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2012 Halloween Costume Ideas For $5 or Less

So you want to dress up this Halloween, or dress your child up without breaking the bank. But you also don’t want to do the simple run of the mill usuals like a ghost, a mummy or an American tourist. Who doesn’t want to be something current for Halloween right? It’s always about the latest and greatest, so here are some ideas for every member of the family.

Katniss Everdeen – For any female. Katniss stole our hearts with a handful of berries and she’ll steal the hearts of everyone at the Halloween party with her simple get up. What you need: A brown jacket and a bow are the most important parts of this costume. Katniss sports a nice leather jacket but no one will notice if you go with something similar. Any dark shirt underneath and a dark pair of pants work well, even jeans can slip by. Match this with a pair of black or brown boots or shoes and you’re good to go! Bonus points (and an extra $10) if you can score a mockingjay pin lookalike.

Ted (John Bennett) – For Dad or a teen boy. The movie Ted was pretty popular this year due to it’s naughty jokes and foul mouthed teddy bear. I can’t imagine any guy having a problem with this costume. What you need: A teddy bear. Literally that’s about it. John rocks a variety of outfits in the movie so go with whatever you feel like rocking. Besides this costume is all about the attitude and banter. Memorize a couple great lines from the movie and you’ll be scoring laughs all night long.

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Katniss costume, by Fanboycomics.net
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Adorable Old Guy from Pixar’s Up, by My Modern Met
Angry Bird and Piggy Costumes
Angry Bird and Piggy – Source: Urlesque/Flickr

Carly Rae Jepsen – For Moms or teen girls. There hasn’t been a bigger breakout star this year than Carly with her tune that everyone has heard one too many times. What you need: A dark brown wig, a mic and the lyrics to Call Me Maybe…not that you don’t already know all the words. For outfits just pick anything from her video and match up as closely as you can. Don’t worry, everyone will know who you are once you open your mouth.

The Old Man from Up – Honestly anyone can pull this off because it’s just so adorable. This isn’t the most recent costume idea on the list but it’s a guaranteed hit at any party. What you need: A walker (borrow grandpa’s, or make a simple one out of ABS plumbing pipe, and paint it silver), a cardigan, and some glasses. Then blow up a bunch of balloons with helium and tie them to your pants. Good luck getting through the night with all of them inflated though!

Steve Jobs – The late and great Steve Jobs’ passing was met with a level of dismay and sorrow that we haven’t seen since Princess Diana. We imagine there will be a good number of Mac lovers paying their respects this October. What you need: Glasses, a black turtleneck, an iPhone, jeans and running shoes (New Balance, if you want to be really authentic). Simple, timeless and thoroughly nerdy.

Angry Birds – Great for anyone and whole family themed costumes. Angry Birds are as popular as ever thanks to their developers rolling out additional versions of the game every few months. This one is sure to be a favorite with the kids and can save you a boatload of cash this Halloween. What you need: Beaks, a smattering of makeup and either red, black, yellow or blue clothes.

If you happen to have kids, dress them all as blue birds, and trust me they’ll be in 50 Facebook photos the following morning!

And there you have it, all basic costumes that you can hopefully throw together for $5 or less. Got any other simple ideas for $5 or around the house? Throw them out in the comments below!

Chris DuPaul is a huge Halloween buff and the co-owner of the self proclaimed #1 Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn costume websites on the internet. He enjoys technology and sneaking up and scaring the crap out of unsuspecting people year round.


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