Last-Minute Costumes That Won't Cost a Fortune

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There are those people who have their kids' Halloween costumes planned out months in advance, and then there are those who wait until the very last minute. If you're still searching for a costume this close to the Halloween, you probably fall into the latter category.

The good news is there are plenty of creative costumes you can throw together in the midnight hour ... and they won't cost you a fortune. If you've already struck out in the costume aisle of Wal-Mart, why not try on one of these outrageous outfits for size? Gator girl or boy: Dig up a couple of cardboard boxes. Cut one out in the shape of an alligator head. Use plain printer paper as the teeth. Roll up a bunch of packaging paper. Stuff it into your child's pants as a tail. Toga Party Reveler: Use a white sheet and wrap it around your child's body like a toga. Black Eyed Pea: Find a white t-shirt. Use a black permanent marker to draw a P on the shirt.