25 Cheap Halloween Costumes
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of ways to fashion a costume that is creative without being expensive. I’ve created a list of 25 Halloween costumes that can be made with things you have around the house and maybe a purchase or two from the dollar store. Some of these costumes are ones I’ve actually done myself while others are the result of a little research/questioning of friends (thanks Molly, Ben, and Greg!). Regardless of the source, the costumes below will allow you to have loads of fun on Halloween without breaking the bank.
- Gum on a shoe — Wear all pink and Velcro a shoe to the top of your head
- Jellyfish — All-white outfit, white umbrella with iridescent ribbon or streamers hanging
- Cowboy/Cowgirl — Jeans or denim skirt with plaid or flannel shirt, boots, and a cowboy hat
- Ghost — A sheet with holes for your eyes and mouth – doesn’t get much simpler than that!
- Bank Robber — Hooded sweatshirt or top and a ski mask, bag with monopoly money sticking out the top.
- Soup and crackers — Oversized T-shirt that says “Campbell’s” on it, wide brimmed hat with empty cracker boxes glued to it.
- Egg — All white with a yellow construction paper “yolk” taped on.
- Grapes — Purple balloons taped or pinned to a dress with brown tights, or a shirt with brown pants, “leaves” on a headband
- Cow/Dalmation/Sheep — White sweats with black spots drawn, painted or taped on. Use cotton balls instead of black spots to add texture for a sheep.
- Cat/Mouse — Black or grey sweats, tail, ears made out of felt, nose whiskers drawn on with eyeliner
- Bat — All you need is a black umbrella, some black clothing, and this tutorial
- Pig in a blanket — Wrap a blanket tightly around your body and wear a pig nose!
- Facebook wall — White sweats and a few permanent markers so that people can “sign” your wall.
- Highway — Black clothes, with yellow electrical tape down the length of your body and toy cars attached with Velcro
- Martha Stewart — Khakis, blue oxford, apron with Martha signature “It’s a good thing” written on the front, and crafty supplies in the apron pockets.
- Beauty Queen — Old dress and tiara (can be purchased at the dollar store), make a sash with a wide ribbon and iron-on letters
- Housewife — Bathrobe, rollers in hair, slippers – bonus points for adding cold cream to your face!
- Princess Leia — Long white dress and braided hair.
- Movie Star — Old dress with costume jewelry and large sunglasses
- Figure skater/ballerina — Wear an old leotard or one-piece bathing suit and a short skirt. For a figure skater add furry boots, for a ballerina socks or ballet slippers
- James Bond — If you already own one, adding a martini glass is a quick way to turn a tuxedo into a costume.
- Hugh Hefner — Bathrobe and pipe
- Priest — Wear all black, use white poster board to fashion a collar
- Antony and Cleopatra — Use bedsheets to fashion two togas
- Die/pair of dice — Paint two boxes white, spray paint black dots, and cut holes for your hands and head
For more inexpensive (and fast!) Halloween costume ideas, visit Real Simple Magazine or BeingFrugal.net
Do you have any more ideas for frugal and fun Halloween get-ups? Share them in the comments!
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grew up in Texas, graduated from college in 2007 and is currently working in the DC metro area. Jill recently completed a 9-month certificate program in financial planning and will take the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam in November. After that she hopes to become a full-time financial planner. You can also find her as a staff writer at My Dollar Plan
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