The costumes hiding inside your closet

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If you’re anything like me, you’re not much of a planner, you lack sewing skills, and you don’thavethefundstobuy

yourself a Halloween costume. Don’t fret, there are plenty of cheap DIY Halloween costumes that you can find in your very own closet.

Last year I dressed up as white trash. I wore a black shirt with black leggings and put
a white trash bag over. I cut a hole in the bottom and I used the drawstrings as straps. I killed it, obviously.

If you’ve got khaki or jean shorts, a bright-colored loose-fitting shirt, running shoes, and sunglasses, you’re all set to be a tourist for the night. If you’re female and you don’t have a hat, put your hair in a ponytail and braid it. It’s the perfect awful touch. If you’re a dude, find a safari-esque hat to complete the look.

One of the easiest Halloween costumes to create is that of Where’s Waldo. I’m a huge fan of stripes, so I have a red and white striped shirt, that’s the key element. If you have a hipster as a friend, you can likely get your hands on a set of dark-rimmed glasses. If you’ve got a red and white beanie, then you’re set, but it’s not crucial.

You need a men’s white dress shirt. If you don’thaveone,yourfrienddoes. You’ll also need sunglasses (optional) and tube socks. Look at you! You’re all kinds of Risky Business.

I don’t know about you, but I have a plethora of tutus in my closet. If you’re in the same boat, you can create a variety of costumes. The first option is obvious, a

mesh poof bath sponge. Through on all of your tutus, find a white string, and you’re done. The second is a ballerina, of course. If you’re a Darren Aronofsky fan, go as the Black Swan. And lastly, my black tutu can double as an afro, and that opens a lot of different doors.

Another fun option is to dress as a ninja. All you need is something to tie around your head, a black jacket, and a bunch of cool kick-punch moves.

If you’re super cute and dating someone and wish to do a couple’s costume, here’s an easy idea. For him: find a yellow shirt and draw a thick zig-zag pattern all the way around. For her: a blue dress, and if you can, create a dark-hair with bangs look. Boom. You two are Charlie Brown and Lucy. You’re welcome.

Your final two options are similar
in principle, just opposite ends of the spectrum. You can wear everyday clothes and be a nudist on strike. Or, take the bold approach and go as a nudist. This requires no clothes, but a lot of self- confidence and some understanding of public indecency laws.

You can’t go wrong with any of these costumes. All are fairly clever and while I, as well as others, have already donned them, they’refreshenoughtonotbeboring.•