If you live in an apartment in Blacksburg, VA, odds are you have a party (or two, or three) to attend that requires some creative attire. Now you just need some quick costume ideas, preferably DIY Halloween costumes, that can help keep you on a budget.
Quick and easy costume ideas
Think you have to spend lots of money to come up with an unusual costume? Well, think again. DIY Halloween costumes require only a bit of creativity and ingenuity to impress your friends and acquaintances. Need a little help kick-starting your imagination? Nikki Leonard posted “201 Halloween Costumes: Easy. Fast. Cheap!” on ecampus.com’s blog September 25, 2013, with some inspiration.
- Sweet treat. Got some aluminum foil? Then you have the makings of a sweet costume! Go as a Hershey’s kiss, wrapping extra foil around your bottom half to achieve the shape.
- Get a laugh. The uber popular 50 Shades of Grey is coming to a theater near you, but it could be your costume, too. Just wear all grey and glue at least 50 grey paint chips on your outfit. Now wait for the giggles.
- Extra sauce please. Do you have a strapless cover up from this summer lying around? Put it on, wrap it in colorful duct tape and put the name of your taco sauce, hot, medium or mild, across the top, then pass the chips please!
DIY saves money
Not only will DIY Halloween costumes be more creative, they also help you stay on a budget.USAToday’s college blog shared “11 cheap, DIY Halloween costume ideas for college students” by Abby Kloppenburg October 2, 2013. She explained that DIY is way more economical than hitting up a costume store and added, “You’ll end up spending a hundred dollars or more on something you’re only going to wear for a night.”
- Halloween cubed. Again, take your handy, dandy construction paper and pair it with a box. Cut out armholes and a hole for your noggin’, and you have yourself a Rubik’s Cube costume.
- Snack time. Got the munchies? Here’s one from the quick costume ideas files—fill a clear trash bag with yourself and some multicolor balloons. Add the words “Jelly Beans” in black sharpie. Yum and done!
The eternal Halloween costume question
Any discussion of DIY Halloween costumes for college students would be remiss if it didn’t touch on the question that Collegefashion.net asked, “Do Halloween Costumes Have to Be Slutty?” October 22, 2007. The post shared, “Not only are most costumes you see on campus slutty, but they’re usually the exact same costumes reused year after year.”
So how to break the mold and find quick costume ideas on a budget that don’t require copious amounts of cleavage? The Collegefashion post advised college students, particularly females, to consider these points to mix things up:
- Go as a celebrity. If you are going to use Halloween as an opportunity to dress skimpy, at least put some originality and fun into it.
- Mock the slutty. Morph all the clichéd sexy Halloween costumes into one—from sexy nurse to sexy vampire, sexy cheerleader to sexy pirate.
- Be yourself. If rocking the body-conscious ensemble is your thing then do it on All Hallow’s Eve. But if showing a lot of skin makes you uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to be true to yourself.