By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
Every year Halloween creeps up and surprises thousands into last-minute, costly costume choices. But just a little planning can lead to a timely and cheap Halloween costume for 2013.
Here's the inside skinny: Identify this year's pop culture icons or characters from the hottest movies and TV shows. Then narrow the list to people who can be easily, and cheaply, replicated.
Short of time or skills needed to craft a low-cost and trend-forward Halloween 2013 costume? Buying or renting is always an option. CostumesGalore,net stocks all kinds of Halloween attire and accessories. Fake mustaches sell for as little as $4 and entire costumes can be rented for $35 and up. Shopping around, online or at local stores, may yield ghoulish savings; pop-up costume stores, uh, pop up all over during the fall.
Still, DIY Halloween costumes are generally the most fun, attract the most comments, and ultimately are the cheapest. Aim for a character who dresses in garments that you may find hanging at the back of the closet or are easy to pick up at second hand stores. Sharing resources with a group of friends is an obvious money-saving tactic -- a tube of Halloween makeup or fake blood provides plenty to go around.
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