I LOVE a group costume. Whether it’s Halloween, Read Across America Week, or just a fun themed-week at school, you can sign me up. But a group costume needs to meet two simple criteria. 1. It needs to be easy, and 2. It needs to be inexpensive. Here are some of of my favorite group costumes from over the years, along with everything you need to recreate them.
The year my team went as Play-Doh was so simple, and yet we got a huge reaction out of it! All you need are frisbees, sturdy headbands (we used these), plain yellow T-shirts from Walmart or Michael’s, and card stock! We printed the Play-Doh logo on cardstock and made them into necklaces with yarn. Hot glue the headband to the frisbee to make the perfect “cap.”
Hungry Hungry Hippos
This was another super simple costume! You will need: Plain white baseball caps (like these for under 5 dollars each), foam balls, string, craft paint, felt, and colored T shirts. Use a bamboo skewer or long screwdriver to make a hole in the balls and then string onto twine. Use inexpensive craft paint from Walmart to paint the hats and plastic bottle caps to match. Then just cut the eyes out of felt and hot glue it all together.
Banana Split/Ice cream
To make this costume you’ll need white T shirts, felt in multiple colors, red and brown craft paint, foam balls, headbands, and red pipe cleaners. You don’t even need to buy fabric paint for the shirts if you don’t mind it being a bit crunchy feeling. Hey, it’s only for one day after all.
Snowmen at Halloween
I love this costume because you can have a zillion different variations and it’s so much fun! Have you read the book Snowmen at Halloween, by Caralyn and Mark Buehner? It’s from the Snowmen at Night series and it’s adorable. To make the snowman base, all you need is a plain white T shirt and some black felt “buttons.” We dressed them up a little more with these white tutus. Then, dress your snowman up for Halloween using anything you have on hand! We went as a ladybug, witch, cowgirl, and superhero!
For this one, it helps to have a Cricut or a friend with one who is willing to make the faces. If you don’t, the faces on the buckets are definitely optional. We got the buckets, T shirts, and felt from Wal-Mart. We used our school die-cut machine to cut out the shapes for the shirts. It’s very easy to cut a hole in the bottom of the buckets using a box cutter. Top it off with adorable headbands like these and the costume is done!
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favorite group costumes. If you use my links to make a purchase through Amazon, I do receive a very small commission which helps me keep this website up and running. I did not include links for items I found cheaper at Wal-Mart or the Dollar store. 🙂