Halloween costumes the cheap and easy way

Struggling for a costume? Try one of these DIY options for a last-minute alternative


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Transform yourself in to a sexy ghost this Halloween with just a sheet and a bra.

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

Growing up doesn’t mean you have to give up candy or costumes, it just means you have to supply these things yourself.

As a college student, you’re probably not over being a kid yet, but you may not have enough money to spend on a Halloween costume, because of other financial burdens. However, being festive during these spooky times can be inexpensive while remaining ghostly.

For those whose do it yourself skills are not up to par, there are characters you can portray in two items or less. In order to depict a mummy, all you need are several ripped strips of a white sheet and some coffee for thousands of years-old stains — please ditch the toilet paper rolls. Continue to wrap your nasty sheet strips on your body and you’ll put King Tut to shame.

This next costume may be more work than the classic mummy, but it’ll be a crowd pleaser. To be a robot, grab your bulkiest cardboard boxes, wrap them in tinfoil and proceed to place them on your limbs, torso and head. You may not be able to store items or cook food on the grill for a while, but be your true machine self.

These basic costumes may not do the job, and in this case, you can play it safe and become a fictional hero.  To look like Princess Leia, grab a large white dress or sheet, a nerf gun and complete it with two glorious cinnamon buns taped on your head.

A Thor costume requires a red cape, a black shirt and pants, six CDs to tape to your chest, a yellow plastic bag for a beautiful mane, and a hammer. Any hammer will do, but keep in mind that you’re representing Asgard. Bigger is better in this case.

DIY projects like those previously mentioned can be easily transformed into couple’s costumes. A fun one to tackle would be Adam and Eve, with an apple, fake snake, fallen leaves, tape and underwear.

For those who enjoy coming-of-age movies, attempt to become Juno and Paulie Bleeker from the movie “Juno.” You may have a majority of the items needed for these costumes, because a majority of it is regular clothes. More specifically, to be Juno you’ll need a striped orange and white shirt, a grey hoody, a skirt, jeans and a baby belly.

Paulie Bleeker requires mustard yellow sweatbands, mustard yellow running shorts, a crimson short sleeve shirt, white running shoes, white knee high socks and orange Tic-Tacs. Together, Juno and Paulie will win over party-goers hearts.

This list of DIY costumes cannot be completed without mentioning a few sexy costumes. If you’ve ever wanted to show skin, but it wasn’t enough, I have good news for you: it is possible to be naked. In order to do this, you’ll (ironically) need underwear, cardboard, paint and tape. What you’ll do is paint different shades of your skin tone on cardboard and tape it over your reserved zone(s).

If showing this much skin doesn’t appeal to you, it is always possible to find other ways to be alluring. Would you believe that you can get away with wearing a bikini without showing off your entire bod? What you need is a white sheet with eye holes and a bikini top and bottom. Boom: you are now a sexy ghost. You’re welcome.

Worst comes to worst; you can watch tutorials on how to apply makeup to transform yourself into a beautiful or grotesque looking creature. It is always possible to create a kickass Halloween costume with the help of DIY magic.

Lauren Ellenbecker is a sophomore studying communication from Anchorage, Alaska. She can be contacted at mint@dailyevergreen.com.