Halloween costume ideas, 2012 edition: Easy disguises
Carrie White from Carrie
There are two types of people in this world: People who wait the whole year for Halloween, and those who don't. Accordingly, we've divided this year's Halloween costume how-to into two parts: Ideas for people who don't get into the holiday, and inspiration for people who can't get enough of the spooky spirit.
Whether you don't have time to find a costume, dislike dressing up, or just can't come up with good ideas, we've got a starting point for the Halloween-challenged individuals out there. From easy-to-assemble costumes to cheap disguises, here are nine different ways to dress up for Halloween without very much effort.
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Daria Morgendorffer and Jane Lane
D-a-r-i-a in five steps. Step one: Get a mustard-hued shirt. Step two: Put on a black, pleated school-girl skirt. Step three: Find a green jacket and zip it most of the way up. Step four: Pull on a pair of combat boots. Step five: Push a pair of round glasses (you can buy a pair of John Lennon sunglasses and punch out the frames) onto your nose. Don't forget your best apathetic demeanor, and if you can wrangle up a Jane or Trent (eep!) Lane you're allowed to smile just a little.
Where to go: Ragstock, Savers, and Goodwill all have ultra-cheap ways to recreate Miss Morendorffer's devil-may-care look
There are literally only two parts to this costume: dress, blood. You can include a tiara or a corsage, too, but when you're a telekinetic high-school outcast hellbent on revenge, the sparkly hardware doesn't figure into the equation so much. Plus, you don't even have to put your hair in an updo. (Blood cascading down your long locks onto your prom dress is so much more dramatic anyways.)
Where to go: Raid the prom-dress section at Ragstock, where they've also got ridiculous amounts of fake blood you can douse yourself in
Tribute from The Hunger Games
Easy as pie... which you haven't eaten in a year because you're starving in District 12. Whoops, did we just dork out on The Hunger Games? So did half of America, so now you've got to deal with the newest arrow-slinging badass: Katniss Everdeen (she's preceded by Legolas, Link, and Robin Hood). Major costume points: side braid, black wardrobe (T-shirt, cargo pants or leggings, boots, and anorak), a bow, and a mockingjay pin. Any of the other Hunger Games characters can be made with the same formula, sans the pin, because you're not the Girl on Fire. Happy costume-hunting, and may the Halloween spirit be ever in your favor.
Where to go: American Apparel for black body suits, Savers for boots and outerwear, Target for everything else.
The Doctor from Doctor Who
The hardest part about this costume is choosing which regeneration of the Doctor you want to be. If you want to dress up as his latest look, you might already have most of the items in your closet. Needed for your own optimal Doctor regeneration: slacks (navy or dark colored), button-down shirt, bow-tie, suspenders, and a light-brown tweed jacket (extra points for elbow patches). You can also add a fez, because they're cool. Make a little cardboard TARDIS to carry around, and chances are that you'll look less like a college professor and more like the Doctor himself.
Where to go: For a classy Doctor, hit up local vintage stores like Tatters, Up Six, or Blacklist Vintage for just the right fit
Azealia Banks and Kreayshawn
This year, Azealia Banks and Kreayshawn may have had some of the lamest lady rapper beef ever, but if you're looking for a fun duo costume, this is a great place to start.
To become Azealia a la her infamous "212" music video, all you need is a pair of cut-off Daisy Dukes, a Mickey Mouse sweater, four braids, and the biggest grin you can manage.
Where to go: Check the kids' section at Savers or Target for Mickey sweaters.
Kreayshawn also channels Disney in her only claim to fame, "Gucci Gucci." (Because does anyone care about what she did before or after?) The two essentials for Miss Kreay-Kreay: a pink Minnie Mouse headband and winged cat-eyeliner. Next, drape a ton of heavy costume jewelery around your neck, layer up some rings on those digits, don some over-sized earrings, and try out a couple nose rings. Props if you can find a nose ring that connects to your ear. Finish the look with cropped white tee and baggy jeans.
Where to go: Savers for baggy mom/boyfriend jeans and a good shirt to crop, Goodwill for oodles of costume jewelry
McKayla Maroney: unimpressed Olympic gymnast
You, too, can be immune to Halloween glee by channeling McKayla Maroney's silver-medal-winning mug from this year's Olympics. The instant meme is the perfect way for you to show up to a costume party that you've been forced to go to dressing up and playing the part. The fastest way to recreate the Maroney's look is with a leotard, a gray track suit, and a silver medal (strung around a purple ribbon if you're a perfectionist, like Miss Maroney). Next, pull your hair back into a half ponytail with a scrunchie. Finally, complete the look with that signature scowl, and everyone will know that you're not amused.
Where to go: American Apparel for a leotard and Sports Authority for a track jacket; Savers for both if you're feeling thrifty or want to go for more of a retro Olympian look.
The man might be a mystery, but his old-school style is pretty easy to decipher. Dark skinny pants (props if you can find some with pinstripes) paired with a black jacket and boots are all you'll need for clothing. Mess up your hair, and pop on some black Wayfarers (or knock-offs), and you've got the classic Dylan look down pat. Extra points if there's a guitar you can cart around.
Where to go: Spendy folks can hit up Urban Outfitters for their endless supply of skinny jeans and faux Wayfarers, thrifty people can try the clothing racks at Savers, and the sunglasses rack at Ragstock or Tatters.
K-Stew got cozy with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, but we can tell you that becoming a trampire is way easier than becoming an actual blood-sucker. Throw on a ratty wifebeater, some sweatpants, and an LA Dodgers cap. Bam, done. If you want, you can throw some fake blood into the mix, or carry around a broken heart with R-Patz's face pasted onto it. Imagination is your friend, since Stewart had none when it came to choosing places for her now-infamous make out sesh that put the Robsten romance on temporary hiatus.
Where to go: From Macy's to Marshalls and TJ Maxx to Target, anywhere that stocks white tank tops and sweatpants works perfectly; that Dodgers hat can be a homemade creation
Stay tuned for our more hands-on costume inspiration later this week!
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