We are all students. Cash mostly goes to our essential needs like chips, cokes and teh tarik. What can you do with a limited budget for your costume? Here's a list of Tim Burton's characters that you can recreate with perhaps almost whatever basic items you have right now and twist it to your own sense of style (or twist it to whatever's in that closet hoho)
Looks a lot, yeah? No. First of all, you don't need a frizzy Ginger wig (No offences were intended. I love them in fact, Fred & George in Prisoner of Azkaban? I solemnly swear that I am up to no good thoughts) Meanwhile, back to topic, dark Asian hair would do well with LOADS of hairspray and teasing. Or you can just sleep in before the party and wake up like this, should work well too.
Red eyeshadow? No need. Brown/Black should be enough. Not so pigmented? Red lipstick is your solution. You'll leave Helena Bonham Carter in the corner cursing. That's the motive, innit?
Dress too old fashioned to find in your closet or even in DP and MP? Fret not, any close enough lacy dark dress or top that suits your body is the best. You're not attending the Costume Party copy pasting HBC onto yourself and then end up looking less than fancy. You are going to the party looking so ratchet Tim Burton wished he'd married you.
Forget the Red Queen, White Queen and Mad Hatter; however, awesome it is to be them. So much hassle for a last minute & limited budget type of person. You need something simple. Something like Tweedledee and Tweedledum. You can rock this regardless of your gender. Point being is, makeup is optional. And outfits, be it a dress, pants, shorts, heels or flats as long it's something red, something stripes, something black and white... BAM! You're done. Looking the part while being effortless is the key here.
Errr... Have I made the right choice? Barnabas seems like a lot of effort now with that long nails and fangs. Oh well, too late. You can get 'em at DP, I hope. What you can do now is to style your hair with loads of gel and borrow that red lipstick from any of your lady friends and smother it around your eyes and lips. Heck, forget that. MILE provides makeup service for y'all at the party so come with your face naked and have someone paint your face. Easy-peasy lemon squeezy.
And Victoria... Nothing much on face department except for the "I'm sickly looking like I'm ready to be a vampire, but I'm not" look in which I think is very easy to pull off cause it's midterms and assignments season (with what little sleep we have tsk tsk... oh please, do we even sleep on normal days?) Anyway, as for the outfit, a simple dress with collar or a double layer collared shirt and sweater with skirt will work fine.
Jolly good gosh, young clean-shaven Johnny Depp! (I solemnly swear that I am up to no good) Well, men can opt to either being this two. They look quite similar with that upswept hairstyle. Wax or hairspray would do better than gel here, I think... Am no expert here. Besides the hair, the rest falls upon your own choices of tie, shirt, pants, jacket and shoes. That's it really, nothing can go wrong with this classic men look. Ladies could rock 'em out too. And oh! If you don't mind splurging wee bit on a bottle of white hair spray, you can be Sweeney Todd ;)
Oh! Oh! Victor Frankenstein can be included in number 4 too hoho! Talk about being economical, omaigod. But this time is about Elsa (Can't help but to think of Let It Go? Oh you didn't? Now you did? I'm sorry? Are you singing it yet? Ooops.) Think of dark things. Elsa Van Helsing. Pretty simple outfit. The schoolgirl classic ain't that hard to put together. And the four ponytails on each corner, easy! Not to brag about, lel, it's just not french braid nor a fancy dutch braid chignon that's bound to end up as a messy bun look after several appalling and disgraceful attempts... Let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway! (｀ε´)