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51 Cheap And Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

You’re not lazy, you’re effortless.

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1. This flower pot costume came entirely from the dollar store.

See how this was made here.

2. Whip up a wizard’s robe for your Harry Potter-obsessed little one with a T-shirt in just 15 minutes.

 

Get the directions here.

3. A TMNT shell requires just spray-painting a roasting pan.

4. This Medusa headband consists of gluing plastic snakes to a headband and spray-painting it gold.

Evil genius.

5. Channel Frida with fake dollar-store flowers and an eyebrow pencil.

6. This Hulk Hogan costume consists of simple clothing pieces you can find at any thrift store.

This costume only cost $4.98!

7. For a little added Halloween festivity, thread spider rings onto a little girl’s pigtails.

Get the tutorial here.

8. Already got an all-white ensemble? Use black tape to be a stick figure.

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9. Or paint lines onto your all-white outfit for a college-ruled costume.

10. Cut up carpeting to make a Viking costume.

 

Full directions here.

11. Crumple up some kraft paper to make a snail shell.

Learn how here.

12. This elaborate-seeming Kool-Aid Man costume consists of a hula hoop, bed foam, and felt.

Get the directions here.

13. Cut up a cheap umbrella to create bat wings.

Instructions here.

14. Make Minion glasses with protective goggles from the dollar store and canning jar rings.

Get directions here.

15. Add some thrifted overalls to finish the look.

16. Or wrap a pair of oversize glasses with aluminum foil and wear a yellow hoodie.

Everyone wants to be a Minion.

17. Glue some realistic-looking bugs to a pair of nylons and you’ve got the easiest costume ever.

18. A delicious-looking EasyMac costume can be made from spray-painted toilet paper rolls.

See how she made this here.

19. If you’ve got a big gang to dress, make everyone wear black and glue white dots to their outfits.

You’ll start a chain reaction.

20. Get punny and be an identity thief.

21. You probably have a rubber chicken lying around, so why not be chicken cord-on-bleu?

22. Stay comfy and warm with a Three Blind Mice sweatsuit costume.

23. And if you’ve got a green sweatsuit…

Glue some straws on for a prickly cactus. Arrange arms accordingly.

24. If you’ve already got a glamorous all-black wardrobe, become a glam skeleton with just a little face paint.

Get the makeup tutorial here.

25. Here’s how you turn your beloved child into an adorable gumball machine for next to nothing:

Directions here.

26. For the laziest graphic designers in the house…

Painted wire and a printed Photoshop icon!

27. Round touch lights from any hardware store and paper antlers and you are transformed into a “deer in headlights.”

No one said you had to put the touch lights on your chest, though.

28. Share an XXL T-shirt with someone you won’t mind being tethered to for the whole night.

29. Are you a parent who posts way too many photos of your baby on Facebook?

At least on Halloween you can make fun of yourself a bit. All you need is black posterboard.

30. Literally tie up your button-up shirt, add a bandana, and pair with the high-waisted jeans you (probably) already own.

You can literally go from day to night with this outfit.

31. The bandana (paired with very pretty ’50s makeup) can also turn you into Lucille Ball.

32. Got a lip palette, lip brush, and black eyeliner?

You’ll totally POP.

33. Turn yourself into a mermaid by applying makeup over a fishnet stocking.

34. Need a costume that requires custom colored boots or shoes?

(AKA any superhero costume.) Use duct tape!

35. Or colored legs for that matter?

Don’t spend your precious dollars on colored tights! You can dye pantyhose with Kool-Aid.

36. “Crazy cat lady” is the coziest and warmest of all costumes.

37. Be a cupcake cutie with simple supplies from the craft store.

38. A cardboard box and Tupperware make a great parent’s costume.

Get the directions here.

39. Don’t want to bother with a real costume? Make an easy cobweb tiara with wire and a headband.

Get the directions here.

40. Popsicle sticks and a fisherman’s hat = instant Wilson.

41. A white polo shirt and a remote control = Funny Games.

For your own sake, you’d better be even half as hot as Michael Pitt.

42. Or if you’d prefer a fancy spiderweb fascinator….

They sell all sorts of colored floral wire at the dollar store. Get the directions here.

43. Live in a cold climate? Transform an old pair of gloves into monster claws.

Tutorial here.

44. Make your own Wyldstyle costume using colored tape on a black hoodie and hair chalk.

Directions here.

45. You can (and should) wear this T-shirt all year round.

Directions by Martha.

46. This costume is so easy, a child could make it.

But you should probably supervise. Directions here.

47. Use fake foliage to sprout a chia head.

You can double as Felicity after she cut her hair.

48. Draw on white stockings to channel Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas.

 

49. This spectacular cape is completely no-sew.

Tutorial here.

50. As is this colorful strawberry costume.

Directions here.

51. And finally…for groups of friends who still won’t stop quoting Mean Girls.

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