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DIY Halloween costumes

Looking for cheap and easy to do Halloween costume ideas? Well, look no further.


What you need: A lab coat, a stethoscope, a clipboard, and an annoying voice.

You can borrow the lab coat, stethoscope, and clipboard from your friendly neighbourhood doctor and the voice from your parents' genes. Now, wear the lab coat, fling the stethoscope around your neck, and run up to strangers crying, “Pick me. Choose me. Love me.”  


What you need: A large cardboard, colour pencils, a large string, and some basic artistic skills.

Cut the cardboard in the shape of a garbage can and colour it in (preferable colours include grey or black). Cut two holes on either side of the cut-out. Then put the string through the holes and tie a knot on both ends. Hang the cut-out over your head and you're ready to go. What's scarier than bad music?


What you need: Lots of tissue paper.

This is for all those people who have been complaining the whole year about being used by everyone. Put some glue over your body, and then cover yourself up in the papery goodness. Now, run up to anyone who sneezes and hug them. For the ones who also get rejected along with being used, being a credit card could be a good option as well.


What you need: All your report cards. 

Dig out all your previous report cards from underneath your bed where you hid them in. Then attach it to your body using duct tape and wear a nice dress over it to cover them. It's preferable that you wear something bright and flashy. Lastly, plaster a big smile on your face and go to that party. Now, you're a nightmare dressed like a daydream. 

Other costumes from this series could be duct taping your entire body with the report cards and just standing outside. Now you can be a nightmare on *insert the name of the street you're in*


What you need: Sass.

Remember those expensive makeup items that you keep buying every time you go out? (Yes, I know the lipstick colour must have looked amazing in the store light) Well, it's time to get them all out. Now, applying the make ups might result in two possible turn outs. You can either become a nightmare or a daydream. If the former happens, just stand in front of a random street again as before. In case of the latter, just go out and be extra.


What you need: What you need is to not be this person. Ever.

But, if you still want to, then just wrap your mom's green shawl around yourself, wear green lenses, and draw some scales on your face (you'll find a myriad of tutorials on how to do this on YouTube). With this costume, it's all about making an entrance. So, you cannot just walk into any party. Wait for everyone to come and for the party to start properly. Then slither into the room, YOU SNEK! 


What you need: The unhealthy habit of procrastinating.

Your friend reminded you about the much awaited Halloween party. But, it's still a month away and there's more than enough time to decide on a costume.          

Now, the party is a week away. But there's still time. Not to worry. 

Oh God, the party is tomorrow! Okay, in the morning I'll go out and just pick the first costume I see.   

Well, it's too late now anyway. Is it possible to learn to sew in the next two hours? Fudge this; I'll just go as myself – a disappointment.


What you need: Very high heels.

If I got paid for being the bigger person, I'd probably stop being so petty all the time. But, alas! 

Oh well, since it's Halloween, I can at least pretend to be something I'm not. So, I'm going to put on those heels and strut around in my room because who am I kidding? No one really throws Halloween parties in Dhaka. *sobs in scary

Tasnim Odrika is having an existential crisis at the moment and doesn't really know who she is anymore. Send her compliments at

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