Do it yourself on Halloween 2019: Eight of the best (or worst) DIY costumes

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Halloween is a great time of the year; big music events, spooky cocktail concoctions and the city night life looking like something out of a budget horror movie. Everyone wants to get involved, but not all students have the money to splash out on the costume of the year.  

If you want to avoid paying extra for club entry with the ‘no costume, pay more’ rule or just want to look the best at your pumpkin-filled house party then look no further, Radar has you covered with some easy and original DIY Halloween Costumes ideas: 

 

50 Shades of Grey: Don’t worry, this one is a lot easier and more PG than it initially sounds. Get yourself a grey t-shirt and head to your nearest paint or DIY shop. All you need now is a couple handfuls of grey paint color strips and some glue, sellotape or safety pins. Stick these on to your t-shirt and there you have it, fifty shades of grey! 

 

The Tethered (from the film ‘Us’): This unisex costume involves only three things; an all red outfit, a weapon and some make-up. Just make sure your weapon, whether that be some scissors or a baseball bat for example, are not the real deal. You don’t want to be sent packing before that first VK. 

 

Pablo Escobar: This one requires a trip to your local charity shop or your mum and dad’s loft. All you really need is a curly black wig, a moustache and a vintage shirt. A fake cigar wouldn’t go amiss either. 

 

The Bread Winner: For one night only, be the real bread winner of the household. This one is great for having a mid-Halloween party snack. All you need is a loaf of bread and a few gold medals to hang around your neck. Silly, yet effective. And you’ll even get a nightclub-midnight-feast out of it if you get peckish too. 

 

Holy Guacamole: Every shop at Halloween is guaranteed to have a pair of angel wings lurking on their shelves. Grab one of these and twin it with an avocado emblazoned t-shirt and… Voalà! You are holy guacamole! But who has an avocado t-shirt? I hear you ask. Well, more than you might think! Plus, they’re very cheap online and pretty easy to draw/paint on too! 

 

The last-minute ‘Halloween aisle not really a costume, costume’: Let’s be honest, anything counts really. Providing that it’s something you wouldn’t normally wear it out and about, then it’s a Halloween costume. That’s why ASOS and other similar clothing sites are selling anything from glow in the dark ‘Halloween’ t-shirt dresses, to ‘BOO’ tiaras and skeleton rib cage hoodies. Devil horns, angel wings, face paint, cat ears, ghost sheets and witch hats. These can be very cheap and easy and even avoid having to carry a loaf of bread or toy weapon around with you all night. 

 

Recycled T-shirt “costume” costume: You can always get a few laughs or groans (depending on your crowd of pals) with this simple DIY idea...Take a plain t-shirt and write in big bold letters the word....“costume” and there you have it! Pair that with a pair of your favourite comfy jeans (the tattered the better) and you have all your basis covered: a costume with low effort and low cost.  

 

Last year’s costume: Fast fashion is quickly becoming the scourge of modern times as social media fills our brains with the thought that ‘new’ is necessary. Well, it’s not! Re-use last year’s costume or pimp up some older clothes in your wardrobe. Trust me, no one will remember what you wore 365 days ago. 

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