October is almost over, which means Halloween is less than a few days away!
When you’re younger the best part about Halloween is the candy and when you’re in college the best part is dressing up and partying for Halloweekend.
But before all the fun, there’s the societal pressure to have the best Halloween costume of the year and I’m the self-proclaimed queen.
Spirit week for Homecoming during high school was by far one of the best memories from my teenage years. Every day during Homecoming week there was a different dress up theme and the best ones we had were Celebrity Day, Disney Character/Cartoon Day, and Animal Day.
Although, it was always a challenge to think of costumes that would be stand out in the crowd, my friends and I always had a lot of fun brainstorming.
During my junior year for Celebrity Day, I dressed up as Lil’ Wayne when he was at his prime. To this day, I honestly have no idea what sparked that idea in my head, but I somehow pulled it off and people still bring it up to me now 5 years later (I’m a legend).
That day I remember strutting into the cafeteria 10 minutes after lunch had already started and having literally every single pair of eyes staring at me in silence because I looked like Lil’ Wayne’s double and then proceed to ask for pictures and autographs. \
It was a weird experience, because it gave me a glimpse into the life of a famous person (maybe it’s deja vu??).
A few of my other golden costumes ideas include Madea, a “Nigga In Paris”, and Aunt Jemima and pretty much all of them were last minute ideas!
Here are my tips on how to come up with a creative and cheap Halloween costume idea that’ll make everyone at the party want to be your friend.
1. Reflect on viral things that happened in pop culture that year such as memes, short videos, and scandals
2. Ask friends if they have any clothing or accessories that you could borrow to complete your costume
For the Lil’ Wayne costume, I borrowed my neighbor’s jeans, friend’s Bob Marley wig, and my friends brother’s snapback, so the look cost me nada.
3. Think about brand mascots, popular movies or TV shows and focus on characters that are recognizable and memorable
Bringing back vintage childhood cartoon characters is always a safe place to start when brainstorming your costume. One year I was Penny Proud from the Proud Family on Disney Channel.
4. Go to thrift stores to find pieces for your costume rather than at regular stores
You’ll save a lot of money and will probably end up finding something that suits the look you’re going for better.
The dress is wore as Madea was actually from Goodwill and I’m pretty sure I spent less than $5 on it.
Thrift stores such as Value Village actually have entire sections dedicated to Halloween costumes, accessories, and decorations, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
5. Browse social media to see what idea other people have come up with to get inspired
During my freshman year of college, one of my Halloween costumes was a “Nigga In Paris” and it was such a hit. As much as I want to take credit for coming up with it, I actually saw a picture of two guys with this costume on Tumblr.
It was such a cheap Halloween costume to make as well, because I borrowed the striped shirt from my friend and made myself a beret and neck tie from an old white t-shirt.
6. D.I.Y clothing and accessories you can’t find or afford
I didn’t want my Aunt Jemima costume to make me look like a grandma, so I bought red checkered fabric from Jo-Anns and made my own costume.
Don’t be discouraged if you can’t sew because hot glue guns work great to attach the seams.
In addition, you can purchase items from thrift stores and modify them to be exactly what you need.
7. For couple costumes, brainstorm common pairings, twin characters, opposites, and brands
When you start coming up with random ideas, you’re bound to land on a solid one.
Last Halloween, my boyfriend went as Smokey the Bear and I went as fire. With more time, I could have executed the costumes better, but I made my sweatshirt by purchasing a black sweatshirt from Walmart and adding my own felt flames.
For my boyfriends look all we bought was a hat that resembled a rangers hat and a shovel.
Once you decide what you want to be, my last tip would be to include every detail of the look you want to recreate so people don’t have to guess who or what you are.
What are you going to be for Halloween? Let me know in the comments.
Follow these tips and you’re sure to come up with a costume worthy of over 1000 Instagram likes.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!