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Easy Halloween costume ideas
You probably already have everything you need for these outfits in your closet.
Whether you’re looking to save money or need to throw together a last-minute outfit, these super-easy DIY costume ideas are just the ticket.
These costumes require little spending, and you can probably use what you already have at home and in your wardrobe! #winning.
Note: The prices and availability of the products mentioned on this page are current as of October 2019.
1. Dancing Girls Emoji Costume
Look super-cute with your bestie and dress up as the dancing girls emoji for your Halloween party this year. All you need is a black bodysuit, black shoes/heels and a cat headband. Simple, yet effective!
- Drop Armhole Bodysuit – $10-$22
- Black Heels – $40-$50
- Feline Headband – $10-$15
Cute Cat Ear Headband
Lace-trim cami bodysuit
Faux suede block heels
2. Max from Where the Wild Things Are
If you love walking around in your onesie as much as we do, this is the perfect outfit for you. Put on your white onesie, cut out a crown from cardboard and you’re set!
- Onesie – $30-$40
- Paper Crown – $3-$8
- Nails – $8-$16
Brinote glossy press on nails nude long square fake nails
Creative Converting Gold Mini Crown
Women Men Motion piece men zipper cardigan Hoodie
3. Ned Flanders from The Simpsons
Transform into Ned Flanders from The Simpsons by painting your face with yellow body paint, donning a green sweater and a pink button-up shirt and throwing on some glasses. Oh, don’t forget his iconic mustache. Bonus points for every time you say “diddly” or “daddly” while in costume.
- Green V-Neck Sweater – $20-$30
- Pink Long Sleeve Shirt – $15-$30
- Fake Mustache – $5-$12
Long Sleeve V-Neck Sweater
Basic Character Mustache - Brown
Pink Oxford Long Sleeve Shirt
4. The Joker
The Joker is a popular Halloween costume for men, women, boys and girls. You can put this look together with some face paint, a purple blazer and green tie. Looking for more superhero costumes? Check out our cosplay guide.
- The Joker Makeup Kit – $10-$15
- Purple Blazer – $40-$60
- The Joker Wig – $10-$20
Batman deluxe joker wig and make up kit
Rlouw Men's Stylish Peaked Lapel Blazer Jacket
joker origin movie clown joker wig cosplay
5. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s
After a more classic outfit this Halloween? Try Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s! All you’ll need to complete the look is a black shift dress, some long black gloves, black sunglasses, a pearl necklace and a tiara.
- Sleeveless Dress – $20-$30
- Long Satin Gloves – $5-$10
- Tiara – $10-$20
Billie Turtle Neck Sleeveless Midi Bodycon Dress
21" Long Satin Gloves
Sunshinesmile Crystal Tiara
Who doesn’t love Minions? This super-cute outfit is easy to put together. The checklist? A yellow shirt, yellow tights, denim overalls, black gloves, black boots and round circle glasses.
- Round Frame Glasses – $5-$10
- Denim Overalls – $40-$60
- Black Gloves – $5-$10
Denim roll up hem dungaree
Women's Adult Stretch Gloves
Wizard Round Frame Glasses
7. Wednesday Addams
Pale-faced, grim-looking Wednesday Addams is a total Halloween favorite. Plait your hair and wear a black dress with a white collared shirt underneath. Finish the look off with black lipstick and her famous empty expression.
- Black Dress – $40-$60
- White Shirt – $30-$40
- Ballet Slippers – $10-$22
Scarlett Scallop Collar Shirt
Natalia Bow Trim Basic Ballet
Women's Casual Plain Simple Long Sleeve T-Shirt Loose Dress
Who doesn’t want to be Superman? Easily bring out your inner Clark Kent with a Superman T-shirt and some red fabric to attach to your shirt or tie around your neck. Now grab some glasses to complete the nerdy look.
- Superman T-Shirt – $10-$18
- Red Superhero Cape – $5-$10
- Nerd Glasses – $2-$10
Red Adult Cape
DC Comics Men's Superman Logo T-Shirt
9. Where’s Waldo
You probably have all the pieces for this costume in your wardrobe already. Throw a striped shirt over some blue jeans, add a red beanie and glasses and voila — a totally hip costume that took you minutes to put together!
- Round Frame Glasses – $2-$10
- Striped Knit Scarf – $5-$15
- Striped Shirt – $20-$30
Wizard Round Frame Glasses
Short Sleeve Striped Shirt
Rugby Striped Knit Scarf
10. Bernie Sanders
Don your favorite suit as you fight for your rights to party in this simple costume. And if you don’t already have a suit for special occasions, what better time than the present?
- Bernie Sanders Mask – $10-$20
- White Shirt – $25-$35
- Blue Tie – $5-$15
New Look long sleeve grandad poplin shirt in white
Bernie Sanders Deluxe Adult Mask
Elviros Mens Eco-friendly Fashion Blue Slim Tie
11. Snow White
Who doesn’t want to be a Disney Princess? Take a floaty blue tee, a yellow skirt and add a red headband. Wam, bam, your Snow White costume’s done! Dressing like a princess was never this easy.
- Navy Blue T-Shirt – $7-$33
- Yellow Midi Skirt – $10-$20
- Red Headband – $6-$10
Arianna Plain Full Circle Midi Skirt
Pop Your Dream Adult Elastic Headband with Bow
ToBeInStyle Women's Basic T-Shirt
12. A Ghost
This takes the award for being the easiest costume to throw on. If you don’t like fussy costumes or you’re just too busy to put anything extravagent together, grab a white cloth or old bed sheets and cut holes for your eyes. Dead simple.
- White Bed Sheet – $5-$10
- Scissors – $5-$10
- Permanent Marker – $2-$10
Flat White Bed Sheet
Fiskars 8" Softgrip Titanium Scissors
12 Sharpie Permanent Markers - Black
Image source: Instagram user emrata
13. Mia Wallace
Most of you probably own a white shirt and black pants already, which makes this costume easy as pie. Just add a black wig and some fake blood and you’re all set.
- White Longsleeve Shirt – $20-$30
- Highwaist Skinny Flare Pants – $10-$20
- Short Straight Black Bob Wig – $10-$20
Samara Highwaist Crepe Skinny Flare
Mia Fitted Cotton Shirt
Short Straight Black Bob Wig
14. Ralph Wiggum as Idaho
Do you hate spending money on costumes? Are you a fan of the Simpsons? If yes, this is the costume for you. Safety pin a piece of paper that says “Idaho” to a blue shirt, and your costume is done. It takes about 30 seconds to put together, and you’ll definitely get a few laughs.
- Men’s Buttoned Front Coverall – $20-$25
- Oversize Safety Pins – $2-$4
- Permanent Marker – $2-$10
Men's Buttoned Front Coverall
12pc Large 2.5" Oversize Safety Pin Set
12 Sharpie Permanent Markers - Black
15. Men in Black
This is a super easy one for the boys, especially if you’ve already got a black suit jacket and pants handy. Just throw on a pair of sunglasses and you’re all dressed up. If you don’t have the pieces to put the costume together, there are some bargain options below that will help.
- Fitted Black Suit – $100-$200
- Black Tie – $5-$15
- Wayfarer Sunglasses – $5-$10
New Look Skinny Fit Suit In Black
Vintage Retro Wayfarer Sunglasses
Elviros Mens Eco-friendly Fashion Black Slim Tie
16. Regina George
All you need is a purple or pink bra, a white singlet and a black skirt — and you probably already own all of these. If you don’t, there are some affordable options below. Simply cut holes in the top and you’re good to go.
- White Tank Top – $7-$15
- Purple Bra – $12-$94
- Black Skater Skirt – $10-$20
Mango ribbed scoop neck tank in white
Roseanna Colour Pop Skater Skirt
Maidenform Women's Comfort Devotion Demi Bra
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