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15 Ridiculously Easy Pokemon Halloween Costumes You Can Make For $30

Gotta catch 'em all! But not make 'em all, promise.

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ICYMI, Pokémon Go came out in July — so obviously we decided we wanted live our 8-year-old dreams and be Pokémon for Halloween.

Fifteen Pokémon, to be exact. (We get really excited about dressing up, and, tbh, what else good has come out of 2016, except maybe Stranger Things?)
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Fifteen Pokémon, to be exact. (We get really excited about dressing up, and, tbh, what else good has come out of 2016, except maybe Stranger Things?)

But because we're basically always on a budget, we had to be able to make them all for $30 or less.

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We also had to be able to get everything we needed for the costumes at stores like Walmart, Target, Old Navy, Dollar Tree, Michaels, and Amazon, so you could totally find the stuff you needed to make the outfits ~anywhere in America~. The $30 budget includes dresses and sweatshirts, but doesn't include the jeans or the wigs (because the outfits still work well without them).

(Thanks to Arda Wigs / Arda Wigs Canada for providing all of the wigs for the photo shoot! All costumes are designed by Cathy Ngo, resident cosplayer, and all casting and people coordinating was done by Brett Vergara.)

Every one of these outfits has a simple tutorial you can follow. Here's what you can expect from each one:

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• A list (and photo) of the materials we used to make our costumes, plus where we bought them.

• Links to where you can buy the materials, if they're available online.

• Step-by-step directions, illustrated with photos, showing you exactly how to make each part.

• The patterns that we used (you can download the pattern PDF here), so you can print them out and use the exact same ones.

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Which one will *you* choose???

1. No. 129: Magikarp, the Fish Pokémon

This sweatshirt comes together quickly: You cut the fins out of foam and the eyes out of felt, and pin fabric to the hood to make the lips. Here's how to make it.
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This sweatshirt comes together quickly: You cut the fins out of foam and the eyes out of felt, and pin fabric to the hood to make the lips. Here's how to make it.

2. No. 7: Squirtle, the Tiny Turtle Pokémon

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The shell may look complicated, but it really just requires foam, scissors, paint, and glue, and we'll walk you through exactly how to put it together. After the paint dried, we assembled ours in about 15 minutes. Here's how to make it.

3. No. 175: Togepi, the Spike Ball Pokémon

Cut out felt Togepi-like shapes from the templates on page 9 of the pattern PDF. Glue onto dress or white shirt. Cut out a crown (also in the PDF). Place on head. Aaaaand you're Togepi! Here's how to make it.
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Cut out felt Togepi-like shapes from the templates on page 9 of the pattern PDF. Glue onto dress or white shirt. Cut out a crown (also in the PDF). Place on head. Aaaaand you're Togepi! Here's how to make it.

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4. No. 94: Gengar, the Shadow Pokémon

This is the easiest costume on this list. Cut the eyes and mouth out of felt, draw details with a Sharpie, and glue to a purple sweatshirt. Here's how to make it.
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This is the easiest costume on this list. Cut the eyes and mouth out of felt, draw details with a Sharpie, and glue to a purple sweatshirt. Here's how to make it.

5. No. 3: Venusaur, the Seed Pokémon

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The leaves are made out of painted posterboard and a ribbon, the hair clip is covered in hot-glued flowers, and the parasol is painted paper. The painting adds dry time to the project, but it's worth the result. Here's how to make it.

6. No. 143: Snorlax, the Sleeping Pokémon

This is literally cutting and gluing felt and foam. You can make it happen, no problem. Here's how to do it.
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This is literally cutting and gluing felt and foam. You can make it happen, no problem. Here's how to do it.

7. No. 37, Vulpix, the Fox Pokémon

The tutorial post will show you an easy way to trace out the tail lines so you get them just right. Other than that, you make ears... and that's it! Here's how to do it.
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The tutorial post will show you an easy way to trace out the tail lines so you get them just right. Other than that, you make ears... and that's it! Here's how to do it.

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8. No. 6: Charizard, the Flame Pokémon

Wings that won't get in the way, and a flame that loops around your finger that can be either your "tail" or the fire you breathe. Here's how to do it.
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Wings that won't get in the way, and a flame that loops around your finger that can be either your "tail" or the fire you breathe. Here's how to do it.

9. No. 151: Mew, the ~New Species~ Pokémon

The tail, made out of ballet tights and stuffed-animal stuffing, loops around your finger so it moves with you instead of bopping around on your butt. (No stuffed animals were harmed, don't worry.) Here's how to do it.
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The tail, made out of ballet tights and stuffed-animal stuffing, loops around your finger so it moves with you instead of bopping around on your butt. (No stuffed animals were harmed, don't worry.) Here's how to do it.

Of course, we had to make an Eevee costume. And that means we had to make a few of Eevee's evolutions, too.

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10. No. 133: Eevee, the Evolution Pokémon

So little crafting: You buy the ruff, but make the ears. Try not to get stuck in a tree, though. Here's how to do it.
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So little crafting: You buy the ruff, but make the ears. Try not to get stuck in a tree, though. Here's how to do it.

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11. No. 134: Vaporeon, the Bubble Jet Pokémon

We walk you through step by step, so this costume is definitely easy! You cut the shapes out of foam, glue them to a dress headband, tie the ruff around your neck, and go. Here's how to do it.
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We walk you through step by step, so this costume is definitely easy! You cut the shapes out of foam, glue them to a dress headband, tie the ruff around your neck, and go. Here's how to do it.

12. No. 135: Jolteon, the Lightning Pokémon

The spiky ruff is made out of craft foam, and purposefully irregular (but we still give you a pattern for it). Here's how to do it.
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The spiky ruff is made out of craft foam, and purposefully irregular (but we still give you a pattern for it). Here's how to do it.

13. No. 136: Flareon, the Flame Pokémon

For Flareon's outfit, you make only the ears, then wrap a $7 boa around yourself for the ~fire~. Here's how to do it.
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For Flareon's outfit, you make only the ears, then wrap a $7 boa around yourself for the ~fire~. Here's how to do it.

14. No. 196: Espeon, the Sun Pokémon

Espeon is another all-ears craft, although you also will use eyelash glue to attach the red plastic gem to your forehead. Here's how to do it.
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Espeon is another all-ears craft, although you also will use eyelash glue to attach the red plastic gem to your forehead. Here's how to do it.

15. No. 197: Umbreon, the Moonlight Pokémon

There's very little to this costume: You cut out yellow shapes, then glue them to pants and a shirt (and make the ears, of course). Here's how to do it.
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There's very little to this costume: You cut out yellow shapes, then glue them to pants and a shirt (and make the ears, of course). Here's how to do it.

Questions? Confused? Find yourself nonchalantly strolling through the city dressed as a Pokémon?

If you run into any questions or problems while you're putting your Pokémon costume together, feel free to email us at Natalie.Brown@BuzzFeed.com and we'll do our best to help!
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If you run into any questions or problems while you're putting your Pokémon costume together, feel free to email us at Natalie.Brown@BuzzFeed.com and we'll do our best to help!