Halloween Costumes in your Closet

By Chloe Kenyon

Halloween is quickly approaching but sadly, loan day is not. However, there are ways of participating without slipping into your overdraft.

Here’s a list of outfit ideas that shouldn’t cost you a penny; throwing a Halloween costume together using things you already have in your wardrobe or house.

Black Cat

Things you will need:

  • A black dress or a black top paired with a black skirt, shorts or trousers.
  • Black eyeliner.

The outfit we all criticize but secretly always have as our back up in case our wildly creative and elaborate first choice fails – let’s face it, it usually does. I’ll admit, I’ll be spending this Friday evening dressed as a poor imitation of a feline.

Ideally, you might have a pair of cat ears or a mask lying around from past Halloweens, but if not, makeup will do the trick. Make your all black outfit come to life by simply drawing your cat features onto your own face using a black/brown eyeliner or other makeup pencil. Add a nose, some whiskers and some winged eyeliner for a cat eye look and voila!


Things you will need:

  • Old clothes – torn up beyond recognition.
  • Makeup.

Just don’t choose to tear up your favourite pair of jeans to create this outfit.

Take some old clothes, a pair of scissors and get tearing. You can use pale foundation or powder to give your face that deathly white appearance and the eye shadow to create harsh lines around your eyes and beneath your cheekbones; making your face gaunt – just like a zombie. Add some red around the eyes to give them a bloodshot look.


Things you will need:

  • Bandages or toilet roll.

Enough said. Wrap your entire body in bandages or toilet roll for the easiest costume known to mankind.

Wednesday Addams

Things you will need:

  • An all black outfit; dress, a top with a skirt and tights – whatever you like.
  • A white collared shirt or dress/top with a collar already attached.
  • Two hair bands.
  • Makeup.

This one reminds me of an outfit someone might wear to a failed interview (a little less black, naturally. Wouldn’t want to scare the poor people. Unless it’s Halloween of course) – but the makeup and plaits will help. I promise. Admittedly, I’ve donned this costume before myself.

If you don’t have a black dress or top with a white collar already attached, slip a white collared shirt underneath your all black outfit. Plait your hair at each side, paint your face white with makeup and you’re done! You can also use bronzer or eye shadow to create dark circles around your eyes and to place underneath your cheekbones and around your temples to give your face a gaunt appearance.

Alternatively, you could easily create the look of Morticia Addams by pairing a black maxi dress with a pale face, a smoky eye and red lips.

“The Grudge Girl” or “The Ring Girl”

Things you will need:

  • Lots of hair.

The key is in the hair.

If your hair is a long enough length, this costume is perfect for you. I’d suggest finding an old maxi dress, preferably white or grey, and dirtying it up a little; tear it, discolour it etc. Then all you need to do is give yourself a pale face, some dark circles around your eyes and flip your hair all over your face.

Your friends won’t be able to recognise you, but at least you’ll be able to freak out a good number of people during your night out.

Another tip is to use red eye shadow around your eyes to give them a bloodshot appearance.


Things you will need:

  • Black and white striped anything! – The more the better!
  • Makeup.

To avoid people thinking you’ve come to the party as some sort of zebra, pair your striped outfit with a pale face and circles of purple eye shadow around your eyes. Crazy hair will also help.


Things you will need:

  • Denim overalls.
  • A striped or coloured shirt.

Throw back to the days you thought dressing like a toddler was trendy and pull out the shame that is your denim overalls.

Put them over a coloured or striped shirt and the outfit is pretty much complete. You could also use some makeup to create fake scars or blood on your skin.

It’s probably a good idea not to include Chucky’s weapons in this one. Leave the cutlery at home.


Things you will need:

  • A black blazer or jacket.
  • A white collared shirt.
  • A bowtie (preferably red).
  • Makeup.

You might find yourself feeling like somewhat of a hipster in this outfit, but makeup will transform you from a mainstream avoider and into a famous horror character.

Using makeup, give yourself a pale face, dark circles around your eyes, red lips and red spirals on your cheeks.

If you need help with this, just hop onto the internet – we all know how to Google.


I hope my sarcasm didn’t hinder your search for an affordable costume too much and the suggestions have inspired you to save your pennies this weekend.

I hope you all have a fantastic Halloween and if you see my sorry excuse for a cat costume wandering the streets of Preston, don’t pity me too much.

Happy Halloween!

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