Tips and tricks to spice up your Halloween costume

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By Sara Paczkowski

Dressing up for Halloween isn’t about collecting candy anymore. A holiday, known to bring children joy and cavities, has turned into an epic opportunity for college students to dress up and swap out pumpkin pie for Pumpkin Ale.

For Kean University students, Halloween isn’t only on October 31. “Halloween is dragged out to be a Halloweekend,” said Ellen McDermott, a Senior Special Education major. “You can dress up for a few nights in different outfits.”

This may mean more costumes, but not necessarily more money. Instead of running to the nearest store, students are creating their own costumes and aren’t limiting themselves.

In order to save money, students are relying on their creativity.

“I find things around the house and make up my own costume,” said Krista Gallo, a

Senior Communications major. “Do It Your Own” costumes are a popular, easy, and affordable option for students.

“You can honestly be anything,” said Gallo. “Once, I cut out holes in a brown box and wrote Cheerios on it.”

If dressing up as cereal isn’t your forte, there are many other choices. Try recreating a cat by adding ears to any outfit or football player by slipping on an old jersey. The options are limitless.

If mainstream costumes aren’t your thing, memorable media moments seem to be another popular trend. Almost everyone will recognize Miley Cyrus’ “twerking outfit” and Robin Thicke’s own interpretation of Beatlejuice after their controversial Video Music Awards performance in August.

“All you really have to do is carry a huge teddy bear and a foam finger, and I’m pretty sure everyone will know who you are,” said Gallo.

According to Gallo, “Kim Kardhasian and Kanye West, Jay-Z and Beyonce” are just a few other notable celebrity costumes that she plans to see. If picking out a costume seems to be a problem, just think about what stood out to you this year. Whether it’s a character from “Duck Dynasty” or “The Great Gatsby,” or even Prince William and Kate Middleton, remember spending too much money isn’t a must.


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