Nothing screams Uni student on Halloween like someone stumbling around in a bin bag at 4am. Now, despite the bin bag’s obvious benefits – namely, as a bib for the night ahead (undignified but, c’mon, its Halloween) – I’d like to think that there are better options out there for the starving student on the lookout for a festive costume. To save you from the dreaded last-minute panic, I’ve done the leg work for you. So, if you’re looking for well-made, sophisticated, refined costumes, then I suggest you swiftly take your leave because we’re on a budget and ‘refined’ is a 130kr word.

Scooby Doo gang

  • Daphne – purple and green
  • Velma – orange and red
  • Fred – white and blue
  • Shaggy – green and brown
  • Scooby doo – brown and blue

Pick your favourite of the Mystery Inc. gang and grab some friends, this one is great for group costumes and can easily be done with the clothes you already own!


Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi

  • red/green/yellow/purple shirt
  • eyeliner/eyebrow pencil/natural hair growth above your upper lip

No need for appearance altering mushrooms (save those for the weekend). All you’ve gottta do is pull on a colourful shirt, draw on a moustache – bonus points if you’ve got some dungarees – and congrats, you’ve instantly transformed into an Italian plumber!




  • white bedsheet
  • scissors

Okay. You may be questioning how this is any better than donning a bin bag and calling it a day. I would argue that with just these humble materials you’ll be making what can only be described as a classic Halloween costume. Lazy? I think not. A one-of-a-kind handmade garment? Well, let’s not push it.

Jill Valentine

  • blue vest top
  • dark trousers

It’s the zombie apocalypse but don’t you worry because you’ve got full military training and a cute fit to get you by.

PS For those with longer hair and an affinity for tomb raiding, archaeologist Lara Croft dons a conveniently similar get up.

Colin Robinson

  • beige/plain cardigan or sweater
  • white shirt
  • brown tie
  • glasses

You can put away the glitter and pointy teeth, the only undead life-draining monster I want stalking the streets this year is everyone’s (least) favourite energy vampire.

Sandy and Danny

  • Sandy – black top, black pleather or spandex leggings, red shoe moment
  • Danny – black top and jeans

Granted, this won’t win you any creativity points, but if those spandex trousers are calling your name, then you do you!



Beach Barbie (and Ken)

  • spandex/neon workout clothes
  • colourful headband
  • a Ken-do attitude

Rollerblades are a plus, but I don’t want to ask too much of you. Then again, what household is complete without a pair of neon yellow roller blades?




Freddie Mercury

  • white tank top
  • light coloured jeans
  • black arm band and belt
  • eyeliner/eyebrow pencil/natural hair growth above your upper lip

I know its Halloween, but I will not be held responsible for anyone who takes ‘Killer Queen’ a little too literally.

Sue Sylvester

  • tracksuit – preferably red but don’t let me stifle your creativity
  • megaphone and stopwatch optional

You can’t go wrong with a coordinated tracksuit. Pair this with an unquenchable thirst for the Glee club’s downfall and you’ve got yourself a villain that’d send anyone packing! And that’s how Sue sees it!

Spice Girls

  • Scary – leopard print clothing
  • Sporty – athleisure
  • Baby – pastel pink dress and pigtails
  • Ginger – red or Union Jack (Great British flag) clothing
  • Posh – little black dress

I-CON-IC (only a touch of bias)


  • navy blue/black dress
  • red bow
  • broom

Getting back on the spooky theme, Kiki is a solid choice for anyone wanting to channel those cosier witchy vibes this Halloween.




Be that obscure book character no one recognises, indulge yourself with a deep cut and embrace a night of every person you encounter asking “what are you supposed to be?” Become the scariest thing they’ve seen all night and unleash a two-hour spiel on who you’re dressed as, after all, that’s the true spirit of Halloween.

Joel Miller

  • plaid shirt
  • backpack
  • boots

Zombie Apocalypse: Trauma Edition.

Regina George

  • white vest
  • scissors
  • colourful bra
  • mini skirt

Speaking of ‘Mean Girls’, there’s no shame in whacking on a headband with some form of animal ears. Great thing about this one is that you can have your pick of the animal kingdom, though my personal favourite would have to be a mouse (duh).

Perry the Platypus

  • fedora
  • teal clothes
  • orange accessory

This a public service announcement: beware that Dr Doofenshmirtz should and WILL be quoted at you if you choose this costume. You have been warned.

Quickfire trench coat costumes

If you happen to be the owner of a trench coat then congrats, you have the cheat code for infinite options this Halloween. Depending on what variety of trench coat you possess, here are a few ideas:

  • Neo (The Matrix)
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Dr Who
  • Deckard (Blade Runner)
  • Doc Ock (Marvel)
  • Nick Fury (Marvel)
  • Tommy Shelby (Peaky Blinders)
  • JD (Heathers)
  • Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
  • Joker (Persona 5)
  • Gundam Tanaka (Danganronpa)



Quickfire white button-down shirt costumes

The white button-down? A goldmine of potential and a fabulous piece for last-minute party goers? Need I say more?

  • Baby one more time Britney
  • Shaun (Shaun of the Dead)
  • Mia Wallace (Pulp Fiction)
  • Superman/Clark Kent (DC)
  • Baby (Dirty Dancing)
  • Near (Death Note)



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