Halloween is a major date on the student calendar, but balancing your constume cost with the entertainment value can be hard. Not with our ideas!
Whether you’re the self-proclaimed king or queen of fancy dress or prefer something a little more vanilla, we’ve got a whole host of ideas that won’t break the bank. That means avoiding shelling out £50+ on this thing…
Not only that, we’ve specially picked costumes which won’t take you hours to complete and can be made with things lying around the house. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how good they are.
1. Facebook profile
Throw together a white sheet of cardboard and some creative drawing skills and you yourself can be a walking, talking internet sensation.
Bring along some pens or a Polaroid camera to make it a more interactive experience. Another adaptation of this is to simply attach a book to your head…geddit? Ok, maybe not.
It doesn’t stop there either. You could feature yourself as a Youtube video or even go retro and try a Myspace one.
Cost: White card, £1.50 & pens, £2.
2. Bag of jelly beans
Grab yourselves a clear (and clean!) bin bag and make a few holes for limbs and fill to your heart’s content with balloons.
Weave a ribbon through a few smaller holes at the top of the bag and tie loosely at the neck so it doesn’t end up at your ankles (for a few hours, at least, until the bag inevitably falls to bits).
Walking around inside a bag of balloons won’t be easy, but it’ll definitely add to the entertainment!
Cost: 20 bin bags, £2.50 – you’ll need to bring back-up in case of any tearages & 50 balloons £1.60 here just to be safe!
3. Silent movie stars
Everyone owns some clothing which fits into the white and black category, right? And with a dash of white face paint it’s exceptionally easy to look like you’ve just walked off a silent movie set.
This idea’s especially great if you aren’t a massive fan of the people you’re going to party with, as silently drinking in the corner can be declared part of the act.
Similarly, if you happen to have a stripy top, white gloves and a beret lying around – you’re the perfect mime!
Cost: White face paint, £2 and print off some witty placards to take along with you so you can stay in costume whilst addressing the important stuff like “Where can I find the vodka?”
4. Fried egg
Who’s to say what can’t be achieved with a bit of white card and a yellow washing up bowl?
Aside from reminding everyone of what they’ll be forcing down their gullet to fight the hungover a few hours later, this cosey is super easy and will go down a treat.
Bear in mind the logistics of travel in this instance – climbing into a taxi dressed as a fried egg will be…interesting.
Cost: White card, £1.50 & plastic bowl, £1 plus string to strap two sides together.
5. 404 error
Definitely one for the tech buffs amongst you – this 404 costumer error page involves minimum effort but with maximum kudos.
Upstage everyone effortlessly by donning your witty ‘I’m above all this fancy dress sh*t’ look.
Cost: White tee, £3 from Primark, fabric pens, £2.99 per pack.
Quite possibly the easiest and most effective Halloween costume in the history of the universe, and chances are you’ll have everything you need in your possession right now (unless you’re one of those student houses that never has toilet roll).
To prevent the bog roll from tearing and leaving a trail behind you everywhere you go, mix things up with some white bandages at the end as this will keep things in place.
For added effect, you can also splash some fake blood around or red food colouring will do the trick. Just be careful not to turn all your clothes red.
Also consider bounding yourself in two halves, otherwise you’ll encounter some issues when you need to pee (although you’ll never be short of bog roll for once!).
Cost: 6 toilet rolls, £2.
7. Anyone who’s anyone… but dead
Elvis, Shakespeare, Marilyn Monroe… this is particularly handy if you’ve dressed up as them before – just do it again, but the dead way. Recycle, baby!
Add some fake blood, pale white face paint and some scratches à la eyeliner and you will instantly look like you’ve put in a zillion times more effort than the guys dressed up as Hulk or the Smurfs…again.
Cost: Cheap make up, £2 & pre-owned costume, free.
8. Deceased doll
Nothing screams low-budget horror more than an eerie toy that’s seen better days (yes we know a doll can’t technically be deceased, but it’s all part of the crack, right?).
Thankfully this costume is equally as low-budget as the rest. A simple, ripped up dress will do the trick, coupled with some inventive make up. Go for massive eyes, paled cracked face and pouting lips. Sorted.
Another option is to go for a Day of the Dead doll (google is your friend here) in honour of the Mexican holiday on 1st November.
Cost: Cheap make up £2.
Become a ghoul with a difference this year by destroying an old t-shirt to make a scary face shape and layering it with a different colour top.
The same effect can work for a skeleton outfit by wearing all black and drawing bones on with chalk or using a white fabric pen.
Some white facepaint and black eyeliner around the eyes will finish this one off nicely.
Cost: 2 t-shirts, £3 each from Primark. White fabric pen (if using), £2.99.
Sheet ghosts are a staple of fancy dress: one old sheet with a couple of holes and you’re done – what’s not to love?
Working out the perfect positions for some arm holes will involve much less pulling and tugging to keep the sheet in place, so take 10 seconds to do this too.
Cost: A single white bed sheet new will cost you less than a tenner (but you can always use an old one lying around the house if you have one).
Special effort ideas
Everyone knows that one guy/girl at the party with a costume that just blows everything you ever knew out of the water. The great news is, you too can be that person.
Making something of epic proportions doesn’t have to cost you the earth, but be warned, these ideas will need a significant time investment. Totally worth it though.
11. Rubik’s cube
We’ve heard of the Rubik’s cube party, but to be honest that’s a little outdated, especially when you could actually just be a Rubik’s cube.
All you actually need is a cardboard box, coloured paper and paint and you will literally be the coolest person ever.
Helpfully, the guy who pioneered this on live television, has handily uploaded a step by step guide to achieving the look #LEGEND.
Cost: Cardboard boxes, free from supermarkets & coloured paper, £2.
12. Lego brick
Sticking with the theme of block shaped toys, because that’s what all the cool kids are wearing this season, we present you with the “Lego brick”.
All you’ll need a massive cardboard box, some paint, yoghurt pots and glue and it’s pretty self explanatory!
Cost: Cardboard boxes, free from supermarkets; paint, £1; yoghurt pots, free; glue, £2.
13. Pop art character
All you really need to make this work are face paints and hairspray, but this will take a fair amount of time to actually put together.
We can tell you now though, it will be totally worth it. Go for plain, brightly contrasting clothing for max effect, too!
Cost: Hairspray, £4; face paints, £2.
If you just can’t get enough of all this halloween-y goodness then never fear, we’ve got even more bonus tips to help save dollar and imagination.
These saving tips can be applied to any costume (which is great if you weren’t a fan of any of our amazing ideas).
- Try Primark – or even local charity shops when putting together your costume. You don’t need to shop in fancy dress shops to nail these looks! Another great option is to have a look at what’s available on swap sites, so you could even grab your costume for free.
- Use what you already have – Make as much of your costume as possible and use things lying around your house.
- Time to get inventive – this option is much more fun anyway.
- If you need to be lazy, shop smart – If you really can’t be bothered with the effort of making your own costumer, at least head to cheaper online stores rather than over-priced costume shops. Angels Fancy Dress is a good starting point and they also have deals such as 20% off throughout the year.
- Check our deals section – As always, keep an eye on our student deals section, Facebook page, and we might have a few cheeky halloween deals popping up in our weekly deals round-up newsletter.
- Seek out slightly faulty goods – Unpackaged or slightly dirty outfits and accessories can be sold at a much cheaper price, so keep an eye out in fancy dress shops!
- Who cares about a little mark here and there – it adds to the Halloween look!
- Think outside the box – What’s not a fancy dress outfit now could easily become one with a bit of creativity.
- Think inside the box – Cardboard boxes can be so many things it’s impossible to count!