Cheap dress up ideas for a superhero day

Updated July 19, 2017

Halloween only happens once a year, but you never know when a theme party or costume contest will require you to dress up like a super hero. Creating your own super hero costume can be a fun and relatively inexpensive alternative to expensive store-bought costumes. With supplies you already own, you can replicate your favourite superhero, or create your own, and be the life of your next superhero get together.

Blanket Cape

The most important superhero accessory is undoubtedly a cape that blows behind you in the breeze. You can turn any extra unfitted bed sheet into a costume-worthy cape by tying two of the corners together around your neck. A bed sheet is a perfect capeā€“it's light enough to trail in the breeze as you run, but sturdy enough to provide a perfect backdrop for your best superhero pose.

Cloth Mask

The last thing any Superhero can afford is the release of her secret identity. A mask that conceals that identity can be made from the sleeve of a T-shirt you no longer wear. Cut the sleeve off around the seem, then cut two eye holes in the broadest side of it. Slide the sleeve over your head, and place it so you can see out the eyeholes. It provides the same effect that you might get from a more expensive store-bought mask.

Shorts and Long Johns

Most superheroes wear a skin tight jumpsuit, but they are expensive and don't offer a lot of warmth to us mortals on a cold Halloween night. Use full body long johns or a top and bottom that are the same colour to create the effect of a jumpsuit while staying warm, and without breaking the bank. Wear a pair of underwear over the top of the long johns to make your suit look more like Superman's and other classic superheroes.

Markers and Cut-Outs

It might not be bulletproof, but just drawing your own insignia on your uniform can still make you look like a super hero. Use magic markers and draw your logo across the chest of whatever you will be turning into your uniform. You can also create the insignia on a piece of paper, cut it out, then affix it to your costume with tape or safety pins. This makes it easier to imitate you favourite super heroes that have similar insignias, or makes the super hero of your own design more memorable.

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