7 DIY Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas

Bag of Jelly Beans

This bag of jelly beans costume must be the sweetest one of the bunch!

What you need to do: Get a clear trash bag, cut holes for your arms and legs to fit through. Print the nutritional facts on the back of the costume, just like what you see on the backs of candy bags. Fill up the bag with colored balloons for the jellybeans, and tie up the trash bag near your neck with a ribbon.

Ghost

This is one of the easiest costumes to make because all you need is an old bed sheet.

What you need to do: Get a white sheet, and cut out two holes for your eyes. Be creative and cut holes in your sheet to be a “holy” ghost, or dress the sheet up with some makeup. Put blush on your ghostly cheeks, and smear lipstick where your mouth should be.

Rosie the Riveter

Make a statement by dressing up as one of America’s cultural icons who is also a symbol for feminism.

What you need to do: Get a long-sleeved denim or blue top, and roll the sleeves past the elbow. Pair it with jeans. Then put your hair up, and tie a red bandana around your head. Finally, pouf up your bangs and apply 1940s makeup.

Fortune-Teller

Impress people with some gypsy magic and have fun walking around telling fortunes of your friends.

What you need to do: Get a head scarf, sparkly top, long skirt, and a shawl to drape over your shoulders. Wear lots of gold and flashy jewelry. Create a couple of fun fortunes for your friends and family and walk around with a serene, mysterious smile on your face.

Big Kid

Many of us are kids at heart so let your inner child shine with this big kid Halloween costume!

What you need to do: Get your jammies out and tie your hair up in high pigtails. Wear very little natural makeup, and carry around a teddy bear. Wear bunny or furry slippers if you have them.

Mime

The mime costume is for you if you want to give your voice a break for the night and want to express yourself through your actions.

What you need to do: Get some cheap white face paint, and paint your face with it. Wear black clothes or a striped white and black top if you have one. White gloves will complete the outfit, but they aren’t necessary.

Vampire

These days vampires come in all shapes and sizes, and they are such iconic pop culture figures that there are plenty of TV and movie vampire characters for you to mimic.

What you need to do: Get a pair of fake vampire fangs, and wear foundation that is shades lighter than normal. Be creative and aim to look like vampires from popular TV shows and movies like True Blood. Dribble some fake blood or red food coloring on the side of your mouth. If you’re a vampire that has been turned recently, use dark eyeliner to draw in two holes on your neck.

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