Cheap and Easy Halloween Costume Ideas for Students
Halloween is almost here, witches! Hopefully your student loan wasn’t completely blown during freshers’ week, but if you’re having to celebrate Halloween on a budget, then we’ve got some great ideas for you!
A super easy costume that can be mostly created with items you already own. All you will need is to wear black, whether that’s a dress or leggings with a top, and black shoes. If you don’t already own a pair, you will need to purchase a headband with cat ears- which isn’t too difficult these days as they’re often used as an accessory throughout the year! Use black eyeliner to draw on whiskers and a small heart shaped nose, and you’ll be ready to prowl the alleys.
Creating a zombie look will allow you to save money and use it for extra pumpkin spice lattes. If you already have old clothes- perfect! If not, hit the charity shops or buy cheap items as you will soon be destroying these clothes. Make several rips in your outfit and backcomb your hair to create a ‘Walking Dead’ look. The minimum requirements would be to use dark make-up around your eyes and fake blood around your mouth. However, if you or a friend are aspiring special effects artists, then go all out with peeling skin and ripped lips.
You can also zombify any type of costume, from a football player to a bride. Ask your flatmates to all put a celebrity name/character into a hat and pull one out at random to create.
A classic. Do you have an old white sheet or a couple of quid to buy one? Cut two holes for eyes (and an optional extra two for arms) and boom, you have a costume.
Unless you are one of those groups of students who never have toilet roll and are currently on their last square of kitchen roll, then you should already possess everything you need for this Halloween costume. You know the score, cover yourself head to toe with toilet roll, or something sturdier like bandages, and cut holes for eyes and a mouth. Consider wrapping yourself up in sections to make it easier to use the toilet- at least you won’t have to worry about the club toilets being well stocked for once. It is recommended to wear white clothing underneath as it is more than likely that the toilet roll will rip or unravel. But that is your choice…
As modern films have taught us, you don’t have to look like Bram Stoker’s Dracula to pass as a vampire. If you’d like to put the effort in with a cape and shirt, then go ahead! However, any clothes that you don’t mind getting covered in blood will work just as well. The detail with this look is in the make-up. Your skin should be as white as possible, so a pale foundation or a Halloween make-up kit is required. Of course, you’ll need red lipstick for your lips (extra points for fake blood running down your chin) ask friends if they have this first, or otherwise any cheap lipstick can achieve this frightening look. It goes without saying that you will need fake teeth! Be sure to take these out before the end of the night takeaway.
You’ll be making the fire burn and the cauldron bubble with this super easy costume. Obviously, you can decide how ostentatious to make your look- whether it be similar to the long-nailed characters from Roald Dahl’s The Witches, or maybe you magic lovers would prefer to wear a standard Hogwarts student costume. To keep it simple, all you’ll need is a plain black dress, black tights and black shoes (none of this ‘splash of colour’ nonsense). To complete the outfit, you’ll need dark make-up and of course, a witch’s hat. This can be easily found online or in the costume section in supermarkets/several high street stores this month.
If you can afford to go full on Captain Jack Sparrow, equipped with a rented parrot for the day then go ahead, matey. For those who need to keep it cheap and easy while drinking rum with fellow seamen, you can create this costume yourself. Hopefully, you will already own most of these items, but a trip to the Halloween section of a shop can help you out!
You will need either a striped top or oversized white t-shirt that you’re willing to cut the ends off to create a dishevelled pirate look. On your bottom half, wear black leggings/trousers/baggy skirt, again you can cut the ends off these or just roll them up. Finish the outfit with black or brown boots if you can, but any dark shoes will do. Now for the accessories. You can go overboard (ha) and wear them all or choose a selection from the following; an eyepatch, gold costume jewellery, a pirate’s hat, a bandana, a sash, prop sword/hook and even a fake skull and crossbones tattoo (or a real one depending on how devoted you are to this costume).
For those who appreciate a good pun, there is always the classic ‘Cereal Killer’ costume. Yes, it’s been done a million times, but at least you have an excuse to eat a load of food. Your clothes should be a simple jeans and tee, but make sure you’re using an old t-shirt because it’s going to get messy. You’ll need fake blood to splatter over your clothes, several empty cereal boxes to glue to your t-shirt (we suggest the mini boxes) and plastic knives to stick through the boxes. If you need tips on how to create this outfit, click here.