Halloween on a College Student’s Budget

by HeidiFaith0 on October 26, 2010

Can you believe Halloween is right around the corner? With midterms week and the cold weather finally starting to kick in, I know that the holiday definitely crept up on me. On such short notice, you may be lacking the funds necessary to pull off the Halloween extravaganza you pulled last year, but fear not! I’ve got some money and time-saving tips to make this year’s celebration become one of your best college memories.


You can’t do Halloween without dressing up, obviously, but if you’ve been to one of the seasonal costume stores at the mall yet, you’ve probably noticed how expensive pre-made costumes can get. Not to mention, by buying a pre-made costume at the store, you automatically know your costume is not unique. What if you show up to your Halloween party and you’re one of 7 different people who decided to be Snooki? Consider a few of these fun and creative ideas:

Generational Costumes: Choose your favorite decade (50′s, 60′s, 70′s, etc…) and use old clothes you haven’t worn in years to complete your outfit.

  • Use preppy blouses and polos for the retro 50′s feel,
  • Tie dye and peace sign items for the 1960′s hippie look
  • Sunglasses and bell-bottom pants to look like a 70′s disco master
  • Leggings with wide-necked sweatshirts to get the feel of the 80′s

What’s great about generational outfits is that most of us have these items lying around so this is basically a cost-free costume. Even if 5 people at your party decide to be hippies, your costume will be made up using your own closet, therefore making it completely unique.

Inanimate objects: Some of the best and most creative costumes I’ve seen are completely unconventional and sometimes a little odd. For example, one of the best costumes I saw was when someone decided to dress up as a calculator. They simply bought two pieces of large posterboard, drew calculator buttons on the front, and tied it around their neck with some string. These costumes tend to require some time and effort, but won’t cost you more than $10 at CVS.

Pop culture icons: In today’s world, there are so many unique icons that literally throw on ANYTHING to make an outfit.

  • Anything sparkly, unconventional, and a little “out there” could be considered the perfect Lady Gaga costume.
  • Throw some white power or facepaint on and suddenly you’ve become someone right out of the “Twilight” movies.
  • Cover your face in bronzer or tan face paint and you’ll look like you just came back from the Jersey Shore.
  • Wrap a heavy belt around you ankle, and suddenly you’re Lindsay Lohan with her S.C.R.A.M. bracelet.

Simply browse through a few pages of Perez Hilton for ideas- the possibilities are endless.


Maybe you’re big into partying, maybe you’re not. Regardless, here are some fun ideas for Halloween that may be even more fun than the traditional food, drink, and apple bobbing.

Haunted Houses: This may sound a little cliche’, but ridiculously fake haunted mansions never fail to scare people out of their minds. Whether it’s the creepy clowns that roam the parking lot to  get visitors fired up or the dark rooms filled with fake blood and gore- you will have the time of your life. To find the haunted house closest to you, check out MA Haunted House’s official website.

The Bridgewater Triangle: The Bridgewater Triangle is a 200 sq. mile area that includes parts of the towns of Taunton, Easton, Raynham, Bridgewater and Lakeville- just to name a few. It’s often called the most concentrated area of paranormal activity in the state of Massachusetts. Centered around a swamp rumored to be cursed by a native american tribe a long time ago, taking a walk through on Halloween night could definitely be really fun.

Salem, MA: If you remember from my Day Trip ideas post, Salem, MA is the place to be during the Halloween season. The old Salem Witch Trials seem to have had the opposite effect that the Puritans wanted. It has literally become a Mecca for witches (not the cliche Disney villan “witch,” but people who actually practice the art of witchcraft) all over New England. Aside from that, there’s great restaurants and live entertainment- you might just learn something new as well!

Try something new this Halloween and get your friends involved! You can have parties for the rest of your life, but take advantage of these new ideas to mix things up a bit!

What was the best Halloween costume you ever had? Ever been to any “haunted” places? Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments for other fun, alternative things to do this weekend!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34501740 Katia Hagerman

    As a costumer and makeup artist there are many other students who love to help put together costumes! It looks great for our resumes! I ALWAYS recommend stopping by Sal Val’s and showing your student ID and they give 10-20% off. Plus Wednesdays is the half off day! For makeup tips contact me through facebook- always willing to help!!

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