The simplest costumes aren't so much homemade as home assembled.
Comb through the closets, dress up clothes and craft supplies and have fun. Approach the costume making process with a slapdash philosophy, and favor strategic styling over sharp needles, tangled thread and sticky glue.
Here are some costume ideas to get your wheels turning.
Black skirt or pants
Red, white and/or black - Layers are great for this look; pop the collar on one or two to add fierce flare.
Black and/or red cape - If you don't have random dress up capes, think outside of the box. Look to scarves, rain jackets, robes and blankets that can be draped, tied, or folded to look like a cape.
Red lipstick - A few drops of "blood" near the mouth will get the point across without fangs.
Black or brown eyeliner - Add emphasis to the eyes, brows and widow's peak.
Black, long sleeved
Black or black socks over shoes
Black sash (scarf, robe tie, necktie)
Black sock hat or ski mask - Cut out the fabric between the eyes for added authenticity. Bigger kids can wear a t-shirt mask.
How to Make a T-Shirt Ninja Mask: Pull the shirt on over the face, not the head, so that back of collar is on top and eyes and nose are exposed. Tie the sleeves behind the head and adjust the fit.
SuperheroTake a good look at most superheroes, and you'll realize that the costumes are pretty basic. A leotard, leggings and cape are the main components of most superhero looks. Invent your own, or get the colors right and add a logo to reference a known character.
Green long sleeve shirt, red short sleeve shirt
"R" sticker or pin
Blue long sleeve shirt
Old pants or capris in black, dark blue, or white - Cut the hems in a zigzag pattern for effect.
Red and white striped, black and white striped, or white shirt
Black boots, bare feet if you're lucky enough to be trick-or-treating at the beach
Red or black sash, scarf, or robe tie
Cowboy or Cowgirl
Jeans or denim skirt
Plaid, gingham, checked or western styled shirt
Storybook Character Costumes
Queen or PrincessAdd a crown to a fancy dress and she's royalty!
Formal or dress up
Crown or tiara, costume jewelry
White collared shirt, blue shirt
Alice in Wonderland
Blue, tea length
Cartoon and Picture Book Character Costumes
Light blue shirt
White stocking cap
Mario, of SuperMario Brothers fame
Red cap, stick on mustache (cut mustache shape out of black fabric and stick on with fashion tape)
Letter "M" logo for overalls, white gloves, yellow circles for overall button covers
Brown or black eyeliner if you would rather draw on the mustache
Tights or leggings in girly hues and glittery fabrics, especially pink!