One of the most anticipated parties of all time is the Halloween. People spend time, effort, and of course a significant amount of money just to show their unique costumes.
Some are even buying costumes from other countries to make sure they are unique. Some go to a couturier to have a customized costume that no one can mimic.
While these are all okay, the practical people oppose this type of behavior. Spending too much for a dress that will only be used once is not a wise decision, at least to me. There are actually plenty of ways to come up with unique Halloween costumes without spending that much.
This year we have ordered personalized Halloween costumes at a very affordable cost. They have some cute Halloween themed baby onesies and dresses as well.
10 Low-cost Halloween costume ideas
- Plain White Clothes with Artificial Blood. This can be an old white dress, big white linen, or your old white house curtain. Just sprinkle artificial blood and roll it on the dust to make a dirty look. Then wear it with tangled hair and black eye shadow. This will make you look like Sadako of the movie The Ring or like the White Lady Ghost of the Philippines.
- Paper Mask Cut-Outs Before the Halloween, there are small entrepreneurs that make Halloween masks out of hard bound paper. This is more economical than buying the rubberized or plastic masks. Just match it with old clothes and tangled colored hair.
- Printed Photos of Monsters from the Internet You can also choose not to buy the masks. What you can do is search from the internet the scariest image that you see. Edit it like the size of your face, print, and cut it out. Again, partner it with old, smelly clothes and colored tangled hair.
- Old Clothes that smell like in the closet for so long Do you have clothes which you aren’t using for long? Do you keep clothes of your great grandmother? This is a good idea for a Halloween costume. The smell of the old closet creates a creepy feeling. You can just wear it as it is.
- Combination of Used Halloween Costumes from Previous Years Recycling is fun. You can pick your previous years’ Halloween costumes. Mix and match them until you create another monster look out from those old costumes.
- Tangled Hair, Black Eye shadow, Red Lipstick Nothing beats the look of tangled hair, creepy looking make-up, and red, bloody lipstick. You can put white powder to your face and put make up of dark shades. Match it with gray colored hair if you like. Your make-up must make you look like someone who just risen from the grave.
- Torn Clothes Go get your old clothes and tear them apart. Put it on and gear up for the party. Another idea is to get old school uniform or office uniform. Set-it up as if you’re a ghost who died while wearing that clothes.
- Rolled Tissue Paper as Mummy Costume This is quite difficult but unique. Roll up tissue paper around your body and then set it up like a mummy. Go to the party like that; you’ll surely wow the crowd.
- Black Linen, Black Carton, and Old Broom Be the witch of the night by getting old black linen and form it like a witches’ gown. Cut the black carton and form it like the witches’ hat. Get an old broom and enter into the crowd riding it. Don’t forget to annoy them with the voice of a witch.
- A necklace made of Smelly Flowers for the Dead Go to a mass grave and pick some flowers. Nothing is as creepy as smelling flowers for the dead. Make a necklace, bracelet, anklet, ring, and earrings and wear it to the party. This is the simplest yet a real creepy touch.
They key here is early preparation. If you are someone who is likely to cram and prepare a night before the party, then you are most likely to spend a significant amount. Meanwhile, if you prepare early, you will have time to search in your old things and closets. You may end up not spending a penny at all. Should there be a need to buy, buying together with other party attendees will give you a big discount since you will be buying in bulk. Exchanging ideas and things with friend will also give you financial breather.
There is also nothing wrong if you feel buying a real costume for the party. However, it is not practical to buy as if you’re buying something ordinary. Again, the key is early preparation. Since you are anticipating this Halloween party year by year, take time to save as early as January. This will avoid slashing a significant amount to your budget. Buying the costume out of season will also give you huge savings. Why not buy your next year’s Halloween costume right after the Halloween of this year? End of season sales are usually opened for public. This is to dispose the overstocks of the stores. You can get as high as 70% discount for these costumes.
What other suggestion can you share here?
These are all interesting ideas!
Sean @ One Smart Dollar says
I have never been much of a halloween person, but the simple ideas are the route I go. I am not going to spend much money on a costume. I check out the thrift store for ideas. One year my wife and I went as the blues brothers. I wore a black suit and found the hat at the Goodwill.
Christian L. says
It’s never tough to be a zombie either. As you suggest, any old apparel with strategically placed blood and a little makeup goes a long way.
That and acting like a zombie. Just stay up all night and then head to a Halloween party.
-Christian L. @ Smart Military Money
Veronica @ Pelican on Money says
#4, #7 + some dirt all over and a bit of makeup = walking dead
Oh i am definitely in preparation for my Halloween costumes this weekend. You inspired me with this.
JM @ Party Stop says
While the smell of old closet add to the spirit, you might want to make sure it’s not a smell of mothballs. 😀 But these all are great ideas. Definitely plan ahead and keep a look out for promos and store discounts. Cheers!
We enjoy assembling costumes from stuff we find at Value Village and thrift stores. My *worst* Halloween costume was an outfit I bought over eBay for $20. I thought I was getting a great deal. After crossing the border, I had to pay nearly $30 in duties and fees to get it! :S
A simple idea is to take a cardboard box and paint it yellow with big red letters along the side that simply says, “BUTTER” – you’re a stick of butter. Costume done.
Trenér In-line Bruslení says
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