Putting together an epic Halloween costume can be easier than you think. Keep reading for tips on assembling the perfect costume for absolutely free!
This Halloween, you don’t have to limit yourself to whatever is left on the racks or spending too much money online, only to discover that the manufacturer’s description of clothing sizes is insanely inaccurate for typical humans.
Now, you might be asking yourself, “What other options are there?”
The answer is simple: Closet Cosplay
We would like to introduce you to a cost effective and original costume style known as closet cosplay. Many of you may already be familiar with the term cosplay—dressing up as a character from a book, movie or even from a video game. Some of you might envision the over-the-top replicas adorned by attendees of Comic Con, but don’t get overwhelmed just yet! This version has a simplified twist: Every piece of the costume comes from something you already have in your closet.
These costumes are usually easier to put together (and you’ll be more likely to already own most of the pieces) if you choose a character who is a person, or at least is anthropomorphic.
Here are some genres to help you come up with the perfect idea:
- Pretty much any Disney character
- Video game characters (Mario, Link, Lara Croft)
- Throwback to your favorite childhood cartoon (The Fairly Oddparents, Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer)
- Classic manga or anime (Naruto, The Legend of Korra, Pokémon)
- Heroes or villains (Han Solo, Harley Quinn, Star-Lord)
- Popular primetime television characters (Agent Peggy Carter, Peter Griffin, Doctor Who)
Here are some additional visual examples to help get your creative juices flowing:
Jake from State Farm
A red polo, a pair of khakis and a headset make this a simple and recognizable costume. You can even add a name badge!
A black dress, white collared shirt and braids help pull off this gothic chic costume. Hum the theme song including the finger snapping to add a more spooky effect!
A red beanie, glasses and white and red striped top will help you disappear into the crowd and have people searching for you all night!
Rosie the Riveter
A denim top and red bandana are all you need for this empowering look from the ’40s!