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30 Unexpected Halloween Costumes You Can DIY

Not so into the idea of buying a completely revealing Big Bird costume this year? You can DIY these outfits without much time or money and avoid the "sexy" black hole entirely.

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Use things you already have lying around the house:


If you want to be especially relevant, dress up as something from the news:


Cut holes in a box for your arms and head, and print out or paint the apps you'd like to display (maybe leave off the WebMD Mobile app you consult whenever you cough more than once in the course of a single day).


10. Or Paul Ryan:

Draw on a widow's peak with some eyeliner or shadow, powder your face extra pale, and if you happen to have a gigantic blazer lying around, throw that on, too. If you really want to take it easy, just print and cut out this handy mask.


Couple's costumes that won't make everybody hate you:

Group costumes are fun and low-stress (just make sure it still works even if one of your friends decides to leave the party):

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You know who absolutely loves Halloween (or at least doesn't have a firm enough grasp of the English language to communicate hatred)? Your baby!

Wrap a BabyBjorn or other snuggly in felt and glue popcorn to your baby's hat. Get a bowtie and suspenders for yourself, and make peace with the fact that you are fake-peddling your child as if it were food.

The full instructions for this adorable costume are here, but you don't have to handmake every detail; you could use an old Boy or Girl Scout sash and a backpack rather than making them yourself. Balloons are a must.

And even if you're not into wearing a costume yourself, you can always dress up your pet:


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