12 DIY Halloween Costumes For People On A Budget

12 DIY Halloween Costumes For People On A Budget

You don't have to be rich to get creative.
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Halloween is not every person’s forte. Sure, when we were young dressing up in crazy costumes and going door to door for candy was fun. But what about now? As a young adult, looking to spend $50 on a costume to wear for one night out that will probably end up getting destroyed anyway is no fun feat. Wanting to save money while being in the Halloween spirit calls for simple DIY costumes. Whether it is simple as a t-shirt with a screen print or as elaborate as your favorite Disney character all done up, here are 12 different costumes for someone in the Halloween spirit on a tight budget.

1. Bank Robber

This is a very simple costume for both men and women to pull off. Wear black pants, black-and-white striped top, black mask and then add a black bag with a dollar sign. You will look like you actually are trying to be a thief!

2. Computer Error


Going to a last minute Halloween party? Throw this costume together in less than five minutes. Get an old white t-shirt and a sharpie. Then write "Error 404: Costume Not Found" on the shirt. You are now a computer error. Perfect.

3. Morton Salt Girl

Want a unique costume that will be sure to draw an eye? Be the Morton Salt Girl. Grab a yellow dress, white shoes and a umbrella. It is like you are twins.

4. Agnes from "Despicable Me"

Who can resist the cuteness of Agnes from "Despicable Me"? Grab a pair of overalls, leave one side un-hooked, rock a high pony and you are good as gold. Oh... but don't forget the fluffy unicorn!

5. Mermaid

Look like you just swam out of the ocean with this easy costume fix! Grab a bright color maxi skirt, bright bandeau and some flowers in your hair. It is like you just washed up onto the beach!

6. M&M (or Skittle)


Who doesn't love sweets? Get this easy fix for a Halloween costume in a hurry with just a bright colored t-shirt with an 'M' added to the front (or 'S' for Skittles!)

7. Regina George from "Mean Girls"

Everyone is just so jealous of how popular you are, right? You don't succumb to the childish games everyone tries to play with you, correct? Throw together this "Mean Girls" favorite with your everyday wardrobe. Grab a plain black skirt, bright bra and a tank-top you don't mind chopping two circles out of!

8. Sid from "Toy Story"

This has to be one of the simplest costumes for men who either don't care to go buy a real costume or don't want to spend the money. All this requires is a black t-shirt, a printer and some tape. Boom. You are now Andy's crazy neighbor who tries to destroy all toys.

9. Life

Everyone has always said, when life hands you lemons make lemonade. Where is this life they speak of though? That's right... it is you!

10. Three Blind Mice

This is a good costume to pull off in a group effort! Get two of your best friends, dress in all black, get some sunglasses, mouse ears, bow ties and a few canes. You are now a classic trio.

11. Wednesday Addams

Pull off this classic costume with a solid black dress, black tights and black shoes. Then tie your hair in braids. Make it even better by never cracking a smile and it'll be like you jumped right out the screen.

12. '20s Girl


Jump back a few decades with this costume! Get a dress, some fringe, beads, feathers, fishnets and heels. It is like you just stepped out of the "Great Gatsby" with this get together!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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The Struggle of Taking Classes During the Summer

It can put a bit of a damper on summer fun

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To everyone reading: I hope you're having a nice, relaxing summer. Even if you're working I hope you can get a few days off to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and have some nice downtime. Not me. I am currently in the process of completing two four-week long summer classes. I'm taking them now to get ahead for next semester and to keep my overall schedule on track. It certainly isn't fun, but the reminder that it is only four weeks is what really keeps me going. If you are in the same boat as me, you'll relate to this list like no one else can; if you're not taking summer classes, don't let this list scare you, but use it to mentally prepare yourself for any you may have in the future.

1. Studying and homework

The homework isn't too bad with some summer classes just because you don't have time for a lot of intense projects. Still, since the class is so short you have to do some kind of homework pretty much every day. Make a schedule and spread it out so you don't get too behind.

2. Actually going to class

I am in two classes. One meets in person every day from 10 am to 11:45 am. The other is online. Let me be the first to say that getting up for class during the normal semesters is hard enough, but knowing my little brother gets to sleep in while I have to wake up early and go class is a real motivation suppressant.

I will say, though, it's kind of nice being on campus when it's basically empty.

3. No going out...

You'll probably be a little down because you might not be able to really go out at all during the time you're in class. For me, I go to lecture every morning, come home and do homework for that class, then do homework for my online class. I have some free time on the weekends, but I try to use those lecture-free days to study or work on papers.

4. But being super busy

Even though you might not be able to go out like a summer off, you'll be keeping yourself busy with all that super fun homework I mentioned.

5. Stress

Yes, summer classes can be a little stressful and it's pretty much all thanks to how fast-paced they are. Just do what I do: make a homework and project schedule as soon as you can and remind yourself how short it is.

Summer classes are not the worst thing in the world, and if you choose to take one at some point it won't be absolutely horrible. The nice thing about them is it's like ripping off a Band-Aid; it may be a little painful and annoying, but it's over so fast you don't suffer. Pick your class and professor wisely and get down to business; taking the class means you're one step closer to graduation!

So, to anyone else taking a summer class: good luck and you got this!

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