Was it cheaper than store-bought? Not really...but it will DEFINITELY last longer.

We have a bunch of Halloween events this month, and a lot of them include dogs. On a total impulse buy, I purchased a Ghostbusters costume for our dog. Because who could look at THIS ad and not buy?!?!

via amazon.com

And then I thought...ruh roh. I was gonna match her costume this year. So, instead of a sexy Stay Puft Marshmallow costume, I decided to go as a Ghostbuster, too.

The packaged costume goes for $54.99 at the Halloween pop-up stores. It's cheaper online, but frankly, for the quality, both are overpriced.

So I went ahead and made my own. I ordered coveralls from Dickies, which range from $27-$36. I know; it's not exactly "cheap." But the quality is better than the packaged costume...and warmer, for sure. You could probably get them used from somewhere else, or even free from somebody you know who works outside; I was short on time and got these online.

Next, I printed out the Ghostbusters patch logo and a Ray Stantz name tag onto dark-colored transfer paper, which you can get at any craft store, or even Walmart (I had some leftover from another project, so I didn't have to purchase this).

I ironed on the logo to the right arm, and the name patch above the left pocket (which you can kind of see in the pic below).

I ordered an inflatable Proton Pack from Amazon and borrowed a pair of steampunk goggles from our son. All together, the costume cost me about $45. So, again, it's not the cheapest costume, but it's MUCH better quality than the velcroed, poorly-made and shapeless packaged costume. And if you can get your hands on some used coveralls, the price will come WAY down.

Now if you'll excuse me, we have some ghosts to bust.

via Pat & AJ