22 easy Halloween costumes that you probably already own

Don’t want to spend a fortune on Halloween costumes this year? Here are 15 cheap and easy Halloween costume ideas to inspire you.

Now’s the time to start thinking about your Halloween costume for the year. Whether you’re looking to save money or you’ve left your costume to the last minute, we’ve put together some super-easy and cheap DIY costume ideas for you.

These costumes require little spending, and you can probably use what you already have at home and in your wardrobe! #winning.

Note: The prices and availability of the products mentioned on this page are current as of 12 October 2016.


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1. Dancing Girls Emoji Costume

Look super-cute with your bestie and dress up as the dancing girls emoji for your Halloween party this year. All you need is a black bodysuit, black shoes/heels and a cat headband. Simple yet effective!

The cost?

  • Drop Armhole Bodysuit - $31.50
  • Allegra Shoes - $34.97
  • Feeling Feline Headband - $19.95

Total: $86.42

Drop Armhole Bodysuit
Allegra Black Heels
Feeling Feline Headband in Black


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2. Max from Where the Wild Things Are

If you love walking around in your onesie as much as we do, this is the perfect outfit for you. Put on your white onesie, cut out a crown from cardboard and you’re set!

The cost?

  • Onesie - $40
  • Cardboard Crown - $8.16
  • Nails - $21.65

Total: $69.81

Katie Pug Hooded Zip Up Fleece Onesie
Horizontal Striped Paper Crowns
Sheer Creamy Nude Fake Nails


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3. Ned Flanders from The Simpsons

Transform into Ned Flanders from The Simpsons by painting your face with yellow body paint, donning a green jumper and a pink button-up shirt and throwing on some glasses. Oh, don’t forget his iconic moustache. Voila, you’re Ned Flanders!

The cost?

  • Jack Jones Lucas V-Neck Knit - $34.95
  • Burton Menswear Tailored Shirt - $34.95
  • The Man, Dark Brown Moustache - $8.95

Total: $78.85

Jack Jones Lucas V-Neck Knit
Burton Menswear Tailored Shirt
The Man Dark Brown Moustache
Heaven Costumes


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4. The Joker

The Joker is a popular Halloween costume for men, women, boys and girls. You can put this look together with some face paint, a purple blazer and green tie.

The cost?

  • White Fantasy FX Makeup - $6.99
  • Women's Purple Blazer - $27.16
  • ASOS bowtie - $8.23

Total: $42.38

White Fantasy Fx Make Up
Women's Pink/Black/Purple Blazer
Light in the box
ASOS Bow Tie


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5. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast In Tiffany’s

If you’re after a more classic outfit this Halloween, you can’t go past Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast in Tiffany’s. All you’ll need to complete the look is a black shift dress, some long black gloves, black sunglasses, a pearl necklace and a tiara.

The cost?

  • Lauri Rib Sleeveless Dress - $25.97
  • Monki Long Glove - $13.00
  • ASOS Winter Tales Hair Tiara - $17.50

Total: $56.47

Lauri Rib Sleeveless Dress
Monki Long Glove
ASOS Winter Tales Hair Tiara


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6. Minion

Who doesn’t love Minions? This super-cute outfit is easy to put together. The checklist? A yellow shirt, yellow tights, denim overalls, black gloves, black boots and round circle glasses.

The cost?

  • Pieces Smart Gloves - $6.50
  • Boohoo Petite Zip Up Denim Dungaree Playsuit - $38.00
  • Black Vintage Glasses - $30.43

Total: $74.93

Pieces Smart Gloves
Boohoo Petite Zip Up Denim Dungaree Playsuit
Black vintage glasses XL Round Metal Frame Retro ...


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7. The Incredibles

Look as incredible as an “Incredible” without spending a fortune. All you need are red tights, a red shirt, black gloves, black shorts, boots and a thin black cloth you can cut holes in to make a mask for your eyes.

Stick a logo on the front of the shirt and you are ready to save the world.

The cost?

  • ASOS Curve Denier 80 Burgundy Tights - $13.00
  • Ebonie n Ivory Valerie Shorts - $34.00
  • Lysette OTK Boots - $53.97

Total: $100.97

ASOS 80 Denier Burgundy Tights
Ebonie n Ivory Valerie Shorts
Spurr Lysette OTK Boots


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8. Wednesday Addams

Why not dress up as Halloween favourite - pale faced, grim-looking Wednesday Addams? Plait your hair, wear a black dress with a white-collared shirt underneath. Finish the look off with black lipstick and her famous empty expression.

The cost?

  • Doll | Dress - $64
  • Black Socks - $6.50
  • Weirdo | Velour Liquid Lipstick - $29

Total: $99.50

ASOS Plain Rib Ankle Socks


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9. Superman

Who doesn’t want to be Superman? What better way to bring out your inner Clark Kent than at Halloween? All you will need is a Superman T-shirt and some red fabric to attach to your shirt or tie around your neck. Now grab some glasses to complete the nerdy look.

The cost?

  • Superman Logo Tee - $25
  • Red Superhero Cape - $12.95
  • Nerd Glasses - $9.95

Total: $47.9

Superman Logo Tee
Jay Jays
Red Superhero Costume Cape
Cotton On


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10. Lilo and Stitch

Disney costumes are always fun, so why not dress up as Lilo this year? You can put this look together by cutting out leaf shapes from fabric iron-transfer paper and ironing them onto a red dress. Grab your Stitch plush to carry around and you’re done. Mahalo, cutie!

The cost?

  • ASOS High Neck Empire Dress - $19.50
  • Iron On T-Shirt Transfer Paper - $14.99
  • Stitch Plush - $19.99

Total: $54.48

ASOS High Neck Empire Dress
T-Shirt Transfer Inkjet Paper
Stitch Plush - Lilo & Stitch - Medium - 16
Disney Store


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11. Where’s Wally

You probably have all the pieces for this costume in your wardrobe already. Throw a striped shirt over some blue jeans, add a red beanie and glasses and voila!

The cost?

  • Black XL Metal Glasses Round - $28.78
  • New Balance Compo Beanie - $21.00
  • Selected Stripe T-Shirt - $22.00

Total: $70.78

Black vintage glasses XL Round Metal Frame Retro ...
New Balance Compo Beanie II Bobble
Selected Striped T-Shirt


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12. PSY - Gangnam Style

Oppa Gangnam Style! Throw on a pair of signature black shades, a bow tie and a blue blazer and you’ve got yourself a PSY costume. Since you’ve likely got a few of these pieces in your closet already, this costume is the coolest way to look like you tried without actually trying.

The cost?

  • ASOS Satin Bow Tie - $11.00
  • ASOS Slim Blazer in Blue Washed Cotton - $44.00
  • Timeless by Cheap Monday - $40.00

Total: $95.00

ASOS Satin Bow Tie
ASOS Slim Blazer in Blue Washed Cotton


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13. Snow White

Who doesn’t want to be a Disney Princess? Take a floaty blue tee, a yellow skirt and add a red headband. There’s your Snow White costume done. Dressing like a princess was never this easy.

The cost?

  • Split Back Tee - $49.95
  • ASOS Pleated Midi Skirt - $30.87
  • Red Headband - $19.46

Total: $100.28

Forcast Mira Cap Sleeve Top
Pleated Midi Skirt
Red Headband.Red Head Wrap


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14. Pugsley Addams

This is a great companion costume to the Wednesday Addams dress-up. It only takes three items you likely already own - a striped tee, black shorts and black socks. Add some white face-paint if you want to look extra spooky.

The cost?

  • Line 8 Graphic Tee - $27.95
  • Bellfield Chino Shorts - $30.00
  • ASOS Waffle Socks - $6.50

Total: $64.45

Line 8 Graphic Tee
Bellfield Chino Shorts
ASOS Waffle Socks


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15. A Ghost

This takes the award for being the easiest costume to throw on. If you don’t like fussy costumes or you’re just too lazy to put anything together, grab a white cloth or old bed sheets and cut holes for your eyes. Dead simple.

The cost?

  • 10pcs Disposable Bed Sheet - $17.28
  • Profession Kitchen and Herb Scissors - $27.96
  • So Fine Felt Tip Pen - $1.99

Total: $47.23

10pcs Disposable Bed Sheet White
Professional Kitchen & Herb Scissors
David Jones

betty boop costume

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16. Betty Boop

Betty Boop is a classic and very iconic Halloween costume idea. The best thing about this costume idea is that you probably already own everything you need, and if you don't there are some very affordable options. The most important element of this costume is the short pin-curled hairstyle so you'll need a bunch of bobby pins and a curler. If that's too much effort, you can buy a wig for under $10 on eBay.

The cost?

  • Slinky Bandeau Dress - $24.00
  • Pieces Diana Hoop Earrings - $17.50
  • Curling Iron - $40.96

Total: $82.46 ($41.50 if you already own a curling iron or straightener)

Reema Slinky Bandeau Bodycon Dress
Pieces Diana Hoop Earrings
Silver Bullet City Chic 13mm - 25mm Conical Iron

mia wallace costume

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17. Mia Wallace

Most of you probably own a white shirt and black pants already, which makes this costume easy as! Just add a black wig and some fake blood.

The cost?

  • New Look tailored shirt - $28.00
  • Black kick flare pants - $54.00
  • 40CM Short Black Bob Party Wig - $5.99

Total: $87.99

New Look Tailored Shirt
ASOS Stretch Kick Flare Trousers
40CM Short Black Bob Party Wig

mermaid costume

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18. Mermaid

Let's be real, we all want to be a mermaid, so why not go as one for Halloween? Wear a blue or green maxi skirt with a white or purple crop and throw on some pearls for good measure. Spritz sea-salt spray through your hair to make it wavy and mermaid-esque. Done.

The cost?

  • Women casual long maxi skirt - $7.29
  • Amy ribbed basic bandeau - $12.00
  • Missguided pearl choker - $20.00

Total: $39.29

Women Casual Long Maxi Slit Full Skirt
Amy Ribbed Basic Bandeau
Missguided Pearl Choker

ralph idaho 360

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19. Ralph Wiggum as Idaho

Do you hate spending money on costumes? Are you a fan of the Simpsons? If yes, this is the costume for you. Safety pin a piece of paper that says Idaho to a blue shirt and your costume is done. It takes about 30 seconds to put together and you'll definitely get a few laughs.

The cost?

  • New Look long sleeve shirt in blue - $28.00
  • Safety pins - $4.98
  • Typo pen - $2.99

Total: $35.97

New Look Long Sleeve Poplin Shirt In Regular Fit
Esselte Safety Pins Assorted Sizes 60 Pack
Smooth Operator Gel Pen

bubbles costume

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20. Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls

This is a fun 90s cosplay idea that is actually a lot easier than it seems. It's affordable too. Just put a black belt over a blue dress and add white stockings. Then do your hair in pigtails.

The cost?

  • Sara seam detail skater dress - $20.00
  • ASOS leather obi waist belt - $44.00
  • Jonathan Aston 40 denier simply colour tight - $12.00

Total: $78.00

Sara Seam Detail Skater Dress
ASOS Leather Obi Waist Belt
Jonathan Aston 40 Denier Simply Colour Tights

men in black costume

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21. Men in Black

This is a super easy one for the boys because most of you will have a black suit jacket and pants already. Just throw on a pair of sunglasses and you're all dressed up. If you don't have the pieces to put the costume together, there are some bargain below that will help.

The cost?

  • ASOS Slim Fit Suit Black Pindot - $44.00
  • ASOS Tie In Black - $13.00
  • ASOS Flat Square Sunglasses In Black - $17.50

Total: $74.50

ASOS Slim Fit Suit Black Pindot
ASOS Tie In Black
ASOS Flat Square Sunglasses In Black

regina george costume

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22. Regina George

This costume is easy as. All you need is a purple or pink bra, a white singlet and a black skirt - and you probably already own all of these. If you don't, there are some affordable options below. Simple cut holes in the top and you're good to go.

The cost?

  • ASOS The Ultimate Vest - $11.00
  • Ultimo Daria R/Gel Balconette Bra A-D - $28.00
  • Morgana Black Skater Skirt - $12.00

Total: $51.00

ASOS The Ultimate Vest
Ultimo Daria R/Gel Balconette Bra A-D
Morgana Black Skater Skirt

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Stephanie Yip

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