While it’s easy to order a costume online, or shop at the party store for a ready-to-wear outfit, part of what makes Halloween special is the personal touches. Making your own costume is fun and budget-friendly! Using your own clothing, stuff around the house, and maybe a few dollar store or second-hand shop finds, you can put together something that is truly unique. You can also check out Tradyo for used costumes that are inexpensive and close to your address.
Though scary costumes might seem more Halloweeny, a funny or clever costume is always a crowd pleaser. Whether you’re flying solo or going out as a group, there’s no end to what you can do with a glue gun and some inspiration!
If you’re going for clever, a good pun will always get a chuckle. When it comes to Halloween, the cheesier, the better! Try this one: wear a shirt covered in small boxes of breakfast cereal and wield a plastic knife. Voila — you’re a cereal killer. Or, buy an inexpensive wizard hat and wand at the dollar store and then put on a football jersey to dress as fantasy football. Or, attach a large yellow oval of felt to a white shirt, put on some devil horns, and you’re a devilled egg.
Two is better than one, right? If you’re in a relationship, or have a friend who’s game for dressing up with you, try some unique couples costume ideas that won’t break the bank. Go as Barbie and Ken inside their boxes. All you need is some large cardboard boxes, some construction paper, pink paint, some bronzer, a blonde wig, and some pink clothes and accessories. Or, you can mix it up and go as Barbie and G.I. Joe. Another creative DIY costume is Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. Using brown felt you can make potato costumes, and cut the facial features out of paper or felt. A great ’90s costume idea that is simple to make is Wayne’s World! All you need is some torn denim, Chuck Taylors, wigs, glasses and hats, and you’re Wayne and Garth. If you’re the single one in your friend group, make the best of it by going as the third wheel. All you need is a wheel and the number three.
Have a bunch of friends interested in dressing in group costumes? You don’t have to spend a fortune to make an impact at the party. Go as Social Media Icons (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and more). Draw the icons on shirts, and dress in the colour schemes. For the ladies, get three other girlfriends together and go as Mean Girls (wearing pink, if it’s Wednesday). Dress in shirts with the days of the week printed on them (grey shirts for authenticity), wear a shark hat or fin, and splatter fake blood on the shirts to be Shark Week. Another funny costume idea for groups is Tetris. Using cardboard boxes, make various Tetris shapes and paint them in bright colours. Make the pieces fit together to optimize your group photo.
For trick-or-treating or for school costume parades, you can get creative with your kids’ Halloween costumes as well. Using a grey wig, plastic glasses and a small walker made of plastic piping (complete with tennis balls on the bottom), you can turn your toddler into a geriatric. Some other fun costumes can be made using balloons. Using purple or green balloons, attach them to your child’s clothing, adding some big green leaves made of paper or cardboard, and you’ve got a bunch of grapes. You can also use colourful balloons and a clear garbage bag to make a bag of jellybeans.
Whether it’s a character from a recent movie, a current political figure, or a viral Internet meme, every year there are a group of costumes that seem to make sense only that calendar year.
Whatever costume you choose, make the most out of this fun and silly holiday. Whether you’re an adult or a kid, Halloween is the one day a year when you can be whomever or whatever you want to be.