Halloween and college go together like peanut butter and jelly. Sure, each is fun enough on its own but with their powers combined the whole thing is even better! Unfortunately, between the parties, costumes, and decorations, celebrating Halloween can also be pricey – all that fun can quickly add up if you aren’t careful. After all, the only thing scarier than another installment of Friday the 13th is student loan debt (especially since that particular nightmare lasts more than two hours)! Fortunately, we here at International Student Loan have some tips that can help you make the most of your Halloween without breaking the bank. First up, looking the part; here are a few budget friendly Halloween costume ideas:

Casper the (Budget) Friendly Ghost

To pull this one off you can leave the white sheet at home. Instead, use a white robe and a little makeup to give yourself a ghostly makeover. Once you are dressed in the robe you just need to add a generous dusting of white make-up on your face and hands to complete the outlook. Don’t forget to add a couple of finishing touches, though, to really sell it: a bit more makeup for your lips and some black eyeliner make this budget friendly costume idea go the distance.

The (Price Conscious) Ninja

On the opposite end of the color spectrum, a ninja costume requires little more than a few pieces of baggy black clothing: pants, T-shirt, and turtleneck. By carefully tying a black T-shirt over your head like a hood (and tucking any extra fabric into the turtleneck), you can probably assemble the pieces of this costume from your own closet. Bonus points if you can borrow a sword or throwing stars from a neighbor who is keen on martial arts!

The (Deal) Devil

Though you probably won’t find the necessary horns in your closet, they (and a good suit for him, red skirt for her) are all you need to pull off this budget friendly costume. If you want to go the extra mile you can add a little red makeup (or lipstick) and a tail. The more red you wear the better but no matter what you will be well on your way to enjoying Halloween on the cheap!