Wheaton residents haven't abandoned the tradition of dressing up on Halloween just because they've had to grow up. In fact, the city ranks near the top among DuPage County communities for spending on adult Halloween costumes.
What used to be a holiday for kids has become playtime for adults, with adults across the United States pending $512.1 million on costumes in 2011, according to a story in Crain’s Chicago Business. Spending on kids' costumes was about $100 million less, according to the publication.
Wheaton residents spent $172,519 on adult Halloween costumes in 2011, according to Crain’s. That was more than residents in Glen Ellyn and Lombard, but less than residents in Naperville, who spent a total of $548,627.
Buying a new costume at a store can be costly, depending on the costume. A woman's bumble bee costume—with a seemingly similar amount of fabric as a child's costume—can cost about $40. But they don't have to be that pricey.
Consider stopping in at local resale shops such as Second Hand Rose, Too Good to Toss or Wise Penny Resale Shop. Or, repurpose items in your closet.
Savers, a resale chain store with locations in Downers Grove and Carol Stream has a number of ideas for simple Halloween costumes.
Here are a few costume ideas. Have one of your own, share it in comments.
Audrey Hepburn: You'll be a vision of Holly Golightly with a little black dress, some big black sunglasses, a large statement necklace and a tiara. If possible add in some long gloves.
Zombie: Creep everyone out. Grab a black dress, ripped tights, a messy wig, fake blood, zombie make up and don't forget the dazed look.
Jack Sparrow: Grab some black pants, boots, an eye patch, a long wig, rings on every finger, and a white flowy shirt paired with some rotten teeth and you’ll be ready to sail the high seas.
Katie Perry: Find a pin-up style swimsuit or tank top, tuck it into a pair of cutoff jean shorts, add a wig, (pick any colors she’s known to wear) jewelry, heels and a flower behind the ear and you’re ready to act like the Cali-for-nia girl.
Dark Shadows-Style Vampire: Give your own spin to the vampire trend. Men can pair a dark vintage suit with a puffy shirt with long sleeves and flouncy cuffs (from the women’s department) add in an ascot, gothic-style medallion, pale makeup, fake nails and if possible, rock it with a cane.
Bridesmaids: Find a second hand bridesmaid dress, add some silk flowers for a bouquet and if you have more friends the merrier on this one make it a whole wedding party, with one friend dressed as the bride.