Halloween parties are coming up. Whether you're working with a tight budget or don't know what to wear, these DIY Halloween costume ideas are just what you need.
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. When else do we get to dress all kooky and spooky to hang out with friends? But it's easy to get lost in the excitement of shopping for a killer costume and end up spending a lot more money than expected. Fortunately, it's frighteningly easy to make unique DIY Halloween costumes — all you need is a bit of creativity, time, and these ideas, of course.
We're starting out pretty simple and easy. All you'll need is a pair of blue jeans, a red-and-white striped shirt, glasses, and a beanie. It even works as DIY Halloween costumes for couples — and it's a sure conversation starter.
Dressing up as a mime might not be too original, but it's perfect if you're looking for easy last-minute Halloween costumes. Grab a pair of black pants and a black-and-white striped shirt and you're set. The white face paint is a must (and it's budget-friendly).
Yearbook pictures from the 80s and 90s are hilarious. You know the ones. Recreate these awkward stills with butterfly clips, a too-eager smile, and a turtleneck. Oh, and don't forget to make your own brushstroke backdrop.
What could be more 2022 than an NFT costume? Draw a cool cartoon cat, frame it, and wear it around your neck. It's one of the most original and easy Halloween costumes DIY out there. What's harder is explaining your costume to people.
Show off your green thumb with a plant lover costume. For example, you could carry a small houseplant in a baby sling carrier, like a proud plant parent. Or dress all in green and pin drawings of your favorite plants' leaves to your clothes.
Cottage core has gotten incredibly popular on Instagram and TikTok in the past year. Channel that Laura Ingalls Wilder aesthetic with a poofy skirt, a kitchen apron, and a wicker basket (bonus points if you pack Halloween goodies!).
The best Halloween savings tip is to use only materials you already have. Wear a full monochrome outfit and pretend to be a Pantone color swatch. Don't forget to make or print a swatch template to pin to your outfit!
Scarecrow costumes are one of the most popular Halloween costumes for a reason: they're fun and simple to put together. All you'll need is denim overalls, a flannel shirt, and a straw hat. Then, you can get creative with makeup for a bolder, scarier look.
The trailblazing late Supreme Court Justice was known for a lot of things — one of them was her elegant black robe and white lace collar. If you're going to a more formal Halloween party, this is an outfit to consider. Thrift the collar or improvise with a pearl necklace.
Are you a sports lover? Why not recreate one of Serena Williams's many iconic looks? Our favorite has to be what she wore on her final goodbye to the sport: a bedazzled black bodysuit with a tennis skirt. Elegant and easily recognizable.
2022 gave us many fantastic shows, and Inventing Anna has to be one of the most scandalous. Channel the confidence of the brazen fake German heiress with a simple black dress and thick-rimmed glasses. Oh, and don't forget to practice your favorite quotes from the show.
Yet another eccentric woman portrayed in a show this year, Elizabeth Holmes makes for a good costume. You likely won't have to spend any money here: all you'll need is a black turtleneck, red lipstick, and to put on a low-pitch voice. Carry around a small vial with red dye (instead of blood) to complete the look.
On a much lighter and more wholesome note, you could dress up as Bob Ross for your Halloween party. Carry around a painted weasel, rock that perm, and pepper uplifting reassuring quotes through your conversations.
The Office has a ton of memorable characters, and they're all quite easy to turn into a costume. Will you wear gold aviator glasses à la Dwight Schrute? Or wear a purple bandana like Prison Mike? "Halloween should be a day in which we honor monsters and not be mad at each other."
Still have some time before your Halloween party? Then head to the thrift store and look for a boiler suit (also known as a flight suit) to be an elite pilot for a day. A pair of aviator glasses, American flag pins, and navy patches tie the look together.
We finally got a new season of Stranger Things this year and with it even more memorable characters. Since the show is set in the 80s, it's not hard to find the right props and clothes for a costume. For example, with a baseball shirt, jeans, tennis shoes, and a walkman you can be Max Mayfield.
Finally, to close out this list with an oldie but goldie: dress up as your favorite character from the Addams Family. Morticia is always a popular pick, with her long and elegant black dress and somber makeup. But there's also Wednesday, Gordo, Gomez, and Pugsley to choose from. And of course, this is an awesome opportunity for a matching moment with your family!
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