Halloween is officially here: Do you have a costume yet?
Whether you’re running tight on time or with an equally tight budget, The Loop’s got you covered. We sent two of our web producers out scrambling with just $31 between them and 31 minutes to see what kind of costumes they could pull together. After a quick trip to Dollarama, we have to admit, we were pretty impressed with what they came back with. Here’s how they described the experience:
Mike’s Costume: Zombie
- Dismembered rubber arm
- Bloody bandage/gauze
- Plastic rat
- Rubber mask
- Hot glue gun/tape (not pictured)
- Fake blood (optional)
OK – I know what you’re thinking. “Wow, a zombie costume. How creative.” But when time’s running out, beggar’s can’t be choosers. When I stumbled into the dollar store, I started grabbing every blood-covered thing I could find. Because no matter how little there is left in the Halloween section of a store, you can always put together something undead-looking. Plus, it’s easy to jazz it up by “zombifying” one of your favourite characters instead.
Of course, I just went generic.
Now, I was in such a rush, that I spattered the fake blood on the lower half of my face, around my mouth, without realizing I was just going to cover it up with a mask (planning is key, people). If you’re aiming for the same look, don’t make the same mistake. Instead, try using the fake blood on your forehead, hands, and even clothes, if possible. Finish it off by taping/gluing the fake rat to your shoulder for that extra creep factor. Then, voila! You’ll be ready to haunt the town.
Matilda’s Costume: Raining cats and dogs
- Blue glitter
- Glue gun
- Miniature stuffed dogs
- Paper cut-outs of dogs and cats
You know what’s an awesome last-minute costume? A jelly fish. All I needed was a transparent umbrella and some pink/blue streamers. Unfortunately, once I got to the Dollarama, I realized that this wasn’t going to be so easy. While the streamers were easy to spot, there was no sign of said umbrella. Point being, go in with more than one rough idea of what you want to be. Next up: My “it’s raining cats and dogs” costume. I grabbed a poncho, some plushie dog key chains, blue glitter glue and a glue gun. Apparently, dog and cat calendars aren’t in anymore, so I had to settle for “The Lady and the Tramp” and “The Aristocats” to fulfill my cat and dog needs.
It’s still coming along though, right?
Next, I spent (what felt like) countless hours cutting up those darn animals for my costume. It might have been a thrill to use scissors back when we were kids, but I can assure you, my thumbs had bruises by the end of the cutting phase. However, once that was done, things got a little easier. All I had to do now was glue on the animals and paint on some glittery raindrops. But wait, it looked like the glue was melting through the poncho. So I had to settle for masking tape. It’s wasn’t too bad, since most of ’em stuck. But once I put on the costume, the plushies started falling off one by one. Moral of the story? Don’t create your entire costume out of Dollarama finds.
So there you have it. Even with only hours to go, and a limited budget, you can still wow the folks at your local Halloween jam (or at the very least, you’ll give them a good laugh). And isn’t that what dressing up is all about?