I have a theory: underneath it all, a good chunk of the people who "hate" Halloween (me included) don't actually hate Halloween. They're stressed out by Halloween—the needing to get a good costume, the not having of any ideas for said costume, the procuring of this costume in an unfun way. Like, the two options I usually end up with: paying too much on a pre-bagged getup from a giant Halloween pop-up shop ($59.95 for a 12 inches of blue spandex and a plastic wand?), or DIYing something that turns out to be less passion project, more anxiety inducer. But not this year. This year I'm knocking the Halloween costume errand off my to-do list while I do another errand: the drugstore run. Yes, among the aisles of toothpaste, chewable vitamins, and batteries, you can procure the key items that, when combined with stuff already in your closet, amount to a pretty decent costume—no hellish trip to Halloween Express or arts and crafts hour needed.
Wednesday Addams from 'The Addams Family Values'
If you already have: black dress, hair ties
And you buy at CVS: dark lipstick, hair gel
Why it's great: The hardest part is braiding your hair. Plus, you get to frown and be emo all night, for those of you TRULY do hate Halloween.
The senior girls from 'Dazed and Confused'
If you already have: jean shorts, white T-shirt or sweatshirt, Sharpie
And you buy at CVS: whistle (they have them! in the crafty/school supplies/kids aisle)
Why it's great: The whistle—an extra handy prop when you can't get the bartender's attention.
Cookie from 'Empire'
If you already have: cocktail dress, lots of makeup
And you buy at CVS: purple boa (YES. They also have boas. I checked my local CVS. It's magic in there, people.)
Why it's great: Cookie is to 2015 what Khaleesi was to 2011: the perfectly timely pop culture wink.
Regina George from 'Mean Girls'
If you already have: jeans, bright tank top, scissors
And you buy at CVS: cheap white tank top you don't mind cutting up
Why it's great: You don't even have to cut perfect circles in the tank. It's, like, absurdly easy.
Joel from 'Risky Business'
If you already have: oversize button down, boxers or boy shorts, socks
And you buy at CVS: thick socks
Why it's great: No pants party! Never not a great thing.
Margo from 'The Royal Tenenbaums'
If you already have: fur (or fake!!) coat, a lob, black eyeliner
And You Buy at CVS: barette
Why it's great: It's the rare female Halloween costume that you won't make you freeze your butt off all night.
If you already have: a shawl, red lipstick, eyebrow pencil
And you buy at CVS: fake flowers to weave into your hair (or a flower headpiece―I found one right near the hair ties.)
Why it's great: You get to wear a unibrow! It's fun and silly. AND it's also highbrow, because you know, ART.
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