Halloween is almost here and, while we all love dressing up, it can be difficult to think of an original costume that won’t cost a fortune to create.

Since nobody wants to see you wearing your actual bedsheet as a ghost cossie again, we’ve pulled some pop culture inspo for you to swoon over, along with some suggestions of how to recreate the looks IRL. And no, there’s not an It clown mask in sight.

You can thank us later when your Insta likes are through the roof.

Beyoncé and the twins

You can go as simple or as outlandish as you like with Bey’s baby arrival Instagram announcement, as long as you have two dolls on hand to play Sir Carter and Rumi, plus plenty of chiffon from the haberdashery to waft around in. Snaps if you do a full photoshoot complete with floral arch.

Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾

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Zombie Taylor Swift

There are so many potential costumes in Taylor’s Look What You Made Me Do video, but zombie Taylor in a white dress feels the most Halloween-appropriate – though you should probably leave the shovel at home. Don’t forget your ‘Here Lies Taylor Swift’s Reputation’ sign.

 

Betty and Veronica from Riverdale

Get your best mate involved, make sure you’ve got a blonde and a brunette wig if your own hair colours don’t match up, and recreate the Riverdale gals’ cheerleading outfits. Bonus: since they’re basically T-shirts, gym shorts and long socks, not only are these costumes friendly on your bank balance, but you’ll probably find a way to reuse them. Like in P.E.

vixens 💕

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Hillary Clinton

Get yourself a cute red trouser suit (maybe from your nan’s wardrobe?), a cropped blonde wig and you’re ready to pay homage to the almost-President of the United States. Need further inspiration? Check out Katy Perry’s Hillary cossie from last year. Prosthetics and boyfriend dressed as Bill Clinton entirely optional.

 

Love Island

There are so many ways you could embody this year’s most talked-about TV show, Love Island, but you might get a little chilly if you try going out in just your bikini. Why not create yourself a cardboard map of the British Isles to wear and cover it in hearts? Geddit? LOVE Island?

Salt bae

White T-shirt, fistful of salt and you’re ready to play one of the year’s best memes.

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My favourite moment in the whole school year is turning up in a new pair of shoes for the start of September term. Forget celebrating a rare sports day win, passing a hard exam or finding out there’s a substitute teacher covering the next lesson – it’s all about stepping into a new school year in a pair of perfectly polished, patent black shoes. (For me.)

I strut or stomp (depending on if it’s the year of heels or flats) down the corridor, embracing the ubiquitous sense of change, inspiration and challenge that autumn brings. It might mark the end of summer holidays, suntans and ice lollies; but it also kickstarts a new chapter of learning, laughs and pumpkin spice lattes.

Yep, autumn is the best season. Whether you agree with me or think I need to seriously reconsider my life, take a look at my argument for why…

New term stationery

One day, you’re probably going to be the world’s most successful rocket scientist, writer, chef, car mechanic or whatever-the-heck-you-want-to-be. You will look back at where it all started: in the classroom, writing out a chemical formula, penning a short story or drawing a masterpiece.

You’ll realise that you wouldn’t ever have been able to do it all without your trusty pencil case, overflowing with pens, highlighters, pencils, rubbers, spare hair bobbles and folded notes from your bff. The stationery set and pencil case are probably the most important annual investment you make (maybe even more so than the shoes), so choose wisely.

Halloween

What’s not to love about Halloween? Fancy dress parties, unlimited supplies of sweets, scary film fests, the Monster Mash – it’s the social event of the year. The weirdest but also perhaps most wonderful part, is that it suddenly becomes socially acceptable to wrap yourself in toilet roll, knock on your neighbours’ doors and demand a windfall of chocolates, sweets and even money (yep, I received 50p once) just for shouting ‘TRICK OR TREAT’. You can’t do that at Christmas, can you?!

Fooooooood

Hearty soup, creamy hot chocolate, pear and blackberry crumble, toffee apples, bonfire toffee, homemade stew, chilli con carne, jacket potatoes, mash potato with everything, pumpkin pie (with a huge dollop of thick cream) – we could literally go on all day, but the main reason we love the new season? We can bid a fond farewell to skimpy summer salads! (Apologies for the drool that is no doubt falling from the sides of your mouth RN.)

Wonderful weekend walks

Whether you’re walking the dog, meeting up with a pal or simply going for a stroll while plugged into your favourite podcast, nothing beats the sun shining on you as you crunch over crisp leaves on an autumn walk. Breathing in the cold air gives you a revitalising energy akin to being in a screaming crowd at a Justin Bieber concert. And you get to trial your new bobble hat and gloves combo for the first time – win!

Cosy nights in

Yeah, yeah – summer BBQs, Christmas parties and spring flings are all nice ways of spending an evening. But secretly, we all prefer an excuse to just go home on a rainy Friday night, turn up the central heating, get into a pair of freshly washed PJs, order a huge pizza and watch Harry Potter with the fam. If it was socially acceptable, human hibernation would definitely be a thing.

It’s also the ideal situation if you’re on your period – who wants to sit in the sweltering summer sun, or battle through Christmas parties, with the worst cramps ever? Thank autumn for its cold, dark nights, and let it wrap you in its arms with carbs and the comfort of the sofa.

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I was always a scaredy cat. When my friends were watching scary movies, I could be found in the room next door playing card games with their parents or sitting on the toilet seat in the bathroom, reading a book.

But, for some reason, I have always loved urban legends. I love how dramatic they are. I love the voices people put on, all deep and gravelly. I love the theatrics of the dark room with nothing but a torch underneath someone’s chin for light. I love the way my friends and I all grip each other’s hands so tight that they turn a delicate shade of purple.

Logically, we all know they aren’t really true. We know that none of these things really happened to anyone’s cousins boyfriends sisters. We know that it’s improbable that so many killers are on the loose – and if they are, we really need to re-think our prison system. But hey, why should ‘the truth’ get in the way of a good story?

So for Halloween we thought we’d share some of our favourite spooky stories… and I promise, they all happened to a friend of a friend of mine. Probably.

Workin’ like a dog

Dogs make everyone feel safer. They’re warm and cosy and they bark when there’s a strange noise outside. But I don’t think there’s anyone in the world that has ever found a dog licking their hand comforting after hearing this story…

dogsA young girl is home alone with her dog when she hears a killer is on the loose (obvs). She locks all the doors and windows before going to bed. In the night, she hears:

Drip.

Drip.

Drip.

It’s coming from the bathroom. Frightened, (dripping is notoriously scary), she reaches underneath the bed and feels her dog lick her hand. Comfortingly. But the next morning when she goes to the bathroom, she finds her dog (skinned/decapitated/or just dead, depending on how twisted the person telling the story is) hanging in the shower, with his blood slowly dripping onto the tiles.

On the shower wall, written in the dog’s blood, are the words “HUMANS CAN LICK TOO.”

 

In the eye of the beholder

A girl was home alone at night watching TV on a sofa (seriously, where are these people’s parents?), when she glanced at the window and saw the hazy figure of a tall man. She quickly called the police but when they arrived, they didn’t find any footprints in the fresh snow… just watery footprints behind the couch.

“You are very lucky to be alive, young lady!” the policeman said.

“Why?” replied the confused girl.

“Because the man was behind the couch. That was his reflection you saw in the glass.”

Honestly, I know he was a murderer and all, but he could of at least wiped his feet before he came in.

 

Somebody hit the lights

A college student was studying late when she realised she had to nip back to her dorm room to pick up some more of her notes. So she wouldn’t disturb her roommate, she didn’t turn on the lights – just picked up her stuff from her desk and went back to the library.

Later, when she went back to her room, she found her roommate dead and a note written in lipstick on the mirror. It said, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the light?”

The moral of this story? Being a conscientious student might one day save you from being murdered. There’s a 99% chance a pushy parent came up with this one.

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Hooking up

A couple in a car had pulled over on the side of the road and were kissing when they heard an announcer on the radio say there was an escaped convict in the area. He was described as having a hook instead of a right hand (Captain Hook, we’re looking at you).

The couple were frightened (they’d probably seen Peter Pan), so they started the car and sped away. But when the boy dropped his date home, he walked around to open the car door for her… and hanging off the door handle was a hook.

So, studying and not kissing boys is the way to avoid being murdered? Let us get a pen.

 

No more clowning around 

This one seems particularly poignant considering the killer clown craze that’s going on right now (seriously 2016, what the hell?)

A girl is babysitting two kids while their parents are out for dinner. After they watch the news where (you guessed it) a killer is on the loose (also, what crappy babysitter makes kids watch the news?), the babysitter puts the kids to bed. A few minutes later, they come downstairs complaining that the clown statue is staring at them. The babysitter didn’t know what to do, so she called the kid’s parents.

“The children are frightened of the clown statue in their room. I was wondering if I should cover it up?” the babysitter asked.

“They don’t have a clown statue in their room,” comes the reply.

Dun, dun, DUUUUUUUUUUUUN.

clown

From this spooky sample selection, I think we can safely conclude that parents need to leave young girls at home alone less often, the prison system could step it up, and that in a weird twist, the 2016 killer clown thing might actually be more frightening than the actual urban legend. What a time to be alive, hey?

I don’t know about you but tonight, I’m sleeping with the lights on.

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My best ever Halloween costume was the time I dressed up as Margaret Thatcher – complete with cardboard and kitchen foil iron (she was The Iron Lady, after all). It was easy to assemble (a blue vintage dress, a cheap wig and the aforementioned iron), original and 100% not sexy: everything I look for in a Halloween outfit. Because the thing is, there’s nothing more boring than being the girl at the party dressed as a sexy witch. Or even worse, a sexy cat. *Shudder*

So, if you’d like to follow my lead and find yourself a last-minute, cheap as chips, easy-peasy and totally un-sexy Halloween outfit that no one else will have thought of (unless, you know, they’ve also read this), here are some suggestions…

1% phone battery

Is there any greater modern woe than finding yourself miles from a charger with only 1% battery? Of course there isn’t. Which is why 1% battery is the perfect Halloween look. Wear: head to toe black (could it BE any easier?), then simply top off with a 1% battery sign (which you can either print off or hand draw). I’d wear mine as a massive headdress (think flower headdress, but techie), but you could also stick it on your top. Easy peasy.

Roadkill

If you really have to go out dressed as an animal, may I suggest you go as one which has been run over? Because, well, this is Halloween after all. Smaller animals such as squirrels and hedgehogs work best for this. Simply wear the standard animal costume (fluffy tail, ears etc) and then accessorise with black tire marks and fake blood. Lots of fake blood.

Internet troll

Sadly lots of us will have encountered an internet troll at some point (boo), and while IRL you absolutely shouldn’t engage with them (it’s all about the block and reporting, peeps), as far as I know, there aren’t any rules against dressing up like one for Halloween.

Costume-wise, dress up like one of those Troll toys from the 90s (V topical, as the Troll movie starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake has just hit the screens), and jazz it up by pinning on some suitably spiteful comments. Oh, and obviously make sure to be extra loud and obnoxious all night.

Your ex

I don’t know what they looked like, what they wore or even how it ended, but I know they totally deserve to be lambasted in the form of your 2016 Halloween outfit. Probably. Or if not, feel free to go as one of mine (tweet me for details)!

Period on white trousers/ skirt/ dress

Too far? I think not! As anyone who has ever experienced this doom will attest – it is the absolute worst. All you’ll need is some white clothing (which a quick trip to Primark or your local charity shop should sort) and some red food dye or fake blood. Best of all, it’ll freak out all the menfolk. Boom. 

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Halloween is creeping up on us (don’t turn round) but if you haven’t even thought about a costume yet, don’t panic – I’ve got you covered.

Before you rush out to your nearest shop to buy that last lonely tube of fake blood left on the seasonal shelf, I’ve gathered some of my favourite zero-gore, totally minimum-effort Halloween make up ideas that you can do with the products you probably already have at home, as tested on a real life face. Mine. Ideal to have on standby as a quick solution for those last-minute party plans your mates will probably spring on you.

Cheaty tips
  • I didn’t have any face paint so I just used some eye shadow with a layer of Vaseline underneath to give it a bit more grip and make the colours stand out against my skin!
  • Don’t worry if your hand is shaky. I like to use an eyeliner pencil to draw an outline and then go over it with liquid eyeliner to make those lines stand out better. And you can always tidy up the edges afterwards.

Spider queen

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-13-50-41Because why wouldn’t you want an incy wincy spider climbing up the side of your mouth? Sparkly eye shadow is always fun, so use it as a base for your cobweb to really draw attention to your spidey-eye.

Difficulty: 4/10. Scariness: 4/10. Products used: 3.

You’ll need:
Sparkly eye shadow in your favourite colour 
Vaseline
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

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This is probably one of the creepiest of the lot, so we wouldn’t blame you if you get progressively freaked out as you finish off the look. Team with a cute dress and pigtails for the full package.

Difficulty: 5/10. Scariness: 8/10. Products used: 4.

You’ll need:
White face paint or eyeshadow
Black face paint or eyeshadow
Red lipstick
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

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You can’t fault a classic, guys. We love this one because it’s so soooo easy to pull off and you can also get away with putting minimal effort in to your outfit. Because skeletons still wear clothes, okay?

Difficulty: 3/10. Scariness: 7/10. Products used: 3.

You’ll need:
Black face paint or eye shadow
Whit face paint or eye shadow
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

Not-so-funny jester

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The humble jester is always a winner. Not too lol, not too scary; ticks all the boxes. Admittedly it’s a little bit fiddly to draw the shapes around your eyes, but if you take your time and draw outlines with pencil eyeliner first, you’ll nail it.

Difficulty: 6/10. Scariness: 6/10. Products used: 3

You’ll need:
Colourful eye shadow in your favourite colour
Vaseline
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner

 

Lioness

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Forget the pet cat, it’s all about the lion! This is a really fun one if you’re not into the whole scary thing but want something cool to dress up as. Once you’ve got all of your features down, shower shimmery bronzer along your cheekbones and forehead to really get glow that Aslan glow.

Difficulty: 5/10. Scariness: 2/10. Products used: 4

You’ll need:
Highlighter/concealer/foundation one or two shades lighter than your skin tone
Black kohl pencil and/or liquid eyeliner
White face paint or eye shadow
Bronzer. Lots of it.

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