Last minute Halloween costumes from a college dorm

For procrastinators or money-savers, these six halloween costumes are cheap and easy for any college student

If there are two things that go well together it is college students and procrastination.

Whether you are ballin' on a budget, want to be sustainable or forgot to buy a costume ahead of time, here are six easy DIY costumes you probably already have in your closet: 

Sun(burnt) Devil



Maya McGuigan, freshman majoring in medical studies.

Needed materials: 

  • Assorted red clothing
  • Devil horns/attachable tail
  • Sunscreen
  • Red eye shadow

Putting the look together:

Use an eye shadow brush to cake the red powder over your cheeks, forehead and chin. Blend with your fingertips to make it look like a real sunburn. Optional but not recommended: lay out in the sun for an authentic sunburnt look. 

Tip:

Avoid the skin around your eyes to create an effect that makes it appear as if you fell asleep in the sun with your sun glasses on, and get ready to show off that Sun Devil spirit!

The inside of a laundry machine


Erin Bies, freshman majoring in kinesiology.

Needed materials:

  • A t-shirt or dress of any color
  • Mis-matched socks
  • Safety pins

Putting the look together:

Pick your most colorful socks and arrange them on a shirt.  Use safety pins on the inside of the shirt and pin the socks as desired, being careful not to stab yourself.

Tip:

Brush up on your background knowledge on the phenomenon of socks going missing while in the laundry. 

Ice cream cone


Maya McGuigan, freshman majoring in medical studies.

Needed materials:

  • A t-shirt resembling the color of your favorite ice cream flavor
  • Paper
  • Highlighters (this is key)
  • Tape, double-sided tape (both)
  • A headband

Putting the look together:

Bust out the highlighters and scribble on a sheet of paper, then cut out 3 to 5 inch rounded rectangles. Once you have cut out your sprinkles, use double-sided tape to attach the sprinkles to the shirt.

Highlighters were found to work much better than colored pencil. The jury is still out on crayons.

For the cone, color an entire sheet of paper brown, or if you're really dedicated find a brown piece of paper, and draw horizontal and vertical lines in a darker shade of brown or black. Use this guide to help you cut out the cone. Attach the cone to the headband with tape or hot glue.

Tip:

Customize your shirt to reflect your personal ice cream preferences.

Rosie the Riveter


Katie Hicks, freshman majoring in nursing.

Needed materials:

  • Red bandana
  • Red lipstick
  • A denim button up shirt
  • (Optional) Cardboard
  • (Optional) Sharpie

Putting the look together: 

Use this guide to help you properly tie your bandana into a headband.

Tip:

Brush up on the history of Rosie the Riveter so you have things to talk about the Halloween party you go to. Rosie is a famous face used in World War II as a campaign to encourage women to apply for work in defense industries.  

Tourist dad


Shelby Livingston, freshman majoring in elementary education.

Needed materials:

  • A button-up shirt, Hawaiian or tacky logo shirt works best
  • A fanny pack
  • A foam finger (optional)
  • Sun glasses
  • A baseball hat
  • Camera bag and/or camera

Putting the look together:

In this case, add one more accessory before leaving the dorm. Get creative! Add a football, cargo shorts, old t-shirt or anything else that reminds you of the typical "tourist dad."

Tip:

The tackier the outfit, the better. Go for a New York specific look by including an "I heart NY" t-shirt. 

Mike Wazowski


Katie Hicks, freshman majoring in nursing.

Needed Materials: 

  • A green t-shirt
  • Paper
  • 1 blue and 1 black marker
  • Double-sided tape

Putting the look together:

Use a large cylindrical object like a bowl to trace a circle to cut out — or just "eyeball" it. Make two smaller circles inside one another and color them in, blue and black respectively, leaving space for a white circle to symbolize the sparkle in his eye. Use double-sided tape to attach the eyeball to your shirt.

Tip:

Know some of the famous quotes from the famous "Monsters, Inc." characters so you can quote them all night long.

Read more Halloween articles from The State Press:

Eat, drink and be scary: five Halloween steals around ASU

SP Review: 'Frankenstein' (1931) remains a classic 80 years later

'Sexy' Halloween costumes: empowering or objectifying?


Reach the reporter at eborst@asu.edu and follow @ellieeborstt on Twitter. 

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