12 Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes on a Shoestring Budget

Here’s a Halloween costume post I wrote for My Colleges and Careers.

Even if you aren’t going trick or treating this Halloween you can still dress up to celebrate! One of the best holidays of the year, Halloween really lets you flex your creative muscles as you assume someone else’s identity for an evening. Here are 12 quick and easy Halloween costumes, ideal for college students on a shoestring budget.

Marty McFly. Who doesn’t love a little Back to the Future? Chances you’ll already own most of what this costume requires: collared shirt, jean jacket, puffy vest (preferably red), blue jeans, white sneakers, watch, headphones. Bonus: video camera and skateboard. (We’ve seen some great female Marty McFlys as well!)

The Birds victim. In honor of Hitchcock’s classic film, The Birds, dress up in a 50s style outfit, and tape fake black birds to your costume, as though they are attacking you, and apply fake blood as desired.

Steve Jobs. Pay homage to the man who brought us Apple and don a black turtleneck, blue jeans, sneakers, and your favorite apple product. Kudos to this guy who integrated his newborn baby into his costume as an iPod.

Amy Winehouse. This is a super easy costume, especially if you already have black hair. Draw on exaggerated wingtip eyeliner, apply a beauty mark with your eyeliner, and then style your hair in a beehive. Tattoos are a bonus.

Forrest Gump. Get your hands on a plaid suit and carry around a box of chocolates. Or even easier, put on a T-shirt, shorts, running shoes, baseball hat and a long wig and fake beard.

Doctor. If you work in the medical field, this is a no-brainer. That’s definitely not a pre-requisite for Halloween! You’ll need some scrubs, a white lab coat — you can borrow some for a friend. Don’t forget the pager! If the party is lame, it will give you an excuse to leave.

Justin Bieber. Do as Ryan Seacrest did last year and dress up as teen heartthrob Justin Bieber. All you need is long bangs and a hoodie or hat.

Rock, Paper, Scissors. For a fun group costume, create cardboard cutouts of paper and scissors and tape it to your clothes. For rock, fill a garbage bag with balloons and cut holes for legs.

Roll of Toilet Paper. Go as the one product we can’t live without! Using a couple hula hoops, posterboard, and a bedsheet, you’ll be put together in no time!

Pixelated Photo. Using makeup or face paint, draw square blocks of color on your face. For extra credit, create a bib necklace from small squares of fabric.

Old Spice Guy. All you need is a towel, a 6-pack (ideally!), a bottle of old spice body wash and a lot of swagger! Optional: a sweater tied around your shoulders for warmth.

Sushi. The ultimate in quick and easy Halloween costumes, wear white, find a pink pillow and belt or sash and tie/belt it to your back. For extra credit, use chopsticks in your hair with pink and green flowers for your ginger and wasabi. Here’s a fantastic male sushi interpretation!

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

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