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Hauntingly simple costumes

Inexpensive costumes ideas for last minute Halloween plans

By Juana Jones
On October 31, 2018

It’s the day before Halloween, and that costume ordered months ago has still not arrived, was damaged, or did not fit? 

What is a person supposed to do now? Fortunately, with a little creativity and a few dollars spent, there is an endless array of fun and creative costume possibilities. 

A person could use what they already have and make a costume, or they could buy a few small things and create a costume from them.    

In Cedar Rapids, there are multiple thrift stores. Starting back in September these stores started putting out Halloween costume props and spooky decorations. 

While these stores mainly market to young kids, with a little makeup and those old jeans that just cannot be thrown away a person who is young at heart can transform into a zombie or just about anything else, they want to be.     

If spending money is not a person’s thing there are always other options. Dress in black and be emo, or wear that 60s rock band t-shirt and a bandana to become a rocker. The point is using what is already available is a window to tremendous opportunities.  

  Rather it is a few dollars or used clothes there is an endless possibility of different costumes that can be made. 

Some of the best cosplay and Halloween costumes seen were made last minute and end up winning at events and parties.

Inexpensive costume ideas modeled by Communiqué editors. Photos By Jeff Sigmund.

Waiter Supplies

1. tie

2. white collared shirt

3. black dress pants

4. tray

5. bowl

6. skull

7. fake eyeballs

Optional Items

1. fake blood 

2. candy

Pirate Supplies

1. vest

2. hat

3. hook

4. sword

5. eye patch

6. nose ring kit

Optional Items

1. fake teeth

Vampire Hunter Supplies

1. full length jacket

2. wooden stake

Optional Items

1. glow in the dark water balloons

Witch Supplies

1. hat

2. cape

3. broom

Optional Items

1. wand

Jedi Supplies

1. hooded cape

2. necklace

3. water blaster

Optional Items

1. light saber

Musician Supplies

1. tie

2. dress shirt

3. dress pants

4. dress shoes

5. suit coat

6. instrument


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