Homemade Halloween costumes!

13 10 2009

Halloween is just around the corner and those cliche pre-packaged costumes are overdone and overpriced.

This year, save money and be creative by making your own costume.


LADIES – Try being a slutty costume parody. Make fun of those overdone “sexy fireman” or half-naked bumble bee costumes by being something ridiculous like sexy Ab Lincoln.

COUPLES – “College Grad” and “Debt” go together like peanut butter and jelly! Just slap some labels on for a quick and clever couple’s costume.


  • “White Trash” – Wear white and jump in a trash bag. Simple!
  • “Freudian Slip” – wear a slip and write “FREUD” on it with magic marker
  • “Mr. Smartie Pants” – Wear a plain white t-shirt and single color pants. Write “MR.” on the shirt and glue or staple Smarties candies all over the pants.



To prepare: Go people-watching in Carrboro and play Hipster Bingo.

The how-to: Simply mix-or-match any of the following items:

  • Ray-bans or cheap 80’s sunglasses (Yes, you keep wearing them at night)
  • short shorts
  • skinny jeans
  • colored mid-length socks
  • Keds
  • Beard
  • Black cardigan
  • PBR can
  • v-neck white tee
  • road bike
  • concert wristbands (loads of ’em)
  • trucker hat
  • bed hair

Go the extra mile and memorize some of these hipster pick-up lines. Who knows, a chick with straight-across bangs might just fall for it!


Items needed: Cardboard box, paint, black electrical tape, patience

The how-to: Cut the top and bottom out of the box. Section off squares with the electric tape on each side of the box. Paint each side one color or mix it up. Put the box over your head and make shoulder straps with the electric tape. Voila, Rubik’s Cube!


Items needed: White t-shirt, jeans, marker, low intellectual capacity

The how-to: write “Pop Whore” on t-shirt.


Items needed: Yellow opague tights, stuffing of choice, cardboard, headband, hot glue, elastic, pipe cleaners, crafty mentality


Pretty darn cute!

The how-to: Cut one leg off of the yellow tights. Stuff the leg. Coil it and hot glue to secure. Glue the entire coil to a piece of cardboard to allow the “snail shell” to sit upright. Painting detail onto the coil is optional. Glue or tie on the elastic and wear like a backpack. Put the pipecleaners on a headband and arrange to look like the “feelers.” Go with a friend and use the other leg too!


Duct Tape Halloween! Tons of ideas using duct tape, which almost every college student owns. I like the gum-on-the-shoe idea.

Another way to Costumes meant for small childrensave money is to check out the kids costume section. They are often much cheaper than the adult costumes and can usually be modified to fit. The fact that they are ill-fitting also adds humor. (The costumes with built in muscles are always pretty funny too!)

Here are 46 pages more of homemade costume ideas. Get creative with household items or mimic characteristic celebrities for cheap. The possibilities are endless!

Be sure to give feedback with your costume ideas or send me pictures and I will post them!



3 responses

13 10 2009
Peggy Pearson

Great ideas! So clever! But the pickup lines on the link were LAME! And you can do better than resorting to cheap shots about Hannah Montana. 🙂

14 10 2009

“Babe”braham Lincoln

2 11 2009

Dear Friends, Happy Happy halowen!!

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