Instagram Takeover: DIY Halloween costumes

Editor's Note: This was an Instagram-first takeover that I did with one of my colleagues, Andrea Crowley, at the Des Moines Register.

Fellow Juice staffer Ameena and I hit Valley Junction for the ultimate costume challenge: find 15 costumes under $50 each, all in one afternoon.

First stop: Atomic Garage. We strolled in and never came out. (Well, except to take these fun photos of course!) From acid-washed jeans and Mad Men-inspired dresses to go-go boots in every size, Atomic Garage is everything you wished your closet would be. We turned one-of-a-kind vintage pieces into DIY Halloween costumes.

Check it.

Saved By The Bell: Lisa Turtle and Kelly Kapowski


Fresh Prince of Bel Air, $42

Atomic Garage finds: stir-up abstract shapes leggings ($15 rent) + multi-color abstract jacket ($15 rent) + trucker hat ($12 buy)

On-hand items: black socks, leather boots

Hilary Banks from Fresh Prince, $35

Atomic Garage finds: Miami Vice blue blazer ($15 rent) + black fedora ($10 buy) + gold purse ($10 rent)

On-hand items: black dress, black flats

Orange Is the New Black

Crazy Eyes, $20

Atomic Garage find: orange jumpsuit ($20 rent)

Piper, $20

Atomic Garage find: orange-red jumpsuit ($20 rent)

Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons, $15

Atomic Garage finds: green collared shirt ($15 rent)

On-hand items: jeans, boots, fake knife


Cookie Lyon from Empire, $50

Atomic Garage find: leopard fur royal coat ($20 rent) + tiger stripe mini dress ($20 rent) + sparkle cheetah fedora ($10 buy)

On-hand items: black pumps, gold earrings, gold necklace

Michael Jackson, $27

Atomic Garage finds: red leather zipper jacket ($15 rent) + silver gloves ($12 buy)

On-hand items: jeans, socks, black flats

Saved By The Bell

Lisa Turtle, $35

Atomic Garage finds: leather iced white jacket ($20 rent) + magenta abstract 80s LSV ($15 rent)

On-hand items: coral dress, earrings, cheetah hair band

Kelly Kapowski, $45

Atomic Garage finds: acid wash skirt ($15 rent) + bedazzled acid denim cover-up ($15 rent) + numbered pink crop top ($15 rent)

On-hand items: white shades, purple pumps