(ARA) – Halloween is around the corner. You run to your local Target or Big K to find a costume, but all the cute ones are gone. What do you do — a ghost again? Not necessarily, says Jocelyn Leiser Herndon, an instructor in Fashion Design at The Art Institute of California, San Francisco.

"Two simple costume ideas that are great for both kids and adults are ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and a witch," said Herndon. Several years ago, Herndon’s brother came for a visit on Halloween. Short on time, she had him purchase a black shirt and pants. With red and white felt to make the hat and a small amount of black fabric to make a tail she built around a coat hanger, Herndon finished off the costume using a pair of white gloves.

"For the witch, just about any black dress paired with striped socks or tights and black boots or shoes will do the trick," she said. For the hat, Herndon suggests picking up an inexpensive hat at any Halloween store (there are usually lots of these left, even after Halloween).

Another great costume for an adult is a cobweb. Pick up some cobweb printed fabric and make a poncho out of it by cutting a hole in the center for your head and wear with black clothes. For men, get a shirt that has spiders on it. For ladies, pick up a pair of spider covered tights (available at Halloween or specialty hosiery stores). For an added touch, buy a big furry spider from the decoration aisle and attach it to your head with hair pins or elastic as if it’s the spider in the web.

For the minimalist, a scary face is a simple way to go on Halloween. There are many good one-time-use inexpensive latex scarves available in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days, said Herndon. To enhance the "boo" factor, Herndon uses the following fake blood recipe:

1 ounce red food coloring
1 tablespoon blue food coloring
2 ounces water
1 pint light corn syrup
Combine ingredients. Scare at will.
(not suitable for eating)

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