With the long weekend fast approaching, it’s highly likely that you’ve already been invited to a Halloween party or two. If you weren’t already preparing for it at the start of the month, fret not. There are a lot of costuming opportunities out there, and a lot of them can be done at a low cost.
Of course, the fact that a lot of places are going on sale for Halloween can help you right along. If you plan on some Halloween haunting on a budget, here are some things you can do.
Ghostly DIY costumes
Almost anything can be a costume, you just have to think a little outside the box – or be the box. With a little bit of creativity and a few items that don’t even cost as much, you can be a character from a TV show, or an everyday object, or even a play on words.
Costume concepts are easy enough to think of, and a lot of them can actually be fairly hilarious when you think enough on it. For example; get a rubber chicken, some cord, and a blue shirt – you’ve already got a costume that’s also a pun: chicken, cord, on blue or chicken cordon bleu, like the gentleman below.
Some costumes can be constructed purely out of items already in your closet. Go as a stickman by wearing all black or all white and sticking (pun intended) white tape or black tape on your clothes to form the stick figure. Your mask can be a white paper plate with a smiley (or any expression, really.)
At the mention of boxes earlier, gamers might get a bit of a kick constructing a Minecraft-style costume from cardboard boxes they have lying around. Here’s a wikihow on a quick and easy way to do it. Why stop at Minecraft though, when you can also make yourself a Legoman too.
Quick and Vintage
One other quick and easy costume idea is to find photos of your parents or grandparents, and raid your closet to find an outfit that matches the ones in the photos (or raid their closets, because they might actually still have the clothes.)
Failing that, you can find inspiration in some of the hottest period shows like Mad Men or the animated Archer and put together a costume straight out of the clothes you already have. TV and Films are rife with easy costumes, making the presentation the only thing you’ll need to work on.
Finishing the look
Stereotypes notwithstanding, sometimes it takes a little makeup to complete a look. A Halloween costume is the perfect way to practice a little face paint, or full-body makeup. There are plenty of tutorials available online so you can get your look down perfectly.
Getting a Halloween look together for less can take a bit more effort, enhanced by your own ability to pull your costume off. It’s one night a year when you can be just about anyone, so really go for it and if your celebration happens to end with a best in costume award, it’ll be icing on the cake.
images courtesy of Coolest Homemade Costumes, and stylecaster
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