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Friday, October 28, 2011

Last-Minute Costumes: Craft Your Low-Budget Halloween Look at Home

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 8:00 AM

I used to work in a costume shop. We had to wear outfits from the store throughout the month of October, and I quickly exhausted all the slightly slutty options my 16-year-old self was daring enough to wear. It got to the point where I was willing to call in sick rather than shimmy into another French Maid or Little Bo Peep outfit. The experience made me so uncomfortable that I started making my own costumes, and it's much more fun than grabbing one off the rack.

Here are five last minute ideas (for guys and girls) that won't bust your bank account. Most items you can easily find in a thrift store, but some will require a trip to the craft store, the dollar store, or even the costume store.

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Show some Bay Area pride by honoring our finest representatives.

For Her: Rosie the Riveter

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You'll need a red scarf (preferably polkadotted, but classic paisley will still do the trick), a denim shirt, jeans, lace-up boots, and bobby pins.

Pin your hair up in the back. Comb your bangs down into your face and then roll them back so you have a mini pompadour. Wrap the scarf over your hair and tie the ends just behind the pomp. Roll up your sleeves and cuff your pants so your boots show a little. Flaunt your guns and encourage your fellow ladies.

For Him: Harvey Milk


You'll need a suit jacket and pants, a button up shirt, a tie, all your leftover anti-Prop 8 buttons, and a huge smile.

Wet your hair a bit and comb it all over to your left. Don your suit and your smile, and distribute your buttons. You know Harvey would be keeping the message alive if he could.

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