Ask the Readers: Are You Wearing a Costume for Halloween This Year?

By Ashley Jacobs on 11 October 2016 56 comments

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Wearing costumes is a big part of Halloween — and it can be a big chunk of Halloween spending. While store-bought costumes can be pricey, they're certainly convenient. On the other hand, a DIY costume allows you to exercise your creativity and may not cost a penny to put together.

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Tina in NJ

I plan to wear a Halloween-themed sweatshirt this year.

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Guest

I'm volunteering at the zoo this Halloween, so for that I'm being Winnie the Pooh. It isn't a real costume, but red and yellow clothes I've put together, so it's pretty affordable

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Tracy

No, no costume for me.

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Karen Patterson

While I don't get into costume, I encourage and help my 2 grandchildren to create their own DIY costumes for trick-or-treating.

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Louly

I always say I won't but then I end up getting caught up in the spirit and doing something last-minute!

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Elena

I am not wearing a costume

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Julie Wood

I will not be wearing a Halloween Costume this year but my kids are!

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Mami2jcn

I'm not wearing a Halloween costume this year.

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Lisa

We have a Halloween party at work every year and we can compete for prizes. It gets really hard core and there are some amazing costumes. I am definitely dressing up but still trying to figure out the details of my costume. I am trying to use things I have bought over the years so I don't have to spend extra money this year.

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Jenny D

I don't wear a Halloween costume, although I'll usually wear a flannel shirt or an orange t-shirt when handing out candy. My husband has a stash of wigs, sunglasses, and makeup that he's bought from the Halloween clearance bins. He chooses from that and raids our son's closet for a shirt to wear with his pants.
The best costume I ever had was one that was done for me by a relative who did work in makeup and costumes. She made me up as Morticia Addams. Every time I saw myself in a mirror that day, I was shocked. Months later while watching a video made from events during that year of college, I realized that it was me in that costume - I really looked like her.

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Candice

We are re-using some old pieces of costumes to dress up as aliens. It's super easy! And we are repurposing a "monster" costume for our baby into an alien costume! We like doing family costumes and think it's fun to see how people pull off a theme as a group.

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Monique

I think I am going to put together a homemade Pikachu costume for Halloween. I have seen all kinds of great costumes, but some of the most memorable are the ones that translate an abstract idea into a physical costume.

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KAREN

I am not... But I really enjoy watching the little ones going around the neighborhood.

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luke

Going the route of semi home made. Going as Mr Robot / Elliot / Fsociety.
Costume consists of a black hoodie given to me for my birthday, a brown light jacket, with the "Mr Robot" label that I will print off my inkjet, and a baseball cap. I will have a small black backpack with me that I can carry my Fsociety mask that I ordered online (only part thats not "home made")

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Gina

I'm not wearing a costume for Halloween. I've never seen a memorable costume just generic ones.

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V

No, we do not observe Halloween.

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Elle

I probably will not be wearing a costume.

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Christie

Yep, I've been Queen Christirella, the Queen of Hearts, and Runpunzel. This year, probably going to be the Blue Fairy. :) Love me some Disney!

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Tracey

Yes my boyfriend and I are dressing as Sandy and Danny from the musical movie Grease

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Kelli

Nope, just being my own everyday scary self!

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Jeff

no costume this year.

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Ernest S.

I am going to recycle an old skeleton costume. It's been a few years, and I spent some money on it, so would love to use it again!

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Mary W

Even as a very young child in elementary school, we made our own costumes. My children made their own too. Usually, our homemade costumes were the best looking ones and a ton of fun.

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Susan Smith

I'm not wearing a costume this year.

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Donna D

Nope, not this year.

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Susan P.

I have a hooded purple cape I made years ago that I put on to hand out candy to Trick-or-Treaters.

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JD

Not sure yet. We haven't decided I'd we are going to a party yet or not. Looking for last minute ideas!!

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MelodyJ

I am not wearing a costume this year.

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Christina

I enjoy autumn decorating and carving a pumpkin, but I don't dress up and haven't since I was a child.

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Cammi Hevener

YES!!! My mom's bday is on Halloween so we have a Family costume/dinner party every year! Our entire family dresses up .. incl 90 year old Gma and 94 year old GPA!! Really fun! #Nevertoooldforcostumes

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Laurajj

I am not dressing up this year for Halloween, but our little one is going to be a shark!

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Yvonne

If it rains, no. If its clear, maybe.

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Bethany M

No, I consider dressing up a kidventure.

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katherine

Yes. It will be my first time in years, but I will dress up along with my two and three year old kids. It will be a DIY costume estimated to cost $10 for materials.

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An G

My girlfriends and i are planning on dressing up as the 7 drawfs

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Guest

I will probably have to for work. I'll either be a cat or a deviled egg.

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J. Pario

Nope, no costume... unless I can find a party somewhere :)

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Amy

I'm being a witch. I got the costume from Walmart.

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Catseye

No, I don't intend to but who knows? Maybe I'll be invited to a party or be asked to wear a costume to work.

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Lynda

no costume for me for halloween

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sindaset

Not this year... but YES for kids :)

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Daniel

I plan on dressing as a police officer this Halloween with my roommate as my crime-fighting partner.

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Betty

No costume for me this year. I really enjoy seeing the kids though. We don't get too many at home, but we do in work.

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Guest

Yes! A mask I bought for 40 percent off at my grocery store.

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Suz_Glo

I am not wearing a costume this year. But I sometimes wear a cool witch hat or cat ears while handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters who visit. My favorites are homemade costumes that are clever and funny.

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Guest

Nope! Costumes are too expensive.

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natasha

I am not dressing up this Halloween but my kids are!

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SKB

Of course, how else will I get my $3 Boorito

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April

I usually go as a witch and wear a witches hat and then all black.

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amanda sakovitz

I'm not dressing up this year

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Happy Love

No. I dress my kids up. That's enough for me.

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Linda

I will not be wearing a costume for Halloween.

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Miss Kim

I am not dressing up this year I don't think.

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Ashley P.

I won't dress up this year.

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Tabathia B

I won't be dressing up this year for halloween, only the kids will be dressed for halloween

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Thomas Murphy

I am not dressing up.

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Guest

People always ask me that. What are you supposed to be, they ask. But, I say, I'm not wearing any costume. They're still scared anyway.