As my beloved husband always says, we all wear costumes all year round anyway...
If you're looking for a really economical, fool-proof Halloween outfit, may I recommend the good old fashioned zombie? Going the Frankenstein route does have its own advantages, namely, you can use your own hair, no need to comb it and the make up is impossible to mess up. Spooky, huh?
Another economical and no-hassle option is being Marilyn:
No resemblance needed. (Well.... Geoff tried on the Marilyn wig but looked more like the guy from the Blue Lagoon...) Cheap Marilyn wigs can be found at just about any supermarket. Make the eyebrows as pointy as possible using a pencil and don't forget the dot. Throw on LOTS of black eyeliner and red glossy lipstick. Any evening gown and sparkling jewelry will suffice. In a worst-case scenario you’ll still be able to pass for Madonna or Christina Aguilera.
The obvious downside is that people will inevitably compare us to the real Marilyn and under no circumstances will we come out as winners. Also, it is pretty tiring carrying yourself as Marilyn for longer than 5 minutes --striking the pose is a pretty exhausting activity.
Dressing up as though you were from a different era is also a great last-minute option.
The obvious advantage is that you can't mess it up and no one will say that you don't look anything like Marilyn. This is a $5.99 Halloween wig from K-mart and the rest of the outfit could be anything old-fashioned-looking from your closet.
The real bummer is your friends telling you that you look better with this hair than your own. (Robyn, do you want the knife back or should I just keep it in my chest? Kidding... But still...)
If you have decided to skip Halloween all together and are having a quiet evening instead, soaking your feet in a hot lavender soak wearing a deep penetrating cleansing mask... well, when you decide to change your mind and go to that party after all, it won't be too late. Leave the mask on and go for the Joker look. The Joker look is also a great back up plan if you just can't get the Marilyn right. Just smudge the whole thing and you're good to go.
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*P.S.: These costumes are from last year.