No money? No Time? No Problem: Make your own costume

By Tiffny Harris



Kelly Louis as Cruella Deville, DIY. Photo by Tiffny Harris


Halloween isn’t a holiday favored only by children, adults get just as excited for a guaranteed sugar overload and the promise of an amazing costume. A lot of these Halloween-loving adults will go above and beyond when decorating the front of their home or buying elaborate costumes. This can cost a pretty penny. Costumes can range anywhere from $20 to $1,000. Now if you’re anything like most college students, when you read a $1,000 you cringed a little, but sadly it’s true. If you’re thinking: How can I spend so much on a costume? The truth is you don’t. There are plenty of other ways to look spooky or dress up as your favorite character with little to no money!

One idea is to recycle! Yes, plenty of Americans wear the same costume from the year before. Granted, they might make slight alterations to them. For example, they might add a cape or a mask, or if they’ve outgrown it they might give it to a friend or family member. Slight changes to your costume can make it seem brand new again. There is no need to buy a new costume every year if your old one is in perfect condition.

Buying a used costume from a thrift store, may seem “gross” to the inexperienced thriftier, but you would be surprised at how many people get their costume from the thrift shops. If hygiene is a concern, it takes just a few minutes to throw your new find in a washing machine. By buying simple items such as a simple black dress and a red vampire cape, you have ultimately created your own costume right out of the thrift store. And on average, it won’t cost more than $12! Now that’s a steal. This is especially helpful if you have to buy multiple costumes, such as if you have children, and you don’t want to spend loads of money. Now if you want to get all fancy you could throw in some cool contacts to give yourself a fresh look, but overall this is a pretty inexpensive way to dress up for Halloween.

In addition to the ways listed above, you could also use things around your house to create a spooky look for Halloween. Some examples are: taking an old bed sheet and cutting holes where the eyes and mouth should be, and being a ghost for Halloween, or taking old school uniforms and adding some glasses to dress up as a nerd for Halloween. You don’t have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to dress up and have fun for Halloween. Why waste money on an elaborate costume or decorations that you’re going to end up throwing away anyway.

The best thrift stores around New Orleans for costume making:

1. Goodwill: Address: 3400 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone:(504) 456-2622
2. Bloomin’ Deals: Address: 4645 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone:(504) 891-1289
3. No Fleas Market: Address: 4228 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone:(504) 324-4727
4. Buffalo Exchange: 3312 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone:(504) 891-7443

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