18 Cheap Halloween Costumes for Adults Basically Anyone Can DIY
You don't need a big budget to make these fun and original Halloween costumes.
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. These last-minute adult costume ideas are worth checking out, also.
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. These couples’ costume ideas will make your Halloween.
Big Mouth fans everywhere know that Missy is a truly iconic character onto herself. She’s unabashedly clever, funny, and living her best life. Check out Beautiful-Summer Spears‘ version on Instagram—grab your overalls, a yellow shirt and headband, a backpack, and you’re back on your puberty journey! Keep the momentum of these adult costume ideas going with these DIY Halloween decorations for a spooky holiday party!
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. If you’re going back to work this fall, you might also want to consider these Halloween costumes for work.
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! Adult costume ideas can still be of younger (sort of) characters. These Halloween costumes will give you nightmares.
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! Don’t want to DIY a costume? Check out the most popular Halloween costumes on Amazon.
The white rabbit
Classic tales like Alice in Wonderland can sometimes make the best last-minute, yet still easily-recognizable adult costume ideas. Take this classy version by Dana MacDonald: “It was actually quite simple to do! I tried to do my own spin on it to still make it look like a cute outfit…for the face I used eyeliner for the whiskers and lip liner for the nose.” Post-COVID life will be quite different, but you can still celebrate Halloween in fun ways!
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. Here are some more clever group Halloween costumes.
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! Find out the most popular Halloween costume the year you were born.
If you’re looking to make a statement this Halloween, what better way than coming down on the side of hard facts and reliable journalism! This costume is a perfect blend of political joke and fashion-forward attitude.
“This Halloween costume was super simple to complete with just a few items! I even finished the skirt with a lace-up closure in the back to get in and out with ease,” notes Ashely. Take a peek at Ashley Monique at Ashley_mo (outfit inspired by daniellesmodernlife) for more inspo on squashing fake news in style. Check out what Halloween might look like this year.
Cat in the Hat
Another creative adult costume idea from the world of Dr. Seuss: Start with a black top and leggings. Glue on white felt for the stomach. Add a red scarf, striped hat and socks, and face paint to become the mischievous Cat in the Hat. Wanna really mess with your friends? Talk only in rhymes. Love Disney? Try one of these Disney costumes.
’50 Shades of Grey’
A totally G-rated take on the popular R-rated novel by E. L. James. Pick up some grey paint swatches, stick them on a grey shirt, and see who can guess your outfit on the first try.
What’s one of the easiest and most iconic costumes out there? Velma and the Scooby-Doo gang, of course! Grab a group of friends or go it solo with this costume inspo from momokurumicosplay. You can’t go wrong with a thrifted orange turtleneck, red skirt and shoes, and a pair of orange high socks. Jinkies! We’re also loving these funny Halloween costumes.
This cotton candy costume looks good enough to eat! (But don’t. It’s all polyester fiberfill stuffing.) Spray paint the stuffing pink and hot glue it to a shift dress. For the headpiece, roll a large sheet of paper for a cone hat, glue it to a separate pouf of fiberfill, and glue that to a headband. Next, check out the history of these Halloween traditions.
For more fun facts, costume ideas, traditions, candy inspiration, spooky entertainment, and updates on how October 31 will look different this year, check out our Halloween Guide.