There's just something so satisfying about pulling off the perfect DIY Halloween costume. First of all, when you make your own costume, the possibility of walking into a party to find 10 other people have your exact same get-up greatly diminishes. Plus, DIY costumes don't usually cost you an arm and a leg to put together. Win, win. Can't really say the same for those fancy store-bought costumes out there — which is why we put all of our favorite DIY costumes and makeup looks in one place for you.
Our top list of Halloween costume are featured in this Halloween Photo Gallery. From a spooky witch to our famous minion costume and creative ideas like a Barden Bella, there's an ensemble for everyone.
Below you can browse some of the silliest and most affordable homemade Halloween costumes, all made for under $30. You'll find DIY gems like Where's Waldo and Rosie the Riveter and some extra-clever ideas such as the Fruit of the Loom grapes and a gumball machine you'll love.
Homemade Halloween costume ideas
- Nerds box
- Flo the Progressive lady
- Dora the Explorer
- Audrey Hepburn
- A cactus
- Princess Leia
- Emma Frost
- Statue of Liberty
- A Mummy
- Charlie Brown's ghost
Next Up: Despicable Me minion costume
Originally published October 2015. Updated September 2017.
Editor's pick: The sweetest costume ever! Click here for the full cupcake costume tutorial.
Completing your Halloween costume with flawless makeup — it's easier than it looks but it can make or break the costume. Re-create these makeup looks with simple tutorials from our makeup expert. You'll get ideas from an ooey-gooey nasty scar with stitches to a knock-'em-dead pinup girl, and even the futuristic makeup stylings of the Hunger Games' Capitol.
Watch our Halloween makeup tutorials here
- How to create the Capitol look
- How to create a pinup girl look
- How to get Pippi Longstocking braids
- How to create a fake scar and stitches
- How to create zombie eyes
- How to create the perfect animal whiskers
- How to create a perfect pop art makeup look
Step-by-step photo makeup tutorials to follow
- Alex Vause Orange is the New Black makeup
- Monster High Student makeup
- Amazing 80s Jem makeup
- Human Barbie costume makeup
- Easy Halloween mermaid makeup
- Katy Perry costume makeup
Once your Halloween costume is all set to go, take a look at our printable party pack to ensure your party planning is a breeze!