Need Halloween costume ideas for you or your kids? How about 100 ideas?
There’s seems to be no singular tradition tied to today’s custom of dressing up in costume on Halloween. Some of the folklore is murky at best.
History of Halloween costume traditions
Ancient cultures celebrated autumn with harvest festivals, crop burning, animal sacrifice (or more likely simply to prepare food for winter), and bon fires, perhaps to provide light and comfort in the darkening days after summer. One pre-Christian Celtic festival (samhain or samain, meaning “summer’s end”) involved end-of-summer rituals to ward off tricks played by evil spirits.
Still other Christian and non-Christian customs used the time to honor ancestors and visit the graves of loved ones who have passed away. Food and decorations are part of many of these traditions.
Much later in Medieval Europe, people would go door-to-door begging for food, especially in fall or winter, sometimes dressed in disguise. Around the 1940s, American children are said to have practiced this custom around Thanksgiving time.
Today, the practice of dressing up in costume is a tradition embraced by young and old alike. Costumes provide a fun way to role play and break out of one’s normal routine, whether as a celebrity, super hero, or hideous ghoul. Modern Halloween celebrations include buying candy for “trick or treaters”, decorating pumpkins, and visiting haunted houses.
Halloween costume ideas
In fact, there are so many costume ideas that they’re divided into sections: Scary, Real-life people, Pop culture and history, Offbeat, sports themed and animals. You’ll find DIY Halloween costume instructions for horrific characters such as mummy, zombie, and vampire. You’ll find everyday ideas such as 1950s woman, librarian, nun, virtual worker, and UPS driver. Then there are popular characters such as Flo from Progressive Insurance, Miss Piggy, and Tardis from Doctor Who. There are also ideas for couples and groups: salt and pepper, Blue Man group, or Rock, Paper, Scissors. And quirky ideas such as bag of trash, Christmas gift, and Cereal Killer. …And dozens more.
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Each of the ideas in the above list of 100+ cheap and easy Halloween costumes comes with instructions for creating the costume from items you may have around the house or can purchase inexpensively.
For completing the look, we also provide Halloween makeup ideas and instructions for scary characters, clown faces, Gene Simmons and many more.
Halloween costume resources in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area
Seattle Goodwill costume ideas. Goodwill and other thrift stores are the ultimate source for creating a Halloween costume that is uniquely yours. Find new or gently used costumes and clothing, as well as pet costumes at reasonable prices. They also carry face make-up, wigs, hats, accessories and party décor.
More places to find Halloween costumes, accessories, and holiday party décor:
- Best used clothing stores in Seattle and Puget Sound
- Outlet malls in Seattle and around Puget Sound
- Best retailers for gift ideas, party supplies, holiday décor
Do you have another idea for cheap DIY Halloween costumes that you’d like to share? Leave a comment below and maybe we can add it to the list. (Email us a photo, too.)
But wait, there’s more!
- Our big list of Halloween haunted houses, corn mazes, spooky tours
- Free and cheap Halloween events around Puget Sound
- Scary (and not-so-scary) movies for a Halloween night at home
- Guidelines for safe Halloween celebrations in 2020
- And here’s a list of 101+ always free things to do for fun.
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Halloween events around Puget Sound
Free and cheap Halloween events and things to do around the Puget Sound region. We continue to add events through the month of October as details become available.
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