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So it’s that spooky time of the year again and everyone is scrambling for the weirdest, scariest costumes and decorations, but being a student it most likely means that the budget is a bit tighter, therefore it’s a great idea to start getting a bit more creative to make the most of your money.
Costumes can be especially pricey depending on where you get them from, usually, a costume from an actual fancy dress shop can cost £30 plus. Obviously, this is a bit of a push for an outfit you might only wear them once so be aware that there are many cheaper alternatives.
If you are dead-set on a complete costume, like a super-hero outfit, for instance, try looking on Ebay.co.uk, where there are loads of cheap options to choose from. I managed to get a decent quality Wonder Woman outfit for only £11 last year. You can also find costumes on Amazon.com although it is a bit more expensive than eBay, the quality will be trustworthy so be sure to have a look around.
Alternatively, if you are up for a challenge and want to create an outfit, you can find bits and pieces in plenty of shops for a creepy costume.
Stores will be stocked up to the roof with Halloween products, albeit mostly for children – but who says Halloween is just for them – even so, you can grab super cheap accessories to complete your horrific outfits.
I would recommend going to supermarkets like Tesco or Asda. They have dedicated aisles for the season with costumes, wigs and fake blood, all for a great price too, it doesn’t matter if it says it’s for children, you can wear it too, as long as it fits of course.
Primark also has lots of accessories, especially make-up. This year, in particular, they have holographic glitter, coloured hairspray and some wicked false nails, all for around £2-£3. Shops like Poundland will also be selling this kind of stuff for even cheaper.
Along the same line, Halloween decorations can also be found at any of the shops and websites selling everything from pumpkins to spooky fairy lights to cover your student flat or house in festivity. Also, remember to save this stuff for next Halloween, this way you won’t have to start from scratch when the holiday comes around again.
Hopefully, this will help you to save a bit of cash this Hallows ‘eve so you can spend it on more important things, like sweets and chocolate. Have a happy Halloween!