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Halloween on a scary budget

By: Emily Brennan ~Guest Writer~

To Paraphrase the profound poet Jay-Z:

College students have 99 problems this time of the year and finding Halloween costumes doesn’t have to be one of them. So have no fear, here are some easy and cheap DIY Halloween costumes that will allow you to save that spare change for your side of guacamole. Speaking of guac, dress up and head over to Chipotle on Oct. 31 for a special $3 treat. This is no trick, but there is a catch. In an effort to promote food without additives, Chipotle wants customers to dress in costumes with “unnecessary additions.” In other words, dress up as a ghost in heels, grab a burrito and you’re ready to go out and enjoy your Halloween festivities. As always, thank you for making our lives better, Chipotle.

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Photo courtesy of Hana Priscu | Seniors Clare Burke and Hannah Cregan sport their finest and easiest hippy costumes on a budget.

Pic 1Those who have ever worn a “Hello my name is…” nametag with a name other than their own as a costume, here’s talking to you. Print out several pictures of Eminem’s head, fashion a dress from a trash bag and tape the heads to the bag. Voila, a bag of M&Ms. Still too much work? Make a shirt that says “Error 404 Costume Not Found.” For all you feminism enthusiasts out there, try dressing as Rosie the Riveter. All you need is your classiest “joutfit” (jean outfit) and a red bandana to tie up your hair. If you own “boho” clothing, a fortune teller is an easy outfit. Pair all that chunky jewelry and hoop earrings with a head wrap, long skirt and shawl.

NEED A COSTUME FOR THE WHOLE GROUP?

If your heights dramatically differ, you can fashion a “Biggie Smalls” getup. Get some blank t-shirts, write “Biggie” on one and “Smalls” on the other. Tape on pictures of Biggie Smalls and buy inexpensive paper gold crowns. Mo’ money, mo’ Domino’s you can order later that night. Other pairs to try: referee and sports player, Danny and Sandy from “Grease,” athlete and mathlete or a hunter and deer. If your squad is feeling ambitious enough to tackle a group costume, the crew from the movie “Holes” is one of many options. Order up orange jump suits (or make your own) and carry empty water jugs. You can also dress up as each day of shark week. Get black t-shirts, one day per shirt and splatter on red paint. Cheap shark hats are an easy find online.

Not looking to jump on the Chipotle bandwagon? First on the list, from the era the 2010s are currently attempting to relive, the 70’s hippy. Bell-bottom pants, vests, high-collared shirts, tie-dye, floral patterns and a headband or bandana. Feeling extra groovy? Toss on a pair of platform heels! Fellas, don’t be afraid to celebrate “no shave November” a little early this year. Keep the mustache/ goatee combo, let that man bun down and embrace the shag.

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