What Can I Be for Halloween With My Own Clothes?

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What Can I Be for Halloween With My Own Clothes?
Create a zombie costume out of the clothes you already own. (halloween 26 image by Nathalie P from Fotolia.com)

If you are on a tight budget, short on time or just don't like the idea of spending a lot of money on a Halloween costume that you might wear only once, then put together a creative outfit with clothes that you already own. Sometimes, a simple accent such as a hat or an artistic touch with some poster board and a black marker is all you need to turn your everyday clothes into a fun costume.

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Historical Characters

Historical figures such as cowboys, pirates and hobos are easy to create costumes for with your everyday clothes. To be a cowboy, wear a pair of jeans, tuck in a button-up blue denim or flannel shirt, tie a scarf around your neck, and throw on a pair of boots. Top the outfit off with a cowboy or straw hat, if you have one available. For a pirate, pair a white button-up shirt with a long vest and dark trousers, which you should then tuck into tall boots. Tie a scarf over the top of your head. An eye patch adds a nice touch, if you have one. For a hobo costume, wear large, ill-fitting clothes such as a oversized blazer, loose trousers held up with string and smudge make-up on your face to simulate dirt. Finish the look by carrying a hobo bindle stick.

Dresses as Costumes

Wear a loosefitting dress you have in your closet over a pillow to simulate a pregnant woman. Belt the dress so that the pillow won't fall out. Use evening dresses to create a prom queen or Miss America look. Top off the dress with a sash emblazoned with a title like Miss Nevada and fashion a crown out of poster board for the pageant look. As an alternative, create a humorous title for your sash. Your prom queen can be a straightforward look or can be accented with fake blood to create a horror movie character.

Television Characters

Many popular television character costumes can be created with clothes from your closet. To become Jersey Shore's Snooki, wear sunglasses, a short, leopard-print dress and put your hair up in a pouf. Wear a track suit to become Glee's Sue Sylvester. To evoke Gilligan from Gilligan's Island, wear a red polo shirt, jeans and a white fisherman's hat. Wear tight capri pants, a cute shirt tied at the midriff and put your hair into two ponytails to become Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island.

Lost or Wanted Poster Ideas

A "Wanted" poster or "Have You Seen This Child?" milk carton costume allows you to wear your own clothes. For the "Wanted" look, cut a hole in the middle of a large poster board that will fit your face. Write "Wanted" above the head hole. Below the hole, write a creative description of why you are wanted. For a "Have You Seen This Child?" look, create a milk carton out of poster board. Once again, cut a hole for your face and write up some clever remarks to make your carton more interesting.

Decades Costumes

Over the years, there have been looks that represent certain decades such as the 1950s Bobby Soxer or the 1960s hippie. For the Bobby Soxer look, wear a full skirt, flat shoes -- preferably saddle shoes -- short socks, a cardigan sweater, and tie a scarf around your neck. If you want to make your look more authentic, cut a poodle out of felt and sew it onto your skirt. To be a hippie, wear something tie-dyed -- or tie-dye an old T-shirt -- and faded jeans. Tie a bandanna across around your head, sweatband-style. Vests or anything with fringe can also add to the hippie vibe.

Scary Costumes

You can easily become a zombie using your own street clothes. What you wear is not as important as your make-up and expression. Dark circles around the eyes and fake blood help to give you that zombie look. Your clothes should appear dirty and dishevelled, as well. Another extremely simple last-minute costume that allows you to wear your own clothes is the ever popular ghost. Just throw a sheet over your head and cut out some holes for eyes.

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