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As trendy as it might be to wear popular costumes this year, we college students are still on a budget.
In a way, Halloween is a lot like prom. No one wants to spend a ton of money on something they are probably only going to wear once, but they still want to look the best. Some people may come up with a costume right away, but for the rest of us, here are a few ideas to get that creative process flowing.
1. Look through your closet. You never know what you might find. Just looking through my own closet I found leg warmers, which could be the start of a perfect 80s workout look. I also found a giant tulle skirt that could be the basis for an easy princess or fairy costume. Even a basic plaid shirt is always a great go-to for a cowboy or cowgirl.
2. Places like the Dollar Store are going to be your best friend. They have tons of supplies for perfecting that DIY costume: everything from masking tape to poster board to glitter and cheap makeup. They also might have some costume basics like princess crowns and other accessories to finish off your look.
3.Cardboard, paper and plastic is always easy to get a hold of for costumes. You could be a knight, an iPhone or even a low-tech Iron Man, depending on how much cardboard you get and how creative you can be. The more you find, the more your possibilities widen.
4. If all else fails, do a little web searching. If you are really stuck, there are hundreds of costume ideas with how-to’s that can be put together quickly (because let’s be honest, we all know you will be waiting until the last minute). Many of them can also be done for a minimal amount of money.
It’s always good to know what costumes are popular this year, but don’t go broke trying to put something together. Remember, a white sheet with holes always works too.

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