The spookiest, most magical, and candy-coma-inducing day of the year is just around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about Halloween costumes! We’ve all been there: it’s the day of the event and you need something easy and budget-friendly to take your kid out trick-or-treating. Maybe you even need a great costume idea for your office’s Halloween party! Either way, your budget may already be stretched thin and you don’t want to go spending a bunch of money on a devil outfit you’ll only wear once.
Some of the most memorable and easy to put together costumes are those that reference iconic cultural symbols or film & TV show characters. Also, many aspects of these costumes can be re-used or re-worn; no witch hat or devil’s horns in sight! Here are a few easy, affordable Halloween costume ideas that will surely make you the life of the party!
One day you’re a regular police officer catching run-of-the-mill criminals, the next you’re using memory erasing neuralyzers and reverberating carbonizers with mutate capacity to protect Earth from intergalactic threats. It’s all in a day’s work for the Men in Black! The only things you need to put together the perfect MIB costume is the requisite black suit – found in most thrift stores – a pair of sunglasses, and maybe a nice futuristic-looking squirt gun (if you have kids, this may be already lying around the house). Bonus points if you can get a friend to join as your alien-fighting partner, or a talking pug to complete the look!
This is one of the most archetypal Halloween costumes out there. Rosie the Riveter not only represents the hard-working women of the World War II era, her modest attire also makes for a super simple costume! All you really need to convey the Rosie look is a red bandana to tie up your hair and a denim shirt. Assert your resilient attitude, slap on a little red lipstick and roll up your sleeves, ladies; “we can do it!”
Feeling sassy? Feeling like you may need to inscribe the names of your subordinates in a malicious scrapbook? You may be feeling a lot like the iconic alpha schoolgirl, Regina George from the movie Mean Girls. Not only does this costume give you the opportunity to hone your Machiavellian back-stabbing side, the perfect Regina outfit is one of early-2000’s glamour. Think velour sweatpants, pleated plaid mini-skirts, polos, frosty lip gloss, and pearls galore. Have a rummage around in your closet to bring out any items of clothing you may still have from the era or hit up your local Value Village and put together something fetch for under $30.
If you feel like going medieval rather than going with an early-aughts teen film, consider another equally devious character. Game of Thrones was one of the most successful TV shows of all time, and you can bet this Halloween there will be dozens of Danaerys, Jon Snow, and Arya costumes at every party. There is another who may be an overlooked source of inspiration, whose cunning and ruthlessness could scare the pants off of any White Walker. That’s right, it’s Cersei Lannister, the most murderous woman in the world!
Grab a crown from the dollar store, a long grey robe, and maybe some chainmail. The best part of this ensemble is that it relies mostly on the right attitude rather than having the perfect regalia. This means you can drink endless glasses of wine out of an ornate goblet, brood near a window, and plot ways to make your enemies suffer while remaining completely in character. After all, in the words of the evil Queen herself, “An unhappy wife is a wine merchant’s best friend.”
This probably takes the cake for the most low-effort concept, although it still requires a little DIY. The only thing you need to do is combine “sexy” and “literally any object.” For example: Sexy fork, sexy boat, sexy rug, sexy sponge… The possibilities are endless! Exercise your creativity! Have a look around your house for inspiration and grab some fishnet stockings & heels - you’ve got a quick, low-budget costume that will hopefully get more laughs than concerned looks.
This last idea only requires three items you’ve probably got at home, making it the fastest option: an old white bedsheet, black construction paper, and some tape. You’ll be going as Good Ol’ Charlie Brown’s pitiful attempt at a ghost costume from the Great Pumpkin Peanuts’ film. Our unlikely hero had some trouble with the scissors, as he cut out way too many holes! To emulate his woeful efforts, simply make a bunch of black circles and tape them all over the bedsheet, cut a couple of small eyeholes to see out of, and voilà! You’ve got yourself an easy, cute costume. Hopefully you aren’t given any rocks while trick-or-treating!
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We wish you a safe and spooky Halloween!