Lauren Greutman of LaurenGreutman.com here to show you how to shop for Halloween costumes on a budget. Halloween is such a fun time of year but with the gift-buying season fast approaching, you may not want to spend a lot of cash on costumes. If you’re looking for a frugal way to celebrate Halloween with your kids, I have three creative costume ideas that can be made for less than $7 each! The best part? They take less than 30 minutes to create!

The first step is to check Flipp for the best deals on all your craft supplies. I found items that inspired me to create a unicorn, a troll, and a cowboy costume from just scanning deals listed on Flipp for my local dollar store flyer.

All the items came from my local dollar store for $1 each. Check out everything you need to re-create the costumes for your family below.

DIY Unicorn Costume

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You’ll need:

  • Feather boa
  • Set of fairy wings
  • Headband
  • Temporary hair color
  • Nail decal gems (found in nail aisle)
  • Makeup Set
  • Fake eyelashes (you only need the glue to put the gems on)
  • Toilet paper roll
  • White washi tape or colored tape

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To make the feather wings, tear the feathers off the boa and hot glue them onto your fairy wings.

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To create the unicorn horn, cut an old toilet paper roll in half lengthwise, and form into a cone shape. Wrap with tape (I used white washi tape from my craft bin) and some string or wire, then use a hot glue gun to secure the horn to the headband.

I used the makeup palette to create a magical look, and glue from the eyelash set was perfect to secure the nail gems around the face. I brushed in the temporary hair color to finish off the costume.

The total cost of this costume was $7 and it took 30 minutes to create from start to finish!

DIY Troll Costume

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You'll need:

  • Headband
  • Tulle tutus (2)

I started by cutting the tulle tutus apart, and into small rectangles. Once I had them cut, I tied the rectangles around the headband.

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I alternated colors when tying these onto the headband and secured together at the top with the remaining trim that I cut off the skirts.

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To dress my little troll, I got out my own makeup bag and used lipstick on her cheeks and nose, as well as eyeshadow, eyeliner, and blush. She wore a leotard that we had from her dance class, and she looked adorable.

This costume cost $3 and took 15 minutes to create.

DIY Cowboy Costume

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This Cowboy Costume is adorable and only $4. The best part is that it took only 5 minutes to put together!

You'll need:

  • Bandana
  • Cowboy hat
  • Dish towel

Start with a plain colored shirt and jeans to support the costume. The vest can easily be made with a $1 dish towel.

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Lay the towel flat and fold in half.

Cut out a circle along the folded edge for the neck, and cut up the middle of the towel to make it a vest. Cut fringe on the bottom and you have yourself an adorable vest to complete the look!

By using the Flipp App, I easily found everything I needed to inspire my Halloween costume ideas. These adorable costumes can be put together in under 30 minutes for less than $7 each!