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Something Different: 10 Unique D.I.Y. Halloween Costume Ideas

Tired of the costumes that flood out year after year? Nervous someone else might show up to the Halloween party wearing the same thing? Here are some costume ideas you can put together with a little time, some imagination, and a hot glue gun.

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Go as an Image from Your Favourite Poem

Go as an Image from Your Favourite Poem

Pick an image from your favourite poem, like the Raven (Poe) pictured above, and make a costume out of it. If it's too abstract, you could always take the line from the poem and paint it somewhere on your costume. Be creative! You can always just dress up as your favourite poet and recite over beers all night.

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Be a Philosopher for the Night

Be a Philosopher for the Night

Part of dressing up is taking on the stories these people have left behind. For this Emma Goldman costume, all you would need is hair in a bun, some thin-rimmed glasses, a bad-ass stare, and a copy of* Anarchism and Other Essays. * Another cool philosopher would be Karl Marx, with a huge beard and a copy of the Communist Manifesto.

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Be a Character from a Book, a Scene from a Book, or Just a Book

Be a Character from a Book, a Scene from a Book, or Just a Book

You can live your favourite novel for a night. The book cover would probably be the easiest, just a flat piece of cardboard with some straps, some paint, and a patient hand. It might be simple, but it's smart and the party people get to know you a little better.

Banksy Graffiti Art

Go as the art from one of the most well known unknowns in the world. Banksy's street art is unstoppable, and thought provoking. Your costume will start the best conversation at the party.

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Be an Idea

Be an Idea

Think history and go as the Sexual Revolution, Marxism, or the idea of your choice.

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Be a Line From Your Favourite Song

Be a Line From Your Favourite Song

You could be the Champagne Supernova that Oasis was singing about, the Devil the Rolling Stones had Sympathy for, or the Waterfall the kid in the TLC song was chasing. It's up to you and your music collection.

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Be a Walking Acid Trip

Be a Walking Acid Trip

Dress up as an experience. You might look like a 90s rave kid, but that's awesome too.

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Be Someone From an Album Cover

Be Someone From an Album Cover

Think Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall, the Baby from the Nirvana cover, or even RiRi. It's a great way to pay homage to your favourites, and could even be useful for your next Grammy party.

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A Painting

A Painting

Call up all the art history majors you know and pitch some great famous painting ideas. Be sure to pick up lots of paint the next time you're out, it's going to be a long night of perfecting shades, but in the end it's totally worth it.

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What You Find on the Internet

What You Find on the Internet

You probably don't want to be EVERYTHING you find on the internet, that might get you arrested. The internet itself comes with it's own symbols and culture, so there are tons of costume ideas that reference the online world.