Halloween Costume Ideas on a Budget

This post is part of our Budget Halloween Costume & Ideas Guide

Halloween’s almost here (geez, can you believe it??) and we know how hard it can be to think of great halloween costume ideas, without dipping into your Black Friday shopping fun. So we came up some awesome ideas for Halloween costumes that are virtually free and/or super cheap to make.

Halloween Costumes Ideas on the Cheap


For the Single Girl

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Queen of the World
.  This is my personal Halloween favorite. Head to the nearest Salvation Army or Goodwill for an old prom/evening dresses. Also look in the back of your closet for those “forgotten” bridesmaid dresses (the puffier and gaudier, the better). Go to Claire’s Boutique and purchase a tiara (usually around $5 to $10), several “diamond” rings, and elbow-length, white gloves. Throw on the “diamond” jewelry, correct that posture, and purchase a copy of Hello (a.k.a. the British version of People Magazine) or British OK at your local Barnes and Noble to learn how to perfect the royal wave (remember: to – wave, wave, touch the pearls). Now, here is the piece de triumph: Have your male spouse/friend/partner dress in a tux and gloves and be your manservant, James, for the whole night.
Total cost: $10.00-$50.00, depending on the size of your kingdom.

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Comments

  1. MYS says

    HEY DRESS UP LIKE CARRIE, WITH AN OLD FASHIONED PROM DRESS AND BLOOD. OR DO THE RING GIRL WITH LONG HAIR AND A WHITE DRESS. SCAREY AND CHEAP.
    I LOVE THE PINK GIRLS TOO! GET A GROUP OF GIRLS FIND JACKETS. AND IRON ON LETTTERS.

  2. mimi says

    hey well i wanna know where to find easy ways to make a beuty pageant costume at home without paying alot! my budget is 10 dollars

  3. the_kcar says

    7 deadly sins:

    Lust: Tshirt cropped and tied as microtank, no bra, “L U S T” emblazoned on it, hair undone, micromini skirt,lipstick smeared “like that”, high heels. Expensively cheap.

    Sloth was already described. Keep with tshirt idea.

    Vanity: mannequin-like apparel. Use button up shirt and emblazon “Vanity” in script on breast pocket of shirt, rather than tshirt. Or emblazon it across shoulders.

    Wrath: Tshirt, “Wrath”. Jeans. Lots of bruises. Cast on fist. Brass knuckles.

    Avarice: tons of bling. Suitjacket and tux apparel. “My Name Is” tag with “Avarice” on it. Highly visible cell phone, etc.

    Gluttony: fat suit, Tshirt, “Gluttony”. Baby oil over all surfaces of skin.

    Envy: find a pop culture icon, and *be* that pop culture icon, incorporate “Envy” into the shirt.

    Done. Crew of seven are ready for the floor.

  4. LC says

    I dressed up as a mime last year. Striped t-shirt, blank pants, black beret, face paint. The easiest part was to put the outfit together, the hardist was to be mute for the day.

    Total cost: -$10 to $10, depending on how good your miming act is.

  5. says

    Halloween is the best holiday for the frugal creative types. So much fun coming up with a costume when you can’t afford a pre-made one.

  6. MB says

    My friends and I were unique pageant queens one year:

    Miss Spell (scepter with a lot of misspelled words on it: kute, peece, luv, etc.)
    Miss Direction (scepter with arrows pointing all different directions)
    Miss Fortune (Magic 8 Ball, tarot cards)

    There are a number of possibilities! We all wore old bridesmaids dresses.

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