Budget DIY Halloween costumes


Undeclared freshman Travis Slaughter dressed in Lumberjack attire for Halloween. The costume is easy to put together and consists of items that are likely to be in your closet already. Photo by Dallas Linger | The Appalachian

The Appalachian

Halloween is just around the corner, and we all know that planning your costume can become stressful and expensive. As college students, time and money are never bountiful. The dilemma of running low on cash and not being able to buy that perfect costume can be a huge disappointment. But have no fear, here is a list of do-it-yourself Halloween costumes made from items you already have in your closet:

1. Audrey Hepburn:
Audrey Hepburn is an old Hollywood classic, and everyone should recognize who you are. For this look, all you need is a little black dress, a couple strands of pearls, and big black sunglasses. Tie it all together with the “Audrey Updo,” and you’re ready for breakfast at Tiffany’s.

2. Rosie the Riveter:
For this iconic figure in American history, all you need is a denim or chambray button-down shirt and a pair of jeans. Toss your hair in a ponytail and use a red bandana as a headband. Throw on some red lipstick and black mascara and be ready to flex those biceps.

3. Lumberjack:
Considering we live in Boone, I’m sure everyone has a couple flannel shirts hanging in the back of their closets. Pair your favorite flannel with jeans, extra points if you have overalls, and an old beanie. Not only is this a fun costume, but you’ll be warm and comfortable the whole night.

4. Cat or any animal:
This is always a fun and simple last minute Halloween costume. All you have to do is dress in all black or brown with a fur vest or jacket. Then pair the outfit with a pair of cheap cat ears and a tail. Wal-Mart has several different animal ears for fairly cheap. Use black paint or liquid eye-liner to paint on a nose and whiskers, and you’re good to go.

Story: Allison Cook, Contributor