Halloween Costume Ideas on a Budget

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Game Show Host and Pretty Assistant. This is a perfect costume for couples. Go to your nearest thrift store and find the cheesiest, late ‘70s/early ‘80s polyester, double knit suit ensemble for men, and an ‘80s deranged-bridesmaid dress for women. Purchase a children’s play microphone (Target has some for super- cheap prices). Buy the cheapest hair spray you can find (All Net is good) and tease your hair like you’re are from the Jersey shore. Get a piece of cardboard, cut out a star about 8 inches in diameter and glue on gold glitter. Write the word “Grand Prize” in silver. To keep you smiling for the entire night, use this beauty pageant trick:  put Vaseline on the gums underneath your upper lip.
Total cost: $20.00-$70.00 for both costumes, depending on whether or not your show is picked up for another season.

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  1. MYS says

    HEY DRESS UP LIKE CARRIE, WITH AN OLD FASHIONED PROM DRESS AND BLOOD. OR DO THE RING GIRL WITH LONG HAIR AND A WHITE DRESS. SCAREY AND CHEAP.
    I LOVE THE PINK GIRLS TOO! GET A GROUP OF GIRLS FIND JACKETS. AND IRON ON LETTTERS.

  2. mimi says

    hey well i wanna know where to find easy ways to make a beuty pageant costume at home without paying alot! my budget is 10 dollars

  3. the_kcar says

    7 deadly sins:

    Lust: Tshirt cropped and tied as microtank, no bra, “L U S T” emblazoned on it, hair undone, micromini skirt,lipstick smeared “like that”, high heels. Expensively cheap.

    Sloth was already described. Keep with tshirt idea.

    Vanity: mannequin-like apparel. Use button up shirt and emblazon “Vanity” in script on breast pocket of shirt, rather than tshirt. Or emblazon it across shoulders.

    Wrath: Tshirt, “Wrath”. Jeans. Lots of bruises. Cast on fist. Brass knuckles.

    Avarice: tons of bling. Suitjacket and tux apparel. “My Name Is” tag with “Avarice” on it. Highly visible cell phone, etc.

    Gluttony: fat suit, Tshirt, “Gluttony”. Baby oil over all surfaces of skin.

    Envy: find a pop culture icon, and *be* that pop culture icon, incorporate “Envy” into the shirt.

    Done. Crew of seven are ready for the floor.

  4. LC says

    I dressed up as a mime last year. Striped t-shirt, blank pants, black beret, face paint. The easiest part was to put the outfit together, the hardist was to be mute for the day.

    Total cost: -$10 to $10, depending on how good your miming act is.

  5. says

    Halloween is the best holiday for the frugal creative types. So much fun coming up with a costume when you can’t afford a pre-made one.

  6. MB says

    My friends and I were unique pageant queens one year:

    Miss Spell (scepter with a lot of misspelled words on it: kute, peece, luv, etc.)
    Miss Direction (scepter with arrows pointing all different directions)
    Miss Fortune (Magic 8 Ball, tarot cards)

    There are a number of possibilities! We all wore old bridesmaids dresses.

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