In my book, Halloween is one of the best holidays in existence. It’s got something for everybody — do you like costumes? Are you obsessed with candy? Or maybe you fancy the arts: pumpkin carving and the challenge of DIY Halloween costumes. Whatever your jam, Halloween is just plain fun.
My favorite aspect of Halloween is that I get to play dress-up no matter how old I get. And the only change that I’ve made —from young girl to college student to young woman — is that I’m no longer interested in being a “scantily clad” anything.
This obviously limits store-bought options since everything out there for young women is, well, revealing on one hand, and absolutely boring and cliche on the other. So, over the past few years I’ve found myself on the hunt for festive and classy DIY Halloween costumes — and this fall, I thought I’d share.
Here are 9 Halloween costumes that are cool and clever without being expensive or slutty!
9 Cool Ideas for Classy DIY Halloween Costumes
1. Rosie The Riveter
At first you might not know who she is, but oh, you do. She’s the buff chick in a high-waisted denim shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a red polka-dotted bandana wrapped around her head. Need I say more? If you have a scarf and a button-up shirt, this costume is the easiest.
2. Bank Robber
Fun solo or for a group theme, becoming a robber is no sweat. Don a striped tee, plus black leggings, gloves, sneaks, and beanie. Then cut two eyeholes in a black bandana and wrap it around your face. Pick up a canvas tote and use a Sharpie to add the classic $$ emblem on it. Bam. Just like that, you’re a bank robber.
3. Little Red Riding Hood
A skirt, a red hoodie sweatshirt, and a wicker basket is all you need for this one. Maintaining the hood is key!
4. Shooting Star
Go to Target and get a yellow, white, or gray maxi dress. Shred the bottom. Paint silver starts on your cheeks, and make a “star headband” from cardboard, glitter, and silver paper from your local craft shop. If you want to get punny, carry a tiny plastic gun. Get it? “shooting”-“star”!
5. Top Chef
Another pun but easy to do! Wear a white button-up shirt (make it big – steal your BF’s), a chef hat from a costume store, and a toy top from a local drug store. Draw double-breasted buttons on each side (ok, or get black dot stickers from a stationary store) for the classic white-coat look.
This retro look is easy to put together and will also tap into your arts-and-crafts skills.
- Pick up a used flapper style dress from Poshmark for $20.
- Then head to Michael’s or any other craft store and get yourself a few strands of plastic pearls, some rhinestone-looking beads and a few black feathers. If you can find a cigarette holder (or something that looks like one), grab that too.
- Glue the rhinestones and feathers to a black headband.
Put on the dress, bejeweled and feathered headband, pearls and a pair of pumps and you’re ready for any party.
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7. Freudian Slip
Last Halloween, I saw a woman wearing a slip with words like “id”,“ego”, “oedipal”, etc written on it. It was a Freudian slip and I thought that it was so clever and certainly was not expensive, and it did not look as if she was out in her underwear.
All you need is a modest slip, a couple Sharpies, and nice penmanship!
8. Silver Screen Actress
Take your sexiest black dress, paint the skin that would show in it silver (silver colored hairspray works great), spray your hair black, and only wear black and white accessories. Definitely stand out in a crowd, while still looking FABULOUS!
~from Evil Diva
9. Smurfette and Gargamelle
Last year my boyfriend and I were the “budget” smurfette and gargamelle. I wore a plain white dress (job lot or nurse store $3) and wore a blue turtleneck and blue tights under it. Then I cut a sleeve from an old white turtleneck, tied the end stuffed it with toilet paper and it was my hat.
I painted my face blue and the only expensive thing was the blond wig, because I have dark hair. My beau wore a long black dress, put red soccer socks over his sneakers, got a cat stuffed animal and a net and he was good to go!
~ from Kate
Have you made your own classy DIY Halloween costumes? Share your best ideas in the comments!
(Editor’s note: Updated 7/2017)