5 fun (and inexpensive) Halloween costumes for college students

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Every college student knows that Halloween night is a party night, and your chances of having a fun time rise exponentially when you have a great costume. Some Halloween revelers are able to put time and energy into their costumes and really craft something amazing, while others plunk down some cash to buy an expensive latex mask or an off-the-rack costume.
But what if you’re invited to a party and you don’t have the time or money to get your hands on a fun costume? Fear not; with as little as $10 and an hour or two, you can whip together a fun and inexpensive Halloween costume that will get some laughs and recognition. Here are five examples:
1. Old School Ghost
A timeless classic, the ol’ white-sheet-with-eye-holes-cut-out ghost costume remains a good last-minute standby. There basically should be at least one sheet-ghost at every party, standing right next to the dish of candy corn and the dunking-for-apples tub. But since it's such a solid staple, why not goof it up a bit? You can wear a hat with it, or better yet, buy colored or patterned sheets to add some irony to your ghost. You’ll definitely get some laughs if you go as a Power Ranger or Bedtime Barbie sheet-ghost.
2. Tetris Pieces/Rubik’s Cube/Dice
Break out the cardboard, it's time to start building some blocks. Tetris pieces make a great group costume idea. You and your friends can all get together to build your pieces, and all it requires is some cardboard boxes, duct tape, either color paint or construction paper and glue. If you’re flying solo, a Rubik’s cube is good alternative as well. If want to go for the black-and-white minimal approach, you and a girlfriend/boyfriend can go as a couple of dice.
3. Cross Dresser
As long as you have a willing friend of the opposite sex to help you out, this costume idea will cost you almost nothing. Guys borrowing their gal friends’ clothes will have to make sure they borrow items that fit so they don’t tear through any skirts or blouses. A necessity for guys is a bra stuffed with a couple of grapefruits, lipstick, a wig and maybe a pair of high heels for bonus points. For cross-dressing ladies, faux facial hair is a must, with either store-bought fake beards or penciled-on mustaches.
4. Vampire Anything
Vampires are ridiculously easy. A set of novelty plastic fangs and a lot of fake blood is all it takes. With so many blockbuster movie variations serving as inspiration, you can go as a vampire anything: vampire nurse, vampire trucker, vampire cheerleader, vampire nerd. To mix up some fake blood, follow this simple recipe of grocery store items.
5. Misfit Ghoul/Sugar Skull
If you’ve never heard of the legendary New Jersey punk band The Misfits, you have some serious Halloween learning to do, pronto. The Misfits were known for being the punk version of Kiss, down to the costumes and black-and-white face paint. Their style of face painting resembles the Sugar Skull tradition of the Mexican holiday of The Day of the Dead. Two tubes of face paint and a stylish punk outfit is all this costume takes.
Melissa Woodson is the community manager for @WashULaw, a top-tier online LLM in U.S. law and a premier llm degree offered by Washington University in St. Louis. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and making half-baked attempts at training her dog.
Every college student knows that Halloween night is a party night, and your chances of having a fun time rise exponentially when you have a great costume. Some Halloween revelers are able to put time and energy into their costumes and really craft something amazing, while others plunk down some cash to buy an expensive latex mask or an off-the-rack costume. 

But what if you’re invited to a party and you don’t have the time or money to get your hands on a fun costume? Fear not; with as little as $10 and an hour or two, you can whip together a fun and inexpensive Halloween costume that will get some laughs and recognition. Here are five examples:

1. Old School Ghost -- A timeless classic, the ol’ white-sheet-with-eye-holes-cut-out ghost costume remains a good last-minute standby. There basically should be at least one sheet-ghost at every party, standing right next to the dish of candy corn and the dunking-for-apples tub. But since it's such a solid staple, why not goof it up a bit? You can wear a hat with it, or better yet, buy colored or patterned sheets to add some irony to your ghost. You’ll definitely get some laughs if you go as a Power Ranger or Bedtime Barbie sheet-ghost.

2. Tetris Pieces/Rubik’s Cube/Dice -- Break out the cardboard, it's time to start building some blocks. Tetris pieces make a great group costume idea. You and your friends can all get together to build your pieces, and all it requires is some cardboard boxes, duct tape, either color paint or construction paper and glue. If you’re flying solo, a Rubik’s cube is good alternative as well. If want to go for the black-and-white minimal approach, you and a girlfriend/boyfriend can go as a couple of dice.

3. Cross Dresser -- As long as you have a willing friend of the opposite sex to help you out, this costume idea will cost you almost nothing. Guys borrowing their gal friends’ clothes will have to make sure they borrow items that fit so they don’t tear through any skirts or blouses. A necessity for guys is a bra stuffed with a couple of grapefruits, lipstick, a wig and maybe a pair of high heels for bonus points. For cross-dressing ladies, faux facial hair is a must, with either store-bought fake beards or penciled-on mustaches.

4. Vampire Anything -- Vampires are ridiculously easy. A set of novelty plastic fangs and a lot of fake blood is all it takes. With so many blockbuster movie variations serving as inspiration, you can go as a vampire anything: vampire nurse, vampire trucker, vampire cheerleader, vampire nerd. To mix up some fake blood, follow this simple recipe of grocery store items.

5. Misfit Ghoul/Sugar Skull -- If you’ve never heard of the legendary New Jersey punk band The Misfits, you have some serious Halloween learning to do, pronto. The Misfits were known for being the punk version of Kiss, down to the costumes and black-and-white face paint. Their style of face painting resembles the Sugar Skull tradition of the Mexican holiday of The Day of the Dead. Two tubes of face paint and a stylish punk outfit is all this costume takes.

Melissa Woodson is the community manager for @WashULaw, a top-tier online LLM in U.S. law and a premier LLM degree offered by Washington University in St. Louis. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and making half-baked attempts at training her dog.

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