The Halloween holiday is often an exercise in consumerism. With decorations, treats, and costumes to cover, the price tag can really add up if everything is purchased new. Instead of flexing your spending muscle, exercise your creativity instead. Homemade costumes can be easy and fun to make. Making costumes and decorations also offers the opportunity to recycle things that may be just lying around the house and things that do need to be purchased can often be found at the thrift store, further adding to the "green" connotation while maintaining adherence to the tenets of reduce, reuse, recycle.
The following costumes vary in degree of difficulty and age appropriateness, so read the list and find the inspiration for this years costume.