable Halloween Costume Ideas

Eating your weight in sugar- and calorie-packed candy is only deemed completely acceptable one day each year: Halloween.

The chilly October days are speeding by, and the 31st is creeping up on us.

No costume?

No problem.

There are several affordable quick fixes.

MyBankTracker picked our favorite costumes ideas from the web that would be easy to execute in the pinch.

1. Raining Cats & Dogs

Necessary Materials:

  • umbrella
  • small stuffed cats and dogs
  • fishing wire or string

Optional Materials:

  • raincoat
  • rain boots


Tie each of the stuffed animals to the string. If you want, you can vary the length of the string. Once you have tied the strings around the animals, attach them to the umbrella. Wear a raincoat and boots to add to the effect.

Cost: $18

2. Nickelback

Necessary Materials:

  • a nickel


Okay, okay, Nickelback may not be the most critically acclaimed or most hip band, but we thought this costume was pretty funny, quick to put together and cheap! Just tape a nickel onto your back.

Cost: $0.05. (You save yourself about $23.)

Note: If you don't want to be Nickelback, you can be a Quarterback, in which case your costume will cost you $0.20 more.

3. Black Eyed Peas

Necessary Materials:

  • poster paper or white shirt
  • eye make-up


Cut out a big 'P' (or paint it onto the shirt) and use the eye make-up to give yourself a "black eye."

Cost: $5 to $19

4. Babysitter

Materials Needed:

  • a doll
  • velcro or tape


Attach the doll to your backside and when people ask you what you are, sit on it.

Total Cost: $5

5. Party Animal

Materials Needed:

  • streamers
  • balloons
  • confetti
  • an animal mask


Pick a solid color to wear, cover yourself in the party favors and wear the mask.

Cost: Approximately $12

6. Piece of Gum

Materials needed:

  • pink clothes
  • a shoe


You can be a piece of gum stuck to a shoe this Halloween when you dress up in all pink and attach a shoe to your head.

Cost: Free!

Whether you are a trick-or-treat chaperone, on door patrol or running to a last minute party there is no reason not to get into the Halloween festivities with help from these affordable costume ideas.