50% off everything
Finder is committed to editorial independence. While we receive compensation when you click links to partners, they do not influence our content.
25 cheap and easy Halloween costumes you can whip up at home
Don’t want to spend a fortune on Halloween costumes this year? These DIY ideas are your ticket to inspiration.
If you don’t have much cash to spend, or you’ve left your costume to the last minute, we’ve put together some awesome cheap and easy Halloween costume ideas just for you.
These DIY Halloween costumes require little spending, and you can probably use what you already have at home and in your wardrobe. You may need one or two extra items to top off your look, so we’ve included a list of stores to purchase these online as well.
Cheap and easy Halloween costumes for 2021
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.
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.
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.
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 a green tie. You might even want to add a wig for maximum effect.
5. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
If you’re after a more classic outfit this Halloween, you can’t go past 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.
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.
7. The Incredibles
Look as incredible as an Incredible without spending a fortune. All you need are red tights, a red shirt, black gloves, black shorts, boots and a thin black cloth you can cut holes in to make a mask for your eyes.
Stick a logo on the front of the shirt and you’re ready to save the world.
8. Wednesday Addams
Why not dress up as Halloween favourite, the pale-faced, grim-looking Wednesday Addams? Plait your hair, wear a black dress with a white collared shirt underneath, then finish the look off with black lipstick and her famous empty expression.
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.
10. Lilo and Stitch
Disney costumes are always fun, so why not dress up as Lilo this year? You can put this look together by cutting out leaf shapes from fabric iron-transfer paper and ironing them onto a red dress. Grab your Stitch plush to carry around and you’re done. Mahalo, cutie.
11. Where’s Wally?
You probably have all the pieces for this costume in your wardrobe already. Throw a striped shirt over some blue jeans, then add a red beanie and glasses.
12. PSY – Gangnam Style
Oppa Gangnam Style. Throw on a pair of signature black shades, a bow tie and a blue blazer and you’ve got yourself a PSY costume. Since you’ve likely got a few of these pieces in your closet already, this costume is the coolest way to look like you tried without actually trying.
13. 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.
14. Pugsley Addams
This is a great companion costume to the Wednesday Addams dress-up. It only takes three items you likely already own: a striped tee, black shorts and black socks. Add some white face paint if you want to look extra spooky.
15. 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.
16. Betty Boop
Betty Boop is a classic and very iconic Halloween costume idea. The most important element of this costume is the short pin-curled hairstyle so you’ll need a bunch of bobby pins and a curler. If that’s too much effort, you can buy a wig for under $10 on eBay.
Image source: Instagram user emrata
17. 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.
Let’s be real, we all want to be a mermaid, so why not go as one for Halloween? Wear a blue or green maxi skirt with a white or purple crop and throw on some pearls for good measure. Spritz sea-salt spray through your hair to make it wavy and mermaid-esque. Done.
19. 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.
20. Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls
This is a fun 90s cosplay idea that is actually a lot easier than it seems. It’s affordable too. Just put a black belt over a blue dress and add white stockings. Then do your hair in pigtails.
21. 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 bargains below that will help.
22. Regina George
This costume is easy as. All you need is a purple or pink bra, a white singlet and a black skirt – 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.
Image source: Pinterest
An oldie but a goodie, the simple burglar costume can be worn by all ages, gender or body shape. You can even have a whole family dress up as burglars this Halloween. Grab some black pants out of your wardrobe, then find a striped shirt, gloves, a mask and a sack – and you’re good to go!
Image source: Pinterest
24. Greek goddess
Always dreamt of being a goddess? Well, 31 October is your night to shine. An old white sheet or piece of material can be carefully draped around you and securely fastened with some safety pins. Finish off the look with a gold belt and/or a leaf crown.
Image source: Pinterest
Last but not least on our list of cheap and easy Halloween costume ideas, is the classic Zombie. Find some old clothes, rip them up a bit and use fake blood for the finishing touch.
Top stores to buy cheap Halloween basics and accessories
After a plain white tee to tear up? Some gloves to match your costume? Or a special prop? Check out what these affordable stores have in stock:
Main image: Getty Images
Deals and discounts you need in your life
More guides on Finder
Cute couples Halloween costumes to dress up in 2021
Need some Halloween costume inspiration? We’ve found the most unique and easy costume ideas for couples this Halloween.
The best group costumes for Halloween 2021
Looking for some killer costumes for your squad this Halloween? We’ve got all the best ideas to make your group the life of the party.
12 sexy Halloween costumes to spice up the party 2021
Want to look hot this Halloween? Here are the best and sexiest Halloween costume ideas that you need to rock this year.
Fresh Start promo codes December 2021
Dieters rejoice! Fresh Start brings scrumptious and nutritious NZ food direct to your door. Delicious, time saving and affordable!
NZ Spring fashion trends to try in 2021
If you’re looking to update your spring wardrobe, keep these trends in mind.
Afterpay Day August 2021 sale: Sale on now!
Another Afterpay Day has started! Throughout Afterpay Day, get huge savings from THE ICONIC, Boohoo, Glassons & more.
My Food Bag discount codes December 2021
Want scrumptious, healthy meals for the family? Make the most of your time with My Food Bag. Easy to cook. No shopping required.
Bargain Box promo codes December 2021
Get scrumptious, healthy family meals delivered with Bargain Box.
Review: Celsius Network cryptocurrency lending and borrowing platform
An in-depth review of one of the most popular lending and interest earning platforms in cryptocurrency.
CryptoTrader.Tax review: Automatic cryptocurrency tax reports
Learn more about CryptoTrader.Tax for automatic crypto tax reports.