Halloweekend is on the horizon, a night when college students can indulge themselves in a night of debauchery, courtesy of the nearest handle.
In a college town, Halloweekend can be the highlight of first semester, but it’s hard to find a suitable costume without breaking the bank. Here are a few costume ideas you can throw together with a few bucks and the garb already in your closet.
Girls: Wrap your body in tinfoil and call yourself leftovers — food, that is. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can become a Hershey’s Kiss with a pointy foil hat and a paper-made label. At Walmart, one roll of tinfoil can be bought for $1.49. To avoid the abrasiveness of tin foil against your skin, throw on a skinny black dress and wrap that instead. Strut your look in heels and you’ll be shining the entire night.
Guys: This one is especially easy and perfect for guys who aren’t particularly enthused about dressing up this year. The Barney Stinson look, from “How I Met Your Mother,” is completed with a light blue button up and a slim tie, and coupled with a suit, you’ll be mistaken for the suave womanizer who we all know and love.
Girls: If you’re feeling extra feminist on Halloween, Rosie the Riveter is an easy outfit to throw together by using your own wardrobe. Throw on a chambray and roll up the sleeves, tie your hair up in a red bandana and become the cultural icon of the night. Red lipstick required.
Guys: Turn yourself into America’s most famous fictitious chemist this weekend. The Heisenberg look can be completed with a pair of old glasses and black fedora, which can be found at the Goodwill or the local Halloween thrift shops lining Fourth Ave. Pull out a striped button up from your closet and throw on a brown or black jacket, and you’ll have the DEA after you faster than you can break bad.
Girls: Let’s be honest here — all you really need for this costume is a foam finger and pigtail buns. If you’re not looking to invest in a nude leotard because you’ll only wear it for one or two nights, dress in typical Miley clothes, which includes nearly anything that shows skin, from crop tees, sports bras, leggings, and black boots. If you really want to complete the character, stick your tongue out and wink your eye. You could even lug a sledgehammer along.
Guys: Although you won’t look nearly as aged, become seductive gigolo Hugh Hefner for the evening. Hefner typically flaunts a red robe, but you can get away with any colored bathrobe. Pick up a sailor hat at a Halloween shop for five bucks and grab the nearest slutty bunny – you’ll be head of the mansion in no time.