Arts & Culture / Mosaic / October 26, 2011

Cheap college costumes

As Halloween comes closer, hundreds of broke, lazy college students are scrambling to find cheap and quick Halloween costumes.

Some Knox students are getting creative with their Halloween fashion, like sophomore Honor Beeler, who bought a fake nose ring and is painting a flag on jean shorts, preparing to celebrate Halloween as pop singer Kesha.

“My goal every year is to spend less than $10 on my costume,” Beeler said about her colorful getup.

Junior Abagail Kobler plans to be Aquaman, sporting neon green tights with an orange sweater.

“Hopefully my roommate is going to be my underwater sea friend,” Kobler said. This is an excellent example of how student costumes can complement each other.  

Whether you are just missing that final piece to make your costume stand out, or the closest thing you own to a costume is your everyday attire, there are a few locations around Galesburg that could help you out.

An excellent, yet inexpensive way to find costume pieces or maybe even a full costume is visiting the local Goodwill and Salvation Army stores. Goodwill is found at Henderson and Fremont, and the Salvation Army is located on Home Blvd behind Sandburg Village Apartments.

But if secondhand isn’t your style, there are options for buying a new costume like the Dollar General on Main Street, or larger stores like Target and Wal-Mart, which usually have some inexpensive Halloween apparel.

If you are still having trouble finding the right ensemble, stores like Casey’s Party Creations on Main Street have a variety of items and will try to work with you to find the article that you are looking for.

No matter where you shop, remember that Halloween is an opportunity to get creative and be a little silly, so why not get a group of friends together, dress in green, and be gangrene?

There is no wrong answer for Halloween, so maybe even just keep it simple, like junior Carly Oto, who said, “I’m going to wear an angry bird shirt and be an angry bird. That counts, right?”

Kayla Anderson

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