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Halloween Costume tips and tricks from YouTube

By Jessica Mason

Communications Manager

Halloween weekend is here! If you’re still looking for the perfect costume, the YouTube community has your last-minute Halloween costume tips and tricks.

Nicki Minaj is the fourth fastest rising costume search this year (check out the Official Google Blog for more details) and a subject of several YouTube video tutorials. Check out this playlist of videos that show how to channel your inner pop star, including Nicki, Katy Perry/Russell Brand (at the same time!), Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and her alter-ego Jo Calderone.

If you’re on a budget or crunched for time this Halloween, YouTube partners have some last minute, DIY Halloween ideas for you. Quick, easy, recession proof ideas include: a 30-second ninja made from just a t-shirt, a “cute” nerd, a fierce 5-minute street fighter, a spooky ‘head on a platter,’ and a few ideas you can pick up at your local thrift shop.

Convinced 50 of your closest friends to show up as a flock of Angry Birds (Halloween 2011’s fastest rising costume search) or a coven of vampires, but don’t have the costumes worked out yet? Checkout these makeup tutorials for an easy Angry Bird look, an Oscar-worthy Black Swan, male and female vampires, and a scary rotting zombie.

Finally, if your goal is to stand out from the crowds of Kate Middletons and Jersey Shore cast members, then try dressing as a YouTube star from this year. Some ideas include: the adorable 8-year old Nicki Minaj singer and her cousin, Rebecca Black, the stars of ‘Webcam for Seniors,’ the Ojai Valley Taxidermist, or the Old Spice Guy and the New Old Spice Guy.

Beyond costumes, YouTubers have also shared lots of ideas for pumpkin decorating and delicious recipes this year. Use their tricks and share some of your own to make the most of this weekend, and have a happy Halloween!