by Alison Hickey
Over the years, I have become pretty good at making last-minute costumes out of items, and clothes that I already own. The key is to stay simple. Start with ideas that are basic enough so that the costume won’t look as last minute as it is.
Here are a few that have worked for me, and friends, in the past.
All you need for this costume is a long-sleeved, all-black outfit. You will need long black pants, a long-sleeved black shirt and a roll of white, or glow-in-the-dark duct tape. Most people reading this, likely already have an all-black outfit. If not, these are basic items that you can get at Target or Wal-Mart for less than $20. The roll of duct tape can also cost you $2 to $6, depending on the brand. In the picture below, my sister and I both are wearing the skeleton costume. You can rip the pieces of duct tape, and place them on your clothing in the structure of a skeleton. You also have the option of buying a small kit of black and white face paint, which will cost you less than $5.
2. Papier-Mache Masks:
The cost of flour, water, newspapers and paint can be totaled up to $15 or more, depending on the size of your mask, or how many different colors you want to use and don’t already own. In the picture below, I bought an over-sized balloon and papier-mached it, painted it and added cardboard pieces for shape. My friend, also pictured below, turned hers into a skeleton-and dressed in a different version of the skeleton costume described above.
Papier-mache provides you with endless mask and costume possibilities. You can make any animal, hairdo or hat that you’d like for your costume!