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

by SheKnows
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

Bite into something sweet this Halloween and get creative as a cupcake.

2 /40: Rosie the Riveter

2/40 :Rosie the Riveter

Spread some girl power as Rosie the Riveter.

3/40 :Bat

If you've got a little black dress, you're halfway there.

4 /40: Audrey Hepburn

4/40 :Audrey Hepburn

Eat breakfast at Tiffany's this Halloween as Audrey Hepburn!

5 /40: Despicable Me minion

5/40 :Despicable Me minion

Channel your inner minion this Halloween.

6/40 :Unicorn

Make your Halloween holiday as magical as a unicorn.

7 /40: Ice cream cone

7/40 :Ice cream cone

Be sweet and cool just like an ice cream cone.

8/40 :Flower pot

Show off your green thumb as a flower pot.

9 /40: Sun Drop girl

9/40 :Sun Drop girl

Dance the night away this Halloween as the Sun Drop girl!

10 /40: Great Gatsby

10/40 :Great Gatsby

Try dressing up as your best Daisy this Halloween, old sport. Time travel back to The Great Gatsby.

11 /40: Pitch Perfect

11/40 :Pitch Perfect

You'll be looking aca-awesome when you dress up like the ladies from Pitch Perfect this Halloween.

12 /40: Pinterest board

12/40 :Pinterest board

How about dressing up as a Pinterest board this year?

13 /40: Tarot reader

13/40 :Tarot reader

Predict a fun-filled Halloween this year when you dress up as a tarot reader.

14/40 :Flamingo

Fly high this Halloween as a flamingo.

15 /40: Patty Mayonnaise and Doug Funnie

15/40 :Patty Mayonnaise and Doug Funnie

Feeling "Funnie" this Halloween? Try Dressing up as Patty Mayonnaise and Doug Funnie this Halloween!

16 /40: Gumball machine

16/40 :Gumball machine

Blow bubbles as a gumball machine.

17 /40: Queen of Hearts

17/40 :Queen of Hearts

Don't dare cross this queen on Halloween. Costume provided by Mardi Gras Costume Shop.

18/40 :Flapper

Jazz Halloween up with these darling, colorful flapper looks. Costume provided by Mardi Gras Costume Shop.

19/40 :Hippie

This costume is quick and easy. Costume provided by Mardi Gras Costume Shop.

20 /40: 80s prom date

20/40 :80s prom date

This costume is all about big hair, big clothes and bright colors. Costume provided by Mardi Gras Costume Shop.

21/40 :Ghost

You can easily replice this costume with white fabric, strips of pearls and chain over a grey dress. Costume provided by Mardi Gras Costume Shop.

22 /40: Broken iPhone

22/40 :Broken iPhone

Having a broken iPhone is a fear of many. Scare your friends with this DIY costume.

23 /40: Fruit of the Loom grapes

23/40 :Fruit of the Loom grapes

Nothing is more awesome than grapes bringing wine to a party.

24 /40: Raggedy Ann

24/40 :Raggedy Ann

How fun is this?! Costume provided by Mardi Gras Costume Shop.

25/40 :Witch

Scare people senseless on Halloween in this witch costume. Costume provided by Mardi Gras Costume Shop.

26 /40: Where's Waldo

26/40 :Where's Waldo

Document your Halloween hijinks with a camera, like Waldo.

27/40 :Dorothy

With shoes as cute as these, you're definitely not in Kansas anymore. Costume provided by Mardi Gras Costume Shop.

28 /40: Lady pirate

28/40 :Lady pirate

Make sure you have a holster so you don't have to carry the sword around all night. Costume provided by Mardi Gras Costume Shop.

29 /40: Dora the Explorer

29/40 :Dora the Explorer

Grab your backpacks and lets vamonos!

30 /40: Soap and loofah

30/40 :Soap and loofah

Have some squeaky clean fun. Literally.

31 /40: Garden fairy

31/40 :Garden fairy

A bouquet of flowers adds a touch of enchantment. Costume provided by Mardi Gras Costume Shop.

32 /40: Flo the Progressive Lady

32/40 :Flo the Progressive Lady

Be Progressive! B-E Progressive!

33/40 :Nerds

Nerds have the most fun.

34 /40: Katniss Everdeen

34/40 :Katniss Everdeen

Kick butt just like Katniss did in The Hunger Games movie with this DIY costume.

35 /40: Flight attendant

35/40 :Flight attendant

Next stop: A Halloween party, of course!

36 /40: Dia de los Muertos

36/40 :Dia de los Muertos

Miedo! Costume provided by Mardi Gras Costume Shop.

37 /40: Disney princess - Ariel

37/40 :Disney princess - Ariel

Bring a grown-up Ariel to life with a plain, ole white T-shirt.

38 /40: Disney princess - Belle

38/40 :Disney princess - Belle

Bet you never knew dressing up like Belle could be so easy.

39 /40: Disney princess - Elsa

39/40 :Disney princess - Elsa

Because we all secretly want to dress like Elsa, and making her gown is super easy.

40 /40: Pin it!

Easy DIY Halloween costumes
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40/40 :Pin it!

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