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DIY Halloween costumes that everyone can afford: Domestic Diva

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Here are some tips and advice on these affordable, do-it-yourself Halloween costumes straight from Domestic Diva Jane Monzures.

Marie Antoinette:

  • This is perfect for the last minute people.
  • Go to any HALLOWEEN pop up store and buy a bag costume. They are made well enough to look good, but you can make it your own by embellishing it with fabric and accessories
  • Stitch on extra fabric to really make her look exactly like who she is - very French and rebellious.


  • It's a simple outfit because it's a thrift store dress. This is a vintage gown, but you can use any green, grey or olive dress in your closet - especially if you have an old bridesmaid dress
  • Any medallion necklace will do. I tied a belt bucket to a leather necklace, and got plastic snakes from the toy store.
  • Make up is paramount for this costume. Special thanks to Kate Johnson Artistry for their work on Thursday's models.
  • Save money and reuse a dress from home, and spend the money on getting your makeup done professionally!

Vegas Showgirl:

  • If you are brave enough to wear it, all you need is a bikini top and boy shorts.
  • I glued gems on the top and cut a piece of sheer fabric for the wrap. The feathers can be expensive, but I got them at and prices were reasonable.
  • Glue feathers in Styrofoam for the tail and head piece. This costume is a show-piece. When you're finished with it, use it as a decorative wall hanging.

Couples costume - Senorita and Matador:

  • Add red fabric to a thrift store dress to make it bounce, and stitch gold ribbon to a thrift store men's jacket and pants – or you can glue them instead.
  • What really makes this costume is the Day of the Dead Sugar Skull face make up, which is all the rage this year.

Keys to the costumes:

  • Halloween is a one and done holiday, so don't spend a ton of money on the costume - focus on the hair and make up to make it stand out.
  • Hit the thrift store and fabric stores and invest in a glue gun.
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