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
Originally published October 2015. Updated September 2017.