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3 DIY Halloween Cosplay Ideas For $50 or Under

Halloween costumes can be quite expensive for a gamer or game enthusiast. Cosplaying as Master Chief, Kratos, Shepard, or most other characters can run you hundreds of dollars for a good costume, whether you make it yourself or have it pre-made. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the cheap costumes that you can buy with $20 or $30 dollars are bound to rip before the night is over.

Let’s be honest here, how many of us wish we could cosplay for halloween (or cosplay anytime, really)? No matter your age, dressing up as your favorite, amazing, kick-butt character is pretty awesome. So, this halloween, here are some cosplay ideas that can be pieced together for under $50, for males and females. Believe it or not, there are some pretty prominent characters out there that can be replicated quite well for very cheap, so here we go!

Idea 1: Desmond Miles (Assassin’s Creed)

Desmond Miles is probably the most important character in the entire AC series, and cosplaying as him is inexpensive. Here, I’m giving a low cost and a “premium” version of the costume. The low-cost costume is quite simple; a black t-shirt, a white, zip-up hoodie, jeans,  gym shoes, and a backpack with one sling. Assuming you already own a black t-shirt, (which can be bought at Wal-Mart for $3 anyway) jeans, and some shoes, you may only need to buy a hoodie and sling backpack. The hoodie below can be bought for roughly $25 on,Product Details and the backpack can be bought there in black for $7.50. Congratulations; for under $35, you can be Desmond Miles!

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Assuming you have a little more money to spend, however, there are some additions and modifications that can be made. Below, the official Desmond Miles hoodie can be bought for about $100, and the official backpack is $80 on the Ubisoft website. The AC IV hidden blade can be purchased at for $40, and the Ubisoft store has other bracelets, pendants, belts, and other accessories, if you wanted to really make a big deal of your Desmond Cosplay.

Boxshot: Assassin's Creed IV Hidden Blade by McFarlane Toys

Assassin's Creed - Desmond Bag

Idea 2: Lara Croft

With the recent re-boot, I wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few Lara Croft’s showed up around town this Halloween. For a female cosplayer, this is a decent costume because it’s pretty modest (especially compared to other costumes) and Lara is one heck of a butt-kicker. The tank top I have pictured can be bought on Amazon for $12, and the fatigues are $29. Weaponless, this Lara Croft costume comes out to $42, but you can toss in this pistol for another $4, because Lara has to have a weapon of some sort. The boots will be a bit costlier, so I would have to say that for a budgeting cosplayer, a pair of gym shoes will have to do the trick. Cake some mud on yourself, (or Nesquick powder mixed with a little water, or use some make-up of some sort) make some “cuts” and get some “blood,” tear the pants and shirt a bit, and ta-da! Lara!

Idea 3: Steve

Yes, I’m legitimately suggesting Steve as a cosplay. Why? In its purest form, there’s literally no cost; it’s a light blue T-shirt, which can be found at many stores for a few bucks. If you want to actually make an effort, pair it with a sword or pickaxe for $25 on Amazon, and you have an instantly recognizable character; what kid nowadays (or adult who’s into games) doesn’t know Minecraft? If you’ve got a friend, then buy this set of two masks on Amazon for $39, and have him wear the Creeper head and a green T-shirt to follow you around in. Assuming you split the cost of the Steve and Creeper heads, you’ll wind up paying about $5 for the blue shirt, $25 for the sword, and $20 for the head, which comes out perfectly to $50, and you’ll be the envy of every single elementary aged kid in the world. You can thank me later. The best part? With the Steve head, this costume becomes unisex.

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Any other ideas? What are some famous heroes and heroines from games with simple costumes? Comment with your suggestions below, and be sure to leave a like or follow the blog if you’ve enjoyed or found this helpful! Then, check out the LP channels in the description below.

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4 thoughts on “3 DIY Halloween Cosplay Ideas For $50 or Under”

  1. This is completely off-topic.

    There is no real way to directly message someone (that I know of) on WordPress, so I thought I’d drop you a line here. I’m working on an idea for a post that looks at comparing pointing out legitimate issues in a game to being unable to recognise that a given game/genre isn’t for a player. There are a number of mechanics, for example, that someone may want to lambaste but are actually genre tropes while others are legitimate issues. If a player isn’t solidly within the genre(s) of the game they’re less likely to know which is which and this comes after being very frustrated with the top-down shooter Stargunner. The game demands pattern memorisation and utter, UTTER perfection in the execution of a plan based on that pattern. At first I thought it was a very bad idea but the more I looked into it the more I saw that it was a genre trope and that, even though I didn’t like it, this was what people who liked those games wanted and meant this was a solid game. I could poke at not getting a minimum ship-refill after defeating a boss (you get 3 lives for the ENTIRE game unless you unlock more with credits or find a power-up) and that may be legitimate, but I can’t poke at the game’s other demands on the player.

    Still trying to work out the details and poking my girlfriend to write her first post.

    1. I really, REALLY would like WordPress to be consistent. If I didn’t go through the reader to check this post I would have never known you responded to it.

      With this comment I was just showing you an idea I had that I thought you might find interesting.

      In respect to writing an article with you or other things along those lines I’d have to see more of what you write, more of what you are interested in writing in respect to gaming, to see how that might work. You have a good eye and your writing is solid, so the only things to consider are conceptual rather than technical. With that said, it’s something I’ve kept in mind since you first mentioned it and I’ll continue to keep it in mind.

      If you have any particular ideas, please feel free to let me know. I’m also interested in knowing whatever came of the ideas you had for your blog, the particular direction you’d like to go.

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