For Halloween costume inspiration, check out Netflix or your TV programming guide for celebrity ideas. With some large frame glasses, your daughter can look like an old-school Taylor Swift. With Pokémon Go all the rage, it should be easy to create some fantasy creatures for your youngsters to wear. For “Duck Dynasty” look-alikes, you just need some dark yarn for beards.
Many young women and parents haunt vintage shops for Halloween loot. You can find plenty of ideas at these shops for 1920s flapper costumes, for example, or to represent book and movie characters from “Gone with the Wind, ” “The Wizard of Oz” or early TV shows such as “I Love Lucy.” You and a friend could find all of the right fashion for a Lucy and Ethel pairing or Lucy and Ricky for a couple.
If you take an active interest in garage sales, you can probably pick up some ready-made Halloween costumes or gather up arts and crafts supplies to make your own for kids and adults. You won’t need many supplies for a Scooby-Doo character, for example. And, all you need to represent a popcorn box is a red and white stripped skirt or pants and a white shirt. If you want something really simple, use a few green leaves to adorn your hair and a yellow shirt. Presto — you’re a pineapple!
Look no further than your closets and bookshelves. Many ideas are right in front of you and can be made fairly easily with a few things in your kitchen drawers or closets. For example, if you have youngsters, you likely have books about fairy tales or Disney picture books for inspiration. Without much of a creative streak, you can help your kids look like Shrek, Fiona, Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia. With some dark, round frames, you’ve got an instant Harry Potter. Pinterest is a great go-to spot to find eye-catching and simple costumes. And, if you do buy materials or some clothing you don’t foresee using again, be sure to donate to www.ClothingDonations.org.
If you have older school-aged children, you can create a plan and work together to clean out and organize their closets. Remember to create piles to keep, to donate and to repair. From there, you can create a list of what each child will need.