16 Cheap Halloween Costumes for Adults Basically Anyone Can DIY

You don't need a big budget to make these fun and original Halloween costumes.

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Who would have guessed dressing up as a plant could be so fun? Transform into a cute cactus costume by hot gluing white yarn on a green dress. Add some colorful pom poms for flowers. Check out Studio DIY for more detailed instructions.

Rosie the Riveter


You probably have everything you need to become Rosie the Riveter in your closet right now. Throw on some jeans, a denim top, and a red bandana, and voila! You're a World War II-era cultural icon.



Many will try—and fail—to pull off a Beyonce costume this Halloween, but you can take it to the next level and become the Queen Bee. Literally. Find a black and yellow striped top or dress, then add wings and antennae. Top it off with fun gold letters to show everyone "who run the world."

Audrey Hepburn

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Every woman owns a little black dress. Put it to use this Halloween for a DYI Audrey Hepburn costume. Complete the classic look with black gloves, pearls, sunglasses, and a long cigarette holder. (It's worth stealing Audrey Hepburn's style tips the other 364 days of the year too.)


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This homemade costume may take a bit longer to put together, but it's worth it if you want a truly original creation. Cut fringe into colorful crepe paper streamers and glue them onto a cheap dress. Do the same on party hats for pinata ears. Get more detailed instructions from Simply Whisked.

Thing 1 and Thing 2


Grab a friend for this Seussian couples costume. You'll need a red dress, red tights, and LOTS of blue fur. Get all the details from laurenconrad.com.

Sara with No 'H'


Tonight Show fans need no explanation for Sara with no "H," a recurring sketch starring Jimmy Fallon as a teenage girl. Sara always wears a purple dress with purple tights, a heart-shaped necklace, and a pink bow in her hair. She also constantly reminds people that her name is spelled S-A-R-A with no H, because H's are ew!

Gumball machine

Courtesy The Joy of Fashion

For this sweet gumball machine costume, glue pom poms to the top half of a red dress and a black headband. Use a rectangle of gray felt to draw the gum dispenser. Don't forget to chew your own bubble gum!


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Halloween may be the only holiday on which you can celebrate multiple holidays. The English teachers of West Morris Mendham High School in New Jersey dressed up in different holiday gear to make this festive group costume.


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Flaunt your feathers as a fabulous flamingo. Pin pink boas together and wrap them around a leotard or tank top. Add pink tights or leggings and a beak (this one is a toucan beak painted black) and strut your stuff!

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