Your best Halloween Costumes will be something you put together yourself. There are many stores that sell pre-made Halloween costumes, but a lot of them are either very cheesy or very expensive. If you want to do something cool and fun without spending a lot of money, read on.
Find out where your local thrift stores are. Most American cities have a Good Will, Value Village, Purple Heart, or other store where donated goods are sold at a low price for charity. It’s also good to check out consignment shops and used clothing exchange boutiques. One chain called Buffalo Exchange often has a lot of potential goodies and treasures. Talk to your local friends and find out where all the best nearby places for treasure hunting are.
Make sure when you go thrift store shopping to have plenty of time to really look through the store. Many thrift stores are large and sometimes poorly organized. It can take a while to look around, but the finds are really worth it sometimes. You will find unique items thrift store shopping that you wouldn’t find in newer commercial markets. You can also often mix and match items from Halloween Stores with things you find at second hand shops to maximize the look of your costume while keeping the price reasonable. Getting smaller items such as makeup or single accessories like a devils pitchfork at a local retailer won’t be too expensive, but looking for the basic costume pieces can be less expensive for better items at the thrift store.
When you walk in keep an eye out for interesting things, and keep in mind that something can often be turned into something else when viewed with a creative eye.
Large linen bedsheets can easily be turned into toga’s and capes. some long strands of gold beads and some reconstructed floral wreaths could easily create fancy belts and crowns for an instant and inexpensive costume as a Roman or Greek God or Goddess. You may have some in your house or be able to find them at a bath and bedding store, but often you can find cast off linens at a low price in second hand shops.
Old velveteen blankets can also easily be turned into sharp looking cloaks for a King, Queen, Medieval Knight or Lady. They can be unadorned, or you can take ribbon, cord, sequins, feathers, and a glue gun to the edges of the blanket to make it look fancy.
Old clothing can be put together in interesting ways to create all kinds of looks. Pirates will find all kinds of flowing blouses in the ladies section for under five dollars. Sizes suitable to larger men can often be found, as well as for ladies who want to fly the Jolly Roger. Look at the handkerchiefs and scarfs to see if there s anything cool you can find for a bandanna.
Hippie Costumes are easy to do with vintage clothing, and there are many other things that are so easy to pull off it’s stunning. Punk rock musician, schoolgirl and girl scout costumes are not hard to put together. You can also do spin offs on combined ideas. A ‘zombie schoolgirl’ can easily be created using the basic components of those different ideas at once. Just take a plaid skirt, a white blouse, and then get some Halloween makeup to make bruises, cuts and wounds. Rat the hair out, and cut and mess up theclothing, and you go from prim and proper to creepy and scary looking quickly.
If you have a particular costume idea in mind, it may be helpful to look up related topics on the internet to get a mental picture of different styles you might be able to pull together.
Seeing images of what you want to be may help give you new ideas. For instance, if you wanted to be a pirate, it might be useful to look up pictures from movies with pirates and other folks who have done that kind of costume. Looking at pictures will help you think of things you can do for little touches that will really add to your costume.
Another example might be for a woman who wants to dress up as a beautiful Gypsy lady. She might automatically think to look for broom stick skirts and pretty bodice tops, and cool silver bangles and a fancy silk kerchief. Looking at pictures might make her think to pick up jewelery with bells and a scarf with gold coins hanging around the edges, which would really make the look of that costume. Creating a cool Halloween costume is all about having an eye for treasures and a creative spirit that can use little details to bring an idea to life.
Princess costumes are really easy to do with treasures from a thrift store. Usually for under twenty dollars you can find beautiful bridal gowns. Often they are well designed and decorated richly with sequins or other nice touches. You can find dresses made of beautiful fabrics like velvet, satin and silk. If you get the dress for a really low price, you won’t feel bad if you decide to play around with quick alterations to make it into what you want it to be. You can then go to a local beauty shop or check out the Halloween section of local family discount stores to find a sparkly crown or tiara.
Reinventing old cloths can work for kids Halloween costumes as well as costumes for adult men and women.
Little girls princess or fairy costumes can be created in a similar fashion. You look at the more formal pretty dresses made for Christmas and Easter, and then redesign them a bit to make them into what you want.
In the same section of formal clothing for adult women, you can often find long pretty black velvet dresses that work very well as a base for several popular Halloween costume ideas. A long slinky black dress and some accessories can make you look the part of a Halloween witch, a Vampiress, a rock star, or a famous actress.
Mens costumes are also easy to create with thrift store finds. An old ladies night gown and a wolf mask makes a great big bad wolf. Military cast offs can turn you into a soldier for a day, and an old graduation gown can make you a Victorian schoolmaster. A suit and an altered dress shirt with collar can be the start of a priest costume. Anything you want to put on, rip up, and cover with fake blood can be the start of a great zombie costume.
Accessories and props really make a costume come together.
Whatever you want to be for Halloween, try looking around your local thrift store for costuming and new ideas. Don’t forget to look through the junk jewelery and accessories for little bits that will accentuate your new look. Hats and wigs can often be found that are really cool for many things. A glam gown and a long blond wig can help a brunette woman become Marilyn Monroe, and an oversize plaid skirt can turn even a big guy into a cheerleader for a night. The possibilities are limitless. Add extra props for maximum fun. For instance, check the household decorating section for replica swords, and consider decorated canes for scepters. Think about what kinds of things your character might carry, and find ways to make or buy them cheap. Give yourself permission to have fun and play this season, for the best Halloween ever!
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