10 Cheap and Easy Halloween Costume Ideas
Struggling with what to wear for halloween? Consider these 10 options!
With Halloween just around the corner stores are starting to fill up with halloween candy and merchandise. People are slowly starting to prepare for this spooky holiday, and planning their parties.
All of this fuss is leaving many of us is thinking the same thing: What on earth should I wear for this halloween?
We at Surveybee have collected 10 cheap and easy costume ideas for you to consider. Some of them are super quick, while some require a bit more time and preparation, but all of them are simple and easy to construct. Each one will also be kind to your wallet!
1. Waldo and Wenda
These familiar storybook characters are super easy and rather cheap to recreate, you’ll need:
- A red and white striped beanie
- A red and white striped jumper
- Jeans or a jean skirt
The costume is as simple as wearing these striped clothes. If you don’t already own a red striped beanie or a shirt, you can try your luck by going to your local flea markets. If you can’t find striped shirts, you can always buy a white one paint the stripes yourself!
2. Rosie the Riveter
This iconic character is really easy to pull of and looks great. You’ll need:
- Polka dotted headband
- Blue collared shirt (or overall)
Tie the headband around your head and style your hair accordingly. Usually the character is shown with blue overalls, but if you only have a blue shirt, jeans should work just fine with that. If you want, you can create a black speech bubble with the famous quote “We can do it”, and carry it around to make sure everyone knows who you are!
3. Candy Bag
This rather impressive look only has four very cheap components:
- Clear plastic bag,
- Colourful balloons
Cut holes for your legs and arms to the big plastic bag, and step into it. Fill the plastic bag with balloons, and tie a ribbon around your neck (make sure it’s not too tight). For added detail, draw a logo for your candy bag on paper, and tape it to the front of the bag. Cheap, easy, and very impressive!
While this costume will take a bit time to prepare, it is still super easy to do. You’ll need
- Colourful paper
- A headband
Start by cutting long sheets of colourful paper so you form a fringe. Do this many, many times, and start taping the frills in layers to your chosen clothes, until they are completely covered. Create two cones from the paper, and cover them in frills too. Tape them then down to your headband, and tape long strips of paper to the ends of both of them. Now all you gotta do is be careful of sticks when you leave your house!
5. Modern Ariel
To be a princess this halloween you don’t need expensive sparkly costumes! For this modern take you’ll need:
- Purple top
- Green pants/Skirt
- A fork
With modern princesses you can really get creative! As long as you keep to the colour theme of the princess, you can get away with a lot. Bringing a prop that is featured often in a movie, like a fork in Ariel’s case, you can make it a bit more clear who you are going as! Matching the princess to your haircolour is also a easy way to make the costume more recognizable, but is by no means necessary!
6. Stick Figure
This cheap and fun costume will surely turn a few heads. You will need:
- White clothing
- Black tape
- White cardboard
Start by tracing a stick figure on to your white clothing with the black tape. Once this is done, cut a circle from the cardboard, and make sure it is big enough to cover your face. Then trace a face to the cardboard, and attach a ribbon to it so you can wear it as a mask!
7. Snapchat Dog
This costume is a little bit more current twist of the traditional animal costume, and you’ll need:
- Wooden stick
- Facepaint/ Makeup
You can find a ton of templates online for the features that you can simply print out, and then tape the ears to the headband and the tongue to the wooden stick. The nose might be a little difficult to attach and make sure it stays all night, so it is a good idea to paint it on your face instead.
8. Naked Sim Character
For this classic video game look you’ll need:
- Bendable wire
- Skin coloured paint
From green paper, create the famous sims plumbob and attach it to your headband with the bendable wire. Take a piece of cardboard that is big enough to cover at least your torso, and paint it with skin coloured squares.
9. Error Code
If you’re really not feeling like putting a lot of effort to your costume, why not claim you lost it? You’ll need
- A white shirt
- Black marker
Simply write “Error 404, costume not found” on your shirt, and boom, you have a funny and easy way to avoid dressing up! If you don’t want to ruin (or improve) your shirt, you can just write the same message on paper and tape that on your shirt!
If all else fails, you can always go with the good old classic, mummy. You’ll only need one ingredient:
Simply cover yourself completely in toiletpaper, secure it tight and boom. You’re now a mummy!
If you didn't find the costume for you here, try checking out our blogpost about "6 Versatile Costume Ideas for Halloween" for more inspiration!
Sources: Waldo and Wenda = party city/pinterest, Rosie= Her campus/pinterest, Candy bag = Payton Gutting/pinterest, Pinata = FreeFunHalloween.com, Ariel = On the Henkaa Blog, Stick Figure = MoneyWiseMoms.com, Dog = Elorabee/Youtube Sim = Theladida.com, Error = Stayathomemum.com, Mummy= Vanillajoy.com