If you’re like me and tend to find yourself on October 30 looking at the ravaged costume aisle of Walmart, where the only options left are pair of Transformers pajamas and a Ladybug/prostitute outfit, here’s some ideas:
1. Got to get tough: GI Joe.
Everyone loves GI Joe; those who don’t are either Communists and/or aliens. Prove your humanity and patriotism by going as Destro! All you need to do is shave your head then take a little bit of silver paint to your noggin. Viola! For only a couple bucks you are now an iconic 90’s cartoon villain. (Or someone will assume you screwed up your Blueman group costume) Skip the red fur collar and go with a suit for a more modern approach to world’s greatest arms dealer.
2. Where no costume has gone before.
Star Trek costumes aren’t uncommon, but usually people are Kirk, Spock, or some nameless redshirt. Set yourself apart by being an alien from the planet Cheron. You know, one of those black and white guys from the episode “Let That Be Your Last Battle Ground”? Just a little bit of face paint (no head shaving required) and you are good to go. Not everyone will get who you are, but the people who matter will!
3. Evil you.
Let’s face it, everyone has an evil twin and the only thing that separates you from them is facial hair. More specifically a black goatee and mustache. A quick smudge of washable marker and you’ve gone from Good to Evil ! On top of that you now have an excuse for acting out as much as you want!
Face paint not your thing? No problem. Grab a pair of cargo pants, a brown long sleeve shirt, and a pair of gloves (All for less than $5 at your local salvation army!) and instantly you become Dexter Morgan. Bonus points because you’re not only a TV character, but a BOOK character too; classy.
Double Bonus: Leering creepily can be considered part of your costume!!
5. Snake? Snake!? Snaaaaaaake!
For many of us, parties just aren’t our thing. We would rather be home playing video games and throwing candy fastball style at preteens. This costume is not only cheap, easy, but it also lets you go to parties without that whole “interacting” thing. Go as Solid Snake by finding a nice sized cardboard box, placing it over you, then finding a discrete corner to hangout in. The less people notice you the more successful your costume is! On top of that you can bring your mobile gaming platform of choice and spend your evening doing something you really enjoy!
6. Charlie Brown Style.
Let’s face it; you just can’t beat a classic. The costume section may be empty but linens are just a few sticky floored isles away! A white flat sheet, a pair of scissors, and about 45 seconds equals costume gold. I used this costume once in college and everyone thought it was the best/funniest thing they had ever seen… It may have had something to do with the eye holes being horrible lopsided, but whatever, we all laughed and it only cost me $7. For extra cost savings borrow your roommate’s sheet and return it after the party!