Everyone likes an excuse to dress up as somebody, or something, that they’re not. It’s become pretty standard to have at least two, or even three, different costumes to wear out to different social events and parties for Halloween. But what if you don’t want to spend $40 per costume, or you wait until the last minute to go to that creepy Halloween pop-up shop at the mall and the only costume they have left is a “sexy” Mrs. Potatoehead (yes that exists)? Then it’s time to DIY– Halloween-edition. It’ll save you money, will give you more creative flexibility, and will ensure that no one wears the exact same costume as you. So, without further ado, here are the top five DIY Halloween style tips (in no particular order):1. Add a headpiece. I, personally, always have a few cat ears and tiaras on hand just in case of emergencies. Adding a simple headpiece to any outfit automatically makes it a “costume.” That way, you can make it as scandalous or as conservative as you want without ever losing your costume identity. This year, I bought an angel’s halo for $8 at iParty on Route 9 and called it a day. Now, no one can question the fact that I’m an angel, and I get to utilize my white tutu skirt I've been wanting to wear for months, even though it is otherwise irrelevant to my angel persona. Done and done. Similarly, you'll do well to just buy a $10 mask, wig, or even one of those masquerade eye-pieces to complete (or make) a look! As long as you have one defining feature of a costume on your head, no one will ask any questions. 2. ABC (Anything-But-Clothes Costume) The ABC costume involves dressing up in random household items. Some examples of this would be a ghost (cut two holes and voila!), a Christmas tree (battery-powered lights, anyone?), a present (wrapping paper—duh), a grape (purple balloons), a mummy (think Heavenly Soft toilet paper), a newspaper (read me…), Twister (play me…), and so on. My personal favorite is “50 shades of grey.” Run to the paint store and “borrow” 50 different grey paint sample color strips and tape them over your body. You are now 50 shades of grey. You’re welcome. 3. Dressing up as a friend (or frenemy) Dressing up as a friend is easy and fun. You can either steal their clothes to wear (ideal if you are always lusting after that adorable dress…), or mix and match your own in a way that portrays their unique style. Usually, you would want to pick someone that has a very distinct sense of style. And by distinct I mean hilarious to make fun of. That way, you’ll get loads of laughs and be super popular. 4. Crazy Hair & Makeup You can find loads of Halloween makeup tutorials on YouTube. Granted, these people are usually professional makeup artists and trying to copy what they do will probably have you looking like the Joker instead of Princess Jasmine, but it’s a worth a try. Grab that friend that everyone goes to for makeup advice and sparkly eye shadow and enlist them to assist in your transformation. Probably the most popular makeup transformations this year are zombies (make yourself look dead! Cute!), the Hunger Games Effie Trinket, vampires, skeletons (even cuter than zombies), and celebrity starlets. If you have never seen dope2111’s YouTube channel, and you are leaning towards a crazy makeup look for Halloween, you need to check out this beauty guru’s make-up tutorials, of which the most recent include Audrey Hepburn, Malificent, Alice in Wonderland, the Corpse Bride, Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, Princess Zelda, and the Terminator. She’s really unbelievable and actually serves as my main inspiration for this particular DIY Halloween style tip. Similarly, certain hairstyles are iconic enough that you could really get away with just doing your hair well to complete a look (think Audrey Hepburn’s updo or Kim Kardashian’s wavy locks). Pick an era, do your hair according to that time period, and become a vintage vixen! Or, use colored hair spray and a curling iron to copy one of Lady Gaga's crazy looks. 5. Partner Up There’s strength in numbers, even for Halloween costumes. People will think you put more thought into your costume if you take the time to coordinate with others. This way you can create the illusion that you’re super creative, even if you resort to just wearing a sign on your chest! One of the simplest and cutest group costumes is a sexy group of iPods. Just gather a group of girls (or boys) to wear different colored dresses and pin on a picture of a trackwheel and screen. If you want to get super creative, pick a song name for your “screen” that is provocative and preferably inappropriate. This kind of setup can be used for a number of inanimate objects, including soda brands, candy bars, crayola crayons, and iPhone apps. If you want to recycle your Natty Light boxes, try being a “six pack” with some of your buddies. You can cut out one side of the box and string it over your neck, or, if you really like spending time with the people your doing your Halloween costume with, you can construct a box for your “six pack” out of cardboard or any other material that will keep you connected throughout the night. Basically, if you have some extra boxes hanging around, there are plenty of Halloween costumes you can make, including but not limited to: robots, rubix cubes, and a binder full of women. If you’re reallyyy lazy and don’t have any boxes lying around, try coordinating with a group of people to be a cast from a television series, movie, or a group of politicians. This way, you can just wear your own clothes and maybe, if you’re lucky, you can be the “pretty” one. My personal favorites are the cast of Girls, Madmen, Scooby Doo, Jersey Shore, Bridesmaids, Britney Spears over the years, Care Bears, and Glee.