Kid's Costumes From Adult Clothing
Dress your kids up in some of your older, nice clothes that you don't wear anymore or find them at yard sales and thrift shops.
Old Suit- Dress up your son or daughter as little exectuive. A grown man's suit looks really cute on a 4-5 year old. Make sure to hem these so they won't be falling all over themselves while trick-or-treating.
Old Dresses- Little girls love to dress up as "mommy". You can also make "brides", "princesses" or fairies out of cast off prom/homecoming outfits. Add wings to make your kid an angel.
Army Fatigues- We dressed up Beau in some of our old army uniforms and he went as "G.I. Beau" (instead of G.I. Joe). If you don't have any fatigues laying around, check out the thrift stores and yard sales. Our kids love camouflage, so we pick it up on sale, clearance, wherever, in their size. Instant costumes, plus play clothes.
White blouse- add some baggy dark pants and a sash to create an instant pirate outfit. Add a belt, some rain boots and a cardboard sword and you're in business.
Old band jacket- If you can find a marching band jacket at a yard sale, thrift shop, or in your closet, your child can be a "Modern Major General" or a Napoleon. Make a funny paper hat to go with the jacket, add some white pants and some boots.
Retro clothing - If you have any castoff clothing from the 60s and 70s still rolling around and your teen hasn't already stolen them to wear to school, dress up your kid as a hippee.
Bathrobe- Can be used as a king or queen's robe, a space alien, or dress your teen daughter up as a housewife- with curlers and a facial mask (and don't forget the mop!). That should scare anyone! Even scarier if a teen boy dresses as a housewife, but he has to agree to it first! One year our paper boy dressed up like this and I nearly fell over laughing.
Uniforms- If you are in a profession that requires wearing a uniform to work, perhaps your kid would like to dress up as a "mini you". Kids love to dress up as doctors, nurses, surgeons, firefighters, constructions workers, business person or lawyer (slick back the hair, add suit and briefcase), soldiers, police officer, etc.
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About the Author
Kim Tilley, a tightwad at heart, is the mother of three active boys and the founding editor of Frugal-Moms.com. Frugal by force and later by choice, Kim cut her income by 60% to stay at home with her children and discovered that anyone can live better for less. Her work has appeared in print publications such as The Tightwad Gazette. In her free time, she entertains herself by chasing kids and finding ways to create something from nothing!
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