If you’re one of the many, many collegiettes who view Halloween as an excuse to dress ridiculously and get a good laugh out of your friends, you’ve come to the right place! If you can be anything for one day, why not be something hilariously original! Here are 20 ideas to get you started in crafting a bizarre and entertaining costume!
1. Be Trashy
Make a dress out of a trash bag—all you need is scissors—and when people ask what you are for Halloween just answer, “I’m trashy.” The funny thing is, the fashion industry has actually kind of picked this up as a thing. You can find a bunch of slinky dresses that are actually made out of black plastic garbage bags!
2. Be Easy
Yet another low-maintenance costume, simply print out a picture of a Staples Easy Button and tape it to your chest.
3. Old Gregg
If you haven’t heard of Old Gregg, you need to watch this BBC clip. This costume is relatively cheap and simple—all you need is a tutu, a skinny tie, a sliced-up leather jacket, and the patience to clip a bunch of seaweed (or something that looks like seaweed) into your hair. You also have to have the horrid makeup—too much lipstick and too much eyeliner. Don’t forget to carry around watercolor paintings and ask people if they’ve ever drunk Bailey’s from a shoe.
This is simply one of the most classic Halloween costumes. People will be trying to take pictures with you all night long. You can get an adult Gumby costume for $30 online, and if you can convince a friend of yours to be Pokey the horse… OMG!
5. BP Oil Spill
For journalists, government majors, or just your run-of-the-mill sassy intellectual, use black watercolor paint to make a white t-shirt look like it got a tank of gasoline poured over it, and then cover your skin in a smear of black paint if you’re going all-in. If you’re worried people won’t understand your costume, put the BP logo on your shirt and have it partially showing beneath the layer of grime.
6. Cereal Killer
All this clever costume requires is “gruesome makeup plus a sack filled with cheerios,” according to Kelsey Mulvey, a senior at Boston University. For those of you who love puns, this is a very clever costume. You certainly won’t be likely to run into someone with the same costume.