Halloween on a Budget
There’s a lot of scary things walking the streets on Halloween night. Witches, werewolves, flesh eating zombies… But I can tell you something even scarier. Are you ready for it? Hide your wallets! Cover your change purse! The prices of those costumes are coming for them! If you’ve ever gone into a costume store or searched online, you’ll know that most costumes prove to be unnecessarily pricey. For a costume that’s only going to be worn one night of the year, what’s the point? If I’m going to buy a costume for £50, I’m not going to take that costume off for the rest of the year. That costume is going to be my 365-day attire. “Trick or Treat, I really reek, please hose me down from my head to my feet!”
If you don’t want to spend that kind of money, and most of us would prefer not to, DIY costumes are a quick and easy solution. But where do you even start? There are so many options but they all seem expensive too! Well, there’s a way to make a DIY costume while sticking to your Halloween Budget. There’s a way to do that without even worrying about running to your local store. You have your costume at home already, you just haven’t made it yet.
Usually you’ll just need some old clothing, construction paper, scissors, glue and makeup. It can even be done last minute with these simple household items. Ketchup or beetroot juice can be used as fake blood, flour can be used to whiten the hair or face, and eyeliner can be used to make large, black stitches across the body. Sausages can be used as intestines, spaghetti boiled in beetroot juice can be used as worms and a combination of jelly and olives can be used as eyeballs in a jar. Tell people to close their eyes and feel inside!
Papier mâché – which is an easy concoction of flour, water, and newspaper – can be used to make a mask, sword or any other accessory to the costume. Old cardboard boxes can be used for robot costumes, masks or a base for the paper mâché. If all else fails, you can stick a knife into a cereal box and boom! You’re a cereal killer this Halloween!
What are your top tips for celebrating Halloween on a budget? Let us know in the comments below!