9 Halloween Costumes Women Already Own

By Janine Eccleston | October 09, 2012 AAA

Many people panic when Halloween starts to come around. They want a good costume so they end up turning to stores for options. Although this may work, it can cost a lot more money than it needs to. You have many potential costumes already in your wardrobe. All you have to do to find yours is use your imagination. Here are nine costumes many women already own.

Girl from the 1980s
For this getup, all you'll need is big or frizzy hair and tight and bright clothing that you can probably get from your aunt or mother. Looking like you are from the 80s is easy for sure. Find some neon tights or bright shorts lying around your house and add a pair of leg warmers. For the top half of your costume, wear a bright tank top and comb back your hair. Remember, in the 80s, bigger was better.

Nerd
All you need is a sweater vest, a button-down shirt, a bow tie and some old-fashioned glasses for an easy way to save this Halloween.

Catwoman
All you need for this costume is a pair of black pants, a black tank top or body suit, and a pair of black leggings. After that, all you'll need to do is make a pair of fake cat ears that tape or glue to a headband. By using a pair of scissors and a needle and thread, you will be looking like Batman's femme fatale in no time. There are tutorials online that perfectly outline how to create a more frugal alternative to a store-bought Catwoman costume.

Housewife from the 1950s
"Mad Men" is all the rage these days, and Betty Draper is one of the show's most popular characters. You can dress like her for Halloween by wearing some high heels, pearls, an apron, and a knee-length dress that covers your shoulders. Just make sure you toss on some red lipstick and create some volume in your hair.

Cowgirl
First, look around for a pair of cowboy boots. Next, find some sort of denim bottoms (skirt, shorts or dark jeans) and a white tank top or plaid shirt. Finish this look with a big silver belt buckle and cowboy hat (any straw sun hat will work as well).

Holly Golightly from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Audrey Hepburn is one of the most beloved movie stars of all-time. Her iconic role in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is widely considered to be her best work as an actress.

To look like Holly Golightly, all you need is a long black dress, forearm-length black satin gloves, pearls, black heels and a pair of black sunglasses. Put your hair in a French twist and you could be as stunning as Audrey Hepburn.

Bunch of Grapes

This costume is easy as long as you have some green, purple or red balloons. Match them to a pair of tights and a t-shirt and then tape the balloons to yourself so that you look like a bunch of grapes. If you don't have a brightly colored t-shirt to match your balloons, you can always just wear black. Again, there are tutorials on the web that can show you how to perfect your bunch of grapes costume.

Princess
Take a look through your mother's old dresses. Chances are there is a former bridesmaid gown or ball gown she wore to an event. Heck, maybe you even have one. Either way, curl your hair and add a tiara. If you're looking for a cheap decor store, there are tons of plastic ones at the Dollar Store. After putting together this costume, your fairytale ending will definitely come true!

Miss America
This is an excuse to wear a pretty dress and some stunning high heels. Find a piece of wide ribbon and use glitter glue to write "Miss America," or whatever you like really, and pin it together so that you can wear it as a sash.

The Bottom Line
Halloween doesn't need to make a huge dent in your wallet. Look around your house and go through your mom's, sister's or friend's closets to assist with finding a frugal Halloween option. By making your own Halloween costume, you could potentially save a lot of money (upwards of $50 a year). Moreover, when you re-use clothing you already have, you are making a sustainable choice to decrease consumerism and create a sustainable environment by simply buying less stuff. You would be surprised at how many Halloween options are already in your wardrobe.

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