October means pumpkins, changing leaves and, of course, Halloween! This means it’s also time to start thinking about Halloween costumes for yourself and your family. If you haven’t made any set costume plans yet and don’t want to break the bank, read on for a few tips for a DIY Halloween!

Raid your closet. Think of those items you haven’t worn in awhile, or that one shirt you bought for that theme party ten years ago and have buried in the back of your closet. See if you or your kids can play dress-up and turn it into a fun costume!

Use facepaint. Instead of spending a lot on a mask that may soon go out of style, try facepaint instead. Depending on if you get a kit, there will be instructions for the kind of look you may be going for. If you buy a generic kit, there are plenty of facepaint tutorials to check out on YouTube.

Costume swap. Between you and your neighbors, you may be able to hold a costume swap of both costumes and accessories. Trade capes, wigs and eye patches to help create a unique new costume!  If you have children, look to older siblings or older siblings’ friends to reuse previous Halloween costumes for a smaller sized child.

Utilize your sewing skills. If you’re a whiz with the sewing machine, try making your own costume. Use the Internet or your local craft store to find tutorials and patterns to put together a truly one-of-a-kind costume.

Get creative. Think outside the box. What can you use around the house to incorporate into your costume? This is especially fun if you like to incorporate puns or jokes into your costumes!

Think accessories. As in real life, accessories are key. See what props and accessories can be used to make even an everyday outfit more Halloween-friendly.

What are you doing for Halloween this year? Do you have any creative ideas for a costume? Please share!