40 Super-Easy Costume Ideas That'll Have You Rockin' Halloween

Aug 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Easy DIY Halloween costumes
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We're not saying there's anything wrong with browsing online Halloween retailers for the perfect store-bought costume, and if we're being honest, going into one of those brick-and-mortar stores that pop up on the corner every year is highly entertaining — but it just ain't really Halloween if you don't make your own costume.

Maybe it's because it adds the extra nostalgic element to the holiday. Breaking out that sewing kit and going to town on a DIY Halloween costume just really makes it feel like the good old days when making your own get-up was practically a requirement.

If you're on the hunt for easy Halloween costume ideas, you've come to the right place. We've got DIY ideas galore. And if you're not so hot on the DIY, we've got some costumes that are easy to put together with just a couple of simple purchases thrown in here too.

Originally published October 2012. Updated August 2017.

1/40 :Cupcake

2 /40: Rosie the Riveter

2/40 :Rosie the Riveter

3/40 :Bat

4 /40: Audrey Hepburn

4/40 :Audrey Hepburn

5 /40: Despicable Me minion

5/40 :Despicable Me minion

6/40 :Unicorn

7 /40: Ice cream cone

7/40 :Ice cream cone

8/40 :Flower pot

9 /40: Sun Drop girl

9/40 :Sun Drop girl

10 /40: Great Gatsby

10/40 :Great Gatsby

11 /40: Pitch Perfect

11/40 :Pitch Perfect

12 /40: Pinterest board

12/40 :Pinterest board

13 /40: Tarot reader

13/40 :Tarot reader

14/40 :Flamingo

15 /40: Patty Mayonnaise and Doug Funnie

15/40 :Patty Mayonnaise and Doug Funnie

16 /40: Gumball machine

16/40 :Gumball machine

17 /40: Queen of Hearts

17/40 :Queen of Hearts

18/40 :Flapper

19/40 :Hippie

20 /40: 80s prom date

20/40 :80s prom date

21/40 :Ghost

22 /40: Broken iPhone

22/40 :Broken iPhone

23 /40: Fruit of the Loom grapes

23/40 :Fruit of the Loom grapes

24 /40: Raggedy Ann

24/40 :Raggedy Ann

25/40 :Witch

26 /40: Where's Waldo

26/40 :Where's Waldo

27/40 :Dorothy

28 /40: Lady pirate

28/40 :Lady pirate

29 /40: Dora the Explorer

29/40 :Dora the Explorer

30 /40: Soap and loofah

30/40 :Soap and loofah

31 /40: Garden fairy

31/40 :Garden fairy

32 /40: Flo the Progressive Lady

32/40 :Flo the Progressive Lady

33/40 :Nerds

34 /40: Katniss Everdeen

34/40 :Katniss Everdeen

35 /40: Flight attendant

35/40 :Flight attendant

36 /40: Dia de los Muertos

36/40 :Dia de los Muertos

37 /40: Disney princess - Ariel

37/40 :Disney princess - Ariel

38 /40: Disney princess - Belle

38/40 :Disney princess - Belle

39 /40: Disney princess - Elsa

39/40 :Disney princess - Elsa

40 /40: Pin it!

Easy DIY Halloween costumes
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40/40 :Pin it!