Kaitlin Dodd | Staff Writer
Halloween is just around the corner, and the time to find a costume is quickly disappearing. Whether you don’t have the money to spend on an overpriced costume at the store or simply can’t come up with an idea you deem perfect for the holiday, hopefully these do-it-yourself ideas will help you out! These costumes are all super fun and easy to make. You can create all of them from items you probably already have or find them cheap at other stores!
This fall staple is adorable and can be made with items from your closet! For the basic scarecrow, you will need a flannel shirt, a pair of jeans or overalls, boots and a straw hat. If you’re okay with damaging your clothes, try adding patches to the shirt and pants by sewing or hot gluing them. To finish off the look with makeup, use red or orange lipstick or facepaint to add circles to your cheeks and a triangle on your nose. Use black eyeliner to draw lines that extend from the corners of your mouth to halfway across your cheeks, then add perpendicular stitch-like dashes for a cute smile. Lastly, outline the triangle on your nose and add stitches to the border of that as well.
There’s a lot of different ways you can create this groovy look, but for the basic costume, you will need a tie dye t-shirt and a pair of jeans, preferably flare or boot cut. You could also swap out the tie-dye shirt for a boho top or a dress. Accessorize with peace sign jewelry, round glasses or sunglasses and a head wrap or flower crown. If you have longer hair, make sure to wear it down and part it in the middle.
This punny costume requires only a few materials, and is super easy to make. You will need a white t-shirt, yellow felt and devil horns. Start by cutting a circle out of the felt, then attach it to the shirt by either using a hot glue gun or sewing it. You can find the devil horns at the Halloween store or Walmart, or you can try making your own. If you opt for the second option, then grab a plastic headband and some red pipe cleaners. Form the pipe cleaners into a horn shape, then attach them to the headband by wrapping the ends around it.
Let’s get physical! The ‘80s were all about bold styles and neon colors, so keep this in mind when picking out your outfit. For ladies, try wearing colored leggings with a leotard. If you want, you can also add an off-the-shoulder top. Guys should wear athletic shorts (not basketball shorts) with a tank top. Accessorize both with sweatbands, leg warmers or tall socks and athletic shoes.
This classic character is the simplest to make! All you basically need is a red and white striped shirt, a pair of blue jeans, a red beanie and a pair of glasses. To really nail the look, try finding some thick-rimmed black framed glasses. You can get them at a party store, or even snag a 3D pair from the movie theater and punch out the lenses.