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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

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.

2. 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!

3. 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!

4. 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!

5. 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!

6. 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!

7. 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.

8. 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!

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

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!

11. 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, 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

kids wearing strangers things diy thrift store costumes

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!

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 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

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. 😉

14. 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. 😍

15. 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!

16. Rocketman DIY costume

boy wearing white rocket ship man 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

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!

18. 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.

19. Tiger King

man wearing american flag shirt dressed as 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

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!”

21. 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.”

22. Moira from Schitt’s Creek

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

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

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, Kristen Dunst, and Mandy Moore.

24. 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.

25. 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!

26. 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!

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

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Comments 14

  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. Christina

    I love the It’s Raining Men idea! If only it happens in real life 🤣

  6. Sylvie

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

  7. nita

    The baby ones and gum ball machines my favorites.. the Superman, not so much :/

  8. 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.

  9. brandylee23

    Cute costumes! 🥰

  10. mrswagley

    That little superman is precious!! 🥰

  11. Lauren

    The placement of the quarter slot on the gum ball machine one is making me giggle. Maybe I’m a teenage boy. 🤷‍♀️

    • julia-0

      Then I am too haha…

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