10 Halloween Costume Ideas Under $15

Not a fan of spending a lot on a costume you will only wear once? Holidays can get expensive fast. So, how you do you prepare for all the spooky festivities without getting a whole new outfit? You make one!

For some people it’s easy to scare up some creative ideas and make a DIY Halloween costume. For others, coming up with an original or interesting costume seems impossible. For either party, the goal is to avoid the embarrassing moment when someone asks, “SO, WHO ARE YOU?”

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NameTagWizard.com has the solution: Add a themed name tag to your costume so there is no question about who you are dressed up as.

Designing a name tag for a character you have already picked out is simple. You can pick out background color, font, size and text. Order a custom name tag as the finishing touch to your homemade costume. One you complete your home-made look with a custom name tag, you will eliminate any costume confusion.

If you have not settled on an unforgettable and affordable costume for Halloween 2018 yet, explore these fun and easy, just-add-a-name-tag ideas:

1. Jake From State Farm

Get a costume that is the perfect blend of laziness and humor with a Jake from State Farm name tag and outfit. Your part in putting together the costume is simple. All you have to supply as far as clothing is a red shirt (preferably a polo, though you can use a button down if necessary) and khakis. The name tag (or a Hello My Name Is Sticker) will clue people in on the joke.Jake from State Farm

Optional Props:

  • Headset
  • Landline phone

2. Dustin Henderson

Calling all Netflix fans! It’s time to dress up as Dustin Henderson from Stranger Things. Do you have a trucker hat, curly hair and a spare backpack? That’s really all you need once you have the Hawkins Middle School ID.

Dustin Henderson

Throw on any vintage looking tee (solid, brightly colored shirts in green, yellow or red work well). Maybe add a thrift store jacket (a windbreaker, jean jacket or hoodie), and you will be set.  Want to get really into character? Get a fake lizard from a toy store and let the tail hang out of the backpack zipper.

3. Joyce Byers

Are you a Winona Ryder fan and lover of the 80s? Keep up the Stranger Things trend with a Joyce Byers look. If you have bangs and mid-length brown hair, you are already on your way to being the full-fledged alphabet crazed, beloved basket case mom from the show. You don’t need all of these items to be convincing (especially if you have the Joyce name tag), but if you really want to get into character, go for it. Dig through your closet to find as many of these items as you can.

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Here is your Joyce Byers check list:

  • Green cargo jacket
  • Striped shirt (a maroon and white shirt will really set the scene but any striped shirt can give that 80s vibe)
  • A dark blue work vest or button down shirt can be worn for her work look
  • Dark jeans (roll up the ends to give a more dated look)
  • ConverseJoyce Byers

Optional Props:

  • Rotary phone
  • Plastic axe
  • Christmas lights

The Christmas lights are a critical part of this look. Make it look like the lights got haphazardly twisted around you. The more chaotic the look, the better.  Finalize your look by making sure your hair is good and messy.

4. Dr. Acula

If you are a fan of the single article of clothing and simple name tag strategy, then the Dr. Acula look might be perfect for you. All it takes is a lab coat and commitment to the character. If you don’t have a lab coat, you can also wear a pair of super comfy scrubs. This costume is perfect for adding a little bit of dramatic flair and trying a Transylvanian accent.

Dr. AculaOptional Props:

  • Fangs
  • Stethoscope
  • Red paint

5. Shaun of the Dead

Do you have a business dress code at work? If so, this costume should work well for you. It’s in the same vein of the undead. Zombie fans everywhere get excited about the cult classic Shaun of the Dead.

Shaun of the DeadFor your easy to create costume, all you need is a white button down shirt, red tie and Foree Electric Shaun name tag. Depending on what point in the movie you want to represent (and your level of attachment to your white shirt) you can add ketchup or red paint to your outfit.

Optional props:

  • Wooden cricket paddle
  • Zombies

6. Real Housewives of YOUR CITY

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Are you a reality TV addict and fan of all that is glamourous?  Do you love big hair, floor length gowns and all that drama?  This outfit is for a confident woman. It’s time to raise awareness for The Real Housewives of your city. Grab your friends and customize Real Housewives name tags that show pride for the city you live in. One you have the name tag, all you need is to put on your trendiest outfit, full makeup and enough attitude to shake up a dinner party.

 

*Works best as a costume group!

7. FLO

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While dressing as a Real Housewife of New York means looking like someone everyone loves to hate, there are other costumes that are much friendlier. There’s no party hit quite like an overly cheerful FLO, everyone’s favorite Progressive Salesman. You bring your own zest to the personality and then wear all white, an apron and this FLO name tag. Getting the hair down will also help sell this character. A thick, navy headband and dark lipstick will go a long way. All you’ll have to do is show up and put on that big smile. Do you love insurance?Flo Name Tag

Optional props:

  • Megaphone
  • Passion for Insurance

8. Superhero Alias

Do you own a suit, have a passion for comic books and feel like dressing like an orphan with superpowers? Whether you’re on the DC or Marvel side of the universe (or both – it is possible), you have alter ego superhero name tag options. Without getting into full gear – wearing a complete body suit, cape and mask is quite a commitment – you can still give a nod to the crime fighters and heroes that inspired you throughout childhood and into adulthood.

Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, Tony StarkPeter Parker – This one really only demands glasses and a camera. Rather than going full suit and tie, a hoodie and button down is enough to represent the New York City reject orphan and photographer.

Bruce Wayne – Bring that billionaire swagger to the table. Channel your status as the owner of Wayne Enterprises and keep a butler nearby. Adding a batman shirt underneath your suit can help sell the look.

Tony Stark – Playing Stark also gives you a chance to play a wealthy businessman. Only this time, you’re heading up Stark Industries with a passion for all things tech.

Optional Props:

  • Web shooters for scaling buildings and defying gravity
  • Batmobile
  • Iron Man Suit

9. Supermom

SupermomYou may not need a bodysuit but it certainly takes super powers to handle the everyday. Build your own superhero costume or wear your everyday clothes and add a badge that says it all: You are Supermom.

Optional Props:

  • Superchildren

10. The Name Tag Says It All

Here’s one last costume for that one person that really doesn’t want to dress up, but still has a party to attend. Stop people from asking if your forgot your costume by wearing this name tag. It provides a simple explanation for showing up in a basic shirt and jeans. All you need to know is:

Costume nametag

Protecting Students’ Right to Privacy

As schools are implementing new policies using student photo IDs and digital IDs, there is rising concern that students, parents, and school administrators may not be aware of how these new IDs could make private information accessible to others. The changes in ID use and advances in technology may significantly infringe on students’ privacy rights.

Many schools, from kindergartens to colleges, require that students and personnel wear some form of ID at all times. There are various types of IDs available, including photo IDs on lanyards or clips, cards with radio frequency identification chips (RFIDs), and wearable devices that replace physical badges.

It may seem like schools are simply updating their ID policies and security systems. Using photo IDs provides another layer of protection to help prevent strangers from intruding on school campuses. Digital IDs track who is in attendance and allow students to make various purchases, such as lunches or school supplies. But although new IDs offer convenience, students, parents, and teachers may feel less secure knowing the increase in potential risks.

When a chip is a necessity to students – allowing students to enter dorms or buy food in the cafeteria – some might consider privacy to be jeopardized.

Setting Limits

Schools now are able to gather extensive data about attendees. With new IDs, institutions have access to more student information, such as photo databases, attendance records, and students’ physical locations.  But how much information should schools be allowed to collect about students? Are enough safeguards in place to prevent schools from sharing this information with outside parties?

Some limitations for using new technology are already in place due to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws. FERPA laws are designed to keep student information, such as educational records and other student information, private. These laws prohibit third parties from accessing student information.

However, educational institutions are still able disclose certain student information. Schools can disclose information that it deems “not harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed,” according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Photo IDs

Student photos can be considered directory information, according to FERPA Guidance from the US Department of Education. A significant concern among parents is that directory information can be released to outside organizations without parental consent. Sharing this personal information is not considered an invasion of privacy.

Parents and students can choose to notify schools in writing that they wish to opt out of directory information disclosures. The question then becomes whether or not parents and students are aware that personal information may be shared. Are they aware that they have the right to opt out?

Online photo directories can pose problems as well. When student photos are used for IDs, images may be stored in an online directory. While school websites post policies regarding student photo ID usage, there is no guarantee that the policies will be upheld.

Additionally, even though there may be ways to further restrict privacy settings for these photos, students may overlook or not even realize that photos are part of an accessible directory.

Digital IDs

Apple recently developed student IDs that are part of wearable technology. These digital ID chips are stored in i Phones and Apple Watches. According to Edsurge.com, digital IDs will be used this fall at Duke University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Alabama.

With new ID technology, more information sharing is possible. The tracking used in RFID devices and wearable technology reveals specific student locations. Certain types of chips even have the capacity to gather information during times when students are not in class or even on campus.

The technological capabilities of digital IDs have even more potential for invasion of privacy. This type of data collection could be used to evaluate and predict student patterns and behaviors.  Some feel this closer look into students’ private lives is invasive, unwarranted, and even illegal.

Should every on-campus activity and location pattern be accessible to student institutions or technology companies developing these IDs? Or anyone else? Is an institution-imposed location or monitoring time limit enough to prevent schools – or third party technology developers – from accessing personal information regarding the physical location of each student?

Administrators, parents, and students may be unaware of how personal information could potentially be obtained when implementing new ID policies and procedures. While student safety may be the overarching goal for new photo policies and IDs with digital tracking, students’ rights to privacy and safety could be significantly threatened. Without the proper safeguards in place, photo database use and chip technology can be hazards to protecting student privacy and safety.

 

Resources:

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-06-06-apple-s-new-digital-student-ids-raise-questions-about-security
http://www.naceweb.org/public-policy-and-legal/legal-issues/ferpa-primer-the-basics-and-beyond/
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/mndirectoryinfo.html