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Some of the bloggers here at put together a list of our top 25 favorite Halloween costume ideas for the college student on a budget! Check these out!!

Artsy Fartsy
Grab some old white clothes and splatter paint across them. Find a piece of cardboard and cut it into the shape of a mixing tray. Find a paint brush and your costume is ready to go.

Magic 8 Ball
Wear all black. Grab 2 pillows, duct tape them around your body (under your black shirt). Draw the number 8 on a piece of printer paper and cut it out into a circle. Tape the piece of paper to your stomach. If people ask to give you a shake, you can just answer them with: “My reply is no.”

Charlie Brown
Every one can recognize Charlie Brown from a mile away! This is perfect for anyone who needs a quick and easy idea! Find or buy any solid yellow t-shirt. Tape zig-zags on the front off the shirt. Throw on a classic pair of black shorts or pants. You will be making the Peanuts proud!

Alan from The Hangover
Boys, let your facial hair grow out (real hard right?) Throw on a pair of khaki pants and a t-shirt. Go to the local goodwill and try to find a baby doll and an over the shoulder baby carrier. Grab some retro glasses and you’ve got yourself ready for a pretty bad hang over!

Playing Card
Anyone trying to gamble? Find two large pieces of cardboard and get creative by painting your favorite playing card on each. Punch holes in tops of the pieces of cardboard. String some yarn through the holes and let the cardboard hang over your shoulders on the front and back of you. You might just hit the jackpot!

Snooki from Jersey Shore
All you truly need is a comb and a full bottle of hairspray! Ladies, grab your shortest, tightest dress. Make sure your push up bra is ready to go! Cover yourself in pounds of bronzer. Poof your hair! Tease, tease, tease your hair! Lots of hairspray! Lots of dark makeup! Throw on your favorite pair of slippers and a margarita to go. Now you’re ready to fist pump all night long!

Put on all black pants and a black long sleeved shirt. Use yellow tape for the road lines going down your body. On both sides of the “road” glue or tape small cars driving up and down. Make sure it’s not rush hour. You might be late to the party!

Pack of 10 Crayons
Take your group of friends and pick your favorite crayon color! Buy a twin sized bed sheet at the store in whatever color! Wrap it around your body. Make 2 stripes on the top and bottom of the sheet around your body with black electrical tape. Take a sharpie and write your favorite color on the sheet once it is wrapped around you. Draw on the Caryola Crayon logo too! Take a piece of construction paper the same color as your sheet and fold it into a cone shape, to make a hat. Crayola ain’t got nothin’ on you!

Bag of Jelly Beans
After buying plenty of bright colored balloons, safety pin the ends to any clothing of your choice. Follow by wrapping the balloons lightly in plastic wrap to give the effect of a bag. You can leave the flavor of coal out of this bag of jellybeans!

Plain Facebook Profile Picture
Everyone has a few friends on their Facebook Friends list who STILL don’t have a profile picture. You know, the white silhouette with the blue background? Yeah, that one! All you have to do is get two pieces of blue poster board. On one of the posters, trace the outline of the silhouette of a guy from the shoulders up. Cut out the silhouette. Before you glue the two pieces of poster board together tape a piece of netting-like white cloth over the cutout. Once the pieces are glued together, slip your head between the cloth and the poster board. Put on an all white outfit. You are now the Facebook profile picture!

Candy Cane
Yes, Halloween is at the end of October, but you won’t be penalized for wearing white after Labor Day! Simply take your white clothing and tape red tape around each leg, your body and arms to look like a candy cane. Add green also if you would like for a little bit of holiday flavor! You can leave the pine needles from the Christmas tree behind!

Old Spice Spokesman
Guys, this is a no brainer- seriously! Throw on your skivvies. Grab your bath towel and wrap it around your waist (just like you got out of the shower). Carry around your bottle of Old Spice body wash. Make sure you flex when you see the ladies!

Rain Cloud
You won’t be raining on anyone’s parade with this costume! The key ingredient is lots and lots of cotton balls. Find old clothes that you don’t wear anymore and glue cotton balls to your whole body, or at least whole upper body. Don’t forget the squirt gun, and add lightning bolts to the cloud as an extra touch.

The iPod Dancer (On the commercials)
Okay, I’m going to set the scene on this one. Party, is lame. Music blasting, no one is dancing. You walk in wearing your all black outfit, with your iPod headphones in your ears and iPod in pocket. Dance your butt off in the middle of the room. Party starts! The solution: you in your iPod Dancer costume!

Quail Man from the TV show Doug
Throw on a pair of khaki shorts. Put on a green t-shirt. Grab a pair of tidy whities and put them on over your shorts and tuck your green shirt into the underwear. With red tape, tape the letter Q to your shirt. Take a red bath towel and tie it around your neck.. To add the perfect finishing touch, take a brown belt and fasten it around your forehead. Perfect!

This is a classic! Take a cardboard box and cut out one side, looking kind of like a TV. Cover that open side with blue plastic wrap and tape fake fish or stickers all over. Don’t forget Nemo and the gang!

The Nerd you cheat off of in class
Take your white oxford and high wasted jeans. Tuck your oxford into your jeans. If you are a girl, put your hair in pigtails. Take a piece of tape and wrap it around the brim of a pair of black glasses. Pack your backpack with your textbooks, pulling the straps as tight as possible to your backpack is securely on your back. Put a couple of pens in your pocket. Make sure your white ankle socks are showing! Also, know that pi equals 3.14159265. Don’t be surprised if someone asks to copy your calculus notes!

Pink Floyd
Attention all last minute costume makers! This costume is for you! For something easy and humorous, wear a simple full pink outfit and add a simple “Floyd” nametag.

Toga! Toga!
Simple, bed sheet. Throw on your bra and undies, ladies. Boys, free ballin’ is not acceptable. Twist the sheet up to make a toga that fits your preference! If people say “oh, real creative, a Greek god/goddess” you can explain to them that you just left the Animal House toga party.
Rubik’s Cube
Find a square box and cut 3 holes in it for your head and arms. Paint the box black. Cut out 9 squares of construction paper in the colors red, yellow, green, blue, white, and orange. Glue or tape the 9 squares onto the box. Poke your head and arms through the holes. Now you are a walking, talking, partying Rubik’s cube!

A 6 Pack of Beer
Grab a group of 5 friends. Each buy a roll or two of duct tape. Strip down to your skivvies and start taping! Wrap your body in the duct tape, excluding your arms (from chest to mid-thigh range). Hop on the Internet and print out the label or your friends’ favorite brew! Tape it on the front and back of your body. I will set the scene: Halloween party, door opens, you and your hot group of friends file in. The party has arrived! Everyone loves it when the beer is brought to the party! Don’t lose your friends though; no one likes a pack of beer when it’s missing a can!!

Leaf Blower
Okay, you’re that dude that just likes to party, no costume necessary… Well you can’t be a walking party foul on Halloween, so just throw on a baseball cap. Cut yourself a piece of yarn about 3 to 4 inches long. Find a leaf or two outside. Tape one side of the yarn to the leaf and the other to the bill of your hat. Let it dangle all night long. When people ask you what you are for Halloween you can tell them that you are a leaf blower, then blow the leaf that is dangling in your face.

The Ghost Everyone Has Seen Before
The most simple and unoriginal idea out there, but nowadays you will rarely see someone dress up as a ghost. Simple, grab a bed sheet, and cut eyeholes in it. Run around like a fool, people will have no problem figuring out what you decided to be for Halloween.

Risky Business
Many people are familiar with the movie scene of Tom Cruise sliding across the family room floor in an oxford, underwear, and calf socks. This scene was featured in the movie Risky Business. The scene has become pretty popular, but the movie is not as noted. Anyways, take a trip to the nearest Goodwill or Walmart. Buy a cheap oxford button down shirt (white), a pair of whitey tidies, and some calf socks. Grab your favorite pair of Ray Bans. You will be the life of the party! I’m sure by the end of the night you will be sliding across the living room floor, that’s risky business..

Typical Tourist
It is easy to spot a tourist on vacation. The classic tourist finds themselves in a Hawaiian shirt (even if they are not in Hawaii), khaki or cargo shorts, sunglasses, and the most essential fanny pack. Goodwill is a savior again! Head over to your local Goodwill and look for the most gaudy Hawaiian shirt you can find, the fanny pack that lets you pack the most, and the biggest most retro pair of glasses on the shelf. Grab your dad’s high dress socks and your favorite pair of sandals! Don’t forget your camera!! As a tourist you will definitely be snapping pics are your Halloween party!

We hope these ideas make your costume a hit this Halloween! We would love to see some pictures! Leave your pics in the comment box!!

Have a safe and spooky Halloween!
With love,
Kat VonD & Korgan

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