Okay, so every year I try to come up with an original costume that I can find the components for at thrift stores. It's almost a contest (with myself) to see how little I can spend on the costume and still make it look good/authentic.
Last year and two years before that, I was a pirate (skipped the year in between). I put my entire costume together for under $30 (not including the wickedly cool hat a friend bought me).
Here's me "sword fighting" with the mom of one of my best friends (she is using her cane) last year:
Not a great quality pic, but you get the idea (black velvet jacket with burnout lace on the cuffs and lapels, ripped up skinny jeans with pearls around the rips, frilly white shirt, knee-high boots [not the ones I usually wear with the costume, but I was on my feet a lot walking around, so didn't want to wear the heeled boots I usually wear with it], lots of "gold" jewelry I made myself that you can't see lol...and yes, the guy behind me is dressed as a whoopie cushion!).
Anyway, this year I decided I wanted to be Indiana Jones. My dad and I LOVE Indiana Jones, so I thought it'd be fun. I broke my own record this year, though. I have almost everything for my costume already and I haven't even spent $20 yet. I still need to figure out the satchel (thinking of making one) and I haven't been able to find a suitably authentic gun/holster. My hat and jacket are a little different than what Indy wears (leather fedora with a shorter crown, whereas his is felt, and my leather jacket has ribbed material at the cuffs and waist, whereas his doesn't), but other than that, I've got it to a "T".
I am having a problem with my whip, though. I bought a cheap costume whip off eBay for $7 (including shipping) and it's a bit stiff. It is made of leather, so I'm wondering if I saddle soaped it if that would help it soften up. Thoughts? This is exactly like the whip I bought (same seller, even): http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-FT-BLACK-L...item336c655814
Also, what are you going to be for Halloween?
Disclaimer: I'm 28 (will be 29 in four weeks), so I don't go trick-or-treating (I do have a 7-year-old son, but he lives in Tucson with his dad, so we don't get to go trick-or-treating together). I do go to the trunk-or-treat our church puts on and help out there, and also to the huge Halloween party some friends in our church put on every year in their barn. The past couple of years I have gone to my friend's Halloween murder mystery party (the same friend whose mom I'm dueling in that pic), but she's in West Virginia this year, so no party there.