Halloween is the highlight of the fall for many students, but struggling to secure a unique and comfortable costume can be a stressful and expensive undertaking without proper planning.
Most pre-packaged costumes are costly, ranging between $40 and $100 for an outfit that will likely only be worn once. Not only are store-bought costumes expensive, but partygoers face the reality they will more than likely encounter others wearing the same costume.
Taking a more creative and simple route can help save Bobcats a few dollars and keep them from wearing scratchy polyester pieces. At Wally’s Party Factory, accessories range from basic witch’s brooms to hot pink tights speckled with silkscreened mustaches.
“You really can grab something out of your closet and add something like a hat or a pitchfork,” said Cynthia Stewart, party specialist at Wally’s Party Factory.
The assortment of props at Wally’s is reasonably priced. There are sets that can transform a little black dress into a cute cat. The same dress can be turned into a fancy witch by adding a green mask and witch hat. The options at Wally’s are versatile, leaving students free to celebrate the holiday all weekend long with different costumes.
For craftier Bobcats, a homemade Medusa costume is just a few braids away. Martha Stewart recommends weaving rubber snakes through an intricate updo while leaving makeup and dress options simple to allow the hair to stand out.
Pinterest, home of all things DIY, has a never-ending selection of homemade costume ideas. One of the most frequently pinned selections features a loofah outfit. Pastel-colored tulle pieces can be tied together to make a round, fluffy shape around an old dress or oversized shirt. Attach a piece of ribbon or rope to complete the loofah look.
Halloween lands on a class day this year, so Bobcats may find themselves pressed for a comfortable costume in a hurry.
“Hippies are easy to do with a long skirt and headband,” said Jasmyn Price, psychology senior.
A simple, versatile outfit can easily be put together in a matter of hours. Students can shop around at vintage stores and resale shops for the perfect psychedelic ensemble.
“People do tutus for fairies or ballerinas,” Price said, adding that a pair of ballet flats or some glitter will complete the look.
For men, Nick Harral, fashion merchandising senior, suggests masquerading in a foreign-inspired ensemble.
“(A good costume idea is a) Frenchman that wears a black and white striped shirt and a mustache,” Harral said. “Adding a pair of black or white slacks tops off the look, as well as a beret set at a jaunty angle.”
With homemade and do-it-yourself ensembles rising in popularity each year, costume possibilities are endless and hassle-free, leaving Texas State students time for the most important part of Halloween—the parties.