Do-it-yourself costumes for dressing up on a dime
by Ashlynn Phillips
With Halloween coming around the corner, you might be starting to think about this year’s costume. Special Halloween costume stores often run their prices rather high, so why not try making your own this year? These do-it-yourself costumes will definitely be the ones to beat.
Ready to go “Gangnam Style?”
For this costume you will need a blue tuxedo jacket, which can probably be found at a store such as Goodwill. Grab a black fabric marker to outline the black details on the jacket. Next, pull out the cleanest, white button up shirt you have, a black bow tie and some shades.
Meet the New Miss America
If you have access to an old prom dress, all you have to do is find a tiara, some gaudy jewelry, and a bouquet. Then pile on the stage make-up. The last and final piece of the puzzle will be to make yourself a sash from wide white ribbon, with Miss America written in glitter glue.
The name’s Bond, James Bond
Put on a suit (you can most likely find a somewhat cheap one at Value Village), white shirt and bow tie. Can’t tie it? Doesn’t matter. Leave it undone for effect. Add an impressive looking watch, and then summon your most confident, cocky self. That’s it. It’s that easy.
Oompa Loompa Do-ba-dee-doo (I’ve got a perfect costume for you.)
Find an old brown long sleeve shirt and paint white stripes on the collar of the shirt and at the cuffs of the sleeves. Then, strap on some white suspenders. If you don’t have any or don’t want to purchase them, then just glue some ribbon to the shirt to create suspenders. As for the pants, an old pair of baseball pants works great. Pull on some long, brown socks and brown shoes. Next, spray paint a blonde Marilyn Monroe wig green. Finally, paint your face orange with face paint and tape on a few cotton balls above your eyes to create white eyebrows.
The Classic Mummy
For those of you who only have 10 minutes to pull something off, then this costume is definitely for you. Raid your bathroom for toilet paper, wrap yourself up as a mummy, and walk with stiff arms and legs. Squirt some red food coloring all over the toilet paper to look like blood. Just as long as it isn’t raining, this should work great.
Pucker Up Kissing Booth
Find a long box that will cover your head and go down to your waist. Cut out a window in the front of the box and two holes on the sides of the box for your arms. Then, paint the entire box red. Next, tape some kind of curtains in the window of the box. Make a sign that says “Kissing Booth” and glue it to the front of the box. Now it’s time to put on some lipstick and pucker up for some freebie Halloween night kisses. Better yet, charge a quarter a kiss for a profitable costume.
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