Misfits Guide to: Halloween Costumes on the Cheap

I know you. You’re sitting there with absolutely no idea what to wear on Halloween but you do know you don’t want to break the bank. Never fear, fellow Misfits, we are here to help. All of the costumes listed below came be put together with things that are already in your closet, easily attainable at thrift store, or pretty cheap to buy.

Jason Todd
Also known as “the Dead Robin,” he’s recently come back to life to haunt the Bat-family. His current costume is easy: jeans, boots, white t-shirt, leather or black jacket, black gloves, and most importantly a red mask (oval shaped). Two fake guns and holster optional.

Spiky hair, dark button-down shirt, slacks you can kick someone in the face in, and dark shoes. A long leather or trench coat is most important, the fangs and bumpy forehead is optional.

Fox Network
All black – a hoodie will make a handy substitution for a robe – and a fake sickle or axe. The real kick to this costume is fox ears, a tail too if you’re feeling completest. If you can’t find ears, you can always print out the net’s logo and pin it to your shirt. Feel free to carry a list of canceled shows with you, though you may not have enough paper.

Sarah Connor
A variation of the Ripley, some cargo pants or dark jeans, work boots, a dark tank top, and toy guns – lots of guns – make this a pretty simple get up. Leg holsters, hidden toy knives, and a leather jacket are optional.

She-Hulk Reverted Back to Human Form
Tatter and shred t-shirt or stretch out a tank top and pair it with some roughly cut jean shorts (ideally purple) and flip flops or sneakers with holes in them to be Jennifer Walters-after-smashing-a-villain sheik. Feel free to tousle your hair and add some dirt and blood stains to your clothes.

Leon, The Professional
To replicate everyone’s favorite plant carrying assassin, all you need is a dark pea coat, beanie, round sunglasses, and, of course, a potted plant. Feel free to carry some guns too. Wow…that seems to be a theme, doesn’t it?

Mythbusters‘ Adam Savage and/or Jamie Hyneman
Both are fairly simple costumes but the real keys are in the facial hair. Adam must have a red goatee whereas Jamie’s goatee has some handlebar to it. To match Adam’s fashion sense, rock a nerd-friendly t-shirt (one that says “Don’t Try This At Home” would be ideal), some black-rimmed specs, jeans, and sneakers. Jamie’s outfit is a lot more distinctive – clear or white rounded glasses, long-sleeve under button-down or tee shirt, jeans, white sneaks, and a beret. You can’t forget the beret.

Cassie Hack from Hack/Slash
A less mainstreams comic, Hack/Slash follows the bloody adventures of Cassie and Vlad who spend their time tracking down and killing slashers before they can dispatch of a lot of victims. Her outfit varies but generally is a black tank top with a black skirt and chain belt. Arm sleeves, leggings with holes, a mesh shirt, striped knee-high socks – all are optional. One thing you really ought to carry to really make this work is a bat (plastic is fine) with the words “Kiss It” written on the business end.

General Tips: Check the 99-cent Store, you’d be surprised what great stuff you can find there for a buck…Don’t be afraid to cut/paint up any clothes you own but don’t really wear anymore or sleep in…Accessories, accessories, accessories – check out random little jewelry stores in malls for very affordable finishing pieces…Those random Halloween specialty stores are 50/50 with having what you need so always have a back-up plan like a toy store or Target…Ross and Payless are also good options if you need cheap shoes, also Ross has A LOT of cheap clothes if you need anything last-minute.

Feel free to add any suggestions you have or details to make what I’ve got pop. And we’d love to share any photos of you rocking your costume on Halloween night!

About Tamara Brooks

A few things I wondered about as a kid: Why didn't Wonder Woman punch more bad guys in the face on the tv show?; How does Superman flying around the Earth turn back time?; Could someone really catch bullets with their teeth?; Why didn't the liquid bits of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man cause 3rd degree burns on whoever it landed on? Because melted marshmallow is up there with molten hot lava.