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8 low-budget Halloween costumes

Chloe Williams

The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing colors and Halloween is right around the corner. It is the perfect time to pin down that perfect Halloween costume. However, for college students, this is no cheap task. Have no fear, there are ways to pull off excellent costumes even on a low budget. Here are a few creative options you can use to create a great Halloween costume. 

A ghost

This is the ultimate low-budget costume because you only need an old sheet and a pair of scissors. To turn yourself into a ghost, cut holes into the sheet for eyes and make sure the sheet covers most of your body. Now you are ready to haunt the streets on Halloween night. 

A Sim

This funny Halloween costume will turn you into a Sim from the iconic video game series, The Sims. The internet has plenty of inspiration on how to create the diamond that floats over Sims’ heads, and you can simply create one for yourself using a headband and green paper or cardboard. Alongside the headband, you can dress in whatever outfit you like. 

A meme

The opportunities are endless if you choose to dress up as a meme. You can turn to Pinterest to find inspiration for different meme outfits, whether it is from The Office, SpongeBob or even costumes based on old Vines. Because there are so many memes to choose from, you can decide how simple or in-depth you would like your costume to be. Perhaps some of the items you need are already in your closet.

A construction worker

This is another simple costume since all you need is a vest and a plastic hard hat, both of which you can get on Amazon. If you own tools or can borrow them from someone you know, you can carry them around as an accessory. 

A mummy

Like the ghost costume, you can use old sheets to turn yourself into a mummy. Cut the sheets into shreds and wrap them around your body. Toilet paper is an option as well if you do not have sheets you can use. You can also take it a step further and use red paint to make the strips look bloody. Wear solid colors underneath and your costume is complete. 

A chef

For this, all you need is an apron and a chef hat. These are items you probably already own, or at least know someone who does. Carry around a wooden spoon or spatula and you are good to go. 

A butterfly

Though this might sound like it would be an expensive costume, you can get a pair of wings and a headband for a reasonable price on Amazon. Pair these accessories with a dress or any other outfit of your choosing and some colorful makeup. 

A cowgirl/cowboy

Many Texans already own a pair of boots and a cowboy hat; if this is you, then you have the makings of a great costume. All you need is a vest, a shirt to go under it, and a simple pair of jeans. If you want, you can also get accessories like a bandana to go with it. 

Halloween costumes do not have to be expensive to be fun. Many costumes can be put together with little money spent, or even from items found in your own home. The internet has inspiration for all sorts of DIY and low-budget costumes so you do not have to miss out on the Halloween festivities.

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Chloe Williams
Chloe Williams, Managing Editor
Chloe (she/her) is a senior majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Adaptive Decision Business Models. On her off days you can find Chloe thrifting, being a self-proclaimed food critic or outside enjoying nature. This is her third year at The Paisano and she is excited to serve as Managing Editor.

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