Come Halloween, the NRF predicts that consumers will spend approximately $330 million on pet costumes!
Because the US is facing a weak economy crisis and a stunt in job growth, there are speculations made on how this year will not experience a similar splurge on Halloween gear and supplies, like 2012. Should that dampen your spirits when millions are still going to celebrate this holiday with abandon? It shouldn't! There are ways on how to cut costs this Halloween by making a costume from scratch or at the tailor's, especially if you're going to wear it just this once. While the thrill of ripping open a package that holds a ready-made costume is definitely exciting, if you don't mind spending on it, then by all means don't hold yourself back.
For those of you who need to be budget-smart, you can restrain your urge to spend by choosing a costume that can be put together by yourself. We have a couple of good costume suggestions that can either be put together yourself, or bought from a store. The choice is yours.
Our Top Halloween Costume Picks
Show up this Halloween as the badass, demure, and firm-bodied Lara Croft. This costume is easy to put together; all you need is a faux leather sports bra, pair of hot pants (black or dark brown), and fake gun. For a tougher look, pair the costume with accessories like chunky metallic jewelry and fingerless gloves. Smokey-eye makeup and bold red lips, will complete your look.
Sultry, smart, and clearly naughty, James Bond is the epitome of not just flawless style, but unsurpassed class. Embody his smashing good looks by buying a classic tuxedo or well-fitted black suit, both of which can be easily worn again. Don't forget to buy yourself a real-looking gun to finish off this polished look; slick your hair back using a stronghold gel.
One look at this costume and you know that it's Hollywood's departed sweetheart, Marilyn Monroe. Her curvy body, flawless skin, and full lips, are the envy of thousands of women, where her classic Hollywood features are easy to mimic, if you know how to. All you need is a white backless dress, bright lipstick, and a platinum blond wig. Use a black pencil eyeliner to add a mole to your lower left cheek.
The King of Rock and Roll has stood the test of time as a costume idea, proving that you can't mess with the classics. A pomade-doused black wig, white jumpsuit, glittery stick-on embellishments, and a retro pair of sunglasses, are all you need to make this look work for you. Don't forget to put on the fake southern drawl and finish off your look with a pair of white buck shoes.
While many historians believe that she wasn't the prettiest ruler to have walked the earth, others don't quite agree. She's been portrayed as a beautiful pharaoh through film, art, and even Halloween costume wearers. All you have to do, is pair a shimmery floor-length gown with gold accessories and a dramatic headdress; use gold foil paper to make the armbands. A prominent winged-eyeliner look paired with nude lips, add the perfect finish.
Honest Abe; the most imitated President for a costume idea, where even Barack Obama doesn't stand a chance. His towering hat, frock coat, vest, and shin-high boots, are the perfect pairings to complete this reverent costume. If you're tall like Abe was, you'll look the part right down to a T. Don't forget to sport a fake beard to top off your costume.
With these costume ideas, you'll be sporting a look like no other by staying true to the classics. Explore your costume options and go with something that doesn't leave a dent on your wallet. Shop wisely!