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  • Writer's pictureLexi Eimbinder

How to: Halloween on a Budget

The beginning of pumpkin spice latte season means spooky season is right around the corner. Halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year, but the fun comes at a price. Every year, you know Halloween is coming up, yet you never buy a costume until the last week. There is always a surge in prices on costume pieces right before Halloween, so you end up spending more on your costume than you're proud to share. Frich is here to remind you to plan ahead, avoid the high prices, and show you how to look cute without spending a fortune.

Reuse and Recycle:

Halloween is the time to wear the clothes sitting in the back of your closet. Old trends are back in style now. Take that raggedy T-shirt in the back of your closet, cut more holes in it to look like they were intentional, and put on black jeans and heavy eyeliner. Suddenly, you are 2000s pop princess Avril Lavigne. If you want to truly top off the look, go to your local drug store and get pink hair extensions. There are many costumes you can create within your closet. Wear all black and buy fake blood. Twilight is calling your name. Be creative, but stay simple.

Buy during the off season:

Unfortunately, being the end of September, you may have missed the off season, but this is a good thing to keep in mind for next year. After October 31st passes and the cobwebs are taken down, Halloween stores want to get rid of everything as we approach the holiday season. This is your time to get the crazy Halloween costumes you dream of. Yes, you may be thinking that you have no idea what you want to be next year, but search online for something cute and store it. Your future self will thank you for shopping at a discounted price. As long as it looks good on you, you will want to be that the next year.

Pop culture is your best friend:

Everyone loves a funny reference to the events of the year. Get a poster, string, and scissors and cut a hole the size of your body. Then, print out DMs from Adam Levine and glue it to the bottom. It is easy, yet hilarious. Any TV show or music references are sure to impress. Wear a suit and tie and pin three black circles on your body – you're Jim from the Office. Put stickers on your face – you're Olivia Rodrigo.

The best Halloween costumes are those that are simple, yet have some sort of style. Be unique and raid your closet to find an outfit to repurpose. Go on TikTok and copy the latest trend. Also, Amazon is your best friend! You can find every random article of clothing for a cheap price. However, if Amazon is your Halloween stylist, be sure to order early to ensure they have your item in stock. Halloween is an exciting time, but it does not need to excite your wallet.


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