Halloween is a festive holiday marked by candy, trick-or-treating, parties and costumes. Though you can go all out with expensive, store-bought costumes, it's easy to make a cheap outfit at home by carefully selecting a base from your current wardrobe and adding inexpensive or home-crafted accessories to complete the look./
- Pull out your basics
Most home-made costumes can be constructed from monochromatic basics. Black leggings or jeans and a black T-shirt can be the basis of a variety of costumes. Some common clothing items lend themselves specifically to certain costumes. A red and white shirt, for instance, can be styled into a "Where's Waldo" ensemble. High socks can be used to imitate schoolgirls, athletes and colonial figures.
- Get creative with accessories
Once you have gathered your palette of clothing, obtain some accessories to pull together the look. A beret can turn a stream-lined black outfit into a beatnik or a French person costume. A flowery necklace and some streamers creates a convincing hula dancer, and a collection of dangling earrings and necklaces combined with a headband can transform almost any skirt into a fortune teller costume.
- Use makeup
Apply makeup to create classic Halloween looks. Black and white face paint or even eyeliner can be used to make you look like a zombie or a variety of animals.