26 Best DIY Halloween Costumes for Adults & Kids
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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 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. Old lady DIY baby 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.
2. Avocado pregnant DIY costume
3. Gumball machine DIY costume
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!
4. Baby gumball machine DIY 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!
5. Cotton candy DIY 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!
6. Houseplant DIY costume
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!
7. Wind-up doll DIY costume
8. Crazy cat lady DIY costume
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!
9. 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? 😅
10. Fart DIY costume
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!
11. Stranger Things costume
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, 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.
12. More kids from Stranger Things
Lina outdid herself as usual finding not one perfect costumes 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!
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 which 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!”
13. Brawny paper towel DIY costume
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. 😉
14. Superman wheelchair DIY 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. 😍
15. Cabbage Patch Kids DIY costume
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.
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16. Rocketman DIY costume
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.
17. Teenage mutant ninja turtles
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!
18. Handy Manny DIY 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.
19. Tiger King
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 Tiger King, himself. All you need is some boots, jeans, and an opened button up shirt, blonde mullet wig, and hat to complete the look! Although, maybe many more will even be dressed up as the infamous Carole Baskin. 🤔 Either way, we can’t wait to see it!
20. Minecraft character
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!”
21. Funny DIY Tube Man 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.”
22. Moira from Schitt’s Creek
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!
23. A girl from the early 2000s
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 flops & denim skirts are all the rage again. This actually makes for a pretty easy costume idea since these styles are readily available online.
24. The Comfy Quarantine Parent
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.
25. Baby spider DIY costume
26. Raining men DIY costume
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!
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