10 Cheap Halloween Costumes for Students

Halloween is a holiday where people dress up in costumes to celebrate. If you don't want to spend too much on a costume, here are ten cheap Halloween costume ideas, from a professor to a nudist on strike to a zombie.


Ten Costumes to Amuse Your Friends

Halloween's right around the corner - have you picked out a costume? Some of the best costumes you see in stores are just too expensive, but you can still find a unique and eye-catching outfit for cheap. It might surprise you to find out where. Here are ten unique, cheap and easy costumes that are bound to turn heads.

A Professor

Every school has one or two quirky professors whom most students are familiar with. Imitating them for Halloween is bound to make a splash with your college friends. Study what kind of clothes they wear and how they do their hair, then acquire any accessories they may be known for. Try Goodwill for some of the clothes, or maybe you can even ask to borrow some of your professor's wardrobe! After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Your Best Friend

If that professor's particular wardrobe is a little too expensive, try imitating your best friend instead. Ask to borrow something from their closet and brush up on their mannerisms. Be careful not to step over the line in your portrayal, though; insensitively acting as another race, gender, religion, etc. could get you in a whole lot of trouble.

Student Stereotype

We've all heard of the college stereotypes: the jock, the prep, the nerd or the goth. It's pretty easy to imitate one of these stereotypes just by borrowing clothes from your friends. For a jock, get ahold of someone's school-themed sports gear. For a nerd, get some big glasses and some high-riding pants. Just check with your friends to see what they can help you out with, but again, watch out for too much insensitivity - it's important to not cross the line from funny to insulting.

Greek or Roman

Toga parties have become a staple of colleges over the years, but that bedsheet can be used for Halloween as well. This is particularly funny if your sheets are patterned or brightly colored. Check online for toga techniques and accent your costume with either a plastic sword or a wreath of leaves around your head. You can also go as a frat party-goer just by tying a tie around your head.

Naked Barbie

Believe it or not, this is not a very obscene costume. After all, Barbie wasn't anatomically correct! Get a skin-colored leotard and some similar biker shorts. Then, just draw a thin black line with a marker around your joints to imitate the seams on a Barbie doll. Guys can do this too - naked Ken doll, anyone?

Bunch of Grapes

All you need for this costume is a bunch of purple clothing, tape and purple balloons. Partially blow up the balloons and attach them all over yourself with the tape. For an added touch, buy a green hat and attach some fake leaves and green ribbon to the top to simulate grape vines.


This is probably the easiest costume you can make. All you need is clothing all of the same color, an old lampshade and a pair of scissors. Cut eye-holes in the front of the lampshade, put it on your head and ta-da: you're a lamp! For an added effect, buy a small LED light and place it inside the lampshade so you can turn on and off.


The zombie craze is in full swing, so why not go along with it? All you need is some black, red, white and green makeup and some clothes you're not afraid to stain with fake blood. Check online for different zombie makeup techniques and don't be afraid to get creative. You can also add the zombie look to any other costume you might want to wear, even inanimate objects.

Nudist on Strike

Yet again, this costume is not as obscene as it might sound. Just wear your normal everyday clothes and a sign around your neck that says you're a nudist on strike. If you'd rather wait for people to ask you what you're supposed to be, you can just put the 'on strike' part on your sign.

Something from Cardboard

Never underestimate the power of cardboard. You can be a robot, a Tetris piece, a Lego block or numerous other cube-like objects. You can even use the cardboard from beer cases or packaging to make interesting or creative clothes. Seriously, with a little paint, cardboard and tape the possibilities are endless.

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