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5 Halloween Costumes for under £5

Student Intern Sophie, shares her cheap costume ideas to get Spooky without breaking the bank this Halloween…


For all those wanting to creep it real this Halloween, it doesn’t have to be costly. You can celebrate in style for less than a fiver from what you’ve probably already got hanging in your wardrobe!

Here’s my 6 easy and cheap Halloween costume suggestions…



Get ready to see the sights. All you need is a pair of sunglasses and a bumbag – if you don’t have these items, you could get some cheap and cheerful ones from Primark. Dig out your best Dad shirt and shorts and you’re good to go! Hats off to anyone who goes around armed with the round-the-neck camera or binoculars.



Transform yourself into a Zombie for that house party you’ve been dreading for weeks. Pick up a cheap face paint kit and fake blood from Poundland, or simply seize hold of some purple eyeshadow and go nuts. Wear your comfy jeans and a tatty old top.

Cut up the shirt a little, or put some real leaves in your hair to really add to the look.



A Sim

Print off a green diamond and tape it together into a 3D diamond. And simply pin it to a headband, hat or even your headband to give the illusion of a floating ‘Plumbob’ (yes, we Googled the actual name of that floating diamond).



Vampire teeth can be picked up for as little as £1 at Poundland and paired with some pasty white face paint and the blackest clothes you own, you’ll fit right in at any Halloween themed do.



Pointy hat and all black – sorted. Brandish your kitchen broom and claim you’re the wickedest witch in the West.


For the last-minute ghouls

The best thing about Halloween is that anything goes. Grab some fake blood, ripped tights, torn clothes, or a bedsheet and get creative.


For more scarily good cheap tricks and budgeting tips?

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Wherever you go and whatever identity you assume, have a safe Halloween!


Best Wishes,

Sophie Manners, Student Intern.


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