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Out-of-the-box costume ideas

With Halloween creeping around the corner, those who are left with no costume ideas shouldn’t give up hope so easily.

There are many clever and easy to make Halloween costume ideas that can be put together in one day.

These costumes can be made without spending a dime in most cases—a bonus for cash-strapped students. All the materials required can be found at home or at a local thrift store.

The Weal picked out four costumes that are sure to please any trick-or-treater or party goer at this year’s festivities.

 

A self portrait costume can be easily made by emptying out a picture frame and holding it around your face. (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino)

A self portrait costume can be easily made by emptying out a picture frame and holding it around your face. (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino)

Self Portrait

Materials: Picture frame (without the picture or glass cover)
A self-portrait costume can be created by carrying around an empty picture frame and holding it over your face. Carrying the frame may be tedious throughout the night, but the costume only requires one item to complete it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Static cling can be made using socks and a dryer sheet. Tape the clothing and sheet in random patterns over a t-shirt and pants. (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino)

Static cling can be made using socks and a dryer sheet. Tape the clothing and sheet in random patterns over a t-shirt and pants. (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino)

Static Cling

Materials: Various articles of clothing, tape, dryer sheet, black shirt, black pants

Wear all black clothing and tape on other clothing – preferably smaller and colourful items like socks – and a dryer sheet to go as a common problem for everyone that does laundry.

An identity thief costume can be made by pasting name tags with random names on black pants and t-shirts. Name tags can be substituted with squares of paper. (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino)

An identity thief costume can be made by pasting name tags with random names on black pants and t-shirts. Name tags can be substituted with squares of paper. (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identity Theft

Materials: Name tags, black marker, black shirt, black pants
Paste name tags with different names on them over shirt and pants, and voila, a person will be transformed into a walking and talking identity thief.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quarterback costume can be made by taping quarters in random places on the back of a shirt. If there aren't enough quarters, nickels can be used instead to make a Nickelback costume. (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino)

A quarterback costume can be made by taping quarters in random places on the back of a shirt. If there aren’t enough quarters, nickels can be used instead to make a Nickelback costume. (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino)

Quarterback

Materials: Quarters, a plain coloured shirt, tape
Tape quarters onto the back of a shirt and become a quarterback, without having to do the months of training that goes into actually being a quarterback.

If a person is short on quarters, they can substitute the quarters for nickels and become the Canadian band Nickelback.

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