Costumes on the Cheap: 5 Inexpensive Items to Create Last-Minute Costumes

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Whether it’s a last-minute event or you, like me, cannot justify paying $50 for something cheaply made that provides about as much coverage as a bathing suit, putting together a costume for a Halloween bash can be a pain. You don’t want to be a wet blanket, but you really don’t have the time or money to get something you’ll probably only wear once. What’s a girl to do? Get creative, of course! With a few carefully chosen classic costume accessories, you can turn any outfit into a cute costume without breaking the bank.

Don’t believe me? Check out these five Halloween store staples!

1. Animal Ears

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Unleash you inner animal! With tons of colors , patterns, and styles, animal ears let you show off your unique personality and style for only a few bucks.


(Black Cat Ear Headband, $6.99 from Party City)

2. Wings

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Whether you prefer angel or fairy, wings bring instant fantasy and fun to the everyday and mundane. From sweet to sassy, you’ll be sure to find a pair that lets you flutter to the beat of your own drummer.


(Black Feather Wings and Halo, $19.50 from Hot Topic)

3. Masks

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What do Phantom of the Opera, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Gossip Girl have in common? They all used masks to add drama and mystery to an ordinary outfit.


  (Black Bling Feather Mask, $9.50 from Hot Topic)

4. Body Paint

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This one requires a little bit of effort, but it’s worth it if you have the time to apply the body paints. With just the sweep of a brush, you can create cool designs on any part of your body. Bonus points for using black light formulas!


(Blackheart Beauty Black Light Body Paints, $16.50 from Hot Topic)

5. Tiara

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There’s a reason we never get over our obsession with this childhood favorite. Whether you want to be be Kate Middleton or queen of the world,  every girl can rock a tiara with style.


(Gold Princess Tiara, 14.99 from Party City)

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