I just thought being a halloween enthusiast and makeup artist I could help out a bit with ideas for Costumes and important makeup must-knows! We'll start with the stuff everyone loves first, costumes! Costumes can be quite expensive and unoriginal, so it's hard to find something unique and good quality while being cheap. My #1 recommendation is to always be on the look out, 60 days ahead of time I mark my calendar to make sure when I'm around clothing shops to go in and check what they have! (Also if you are sewing your own costume definitely start early and never underestimate sewing time!) Often you can piece together an awesome costume from the sale rack rather than have to go out and purchase everything separately. For instance, being a gypsy needs a full length printed skirt, fun short sleeved or no sleeved top that can be cut or stretched at the top to go slightly down the shoulders, and a few shiny violet and patterned scarves. After that big gold hoop earrings and bracelets to accessorize. Very simple, very easy, very cheap. You don't need a 30$ Walmart costume for that! There are so many great cheap and easy costume ideas on youtube that I definitely recommend taking a night to sit down and search the web. BUT before you do, set yourself a money limit and time limit to work on your costume. I've seen one to many people bite off more than they can chew and end up making a cheap last minute costume because of it! Group costumes: A lot of the younger people go in groups to go trick-or-treating, and so there are a few fun ideas for halloween to go as a group. 2 people: Thing one, Thing two (From Dr. Suess) : Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum (Lewis Carrol). Thing one, Thing two is a cheap and easy costume that requires a red shirt you have taped a circle saying "Thing one" and "Thing 2" on both the front and back, jeans, blue hairspray (which can be acquired for 1-3$ at walmart) and white face paint (Which can also be acquired for cheap from drugstores. I always recommend getting "caked" or wet-with-water face paint instead of cream as it dries to a relatively matte finish and can be set with cheap setting powder while cream makeup is a little less pigmented and has a harder time setting) Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum has a little more expensive of a costume but there are a few good youtube videos on them and you should pick your favorite look in your price range. 3 People: Three Blind Mice: Also relatively cheap as mouse ears can be made with paper and bobby pins, whiskers can be drawn with eyeliner, and black sunglasses can be found at the dollar tree. I suggest wearing all gray or black with your partners on this one, extra points for a black walking stick, but I have yet to find them! 4 People: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Christian) : There are some great tutorials by Klairedlysart on youtube with this, although some people may have a hard time identifying your costume until you guys say it and a lightbulb flicks on. 7 People: Seven Deadly Sins: This is what I am doing this year. I am using Klairedlysart's tutorial on these and we are shopping at goodwill. The makeup makes this whole thing, and if you watch the tutorials you can get plenty of cool ideas. If you want to make it funny instead of artsy, you can have sloth in sweatpants and a pony tail completely undone and uncaring, gluttony in a fat suit (or a homemade one) with chocolate stains all over, and greed as a pimp. COSMETICS: Just thought I'd put a few things out there makeup wise! One, if you are going to use contacts beware that contacts from other countries (korea, japan) and cosplay lenses HAVE hurt people before, I know a girl who got 80% retina scratches and will not recover her once perfect eye sight, and this is from a girl who used cosplay lenses all the time. But one time she took a new pair out and that's when her injury occurred. This is very important to keep in mind if you have discomfort in your new lenses. Also, the smaller the lenses in diameter the more comfortable they will probably be. People who are diving into prosthetics with minimal knowledge on regular cosmetics: One, latex hurts coming off. Anything glued to your face will hurt coming off. Two, it can cause serious acne, and if you already have acne then it can irritate it pretty badly. 3, It can also cause SERIOUS allergic reactions, if not to you than other people. Make sure people understand you have it on and always, always, always test your latex before using it on your wrist and side of the face at least a week ahead of time to make sure you aren't allergic. And also to make sure if you are your outbreak has time to heal and for you to come up with a new plan. Use olive oil or oil-based makeup remover to take off adhesives and latex as well as heavy makeup remover. Olive oil is the best for you and your skin for this, because it washes off with a face wash better than mineral oil. Olive oil also washes off everything much quicker, although it may also ruin fake lashes. Chances are you aren't gonna want to reuse those cheap fake lashes again though. Cosmetic items that are cheap and good to get at drugstores for Halloween: Fake lashes (a quick lash tutorial on youtube will show you how to break them in before using them), colored hairspray (use in a very ventilated place that isn't your room. It stinks, trust me), any fake tattoos or gems to go on the sides and around the face (lash glue leftover should be used to stick glitter and gems to the face), cosmetic glitter, cheap nail polishes (should last a day), face paint cakes (if you do not have a setting powder invest in a cheap one. Maybelline has one for like 2.00$ or something. Then before painting your face put translucent powder on. Especially if you are painting your face ((and don't forget your neck)) white. After you do your face paint, wait to dry and use a very small amount on top. Also, make sure not to use too much water. The paint on your brush should be thick like pillsbury frosting. A drop or two of water per three inches should be fine.) Black eyeliner (If you aren't someone who typically wears it, the cheap 99cent eyeliners are usually very hard, but they are still good. Take a lighter and put the eyeliner tip just over the flame for 2-5 seconds then wait a few seconds, try it on your wrist to make sure it's just warm and soft like peanut butter and not too melty like room-tempature butter. Apply liberally, it's Halloween son! You can also use black eyeliner on your lips and cover with clear gloss for black lipstick) Cosmetic items that are not good to get cheap: Liquid latex, anything that goes in your mouth like teeth paint or blood bites, cream paints, stick on nails (we all know those things break right off before the end of the night), lip tattoos (they do not work 70% of the time and when they do your lips are uncomfortable and terribly dry and don't think about eating or drinking or licking your lips or it's ruined!) Fake blood warning: It will stain, and it will stain everything. You can make fake blood yourself if you like, there are plenty of water, cornstarch, and food dye (red and green) recipes online but this stains substantially more than more expensive store bought bloods. The water and cornstarch fake blood can also be used in and around the mouth, unlike store bought fake bloods that do not say specifically for the mouth area. In any case, it'll stain, the more expensive the blood normally the more realistic it looks and less staining power it holds. If you are going to buy 99 cent blood you mine as well make it yourself and have it mouth-safe too. If you want to get stains off your body, nail polish remover usually works, but your clothes unless they can be bleached white, are done for, they should be burned with the evidence. After the nail polish remover make sure to moisturize liberally because it's kind of bad for your skin. Any questions or ideas are welcome here! :) I will probably have more information for you guys later but this is all I can think of now!