Top 3 inexpensive Halloween costumes


Miranda Cantrell/Iowa State Daily

Cassidy Glynn, freshman in apparel, merchandising and design, pairs every day black garments with cat ears and face paint for an inexpensive Halloween costume.

Erica Coulter

Dressing up for Halloween doesn’t have to be expensive when Pinterest and blogs on do-it-yourself projects provide inspiration on affordable college-friendly costumes. Here are three that pair everyday garments with inexpensive Halloween accessories.

1. Piñata: Grab a Bodycon dress of any color and wrap colorful streamers around the dress to create a pinata appearance. Use an inexpensive party hat, brightly colored heels and a plastic bat to complete the costume. Leave hair and makeup simple so it doesn’t take away from the colorful costume.

2. Cat: Whether it’s a black dress with matching heels or black top with leather leggings and knee-high boots, create this costume with an all-black, body-hugging outfit. Add cat ears and an attachable black tail from a local costume store, and then draw whiskers and a nose using face paint or black eyeliner.  

3. Nerd: Combine a mini khaki, denim or plaid skirt and a plain white button-up shirt with a pair of oversized glasses, knee-high socks and ankle booties or oxfords. Separate your hair into high pig tails with scrunchies and keep makeup natural for this look. Carry around your largest textbook as an added accessory.

4. The Powerpuff Girls: Join two friends and dress up as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup with each member of the group wearing a corresponding pink, blue or green dress, and adding a black belt. Dress up your hair to mimic the cartoons’ signature doos, like a large, red hair bow for Blossom or pigtails for Bubbles.