10+ Halloween Costumes You Can Make On A Budget

Diply 15 Oct 2018

Besides decorating the house and carving pumpkins, dressing up in a handmade or thrifted costume is the best part about Halloween. Sure, it's easy enough to order some sort of costume-in-a-bag from Amazon, but where's the fun in that?!

If you think all Halloween costumes should be DIYed using dollar store materials, thrift shop finds, and good, old-fashioned creativity, you're going to love the collection of ideas below.

1. DIY Peter Pan's Shadow Costume

Tikkido | Tikkido

To turn yourself into Peter Pan's shadow, all you need is a black morphsuit and a bunch of black felt. Oh, and a black feather for your hat, of course!

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Nikki of Tikkido used those materials, as well as hot glue, to put this amazing Halloween costume together.

Tikkido | Tikkido

The only suggestion I'm going to offer for this idea is to make sure your kids don't run around outside in it when it's dark out. There's no way people in cars are going to be able to see someone dressed up like a shadow when it's pitch black outside!

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2. DIY Zombie Makeup

Consumer Queen | Consumer Queen

Zombies have made quite the comeback over the last few years (you can thank The Walking Dead for that). So, if someone in your household wants nothing more than to walk around on Halloween telling people they're craving brains, you'll want to keep this special effects tip in mind.

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To create realistic wounds, do what Consumer Queen did and grab a bottle of white school glue and a roll of toilet paper.

Consumer Queen | Consumer Queen

Together, these things will result in the perfect canvas for the makeup and fake blood you'll need to bring the wound to life.

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3. DIY Where's Waldo? Costume

Maddie And Ashley | Maddie And Ashley

Is there anything cuter than a Where's Waldo? costume? This is a such classic idea, but in my opinion, it's something that'll never get old.

For a complete list of everything you'll need to recreate this look, head over to Maddie And Ashley.

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4. DIY Medusa Costume

The Joy Of Fashion | The Joy Of Fashion

Another popular Halloween look is Medusa: a Gorgon from Greek mythology whose head was covered with venomous snakes.

Marie of The Joy Of Fashion brought her version of this mythological character to life by pinning toy snakes in her hair with bobby pins.

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5. DIY Medusa Costume II

The TipToe Fairy | The TipToe Fairy

Now, what if you want to dress up as Medusa but you don't have the patience or ability to pin a bunch of plastic snakes in your hair?

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That's where this clever alternative by The TipToe Fairy comes in! 

The TipToe Fairy | The TipToe Fairy

Rather than pinning them into your hair, cover a standard headband with the toy snakes for an easy-to-use headpiece for your costume.

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6. DIY Lego Piece Costume

Dream A Little Bigger | Dream A Little Bigger

Everyone knows someone who's obsessed with Lego. And whether that person happens to be a child or a full-grown adult, this DIYed costume by Dream A Little Bigger should be a hit.

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To turn yourself into a colorful Lego block, all you'll need is a cardboard box, six plastic food containers (or bowls), and some paint.

Dream A Little Bigger | Dream A Little Bigger

Seal up one end of the box with a bit of strong adhesive, and then create three holes with an Xacto knife — one for your head and two for your arms.

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7. DIY Skeleton Costume

Holly Goes Lightly | Holly Goes Lightly

For those looking for a super simple costume idea that can be whipped up in under an hour, consider turning yourself (or at least the upper half of your body) into a spooky skeleton.

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Holly Goes Lightly used a rib cage stencil, chalk, and white fabric paint to transform a plain black shirt into a fun Halloween costume.

Holly Goes Lightly | Holly Goes Lightly

An idea like this would be great for any last-minute parties or work-related dress up days you want to take part in.

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8. DIY Jellyfish Costume

Almost The Real Thing | Almost The Real Thing

OK, this could very well be the cutest Halloween costume I've ever seen. Almost The Real Thing got super creative and managed to turn a simple umbrella into an adorable sea creature.

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Jellyfish may not be cute when you're trying to enjoy a leisurely swim in the ocean, but they sure are when it comes dressing up for Halloween!

Almost The Real Thing | Almost The Real Thing

The materials used to pull off this magical costume idea include an umbrella, spools of ribbon, and LED lights.

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9. DIY Rain Cloud Costume

Make It And Love It | Make It And Love It

Halloween costumes don't always have to be inspired by a popular television or movie character. Sometimes, the simplest concepts can end up creating the best outfits.

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Take this rain cloud idea by Make It And Love It as a perfect example.

Make It And Love It | Make It And Love It

It may not be flashy or over-the-top, but this costume is unique and fun, which makes it a winner in my books!

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10. DIY Bunny Ears

Rad + The Rest | Rad + The Rest

Another great last-minute idea anyone can pull off is making a set of bunny ears.

Rad + The Rest was able to make a cute pair out of wire, lace, and, you guessed it, a headband.

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And if you're not a fan of the lace, experiment with a different material. 

Rad + The Rest | Rad + The Rest

It's Halloween, after all! Which means there are no rules when it comes to stuff like that!

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11. DIY "Ice Ice Baby" Costume

The Thinking Closet | The Thinking Closet

Pun enthusiasts, this costume's for you! Halloween is the perfect time to show off your punny skills, and this costume idea, courtesy of The Thinking Closet, will allow you to do just that.

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By creating faux ice-filled bags and throwing a few pairs of cool shades into the mix, this family turned Vanilla Ice's classic "Ice Ice Baby" into the perfect Halloween getup. 

The Thinking Closet | The Thinking Closet

Even if you don't have a child, you can still make this costume idea work by holding a doll in your arm instead.

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12. DIY Ruby Slippers

Crafts After College | Crafts After College

My favorite Halloween costume I wore as a kid was Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz. My mom was a master thrift store shopper when it came to costumes, and she managed to get her hands on the perfect blue and white checkered dress for me to wear.

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And no Dorothy costume is complete without a pair of glitzy ruby slippers, so if you're planning on dressing up as her, you'll want to pay attention to the tutorial Crafts After College put together. 

Crafts After College | Crafts After College

There's no place like home, and there's certainly nothing like DIY to make Halloween your favorite time of year.

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13. DIY Frankenstein Bolts

Rad + The Rest | Rad + The Rest

Personally, I love classic Halloween costumes, like witches, vampires, and, the best monster of them all, Frankenstein.

P.S. I know Frankenstein isn't the proper name, so for die-hard fans, Frankenstein's monster is the best of them all.

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Anyway, one of the most iconic elements of this classic Halloween look are the neck bolts.

Rad + The Rest | Rad + The Rest

Rad + The Rest came up with the perfect way to make said bolts look as realistic as possible, and it involved using thick wire, ear plugs, cardboard, and silver spray paint.

For all the crafty details, head over to the blog and check out their tutorial.

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