Last year I purchased a pretty cool one for under $100. It really got noticed, even though most people didn't know who I was supposed to be. It looks different when not on a female mannequin. I still have it, and plan to wear it a least a little this time too.
This year I'm thinking Rumpelstiltskin. I can't think of a cooler costume, so imagine my surprise when I can't find a ready-made costume for him online. The downside is I'll have to spend a little more; work a little harder. The upside is I'll probably be the only person with such a costume there. The question is, how much are we talking?
The great thing about Rumpelstiltskin is that, even though he has a very unique look, he doesn't always have the exact same look. I can make a costume with the kind of things he wears, and still be very recognizable.
His eyes are black with varying amounts of gold. Sometimes there's almost no gold. I already have a pair of black contacts, so that should be good. The rest of his makeup should be pretty easy, and cost about $25.
I found this pair of pants for $40 that will go with whatever he wears.
This wig will do, and it's $15. I will have to add some coloring, and mousse. We're already at $80, and we still have a ways to go.
On the other hand, the regency style dress clothes can be purchased, but I can't find a vest like that for under $100. A decent shirt can be had for $20.