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5 Minute DIY Costume Ideas for an Amazing Halloween


Shopping for Halloween costumes can be ridiculously stressful, especially when you get older, and being a princess for the third year in a row, just isn’t going to cut it. Halloween stores are expensive and sewing your own version takes a ton of time, patience and skill. To avoid landing yourself in a pile of glitter and tears, here are a few ways to use what you have lying around the house for an easy, fun look.

Cowgirls and Natives: Do you have a pair of Uggs or cowboy boots lying around? A plaid button-down and jean shorts? A tribal dress? Well then, you’re covered! Mix and match to give this classic American get-up a modern spin. Grab some feather and leather accessories or a cowboy hat to complete the look!

Disney Dreams: Look up some of your favourite Disney characters online and choose the one you like best. See what you have lying in your closet that resembles it. The colors are probably the most important factor in these ensembles since they’re usually the most recognizable facet of Disney’s animation. For example, a red and white polka dot dress, some black or yellow pumps, and a bow headband makes for an easy Minnie mouse costume. Add some Disneyland ears and white gloves to up the ante. Similarly, a white button-down, green scarf, and purple skirt makes an easy Esmeralda outfit. And between you and me, it’s a lot cuter than the $60 store-bought version.

Pop Princess: Do you have shiny leggings, bustiers, cotton candy-colored separates, and huge sunglasses lying around? Then you have all the tools you need to dress up as anyone from Katy Perry to the eccentric Lady Gaga.

Where’s Waldo?: A red and white striped shirt with some big glasses is all you need for this fun costume. Bonus points if you and your friends hide in various places around the city nearest you and let people “find you” in an elaborate scavenger hunt.

The Wild Bunch: Dress up as your favourite animal. Go the sexy route with a leopard print sweater and black leggings, or the cute route with elephant ears, nose and an all-grey ensemble. Just make sure you don’t have to utter those wise words, “I’m a mouse—duh!” Your costume should do the talking, so make sure to accessorize well.

Swan Lake: So simple: a white or black dress with a matching feather mask. Finish off with opaque tights, ballet flats, and a cardigan for comfort in the chilly weather.

Dorothy: Probably the easiest of your options. Blue gingham and red shoes are all you need!

A Final Word: Stock up on wings, headpieces, and accessories from superstores the day after Halloween. Things are literally dirt cheap and you can use them in a variety of ways each year.

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About Mallika Dhaliwal

Mallika Dhaliwal is a freshman at the University of Southern California who hopes to major in the scope of human knowledge since she can't seem to make her mind up about which discipline she loves the most. She knows, however, that she loves fashion, people, stories, and a variety of fine and performing arts, and wants to visit every continent before she turns 35. Mallika enjoys old movies, classic novels, dressing up, tea parties, indie music, European and art history, theater-going, and especially traveling.

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