Halloween teaches us valuable financial lessons like budgeting candy, but it’s not all gum drops and lollipops.
A retailmenot.ca survey found that Canadians spent $1 billion on Halloween in 2015. In fact, the Halloween industry is so large that it can support retailers who are only open for the season.
According to the Globe and Mail, the average Canadian spends $52 per person on costumes.
The cost of costumes rarely reflects the quality. So why shell out so much money? Save yourself from the frightening cost of a costume by dressing up as an iconic movie or TV character in plain clothes. Don’t let the cost of Halloween costumes scare you away this year.
4 Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas from Your Closet
Marty McFly from Back to the Future
You will need white sneakers, a jean jacket, blue jeans, a white buttoned shirt, an orange vest and a red t-shirt.
Quote: “Wait a minute, Doc. A… Are you’re telling me you built a time machine… Out of a DeLorean?”
Ace Ventura from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
You will need to style your hair up and back in the iconic Ace Ventura style, a pair of black converse or boots, red striped pants or something similar, a floral pattern shirt, a white tank top and an ID card reading “Ace Venture Pet Detective”.
Quote: “That was close one ladies and gentlemen, of course in every contest, there must be, a loser. Lew-Who, Za-Her.”
Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family
You will need dark black mascara, a white collared blouse, a black long sleeve shirt, white stockings, a pair of black shoes and your hair in pigtail braids.
Quote: “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour”
Sandy Olsson from Grease
You will need red lipstick, a tight pair of black pants (preferably leather), a black shirt that shows off your shoulders and red high heels.
Hang a leather jacket over your shoulder and do your hair to match Sandy’s to really sell this costume.
Quote: “Tell me about it, stud.”
Bonus: You can have a lot of fun dressing up as yourself in high school. Find an embarrassing photo of yourself and replicate the look.
A DIY costume will show off your creativity and make you the life of the party. Consider a costume from your closet before spending money at a retailer. The key to a great Halloween costume is making it fun, so memorize some movie quotes, dress up as your favorite character this year and save your money.