Cheap and easy costume ideas
By Aaron Chatha
Body Glitter Spray: $8 A nice pair of pants, some body glitter and a pair of fake fangs, and you’ve won the affection of pre-teen girls everywhere. Buy optional fangs for $15, though people probably won’t be looking at your face. The only cons to this costume? Halloween night, especially in Calgary, can get cold. And, depending on your body type, you might need a gym membership, which can get pricey.
Sexy Lady (Costume for men)
Dress: Borrow a dress from your mother/sister/girlfriend. The lower cut, the better! Alternatively, you could buy a cheap women’s top for under $15
Earrings: $5 Lipstick: $1.50 Always a classic and an easy laugh, everyone loves a cross dresser. It’s a bold costume, sure to get you noticed, and since you’re not trying to win any beauty pageants, the cheap stuff will work great. If you want, you can also buy a wig ($20 – $30), but it’s usually not necessary.
Foxy Man (Costume for ladies)
Shirt & Tie: Borrow it from your father/brother/ boyfriend. Alternatively, you can find a cheap shirt for under $15 and a tie for around $20.
Hair Gel: $6 Throw on a shirt and tie, make sure you wear no makeup, and style your hair something like the guys in Mad Men. You’ll be turning heads for a whole new reason, and maybe getting hit on by a different type of guy.
Clear plastic garbage bag: $11 (But you can use the extra bags!)
Bag of multicoloured balloons: $1
Cardboard: Rip it off something! Free.
Cut slots out of the garbage bag for arms and legs. Make them small, so the balloons don’t get out. Blow up the balloons and stick them in. Then write “25 cents” on a piece of cardboard and stick it to your head. Soon you’ll be rolling in change!
An Older You!
Eyeliner: $4 or Facepaint: $10 Scrunch up your face as
much as you can. Everywhere you see a line, draw over it with black face paint or eyeliner. Release your face. All of a sudden, you have wrinkle lines and appear older. To complete the effect, don’t sleep the night before to get some natural circles under your eyes, or wear suspenders. It’s up to you what you’ll look like when you’re older. Beware though, cheap eyeliner may run in the rain or if your face gets too sweaty.
Facepaint: $10 Old clothes: Free Grab some old clothes you
don’t mind tearing up. Then tear them up! Cut holes, make random lines, go wild! Then throw some dark circles under your eyes with the facepaint and some red blood around your mouth. When you’re out on Halloween night, moan a lot and respond to every question or statement with “braaaiiiinss.” Additionally, purchase a Che beret hat ($20) and you’re a zombie revolutionary. “What do we want?” “Brains!” “When do we want them?” “Brains!”
Beach Ball: $3
Find the plastic bit where you blow into the ball and cut it off. Tape or glue this piece to your hand. Wear your most provocative outfit and walk around with your mouth open.
Superman T-Shirt: $10 Red beach towel: $15 Throw on the t-shirt and
maybe some blue jeans. Wrap the towel around your neck. Go out, lift a car over your head and save the day. If anyone asks about the costume, tell them it’s laundry day and this is your spare costume.