Cheap and easy Halloween costume how-to


Ashley Newman | Staff Writer

Halloween can be a blessing and a curse; on one hand, it’s super fun to dress up and join in the festivities. On the other hand, the most terrifying part of it isn’t the ghosts, ghouls and haunted mansions, but rather having no idea what to dress up as. Fear not; if you still haven’t found a costume, here are some simple costume ideas that are easy to make and won’t break the bank.


What you need: Jeans, a flannel shirt, black eyeliner, pink lipstick or costume makeup
How to do it: Use the eyeliner to draw lines on your cheeks extending your mouth, a triangle on your nose and some fake eyelashes under your eye. Use the lipstick or costume makeup to give yourself some rosy cheeks.


What you need: White lab coat, a nice button-up shirt, black dress pants, stethoscope
How to do it: Before trying to buy the lab coat and stethoscope, try asking a science major. They probably have at least the lab coat lying around.

‘70s Hippie

What you need: Bellbottom jeans, a plain shirt, a fringe/tassel vest, small circle sunglasses
How to do it: These items are often easy finds.

Men in Black

What you need: Black suit, white button-up, black tie, black sunglasses.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey Hepburn

What you need: Plain black dress, long black gloves, pearl necklaces, big black sunglasses, red lipstick
How to do it: Pair the outfit with a simple hair bun to complete the look


What you need: Black and white striped shirt, black pants, white gloves, black beret, black and white face paint, red lipstick.
How to do it: Pair everything together and add some red lipstick

Clark Kent

What you need: Superman T-shirt, white button-up, black pants, big glasses
How to do it: Leave the top few buttons open on the button-up shirt so the Superman symbol can be seen

‘50s Greaser

What you need: Plain white T-shirt, jeans, black sunglasses, black leather jacket
How to do it: Put in hair gel to slick your hair back, or pull it back in a tight ponytail

Rosie the Riveter

What you need: Jeans, a denim shirt, red bandana
How to do it: Tuck the denim shirt into the jeans and wrap the red bandana around your head like a headband.

Happy costume-hunting and Happy Halloween!