Cheap chic: Halloween costumes

By Brooke Bigda
Comment Columnist

For college students, Halloween is a big deal. However nobody wants to settle and pay $35 for the sexy bumblebee costume because the one you really wanted was too expensive. By listening to these tips, you will be able to put together a trendy and unique Halloween costume without breaking the bank.
For my research, I went out to party stores and searched online to see costume collections, accessories and their prices. Most of ladies’ costumes I found were based on sex appeal instead of creativity. In my opinion, it’s not only sexist to make most women’s costumes based on negative body image, but its also unimaginative and not unique at all.
Go wild with a Where the Wild Things Are monster costume. Here, I took a black beanie and added horns made out of white construction paper I found around the house. I used another piece to make claws and taped them to the bottom of my boots. Wear with a striped sweater, black pants, and a faux fur vest.
Inspired by blogger Heidi Rew, I created my own Pinterest board costume based on my style. The great thing about this costume is that you can make it however you’d like. With a poster board I bought at The Dollar Tree for only 50 cents, I printed out pictures from my own Pinterest account to make it look similar to a real Pinterest board.
After you paste your pictures on the poster, take a piece of ribbon and tape it to two sides of the poster in order to hang it around your neck. What to wear in the back? Its completely up to you. Whether you want to dress to impress or be cute and casual, you can’t go wrong.
Look “practically perfect in every way” with this Mary Poppins costume. The basics of this costume is simple: all you need for your outfit is a white blouse, a tie in black or red, black skirt, black tights, and black booties. For the accessories, take a small black hat and grab an umbrella to complete this look.
The best part about putting these costumes together was that I found most of the pieces in my own closet. By using your everyday clothes and making them a part of your Halloween costume, you end up saving so much money. From The Dollar Tree to consignment shops, there are even more ways to save on costumes and accessories, including wigs, makeup and jewelry.
Whether you’re brainstorming with your friends about a group costume, or going solo, these tips and ideas will apply with whatever you are planning to do. With these savings, you’ll definitely have a happy Halloween.

Brooke Bigda is a Comment Columnist.

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