Don’t want to spend a fortune on Halloween costumes this year? Here are 16 cheap and easy Halloween costume ideas to inspire you.
Now’s the time to start thinking about your Halloween costume for the year. Whether you’re looking to save money or you’ve left your costume to the last minute, we’ve put together some super-easy and cheap DIY costume ideas for you.
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 August 2017.
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-$20
- Black Heels – $40-$50
- Feline Headband – $10-$15
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 – $2-$8
- Nails – $8-$16
3. Ned Flanders from The Simpsons
Transform into Ned Flanders from The Simpsons by painting your face with yellow body paint, donning a green jumper and a pink button-up shirt and throwing on some glasses. Oh, don’t forget his iconic moustache. Voila, you’re Ned Flanders!
- Green V-Neck Sweater – $20-$30
- Pink Long Sleeve Shirt – $15-$30
- Fake Mustache – $5-$10
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
Rlouw Men's Stylish Peaked Lapel Blazer Jacket
The Joker Wig Adult
5. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast In Tiffany’s
If you’re after a more classic outfit this Halloween, you can’t go past Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast in 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
Helen Boyfriend Dungarees
Women's Adult Stretch Gloves
Wizard Round Frame Glasses
7. Wednesday Addams
Why not dress up as Halloween favorite – pale faced, grim-looking Wednesday Addams? Plait your hair, 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 – $20-$30
Scarlett Scallop Collar Shirt
Who doesn’t want to be Superman? What better way to bring out your inner Clark Kent than at Halloween? All you will need is 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 – $15-$25
- Red Superhero Cape – $5-$10
- Nerd Glasses – $2-$10
Superman Shield Mens Shirt
Red Superhero Cape
9. Where’s Wally
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!
- Round Frame Glasses – $2-$10
- Striped Knit Scarf – $5-$15
- Striped Shirt – $20-$30
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
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. There’s your Snow White costume done. Dressing like a princess was never this easy.
- Navy Blue T-Shirt – $10-$15
- Yellow Midi Skirt – $10-$20
- Red Headband – $6-$10
Arianna Plain Full Circle Midi Skirt
Pop Your Dream Adult Elastic Headband with Bow
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 lazy to put anything 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! Just add a black wig and some fake blood.
- White Longsleeve Shirt – $20-$30
- Highwaist Skinny Flare Pants – $10-$20
- Short Straight Black Bob Wig – $10-$20
Short Straight Black Bob Wig
Samara Highwaist Crepe Skinny Flare
Mia Fitted Cotton Shirt
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
12 Sharpie Permanent Markers - Black
Men's Buttoned Front Coverall
12pc Large 2.5" Oversize Safety Pin Set
15. Men in Black
This is a super easy one for the boys because most of you will have a black suit jacket and pants already. 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 below that will help.
- Fitted Black Suit – $100-$200
- Black Tie – $5-$10
- Wayfarer Sunglasses – $5-$10
New Look Skinny Fit Suit In Black
Vintage Retro Wayfarer Sunglasses
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. Simple cut holes in the top and you’re good to go.
- White Tank Top – $7-$15
- Pink/Purple Bra – $30-$40
- Black Skater Skirt – $10-$20
River Island Basic Jersey Scoop Back Tank
Gossard Glossies Sheer Bra
Roseanna Colour Pop Skater Skirt
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