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Top 5 DIY Halloween Costumes

Some of the best costumes are the ones you make yourself. This list compiles 5 of my favourite and easiest Halloween costume looks that can be easily put together without breaking the bank or having to flex those creative muscles. I use the term DIY very loosely here considering there’s not much you really have to do except take a dive into your closet. You’ll find you already have the items for a perfect DIY costume.  

1. ZOMBIE BRIDE (a la Mean Girls)


 I’m pretty sure we all remember the moment when Lindsay Lohan walked into a party looking like she rolled straight out of the graveyard-fully covered in far too much material and those fake teeth ugh *universal cringe*. With this costume, I recommend wearing a simple white dress (bonus points if it’s short). Go crazy with the makeup and splatter on some ketchup for the blood and gore effect.  


As the original bohemian, a gypsy look involves billowy clothes, layers upon layers and rich jewel tones. Wear a head scarf, shawl, and accessorise to the max. Chunky gold costume jewelry such as rings and bangles work best. Give yourself a dramatic smoky eye, false lashes, red or purple lipstick, and you’re good to go.  


To portray this timeless fashion icon, all you need is a classy little black dress and pearl necklace. Throw your hair up in a stylish bun et voila!  


If you’re like me, then  you’re obsessed with everything regarding Greek mythology. Therefore, I have the costume for YOU! Just grab a white dress or a loose sheet and wrap it around your body. I recommend the “one-shoulder” look. Secure your Grecian gown with a thin leather belt. To complete the look, add gold jewelry (rings, bracelets, arm cuffs) and some loose, textured braids in your hair. I reccomend a loose fishatil braid and some big, messy waves or curls to complete the look. 

5. 80’s CHICK

80’s fashion has so much to offer. There are several looks that can be inspired by this fashion era. Some general trends to follow for this throwback are bright pops of colour and layering. To put together one of my favourite looks, you need black leggings, a bright neon tank top or jumpsuit to wear under a black or bright coloured loose crop top. For a more ambitious costume, aim to recreate Carrie’s funky look.It\s Carrie radshaw-need I say more?

Whatever you wear this Halloween, have fun and stay safe. Tag #hercampusUOttawa in your posts on Twitter and Instagram to show off some of your DIY costumes.  

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Hi there! I am Bolu Erinoso, currently a 4th year Communications student obsessed with all things media, fashion, and beauty related. I love to read, write and recently started a personal style website at www.whimsicalsoles.com with my fellow HerCampus writer Nancy.
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