9 creative group costumes for HallOUween

HallOUween is right around the corner. If you’re dressing up, the time to make or buy your costume is quickly approaching. Buying your outfit can be really expensive, especially if you and your friends are all broke college students; making a costume is a much better idea. From corny to popular culture references, below are great ideas for group costumes that you can make yourself.

1. Four seasons

A cute costume with minimal work required. Photo from The Ontario Blade.

A cute costume with minimal work required. Photo from The Ontario Blade.

This costume is easy and can be changed up to fit any gender. Start with shirts or dresses in colors of the season—green for spring, yellow for summer, red or brown for fall, and blue or white for winter—and glue fake leaves, flowers, or snowflakes to them depending on which season you are. Wear footwear that matches the season, and you’ve got a creative costume with minimal effort.

2. Terrible prom group

Team up with some friends to get some use out of the outfits you only wore once. Photo from Pinterest.

Team up with some friends to get some use out of the outfits you only wore once. Photo from Pinterest.

Hit up a local thrift store or re-purpose some dresses in your closet. Guys can wear ugly dress shirts, suspenders and ill-fitting shorts or pants. Glue things like sequins, feathers, fake flowers, ribbons and whatever else you find on clearance at the craft store wherever you think they should go.  Apply makeup terribly, and make boutonnieres and corsages for a complete look.

3. Minions

Minions

An easy costume for groups of any size. Photo from PopSugar.

The minion costume can be used no matter how many people are in the group. Get yellow t-shirts, and draw Gru’s logo on them. Then wear yellow leggings and overalls (or jean shorts with suspenders), an optional black construction hat and some big glasses to complete the ensemble.

4. Bridesmaids

Take some fun posed shots and everyone can have a new Facebook cover photo for several weeks. Photo from Ellen.

Take some fun posed shots and everyone can have a new Facebook cover photo for several weeks. Photo from Ellen.

With a group of friends, pick one friend to wear a white dress with a pink sash and have everyone else wear dresses that are similar shades of pink. If you want to go all out, have everyone carry small bouquets of fake flowers.

5. Duck Dynasty

Everyone will know who you are with minimal effort. Photo from Shakatron.

Everyone will know who you are with minimal effort. Photo from Shakatron.

Match camo shirts with camo pants and camo headbands. American flag headbands or camouflage hats will do in a pinch. Wear fake beards—or make them out of cotton balls—and you’re set.

6. The Wizard of Oz

A cute classic. Photo from Buzznet.

A cute classic. Photo from Buzznet.

This idea works perfectly for a group of four. Get a blue gingham dress with a white shirt for Dorothy, silver face paint with gray clothes for the Tin Man, patched clothes and a simple hat for the Scarecrow, and yellow clothes with a mane made out of felt or fake fur for the Cowardly Lion. You should probably leave any furry friends at home, though. HallOUween gets crazy, and Toto is no match for thousands of intoxicated partiers.

7. Rock, paper, scissors

This idea is really simple and allows you to use what you already have around. Photo from Runaroundaroo.

This idea is really simple and allows you to use what you already have around. Photo from Runaroundaroo.

Many people love a good round of rock, paper, scissors (unless you lose, of course). This costume is really easy to make. The more ambitious member of the group can use silver duct tape on their pants and shirt to make the blades and the handle. Draw on cheap white sweatshirts and sweatpants with permanent markers to look like paper. Finally, the rock requires little to no effort—just wear the same color on top and bottom and occasionally curl into a small ball.

8. Dominos

dominos

An easy idea that can be done with any size group. Photo from 1017chuckfm.

Dominoes are perhaps the simplest idea on this list; these costumes can be made for individuals as well as huge groups. Just wear black on top and bottom, and tape some white circles on your clothes in the pattern of a domino.

9. Crayons

If you're feeling really ambitious, you can make a box, but that will take more time and lots of paint. Photo from Buzzfeed.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can make a box, but that will take more time and lots of paint. Photo from Buzzfeed.

Match your shirt with your pants, and then fold construction paper into a cone to wear on your head. Get some puffy paint to write “Crayola” on your clothes. A crayon box can be made if you want, but isn’t necessary.

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