Halloween falls on the same day each year, but admittedly, the holiday always sneaks up on me. I find myself with nothing to wear, no time to buy a costume and no money to buy one with.
If this is you, too, don’t panic. Instead, take it as a fun opportunity to make a unique costume out of what you already have in your closet.
Girls, this does not mean you should throw on a black dress and cat ears and draw whiskers on your face with eyeliner. In the age of Pinterest, we have plenty of inspiration and guidance to get more creative than that.
One of my favorite do-it-yourself costume ideas for this Halloween, which is also gender-neutral, is recreating one of your awkward, elementary school portraits. You know, the ones with the terrible, 90’s-themed backdrops and the bad haircut?
There are only a few supplies you would need to recreate this image, such as a foam poster board for the costume’s “backdrop,” which can be purchased at Wal-Mart for under $3. Use your creative abilities to make this as tacky and dated as possible.
For example, put neon designs or fluffy, white clouds on it. In addition, use elastic string to feed through small holes in the foam board so that you can fashion it to your back like a backpack and wear it anywhere you go.
Go to Goodwill and buy the tackiest top you can find — think windbreakers, turtlenecks or geometric patterns. Girls, break out your old scrunchies and pull your hair up into the lumpiest ponytail or most skewed pigtails possible. And for guys, one word: spikes.
Similar costumes can be made with the concept of having a backdrop, like being a walking and talking Rosie the Riveter or Uncle Sam propaganda poster or recreating your favorite album or magazine cover.
If you aren’t interested in wearing a bulky costume all night, don’t fret. Another option is couple costumes, which are always a big hit. You could easily dress as your favorite fictional couple, like Pam and Jim in professional, office attire, Dr. Grey and McDreamy in scrubs, or Gatsby and Daisy in fun, 1920s attire.