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Halloween is almost upon us and you are probably in one of two camps: You either have your costume or you are frantically scrambling to get one. While most take to the temporary Halloween stores and find a costume that fits their needs it isn’t the only option. You don’t have to plunk down $50 on a costume you are only going to wear once a year. You can always be resourceful, using common household items or less expensive fashion options to create your very own Halloween costume at home. All you need is a creative mind.

Elaborate costumes can turn heads at a party, but they are also going to turn your wallet over as well. A homemade costume can be just a nice as a professionally sold costume and cost a fraction of the price. Most associate homemade costumes as being lame costumes thrown together at the last second. This doesn’t have to be the case. If you take your time, you can create a brilliant costume from homemade materials.

The first step to take is to see if you have any old clothing that can be used for a Halloween costume. A button up white shirt with a breast pocket can be the starting point for a nerd costume. An old pair of tights can be used for numerous costumes, from a superhero to a witch. An old dress can be used in a princess costume. A sports jersey can be used to dress up as your favorite sports star. Celebrities that are often in the news make for good and easy Halloween costumes. You don’t even have to be inspired by clothing, anything around your house can be used as a starting point for a costume. A simple box can be turned into a robot costume. Have a top hat? You are on your way to an Abraham Lincoln costume. All it takes is some creative thinking.

Avoiding expensive Halloween stores may be just what your wallet needs this year. Remember, you always have plenty of options. You can always use DesignAShirt’s Design Studio for any of your creative needs. Whether you are designing a t-shirt for Halloween or just need a t-shirt in general, we are a great starting point.

For more ideas head over to’s Halloween section.

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