25 Best DIY Halloween Costumes for Adults & Kids

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Spend less on costumes this year with super fun, cheap, unique, and easy DIY Halloween costumes for all ages!

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Look for an easy DIY costume this Halloween?

We’ve put together a list of some creative & easy DIY Halloween costume ideas! If you love Halloween as much as we do, but are not into spending a ton of money on a pricey costume that you’re likely to only wear once, then you’ll love these unique and fun ideas! Be sure to check the thrift shops in your area as they probably have great pieces for these costumes!


1. Old lady DIY costume

baby dressed in old lady costume

Photo credit: Just Simply Mom

How adorable are these little babies?! An old lady DIY costume would be the perfect way to dress up your little one this year.

Better yet, make it a group costume!

golden girls diy costume

Our Hip sidekick Lina’s daughter and her friends put together this adorable group DIY old ladies costume from Good Will. You could even make this a Golden Girls costume!

Here’s what Lina had to say about it:

“Last year my daughter and her friends wanted to be old ladies so I visited Goodwill and grabbed a skirt suit with a matching purse and even a cane! LOL, it turned out so cute, and they had a blast.

The wig and glasses were from Amazon. I love scouring thrift stores for Halloween costumes as it’s so much less expensive than the store and so much more creative!”


2. Scarlet Witch Comic Book Costume

Wanda Vision diy

Photo credit: Taylor Joelle Blog

With the hit release of many Marvel projects, specifically Wanda Vision on Disney+, DIY Comic Book Scarlet Witch and Vision would be an awesome costume! In the show, Wanda and Vision even dress as themselves from the comic book. The costume is very simple to make for both little ones and adults.

For adults, Vision and Wanda’s DIY costumes are very easy to make and give an old-school, classic approach to the popular Marvel Figures. For Wanda, you really just need the headpiece, bodysuit, pink tights, and cape.

For Vision, it’s just a yellow cape, yellow gym shorts, and a green bodysuit. Shop Disney released their own version of these costumes for $59.99, so save yourself some extra money and try DIY-ing it!

Don’t forget to check out your local thrift store too as you might be able to pick up these individual pieces for a steal!


3. Looney Toons Space Jam

Space Jams diy costume

Photo credit: Seventeen Magazine

With the newest release of Space Jams 2, DIY-ing Lola and Bugs Bunny, or any of the characters, is a breeze! This can go for all ages, and these characters are timeless enough for this to be a great idea for years to come!


4. Baby lamb DIY costume

baby lamb costume

Photo credit: Make-it-Love-it.com

Perfect for a first Halloween, this Baby Lamb Costume is adorable for your little one. If you’re not good with sewing, this is an easy costume to customize using fabric glue instead!


5. Cotton candy DIY costume

kid wearing pink cotton candy costume

Photo credit: HelloWonderful.com

Don’t just stop at gumballs. Your whole crew can dress up as super adorable and yummy treats! This clever cotton candy DIY looks so good, I’m ready to take a bite out of this little cutie!


6. Basketball Belly Costume

pregnant DIY basketball belly costume

Photo credit: Costume-Works.com

I love how one of the most simple DIY Halloween costumes is super creative! This woman came up with this Basketball Player Costume because everyone kept referring to her pregnant belly as a “basketball belly”. She took it literally, painted her stomach, and voila! This is a great time to try on that old basketball uniform you forgot about in the back of your closet. So cute and clever! 🏀


7. Ballerina Jewellery Box Costume

diy ballerina Jewelry box costume

Photo credit: Love-the-Day.com

Are your little ones mesmerized by their jewelry boxes? You can dress your little one up as this creative DIY Ballerina Jewelry Box Costume. Simply use one of your delivery boxes as the base of your box and paint and add accessories to create the perfect jewelry box. Add a tutu skirt and ballerina flats, and there you have it!


8. Glow in the dark stick figure DIY costume

Photo credit: Parade.com / Visual Burrito

This DIY stick figure costume is cracking me up! How cute would your little one look, running down the street, collecting candy looking like this? 😅


9. Fart DIY costume

kid wearing fart costume on porch

Photo credit: ToddMinus

This kid was literally a fart for Halloween LOL! What a little stinker! To look the part, just dress head to toe in brown and throw some brown and green tulle together into a big ball until you get the look you’re going for!


10. Stranger Things costume

man dressed as stranger things show

Anyone else a huge Stranger Things fan?! Even though Season 4 had to halt production since COVID rudely interrupted, word on the street is that it will be released next year! (Fingers crossed!🤞)

In the meantime, Stetson has already pieced together his Stranger Things costume for this year and he shared his experience doing it on a budget:

“If I can do this, so can you! Finding the plaid shirt and little vest was pretty easy! I felt confident about sticking to my under $10 budget, but then I remembered I don’t have hair so that kinda blew my budget. I had no luck at GOODWILL, so I went back to Savers, and, thankfully, their Halloween stuff was out the next day!

I found the best bowl cut-looking wig I could find and went as far as going home and using scissors to give myself a “wig cut”. That was a fail so I had to make do with what I had. That wig cost me $6.99 – more than what I wanted I pay. Anyways- it was fun trying to do a costume on a budget and think it came out pretty awesome. LOL” 

Hip Tip: Love thrift store shopping?! We chatted with an ex-Goodwill employee, and she shared how you can save BIG all year long.


11. More kids from Stranger Things

kids wearing strangers things diy thrift store costumes

Lina outdid herself as usual finding not one perfect costume to replicate, but TWO! In fact, she even did it all at the Dollar Store, so, for all you Stranger Things fans out there, these costumes are possible without spending a ton of cash!

To nail the looks, she really focused on nailing the perfect colors for the costume so you have the essence of their characters, without the huge price tag of identical costumes!

two kids halloween costumes hanging on end of clothing rack at store

Here’s what Lina had to say about her thrift store costume finds:

“I was lucky enough to find the Ghostbusters costume and had my daughter wear a black backpack she already had, holding a portable air pump that resembled a ghost. 👻 LOL! And as for my son, I found a green camp t-shirt that was similar in color to Dustin’s shirt.

I actually shopped in the woman’s section to find the vintage jogging shorts and discovered the trucker hat in the accessories. The wig was from a Bob Ross costume from the previous year so we were lucky enough to re-purpose that!”


12. DIY Morton Salt Girl

DIY Morton salt girl costume

Photo credit: BaublestoBubbles.com

I recently saw someone on TikTok having this idea and LOVED it! This is a perfect DIY costume, and all ages can dress as the Morton Salt Girl! All you need is an umbrella, yellow dress, white tights, and yellow (or black) Mary Jane-Style shoes.

Hip Tip: Need a clear umbrella? Check out this highly-rated one on Amazon that you’ll love using even after Halloween is over!


13. Superman wheelchair DIY costume

boy in superman wheelchair costume

Photo credit: BoredPanda.com

This superman DIY costume is so perfect! While you may need to spend a little time getting artsy, it’s definitely worth all the hard work for a fun, superhero-worthy result like this. 😍


14. Cabbage Patch Kids DIY costume

baby wearing cabbage patch doll costume in stroller

Photo credit: LikeTotally80s.com

Have other little ones that aren’t mobile yet? I’m loving this Cabbage Patch Kids DIY costume that would be great for any little one in a wheelchair or stroller.


15. Rocketman DIY costume

boy wearing white rocket ship man costume

Photo credit: RealSimple.com

Ready, set, lift off! This DIY rocketman costume is a great way to repurpose recycled goods plus they’ll get to take off all night while collecting their favorite treats.


16. Teenage mutant ninja turtles

boy wearing orange ninja turtle costume

Photo credit: Crafts by Courtney

Pretty sure the Ninja Turtles will never go out of style. Sometimes buying their costumes in the store can be pricey, that’s why I’m really loving this clever DIY costume… and it looks even better in my opinion!


17. Handy Manny DIY costume

boy wearing handy manny costume

Photo credit: Modern Kiddo

Have a little one that loves Handy Manny or maybe wants to be just like Dad?! This adorable DIY costume is easy to throw together last minute and chances are you already have everything you need.


18. DIY Jungle Cruise Characters

Jungle Cruise Lily Costume

Jungle Cruise was a big blockbuster summer 2021! Although they do sell the characters’ official costumes from Target, this seems like a great DIY opportunity! For Dr. Lily Houghton, you can dress your little ones (or yourself) using this Jungle Cruise hat, a button-down teal shirt, cargo pants, and boots. You can use this as a guide for an adult version – perfect for Halloween 2021!


19. Minecraft character

kids wearing minecraft costume standing on sidewalk

My Hip sidekicks sure know how to be crafty (and frugal)! Cass dressed up her daughter in a Minecraft costume using some pants they already owned, a $4 shirt they found at Michaels, and a cardboard box for crafting the perfect Minecraft face.

Here’s what she shared about this simple DIY costume:

“This costume was super simple! We wrapped a cardboard box that fit over my daughter’s head in green felt. Then we cut squares and rectangles in lighter and darker pieces of felt and glued them in random places while trying to get as close to the Minecraft guy’s face as possible.

Then we cut a rectangle out for her to look through and used some netting so it was super breathable. I’m so happy with how it came out!”


20. Funny DIY Tube Man costume

kid wearing wiggly costume

If your kids love passing these funny wiggly tube men on the side of the road, then take inspiration with an adorable and super unique costume – easy enough the whole family could even sport the same thing!

Here’s what one my Hip team members shared about her son’s fun costume:

“I purchased 2 laundry baskets from Walmart and a few big binder clips, big googly eyes (I got lucky and found some at the Dollar Tree), and a piece of black mesh. I cut out the area for the mouth and hot glued the mesh to the inside. Cut 2 holes for arms to go through.

Then cut out the bottom of one basket (this will be the bottom part.) Keep the handles intact because you’ll use this to put your arms through to hold up the basket. I used the binder clips to fasten to the shirt and the other basket so everything was easily put together and taken apart.”


21. Moira from Schitt’s Creek

side by side of moira from schitt's creek costume diy idea

Photo credit: Serious Mom Fun

Speaking of great TV shows, if you’ve watched any of Schitt’s Creek (it just won NINE Emmy Awards!), you’re well aware of the extravagant outfits Moira Rose sports in every single scene. She’s known for her exotic, monochromatic wardrobe so pair yourself with a blend of just that, and you’ve got the perfect Schitt’s Creek look!

While there are a plethora of Moira costume ideas (Serious Mom Fun shared two easy ideas!) we think you’ll be a show-stopper regardless of whichever you choose!


22. A girl from the early 2000s

girls wearing pink tops and butterfly hair clips

If you’ve been around the block, you know that all great styles come back eventually. For those who grew up in the late ’90s or even early 2000s, chunky flip flopsdenim skirts are all the rage again. This actually makes for a pretty easy costume idea since these styles are readily available online.

collage of 2000s girls items for costume idea

Top it off with some fashionable butterfly hair clips and a new crop top and anyone will immediately be taken back to the good ole days of Britney Spears, Kirsten Dunst, and Mandy Moore.


23. The Comfy Quarantine Parent

woman working in pajamas on the computer

While quarantine style may vary depending on how you spent your days staying home, we can all agree there were likely comfy clothes involved. This Halloween, stay hunkered down and dress up, quarantine style in our favorite pajamas and slippers.


24. Baby Jack-Jack DIY costume

Incredibles Jack Jack DIY Costume

Photo credit: The Chirping Moms

Simple yet creative, this baby Jack-Jack from The Incredibles DIY costume is too cute! You literally only need two things: a red onesie and a black eye mask. And, who knows? Maybe your baby also has 17 superpowers!


25. Bob Ross and a Happy Tree DIY Costume

DIY bob ross costume

Photo credit: BobRossPaintsTrees

These Bob Ross and Happy Tree Costume are not only cheap to make, but it’s totally unique! The TV host painter had an infamous quote of always commenting about painting “some happy little trees”, so why not make it into a couple’s costume?


Here’s how I styled my fall decor porch for under $50 at Hobby Lobby.


Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.


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Comments 9

  1. Couponanimal

    Last year my daughter wanted to be a cow so we got her the cutest costume for $20 at Target. We decided to be the Chick-fil-A family. I got some white poster board and drew the CFA logos on them, tied some ribbon shoulder straps and stapled together. With a little foil on top, my husband was a sandwich. With a yellow piece of poster board I made it into criss cross shapes for fries. Then I made my daughter an “Eat mor chikin” sign. We won the costume contest at church. $25 for all 3 costumes and lots of fun!

  2. huertac1

    Even if we’re not trick or treating, our 9-month-old is going to be pubert Addams for Halloween. Easy and cheap. Slicked hair and a mustache 😂

  3. Stephanie

    My daughter is 5 months old today and I am now seriously thinking about having her dress up as an old lady 😂 I love that idea!!!

    • Lauren

      That’s a good age for it! I did it a few years ago when my daughter was 9 months old and she wouldn’t stop pulling her wig off.

  4. kadysiga

    These are so clever! Stetson is hilarious!

  5. Sylvie

    These are really wonderful ideas for Halloween thank you for sharing.

  6. lindak

    20+ years ago I made ninja turtles costumes for my sons. Dyed cheap sweats from Walmart and made the “shell”and belts from felt glued together. The shell was stuffed with fiber fill. They won 1st place at their elem school Halloween event and parents asked where I bought the costumes. I still have them.

  7. brandylee23

    Cute costumes! 🥰

  8. mrswagley

    That little superman is precious!! 🥰

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