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17 Cheap Outfits That Actually Make Halloween Costumes Easy

Spooky, sparkly, sexy, and everything in-between.

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1. A stretchy knee-length dress that comes in 14 different colors and is so comfy that you'll still be happy wearing it several hours into your party.

And depending on how you make your costume, you might actually be able to wear it again! One of our editors who also happens to be a costume expert swears by this dress especially for group costumes, and lists a bunch of costume ideas that use it in her review. Promising review: "I got this and first day wearing it out I already ordered another. It's super freaking comfy and mine hits just below the knee which I love (less shaving lol). Some people say the arm holes are too big but I don't see it, any smaller and it would be rubbing in my armpit. I'm getting another one and once the restock I bet I'll be getting more." —CoppertinGet it on Amazon for $18.99 (sizes S-5X, 14 colors, though not all sizes are available in all colors).
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And depending on how you make your costume, you might actually be able to wear it again! One of our editors who also happens to be a costume expert swears by this dress especially for group costumes, and lists a bunch of costume ideas that use it in her review.

Promising review: "I got this and first day wearing it out I already ordered another. It's super freaking comfy and mine hits just below the knee which I love (less shaving lol). Some people say the arm holes are too big but I don't see it, any smaller and it would be rubbing in my armpit. I'm getting another one and once the restock I bet I'll be getting more." —Coppertin

Get it on Amazon for $18.99 (sizes S-5X, 14 colors, though not all sizes are available in all colors).

2. A fit-and-flare dress perfect for channeling all sorts of vintage and '50s vibes.

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Betty Draper, June Carter, I Love Lucy, Sally from Peanuts, Dorothy, Minnie Mouse...the possibilities aren't exactly endless, but there are lots of 'em!

Promising review: "If you are on the fence about buying this dress, jump on over! It arrived as promised and is probably the most flattering dress in this cut I have ever owned. I wore it as a costume for Halloween, but it was so cute and flattering that I ordered another print to wear to Christmas parties. I was so pleased at the comfort level and blown away with how cute it was in person. If you want the added fluff at the bottom, I definitely suggest the petticoat from this seller, as well." —Sara

Get it on Amazon for $19.99+ (sizes XS-XXX Large, and 1X-3X Plus — for exact sizing measurements, scroll down to the size chart in the product description — 41 patterns and colors). And get the petticoat for $10.99+ (the same size range, 14 colors).

3. Or a similar '50s-style dress with a sweetheart neckline and polka dots so you can swing dance and twirl 'till your heart's content.

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Promising review: "So I just got this in the mail and I love it so far! It is light weight, well made, and freaking adorable! I was afraid it wasn't going to fit because my waist measurements were a few inches bigger than what was listed, but the amazing stretchy back made it a perfect fit! Not too tight, not too loose! I will be able to wear my strapless bra with it and the chest area will be perfect fit too. I bought this for the New Orleans Red Dress Run, however I will be able to wear it all the time!" —Rachel L Weber

Get it on Amazon for $18.69+ (most priced at $26.69; sizes XS-3XL, 42 colors and patterns available, not all polka-dots).

4. An all-lace dress here to satisfy all your witchy and western needs — it's definitely cute enough to wear without your costume accessories, too.

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Hello, Stevie Nicks. Could also work for a pirate-ish outfit, but that doesn't start with a "w"! It does actually come with a (short) slip that goes underneath, but otherwise is just lace; reviewers who ordered the S-M sizes seem to have luck with the included slip, while those who ordered the L-XL sizes tend to need a longer one.

Promising review: "Love it! It’s a totally see-through lace and comes with an under-slip which is way too short for me but I have one in my closet that works, so no big deal. It is absolutely comparable to the thrice-the-price Free People brand. You can accessorize it up for a funky look with boots and denim jacket or wear to a fancy-dress event with heels and jewelry." —DS NYC

Get it on Amazon for $28.88 (sizes S-XL, five colors).

5. A cloak-like robe you can use for all kinds of characters while staying warm-ish as the temperatures drop.

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Promising reviews: "This cloak has a very nice hang to it, and is a great value for the money. The fabric drapes well and doesn't look cheap, see-through, or shiny. The shiny ribbon ties at the neck do look a bit cheap, so I removed them with a seam ripper, and the robe still stayed on my shoulders with no slipping all evening. The hood is very full and looks great either up or down. It runs true to the sizing chart, i.e. smaller than you might expect. As a 5'7" woman, the medium fit me perfectly, including shoulder width and length of the cloak. Larger guys, size up accordingly." —Jennifer Hardee

"My 8-year-old son wanted a cloak for general dress-up and many of them were specific to a certain character or theme. He has used this cloak to play wizards, magicians, star wars, to dress up at Harry Potter AND Professor Snape, to dress as the grim reaper, and even as a priest. He has also pretended it was an invisibility cloak. We love how versatile this is! He's been playing with it for months. He has worn it outside, to play in the woods, and in the comfort of home and it has held up so far." —Erin

Get it on Amazon for $20.99+ (sizes XS-XXL, or kids M-XL; seven colors, though sizes available depend on the color).

6. A Wednesday Addams dress that comes in enough colors you could adapt it to a bunch of *other* characters — or just go with the classic.

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You could even get the blue one, paste on your own planets and stars, and be Ms. Frizzle...or add a red ribbon and yellow hat to be Madeline!

Promising review: "I purchased this because there was a review of someone size 16 (MY SIZE!!!) who said it fit her AND there was some "leg" room as well. I LOVE MY DRESS!!! I'm a size 14-16 bottom, and an XXL up top. This dress fits so well and is loosely fitted. I absolutely LOVE IT! Only thing though, I washed it alone with some tide and it had some black transfer on to the collar. So buy a detergent that can prevent that. Other than that, it is beautiful!" —Lena Lena

Get it on Amazon for $12.99+ (sizes XS-XL, seven colors, some color availability depends on the size).

7. And a Morticia dress with a truly iconic train (and a slit up the side so you can actually walk).

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Promising review: "This is fantastic! It fits beautifully and has a lovely dragging train like Morticia would wear. I'm 5'9" and there's probably a foot long train on the ground. If you're short, plan for heels. The bodice is not as low as the picture looks but still nice. Its good quality and fits so well. I'm so excited to wear it!

I will add that this needs to be ordered early. I ordered it on 9/14, it shipped from the U.K. on 9/18 and I received it 10/4. I contacted the seller when I hadn't received it by the expected by delivery date and they told me that Amazon actually picks that date, not the seller. The seller was very nice and replied very quickly to my questions. So, I'd order earlier than needed and be patient. This costume is worth it." —Tanya

Get it on Amazon for $17.73+ (sizes S-XL; heads up that the XL costs significantly more, frustratingly.)

8. A soft and cozy fleece sweatshirt that you can easily turn into a last-minute costume of basically anything on the morning of October 31st.

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Look at those "Supermarket Sweep" cuties! Just add some paint or construction paper cut-outs to make the sweatshirt the perfect costume. You can even be a cactus!

Promising review: "I actually bought this for myself for my '80s Flashdance costume that I wore on halloween. I cut it up and stretched it for the costume and it was ideal! It is very soft and warm on the inside and the color is nice. Size runs true and now I wear the sweatshirt with my pjs or just to lounge around. :)" —Bri

Get it on Amazon for $7.02+ (most options $10-20 or so, sizes men's S-5XL, 20 colors, though some sizes available depend on the color).

And here's a few more last-minute costume ideas.

9. A mini dress you can easily transform into any sporty costume with just a few accessories and some puffy paint.

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Or if you're really fancy, a Cricut decal.

Promising review: "I do believe this dress runs short, but I am only 5 feet tall and the XS was perfect for me! Super cute. A little thin but with Spanx was perfect. I've worn several times this past week. Can't beat the price." —Sara S. Cheng

Get it on Amazon for $7.99+ (sizes 4-22, seven colors).

10. An LBD that will literally give you wings to fly through the night.

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One of our editors owns and loves this dress — read her full review. It seems like most Amazon reviewers love the dress but have a few issues with fit, so if you want to also wear this as an everyday dress you may want to get it tailored.

Promising review: "DAMN am I pleased. This gem is by FAR the most unique piece of clothing I have ever owned and oh my god do I love it. The fabric isn't the BEST quality but no worse than the s*** you'd get from most chain stores like Khols or JCP. It's actually damn comfy and lightweight and I really have no major qualms with the fabric overall. I LOVE how the wings drape down and there isn't a ton of tension on the straps. It's very flowy and comfy feeling and honestly the wings are FANTASTIC. Realllllyyyy nice fabric embroidered feathers. Seriously, this was totally worth it and I am wearing it tomorrow and really don't want to take it off right now." —Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon for $21.99 (sizes S-XL; the seller's size chart says S=6-8, M=10-12, L=14-16, and XL=18. Available in black, burgundy, or white).

11. An officially-licensed tee to turn you into your favorite Star Trek character with zero effort.

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Promising review: "Excellent tee. Good cotton. Size is right on. Symbol is well placed and good quality. Star trek tag inside...is officially licensed. Color seems to be right on too. If Kirk wore a tee this would be it!! Am ordering science blue too. Kinda afraid to get the red shirt though...haha." —Jevans

Get it on Amazon for $11.99+ (three colors, blue, yellow, and red, and sizes S-XXL; some reviewers do say it runs small). Pair it with jeans or black pants you already own to complete the outfit!

12. A fluffy tulle tutu skirt easy to pair with a tee or leotard for the fairy, princess, ballerina, or zombie cheerleader costume of your dreams.

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You could also totally use it as a petticoat under the right dress.

Promising review: "I bought four of these for me and my friends to wear to a big rave in Las Vegas. I initially selected this tutu this one is long enough to wear without shorts underneath. Given the price range ($13 to $20), I was very pleased with the quality! This tutu is very full, with the under-slip barely showing, even when jumping around to the music! The colors are all very vibrant and we got tons of compliments!

I must mention is the generous sizing. I ordered size L/XL for myself and three friends of varying sizes and it fit all of us! I don't know what kind of elastic is in the waistband, but it's SUPER STRETCHY! The waistband is so tiny when un-stretched, it worked for my size-six friend, and sooo generous when fully stretched, it was still comfortable on my size-14 hips. I would definitely recommend for all your fairy-tale, raver, party queen needs!" —Alaina T

Get it on Amazon for $8.99+ (most priced around $19.88; sizes S-XXL, 28 colors and color combos).

13. A stretchy, lined sequin dress because honestly if I've learned anything in life, it's that you can never have too many sparkles.

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This goes for all year, but basically double anytime you go to any party, Vegas, or out for Halloween.

Promising review: "Ok so I was torn about buying this dress, but couldn't find anything else for my 10-year Vegas anniversary that was show-stopping, head-turning, accident-causing-gorgeous. Well let me tell you, this did it. The sequins didn't aggravate my underarm. The fit was amazing. I was the sexiest thing on the strip. Was hit on by guys and girls while with my hubby.

For reference, I am 5ft, 160lbs, size 10/12. My midsection is large compared to rest of my body. I ordered a size large and still had a bit of room. Don't hesitate buy the dress!" —Daisy Hodge

Get it on Amazon for $16.99+ (size S-XL, 20 colors available, though of course some colors aren't available in every size).

14. Fish-scale-print leggings for living out all your underwater fantasies on the best night of the year.

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Many reviewers suggest ordering a size up; you can check specific measurements for each size by scrolling down to the product description.

Promising review: "These are the best tights ever. I wore them with a Halloween costume as a jellyfish. They are not the best fabric, a non-breathable polyester, but how often are you really wearing these? They do have a good stretch. I also wore these with a black turtle neck and cat ears earlier in the day, and everyone thought it was hilarious that I was a 'catfish.'" —Belén

Get them on Amazon for $9.90+ (sizes S-4XL, 11 colors). The same company makes a maxi skirt in the same fabric — that's also Amazon for $25.90+ (sizes S-2XL, two colors).

15. A pleated skirt you can dance in 'till dawn and that just might end up added to your everyday rotation of favorite clothes.

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Promising review: "I LOVE this skirt! It came without any loose threads. The closing is a secret zipper with a sturdy button at the top. It's so cute with any of my more formal blouses. I'm 5'9", and it hits mid-thigh. I don't need to wear shorts with it, but I do anyway for comfort. I originally got this for a Bakemonogatari cosplay, but I've been wearing it out whenever I can. The only possible complaint is that right out of the package it has a slight crease across the middle, but it's not noticeable when you're wearing it." —Lady in Motley

Get it on Amazon for $16.69+ (sizes go by waist measurements, starting at a 23.5-inch and going up in increments to a 34-inch; 35 patterns and colors).

16. A hooded, corseted tunic top that can transfigure you into little red riding hood, an assasin, an elfin warrior, your steampunk alter-ego and more...or just be an easy, warm option for your favorite Renaissance festival.

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To find your perfect size, consult the seller's size chart, which you can find in the photos for the color Army Green. (Don't look at the one right next to where you select your size). Although some reviewers still recommend going one size up!

Promising review: "I picked a size up from my normal size and it fits perfectly. Good quality material; I am wearing it for halloween as part of a witch costume. It seems like it will be warm enough." —Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon for $9.95+ (sizes S-XXL, in six colors that reviewers say are somewhat brighter in person than they look on the site).

17. A comfy, swingy t-shirt dress that's another one of those super versatile pieces you can use for all kinds of costumes...and actually wear again.

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The same listing has both short- and long-sleeved options for around the same price.

Promising review: "The material is so soft. It also does not cling to your body, which I was worried about. I bought it for a Halloween costume (Miss Viola Swamp) but, I will definitely be wearing this all year round." —Iheartbooks

Get it on Amazon for $12.98+ (most options around $18.99; sizes S-XL, 12 colors).

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