Three Halloween Costume Ideas for Any Budget

Still don't know what you're going to be this weekend for Halloween, or how you're going to party? This isn't the year to stay in; after all, Halloween falls on a Friday night.

Here are three ideas to get you started, whether you're on a budget or prefer to live it up V.I.P. style.

1. Sarah Palin

There doesn't seem to be anyone more newsworthy this fall than the GOP.'s vice-presidential candidate. She's attractive and controversial, so any Sarah Palin lookalike is bound to inspire comments and provoke conversation, even if there are five or six Palins at the party.

Sarah on a budget: If you're not looking to spend Republican coin, Sarah Palin wigs are easily had; they're actually selling like challah in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn, reports the New York Post. Check out eBay.com for your last-second Palin hairpiece. Palin kit costumes are predictable and include Miss Alaska sashes, bikinis, and, of course, the trademark glasses. BrandsonSale offers four options: Or borrow some hockey equipment (and some lipstick) and play the hockey mom.

Sarah Palin

Sarah, all out: By now you probably know that Palin was reportedly given a $150,000 budget for her wardrobe by the GOP. So why not head over to Neiman Marcus and Saks to do her proud? Forget that she doesn't have any interest in the Washington elite, she sure can dress like it.

Feel free to wear as much bling as you can, and dress in layers, starting with a Valentino jacket and Cole Haan boots, and you'll be that impressive Palin with several outfits for the course of the evening. You can even still wear the Miss Alaska sash and bikini underneath it all, should the evening liven up.

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