Boo! It’s time for the spookiness of Halloween again.
In college, we all know that Halloween week is filled with festivities and there’s often more than one opportunity to dress in costume. But, instead of spending your hard earned cash on outfits that you’d only wear once, here are a few great costume ideas that you can make right in your dorm or apartment, using what items you already have.
First item up? A box.
Look around campus for some boxes and then use them as the basis for your costume. Here’s a helpful hint: you can often find large cardboard ones in the school bookstore, mail room or post office. A simple box can easily be transformed into so many different costumes, most of which will make people stop in their tracks because of their size and shape. You might just have a little trouble walking in doorways.
What you can be:
Words with Friends
By now, most college students are addicted to the Scrabble-esque game Words with Friends. Simply print out the large letters W-O-R-D-S, and paste each letter onto the back and front of a box. Get a group of friends together, one for each letter and bam, you’re all set.
Cut out a picture window in the side of your box (top half of the front side). Allow enough room for the costume wearer to peek his or her head out from the front of the box comfortably. Cover your box with fun patterned paper, but be sure not to cover up the window you’ve made in the box; wrapping paper works extremely well, as does tin foil or newspaper if you want a different look. Attach a “kissing booth” sign to the lower half of the front side. If you want to get fancy, add curtains to your kissing booth window to signify when you’re in business. For those curtains, cloth place mats work surprisingly well and can be easily attached.
Life Size Barbie or Ken
On the front side, create a picture window, leaving about two to three inches of space between the window and the edge of the cardboard. Cover your window with cellophane or saran wrap, cover and decorate the remainder of your box like a Mattel Barbie box. Be sure to dress up as glamorous as Barbie or Ken before you slip into the packaging since you’re the doll!
God’s Gift to Women or Men
Dress as a giant gift. Wear a wrapped box that looks like a present and decorate yourself with bow and ribbons. Add an over sized gift tag with the “To” and “From” fields filled out.
With cardboard boxes, the costume opportunities are endless. To name a few, here are some other fun ideas: LEGO pieces, Pokemon Cards, iPod, Rubix Cube, popcorn box, robot and dice.
Second item up? Colored T-shirts.
What you can be:
Be a Team
If you’re going out on Halloween with a large group, team related costumes are often a great idea. For example, nineties game show “Legends of the Hidden Temple” contestants, Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man and Angry Birds characters are sure to be crowd pleasing. All you need is a colored t-shirt and a little creativity. Fun additions and accessories to these costumes include armbands, sweatbands, helmets and even shoelaces with corresponding colors.
Skittles or M&M’s
For any candy related costume, have friends dress in each color as the individual pieces of candy. Have one person dress up as the entire bag or box of candy by filling up small balloons in the colors of your candy and putting them in a clear storage bag. Next poke two holes for the wearers legs and have them step into the balloon filled costume; tie the top ends over the person like a pair of overalls. Decorate the over-sized bag of candy with the logo and brand name of your treats.
And as for the last item? Play on Words (OK, that’s not really an item).
The play on words costumes are perhaps the easiest and the most fun. They also make great last minute costumes if you’re in a bind and only have a few hours to come up with something to wear.
What you can be:
Buy a bag of candy Smarties and simply attach them to your pants.
Create an over-sized “U” shaped magnet to wear around your neck. Attach photos or notes with random phone numbers on it.
Serial (Cereal) Killer
Simply attach empty boxes of cereal to your clothing and carry around a fake weapon (preferably a butcher knife).
Pigs in a Blanket
Have a bunch of friends dress up in all pink and as pigs. Have everyone walk around together wrapped in an large blanket or sheet.
See? With only a few items, you can create great Halloween costumes at little-to-no cost. Boxes, t-shirts and play on words costumes are only a few of the many options you can refer to when deciding what to be. If you have any other creative and low cost costume ideas feel free to share them below in the comments section and make sure to have a spook-tacular Halloween!
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