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Budget Halloween costumes

Budget Halloween costumes

The season of pumpkins, sweets and trick or treating is upon us yet again (it only seems like 5 minutes since last Halloween doesn’t it?!) and there’s a good chance that a lot of you are on the lookout for Halloween costumes. Whether you’re going to a party, trick or treating or dressing up for work, you want to look the part, but being the best-dressed at Halloween can get expensive.

Here are a few costume ideas from us that make maximum impact with minimal budget…

  • Emojis - everyone loves them, and costumes are cheap and cheerful. Some you could go as are Sassy girl - literally all you’d need is a pink top (and a sassy hand motion), Dancing lady – red dress (as many ruffles as possible), Dancing man – purple suit/shirt (Saturday Night Fever pose essential)
  • Alternatively you can buy masks/t-shirts/entire outfits of actual emoji’s and really expand your selection – heart eyes, crying laughing and monkey-covering-eyes would be out go-to’s. Take a look here for some ideas.
  • 50 shades of grey - this is great, and so simple - attach a load of paint colour cards to a black t-shirt et voila - see what we mean here
  • Minions - yellow top and dungarees (preferably a yellow hat/goggles too)

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  • Tetris piece - paint a cardboard box to look like those familiar old-school cubes - it's bulky but brilliant
  • Bank robber - black trousers, stripy top and a mask/swag bag which you can get for cheap online (or might even have from a previous idea)
  • Mafia - great for a group of friends - suit up, shades on and stand around looking menacing all night.
  • Cowboy/cowgirl - think denim and plaid shirts - tassels and fake horse optional (but always recommended)
  • Creepy doll/puppet - this is all about the makeup - you can find some amazing YouTube tutorials showing you how to do this. Even better - other than some white face paint, chances are you (or someone you know) will have all the makeup you need for this look
  • I conic movie starts - think of iconic movies (either scary or not) and raid the charity shops to find any bits you don't have - think on the level of Pulp Fiction, Alien and Grease, where most people are likely to recognise key characters.

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There are literally thousands of costume ideas online. If you’re feeling short of inspiration then Pinterest is a great place to start but remember – you can adapt everything so it fits your budget.

What are you dressing as for Halloween this year?

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