In my book, Halloween is one of the best holidays in existence. It has something for everyone — do you like clothes? Are you obsessed with candy? Or maybe you like the arts: pumpkin carving and DIY Halloween costume challenges. Whatever your jam, Halloween is just plain fun.
My favorite part of Halloween is that I get to play dress-up, which is fun at any age. And the only change I’ve made—from young girl to college student to young woman—is that I’m no longer interested in being anything “scantily dressed.”
This obviously limits store-bought options because everything out there for women is either too revealing or too boring. So, over the past few years I’ve found myself on the hunt for festive and classy DIY Halloween costumes — and this fall, I thought I’d share.
Here are 10 Halloween costumes that are cool and cute without being expensive or sleazy!
10 Cool DIY Halloween Costumes
1. Rosie the Riveter
At first you might not know who he is, but oh, you do. He’s buff chic in a denim shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a red polka-dotted bandana wrapped around his head. Need I say more? This outfit is easiest if you have a scarf and a button-up shirt. It is also a (necessary) statement on women’s empowerment. You can’t go wrong here.
2. Bank robbers
For a fun solo or a group theme, being a bandit is no sweat. A striped tee, plus black leggings, gloves, and sneaks. You can cut eye holes in a black beanie or a bandana that wraps around your face. Take a canvas tote and use a Sharpie to add the classic $$ symbol to it. Bonus points if you get your hands on fake money. bom Just like that, you’re a bank robber.
3. Little Red Riding Hood
You need a long red cape with a hood, plus a basket, skirt and top. To truly DIY this outfit, visit Joanne’s Fabrics to purchase your cape material. Even if you can’t sew, you can imitate the basic shape with safety pins.
Or, take the easy route and buy the cape on Amazon. It’s $25 plus eligible for Prime shipping.
You will need the help of a friend for this one! First, put on your favorite leggings or tight shorts and a fitted t-shirt. You know, if your bandage falls off. Then have a friend wrap you in an Ace bandage from head to toe. You’ll need eye holes and you’ll probably want nose and mouth holes.
If you want to take it to another level, put on zombie makeup. It’s super easy. Add white foundation all over, including your lips, then circle your eyes with a black smudge.
5. Top Chef
It’s easy to fake even if you don’t have a white chef’s coat. Wear a white button-up shirt (make it big – steal your BF), a chef hat from a clothing store and some utensils from your kitchen. Draw double-breasted buttons on each side of your shirt (or get black dot stickers from a stationary store) for that classic white-coat look.
This retro look is easy to put together and will also tap into your arts-and-crafts skills.
- Pick up a used flapper style dress from Poshmark for $20.
- Then go to Michael’s or another craft store and get yourself some plastic pearls, some glass beads, and some black feathers. If you find a cigarette holder (or something that looks like one), grab that too.
- Glue rhinestones and feathers on a black headband.
Put on the dress, bejeweled and feather headband, pearls and a pair of pumps and you are ready for any party.
7. Roman goddess of justice
Fashion yourself a toga, either with the fabric you bought or a white sheet. Grab yourself a spear and “scales of judgment.” The smokey eye and pretty-girl pout shown above are optional. Not solid, full-coverage underwear.
These last three great DIY Halloween costume ideas were sent in by Budget Fashionista readers:
8. Freudian sleep
Last Halloween I saw a woman wearing a slip with “ID”, “Ego”, “Oedipal” etc written on it. It was a Freudian slip! I thought it was so cute and certainly not expensive. It didn’t look like she was out in her underwear.
All you need is a modest slip, a couple of Sharpies, and excellent calligraphy!
9. Silver screen actress
Get your sexy black dress, paint your skin to look silver (silver hairspray works great), spray your hair black, and wear only black and white accessories. Definitely stand out in a crowd, still looking gorgeous!
~ from Evil Diva
10. Smurfette and Gargamel
Last year my boyfriend and I were “Budget” Smurfette and Gargamel. I wore a white dress (get one at a thrift store) and a blue turtleneck and blue tights underneath. Then I cut a sleeve from an old white turtleneck, tied the end stuffed with toilet paper and it was my hat.
I painted my face blue and the only expensive thing was a blonde wig, because I have dark hair. My girlfriend wore a long black dress, put red soccer socks on her shoes, got a cat stuffed animal and a net and she was good to go!
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Have you made your own awesome DIY Halloween costume? Share your best ideas in the comments!