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5 Last-minute Halloween Costumes You Don’t Have to Buy

Reuse, reduce and recycle your way to a hip Halloween costume this year! By ethicalDeal guest blogger Visnja Milidragovic. 

Avoid the dollar store! Here are some top-notch, clever, and easy-to-make costumes for Halloween. Making your own Halloween costumes by finding stuff around the house can save you quite a bit of money –  if you’re extra creative, you can even go green! Reuse, reduce and recycle your way to a hip Halloween costume this year!

All you need to make these costumes are items that you are very likely to find in your house.


You can be a paper doll!

You will need: poster board and felt markers, and scissors.

  1. Lie down on the poster board and have a friend trace your body with a pencil.
  2. Use the trace lines to draw a simple clothing design – a dress, pants and a shirt.
  3. Draw “tabs” (as in the photo above) on both left and right sides of each piece of clothing. Make sure that the tabs are as wide as your limbs.
  4. Colour in the paper clothes and then cut out the pieces.
  5. Feel free to make accessories – like a purse – with the left-over poster board.
  6. A great way to wear these (otherwise-unwearable) paper clothes is to put on a belt and then tape the clothes to the belt. If you want to “wear” a purse, tape it to your watch.


You can be an ancient Greek!

You will need: 1 flat bedsheet and a few sheets of paper towel.

  1. Make a head wreath a. Tear off paper towel (roll out enough sheets so the length can go around your head) b. Twist the paper towel and tape down. c. Place it around your head and tape it together to form a wreath. Feel free to decorate, as you wish.
  2. You’re smart – you don’t need instructions on how to wrap a sheet around yourself.
  3. Ta-da!


Vous pouvez être un chef de cuisine!

You will need: An apron and a piece of blank white paper. (Since we all have a kitchen, this one should be easy.)

  1. Just grab an apron, and carry around the obvious: a spatula, a whisk, and a rolling pin.
  2. Then make your chef’s hat by rolling the piece of paper so that it fits around your head; tape it together. (Tip: if it doesn’t fit, tape together 2 pieces of paper to lengthen the paper.) You can also watch this video to see how to make a chef’s hat.


You can be Rosie the Riveter

You will need: a red bandana and a dark blouse. Seriously easy!



You can be … creative and lazy!

You will need: 1 light-coloured T-shirt you can write on and a permanent marker.



About the author:

Visnja Milidragovic is a passionate communicator specializing in new media and writing for the web. When not exploring (and living!) the tension between virtual and face-to-face interaction, she can be can be found inventing and sharing new ways to feel good both on the inside and out. She also blogspins, and tweets.


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