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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 we do, but really don’t like spending a ton of money on an expensive costume that you’re likely to only wear once then you’ll love these unique and fun ideas!

1. The Zoom call professional

woman waving to laptop sitting in chair

If you worked from home at all since the start of COVID, you probably participated in one or more Zoom conference calls. Funny enough, tons of people jokingly dressed professional from the waist up and wore pajama pants (or no pants) from the waist down – making it what might be the easiest and funniest costume to date!

Even better, if you need a last-minute costume, you already have all the items you need right in your own closet making this DIY totally free!

2. Tie-dye tennis player

girl wearing tye dye clothing holding tennis racket

Tie-dye is all the rage (again) and we’re not complaining! Plus, it’s a super easy costume to throw together or make on your own. Trendsetter, Kylie Jenner, dressed her daughter in head to toe tie-dye so this may be one of the most popular costumes this year!

3. Carole Baskin of Tiger King

woman kneeling on ground next to caged tiger

It’s no secret that Tiger King was one of the hottest shows for 2020, so we expect a large majority to step out as the infamous Carole Baskin. Although, maybe many more will even be dressed up as Tiger King, himself. 🤔 Either way, we can’t wait to see it!

4. 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 my Hip sidekick, Ashley, 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.”

5. Moira from Schitt’s Creek

woman wearing black fur hat holding purse

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 scene. While there are a plethora of costume ideas just with her wardrobe, you’ll be a show-stopper regardless of whichever you choose!

6. 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.

Top it off with some fashionable butterfly hair clips and anyone will immediately be taken back to the good ole days of Brittany Spears, Kristen Dunst, and Mandy Moore.

7. 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.

8. Baby spider DIY costume

baby wearing black spider costume

Things are getting really creepy around here! Dress your baby crawler in a no-sew spider costume for a spooky good time. You can check out how to make this easy DIY costume on Youtube!

9. Raining men DIY costume

woman with umbrella and rainboots with male celebrity head print outs

This raining men costume is not only cheap to make, but it’s absolutely hilarious! Chances are you already have a trenchcoat, boots, and an umbrella, so all you’ll need now is a printer and some scissors!

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

10. Old lady DIY baby costume

baby dressed in old lady costume

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

11. Avocado pregnant DIY costume

avocado costume with brown pregnant belly

We sure do love avocados around here at Hip2Save and Hip2Keto, and this pregnant DIY avocado costume takes the cake. Grab a piece of cardboard and get to painting!

12. Gumball machine DIY costume

couple wearing gumball machine

Speaking of having a bun in the oven, I love how this couple transformed their baby bump by making it into a DIY gumball machine! All you need is a red beret, a white shirt, long red skirt, and some colorful pom-pom balls to complete the look. So cute!

13. Baby gumball machine DIY costume

baby wearing 25 cent gumball machine costume

Already have a baby? You can still do a super adorable Gumball Machine Costume for your little one. The cost for a gumball may be 25 cents, but this picture is priceless!

14. Cotton candy DIY costume

kid wearing pink cotton candy costume

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!

15. Houseplant DIY costume

houseplant costume idea

Take your love for plants to a whole new level with this houseplant costume idea. Plants are never out of style and all you’ll need to complete this look is an old Amazon box, some paint, and a laundry basket!

16. Wind-up doll DIY costume

girl wearing wind up doll costume with pink bow

This wind-up doll costume is so clever and super easy to make! Grab a piece of cardboard and gold spray paint, your little one likely already has the rest.

17. Crazy cat lady DIY costume

cat lady costume with pink background

Have a cat lover on your hands? This crazy cat lady costume is an easy one to make for kids or adults. Just grab some pajamas, slippers, stuffed cats, and you’ll be ready to hit the neighborhood for treats!

18. Glow in the dark stick figure DIY costume

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? 😅

19. Fart DIY costume

kid wearing fart costume on porch

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!

20. Stranger Things costume

man dressed as stranger things show

Anyone else a huge Stranger Things fan?! Even though Season 4 has yet to finish production since COVID rudely interrupted, word on the street is the cast will be back in action soon! (Fingers crossed!)

In the meantime, check out how a bunch of my Hip sidekicks created affordable Stranger Things costumes from their local thrift store!

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

21. Brawny paper towel DIY costume

man wearing red flannel shirt and brawny paper towels

Men! Grab a red and black flannel shirt and throw on a pair of jeans. This DIY Brawny costume doesn’t get any easier! If you’re tagging along with your lady, you could even have her be the roll of paper towels. 😉

22. Superman wheelchair DIY costume

boy in superman wheelchair costume

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, super hero worthy result like this. 😍

23. Cabbage Patch Kids DIY costume

baby wearing cabbage patch doll costume in stroller

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.

Hip Tip: Check out these old kids’ toys that are worth a ton of money now!

24. Rocketman DIY costume

boy wearing white rocket ship man costume

Ready, set, take 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.

25. Teenage mutant ninja turtles

boy wearing orange ninja turtle costume

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!

26. Handy Manny DIY costume

boy wearing handy manny costume

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.

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

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