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Day 265: How frugal should you be for Halloween?


- benniesfifties.blogspot.com

Halloween is spooooooky. And AWESOME!

There are two ways to approach Halloween: buying a costume, or inventing a costume from stuff that you have. Buying a costume is easier, while inventing a costume is more fun.

I think it's always a lot more impressive to see what someone's come up with, than to see someone who is wearing something cool they bought. Also, I think there's something where putting something together from your own clothes makes it look like you're trying less hard than someone who bought a costume from a box.

I don't know. The thing is, I really like costumes. Last year, I put together a fairly impressive Joan-from-Mad-Men costume (including dying my hair bright red, wearing a tight red dress, and spending about 45 minutes doing 60s makeup). Now, the thing is, I really want to go as a lady from Original Star Trek this year.

- trekpics.wordpress.com

Like this but with pale skin and red hair. But equivalent amount of FEROCITY!

I'm good for the hair (beehive, obvs) and makeup (same as last year + more sparkles!) but I need a red dress. And the thing is, I can VERY EASILY find an Original Star Trek dress online for fairly cheapish. But those dresses would probably be not really well made, and I couldn't really wear them anywhere else other than Halloween or a Star Trek conference. So the answer is really to find some sort of red minidress that I can stick a fake Star Trek badge on for one night, and which I can keep for later.

But a red minidress would cost probably more than a Star Trek costume. And somehow, purchasing a ready-made costume seems like cheating (I've never actually bought a ready-made costume, I don't think, ever). But purchasing a red minidress costs more.

For instance, this dress costs $42 from American Apparel.
Actually, you can make nearly any costume from American Apparel's assortment of colourful separates.

I could always just be frugal like my Frugal Companion, who has worn a white lab coat as Halloween costume every year for the last... ever? Always? He only has to occasionally buy a replacement lab coat - but that's just like every 10 years or so. And they're pretty affordable.

Or, I could do a frugal costume of dressing up like someone who already looks like me - Liz Lemon, perhaps? Ooh, or I could get a blond wig and wear a maxi dress and go as LAUREN CONRAD -- OOOH! OR! I can get a long BROWN HAIR WIG and a classy dress and go as KATE MIDDLETON!

Or put a toilet seat on your head and go as Princess Eugenie!
Actually, this is a fantastic idea, and my hair is the right colour. Hmm...
Have you guys planned your Halloween costumes yet?

3 comments:

~Carla~ said...

In case you're waiting on my vote, I vote for the toilet seat hat costume all the way!! I'm dying to see what you come up with!! ;)

Anonymous said...

Best place for costumes hands down is Value Village. I have saved bits and pieces through the years (having 2 kids helps...) and can do a witch, scarecrow, etc. just by digging around in a box. Also, I am very frugal by being old and boring and never going out to Halloween parties anymore; I just dress up if I'm working.
cyndi

Niki said...

I vote Star Trek all the way. Super Ferocity!

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