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Halloween costume ideas: Time to start brainstorming



Halloween is in three weeks, and the only thing scarier than ghosts and goblins is the thought of entering a costume shop without a game plan. On second thought, make that the second-scariest thing...

Store-bought costumes can be expensive -- not to mention humiliating, as the stars of the Today show remind us every year. Plus, they're contrived. There's a certain satisfaction that comes from putting together a clever, inexpensive disguise.

In third grade, I stuffed a clear garbage bag with balloons to become a human gumball machine. A few years later, I took a sewing class taught by my friend's mom. She helped me make a dress inspired by the American Girl Dolls.

And last year, I made this vending machine costume for under $20. And check out Deal Diva Stephanie's Weekend at Bernie's costume from last year, made with loving care by hand and trips to TJ Maxx.


This year, I'm attending a Halloween party with my husband. We're thinking of doing some cheesy his-and-hers ensembles.

Divas, what's your best idea for a frugal Halloween costume?

Deal Diva Dalia

(Top photo by Getty Images: Today show co-hosts Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer, Anne Curry and Al Roker had a fairy-tale Halloween last year. Bottom photo by Cherie Diez of the St. Petersburg Times: The best part about my costume was eating the candy.)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:20pm]


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