Store-bought costumes are convenient, but they can be pricey. Here, cheap Halloween costumes that don’t sacrifice quality and won’t break the bank.
October 31st seems to come more quickly every year; the busier our lives get, the easier it becomes to forget Halloween is right around the corner—until it’s just days away. The panic that sets in when you realize you don’t have a costume is real, especially when you head to the seasonal pop-up Halloween store just to find out that some costumes can be more than $100, and your options, if you’re not shelling out the big bucks for an elaborate get-up, are often limited to a rack of silly, all-too-revealing ensembles. If you do manage to find one that has appropriate coverage, then it might be severely lacking quality or—even worse—you’ll be just another Elsa on the block.
To make your All Hallows’ Eve less tricky (and a little more of a treat) we’ve rounded up some of our favorite inexpensive costumes that will knock it out of the park when the spooky night rolls around. Whether you’re going to an all-out, costume-required party or welcoming trick-or-treaters at the door, we’ve found six options that won’t make you say “boo.”
A perfect option for beauty queens who’ve mastered the liquid liner cat-eye. Show off your skills by amping them up just a bit to really add the finishing touch to this costume. The comprehensive set includes a headdress, collar, dress, armbands, cuffs, and the attached cape, so all you need to do is add a pair of flat (a.k.a. comfortable) metallic sandals and you’ll be ready to rule the Nile.
To buy: For a similar product: $40; spirithalloween.com.
Are you the type to dance the night away? Sequins, tassels, and beading come together to create a snazzy flapper dress that would be right at home on the set of Chicago. Knee-length tassels are great for twirling on the dance floor without having to worry about revealing too much leg. Take the look a step further by adding this feather headband and elbow-length gloves.
To buy: From $34; amazon.com.
Rosie the Riveter
If you want to make sure your costume game is strong, look no further than this Rosie the Riveter costume. The navy romper has an elastic waist—so it comfortably fits a wide array of sizes—and comes with the iconic red belt and scarf for your hair.
To buy: $40; spirithalloween.com.
Travel back in time with this 70s-inspired hippie costume, which includes a bell-sleeve dress, faux leather fringe vest, and a flower headband. If the evening gets too chilly, layer the dress over a pair of flare jeans borrowed from your closet. Make the costume your own by adding any crossbody bag and your own jewelry, and opt for a pair of flat sandals or knee high boots depending on the weather.
To buy: For a similar product: From $25; walmart.com.
Classic for a reason, witches—from the Sanderson sisters to the Wicked Witch of the West—rule the realm on Halloween night. Channel their spellbinding powers in this all black ensemble. The costume includes a hat, cape, top, and skirt. To complete the look, find a pair of pointy-toed flats (bonus points if they curl up at the toes, but any black pair will do), grab a broomstick, and—just like magic—you have an ensemble.
To buy: $33; orientaltrading.com.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn is a perennial favorite, but thanks to her unexpected role (or should we say, “roles?”) in HBO’s series Big Little Lies, we bet we’ll see more iterations than usual this year. Channel Holly Golightly in this outfit: Simply add a tiara and some elbow length black gloves before hitting the town.
To buy: For a similar product: $21; costumesupercenter.com.