10 Unusual Yet Affordable Halloween Costume Ideas

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‘Tis the season. Our favourite month. Halloween month.

Got a costume yet? Well it’s about time!

You could do what everyone does and just dress up as Pennywise, or maybe go old school and take out the old Black Swan costume again? Put on the Hockeymask and go as Jason? But these are all costumes everyone wears anyway. And that’s boring. What if I told you there is a way to not only stick out in the crowd, but also impress with your vast horror knowledge by dressing as something unique while saving money?

Bandageface (Timecrimes)

Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes) is a time travel mystery-horror movie from 2007. Bandageface is the villain.  What does he look like?

It’s that easy. Some pink bandages, a long coat and a knife. Really not that hard to do yet everyone will wonder what you’re dressed as.  Then you get to be the guy who tells them about a movie they might never have heard of!. If you’re tired of explaining you can still say you’re the invisible man. Win-win if you ask me.

Dr. Phibes (The Abominable Dr. Phibes)

One of Vincent Price’s greatest performances and obviously a predecessor to the Saw franchise, The Abominable Dr. Phybes is a classic and even got a sequel.

Maybe not as easy to pull off as Bandageface, but still with just a bit of white makeup on your face, grey hair, a nice beard and a white robe you can easily be this villainous character. Also Dr. Phibes can’t talk so you’ll need to carry a gramophone around with you. Or just be quiet. If you’ve got friends who want to join in, Dr. Phibes has a fun band (see picture).

Pamela Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

Why dress up as Jason Voorhees? You can’t talk; you can’t eat. It’s even hard to drink with that stupid mask. Just take the easy and less known route: Pamela Voorhees, mother of Jason (spoiler alert).

No matter if you’re a boy or a girl, just put on a blue sweater, a blonde wig and get a knife. And already you’re one of the most dangerous serial killer’s mother. For bonus points go headless!

Candyman (Candyman)

Candyman is one of the all time classic movie villains. But also, at least in Germany, he is kind of forgotten. Time to remember one of the greats.

Admittedly, this might work best for a person of colour. But really anyone can pull of something similar. Put on a nice fur coat and just move elegantly. Again bonus points if you put a bunch of bees in your mouth.

Christiane (Eyes Without a Face)

I just said that Candyman, a movie from the early 90s, is a classic. That makes Eyes Without a Face even more so! It’s a creepy horror movie from the 60s, about a loving father and his ill daughter Christiane.

Just put on one of these white faceless masks and you’re done. If you want to go for full authenticity also put on a wig and a classic night gown. Done. Also you won’t have to bother explaining this costume because it’s so scary no one will dare to ask.

Sam (Trick’r’Treat)

Trick’r’Treat is really a modern Halloween classic. A few short stories, all happening on Halloween night. And they are connected by one little boy. That’s Sam.

This actually needs a bit of work, but you still have enough time until Halloween, so get to work. Just take a sack and stitch a few buttons and stitches into it. Done. Then put your child into a red jumper and put the bag over their head. Perfect. They might be scary, but they will be quiet all night.

Lionel Cosgrove (Braindead)

Braindead (Dead Alive), the masterpiece by director of everything Lord of The Rings, Peter Jackson is a bloody, gory Zombie movie. And your costume as the main character Lionel Cosgrove should show this.

Put on a west, dump a bucket of fake blood over yourself and you’re ready to go. For perfect authenticity you’ll have to strap on a lawnmower, best filled with some more fake blood. And in case of a Zombie attack you’ll be ready.

Ygor (Son of Frankenstein)

Let’s go back to the 30s,a simpler time. The movies were black and white and the monsters were big and scary. And then there is Ygor, the once hanged hunchback of Baron von Frankenstein.

Yes, that’s what Dracula (Bela Lugosi) looks like after he let himself go a bit. Just grow (or put on) a full beard, pillow in the back for a hunchback and if you want you can put a rope around your neck, since Ygors backstory is that he was hanged but survived with a broken neck. Also he might be the most evil of all the classical movie monsters.

Stitches (Stitches)

Pennywise will be everyone’s favourite costume. But luckily there are more scary clowns out there. Meet Stitches (Ross Noble), the funny Zombie clown.

You were going to buy a clown costume anyway. So just go for the cheapest one you can find. Then cross out one eye and put on your cheapest clothes. Done. And let’s be real, clowns are always scary.

Phantom Killer (The Town that Dreaded Sundown)

Lastly, we’ve got two movies for one: the Phantom Killer from The Town that Dreaded Sundown. Whether you choose the original or the remake doesn’t matter, they look almost exactly the same. It’s a killer that’s scaring the fine folks of Texarkana by killing them.

I think it won’t get much easier than this. Take a sack or a pillowcase, cut eyeholes in and put it on. You’re done. If you can find a nice denim jacket, that just adss something to it. Also, if you get annoyed by all the questions you can still say you are Jason from Friday the 13th Part 2.

Hope I could help you pick out a nice costume for your Halloween party. If you liked this article but want to spend a bit more money, check out the

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