How to Craft the Perfect Halloween Costume — The Heights

It’s that most exciting but dreaded time of the year again – Halloween.

For most college students, Halloween means either being fully prepared with three different costumes or stuck with an overheated laptop and too many costume websites. If you still have no idea what to dress up as, here are some of my tips to help you make the process of making the perfect costume for Halloween weekend less stressful.

Use social media for inspiration

What’s better than scrolling through social media for costume ideas? If you’re tired of putting on cat ears and calling it a day, social media can be a great place to look for costume inspiration. I recommend scrolling through TikTok, which can give you a sense of what’s and isn’t trending this year. With so many users sharing their new costumes on the app, you’ll be enlightened with endless costume ideas that you might never have thought of.

Set a budget

It’s always tempting to shell out big bucks for the perfect premade Halloween costume, but if you want to stay on budget there are so many different ways to do it. It might just take a little more effort.

My first advice is to look for what you already have in your closet and instead invest in props that are essential to your costume. For example, if you plan on being the Joker, you could pull out green and purple clothes you already own and just buy green hair gel to complete the look.

If your costume has many parts, my tip is to buy different parts of your costume separately online from cheap stores like Amazon or Target who have a wide variety of props to help you make your costume.

Another fun way to craft the perfect Halloween costume on a budget is to go frugal at places like Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange. That way you can invest in pieces that you can continue to wear after Halloween.

Make group costumes

Planning your Halloween costume with other people has its perks – it’s more organized, more creative, and it’s a lot easier to get costume pieces when you divide and conquer. Group costumes give you more ideas inspired by movies, TV shows and characters that you couldn’t do on your own.

Don’t wait until the last minute

Halloween is the only time of year that you can dress up however you want. It sounds like a hassle to plan ahead, but don’t expect to craft the perfect costume at the very last minute. Buying and making your costume weeks in advance can help you avoid conflicts with delivery or mismatched items. Just let your creativity run wild and you’re guaranteed to have a great time this Halloween.

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