Halloween is right around the corner so it's time to start thinking about costumes.

As parents frantically dig out suitably gruesome costumes for the kids from fancy dress shops, one way of reducing the financial horror is to opt for a homemade creation instead.

Not only will the outfit be one of a kind, but making it will be great fun for all the family. And there's nothing cuter than a child trick-or-treating in a costume made with love.

To get you motivated, IBTimes UK has come up with a few quick, easy and imaginative ideas for your children's fancy dress costumes.

These ideas are guaranteed to get you into the spooky spirit.