These Under-$50 Costume Ideas Will Help You Win Halloween This Year

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With all the excitement fall brings—apple orchards, pumpkin spice lattes, and those cute boots you've been patiently waiting to wear—Halloween can sometimes sneak up on us. But that doesn't mean you have to give up on finding a creative costume. With these picks (and Amazon Prime for our last-minute shoppers), you'll not only have some fresh ideas, but also budget-friendly options you can wear to work, a party, or trick-or-treating. You may even find some of these pieces already in your closet!

DIY Cruella Deville costume photo

Cruella Deville Costume

Considering the villain's luxurious taste, it's kind of surprising you can create her signature look for less than $50. You can wear any black dress you already have, but the key to making the character costume work is a black and white wig and faux fur, like this shawl that's less than $26 and can be shipped to your door in just two days. (You'll still capture Cruella's essence—without paying the price of a full fur coat.) Finish the look with red opera gloves and red heels. Tip: You can turn it into a group or couples costume if someone else dresses up as a dalmation.

To buy:

Black and White Wig, $17;

Faux Fur Shawl, $25;

Red Gloves, $7;

Total: $49


Lizzo from BET Awards

Between her unapologetic self-love attitude and her incredible BET show, there is no better time to channel this amazing artist. There are several fashion moments to choose from, but the white ensemble from her Truth Hurts performance is instantly recognizable—and easy to re-create. Pair this white corset set with a tulle skirt and fishnet tights; accessorize with long necklaces and white tennis shoes to complete the look. The flute solo is optional, but you're sure to earn major bonus points for rocking one, too.

To buy:

White Corset Set, $20;

White Tulle Skirt, $20;

Fishnet Tights, $10;

Total: $50

Red dress, red platform heels, and white boa photo

Cher from Clueless

Cher may have paid the designer price tag for her iconic party look, but you don't have to. This red dress is the perfect base for building your Clueless costume. Pair it with these red shoes that have a chunky platform for better stability and total 90s style. Complete the outfit with a white boa, red lipstick, and serious attitude for a red-hot Halloween.

To buy:

Red Dress, $18;

Red Heels, from $24;

White Boa, $3, (was $4);

Total: $45

Sequin dress, butterfly headband, hot pink lipstick photo

Taylor Swift Lover Era

Taylor Swift's Reputation album gave us plenty of costume ideas; however, the pastels, sparkles, and hearts of the Lover era are providing a whole new kind of inspo. This purple sequin dress with strappy heels looks quite similar Swift's red carpet style. Add touches of butterflies—like this headband—and the signature hot pink lipstick to tie the ensemble together.

To buy:

Purple Sequin Dress, from $30;

Butterfly headband, $8;

Milani Matte Lipstick in Matte Diva, $5 (was $6);

Total: $43

Black dress, cat ears, and sharpies photo


Dressing up like your favorite celebrities might not always make for a work-appropriate costume, but this next idea absolutely is. All you'll need are some cat ears, a dress, and a little creativity. Sure, cat costumes are popular, but to make yours stand out write "Ctrl+C" in big bold letters on a piece of paper. Punch a hole on both ends and slip a ribbon or fishing wire through it. Finish it off with a kitty nose and whiskers (drawn on with eyeliner) and voilà—you're a copycat!

To buy:

Cat Ears, $15;

Black Dress, $20;

Sharpie Set, $9;

Total: $44

Black and yellow striped top, bee wings, and black crown photo

Queen Bee

Another punny costume, this idea comes to you from an Amazon Echo. We asked, "Alexa, what should we be for Halloween?" And she delivered gold! You'll want a black and yellow striped top, a set of bee wings, and either a pair of black bottoms (dress pants work for an office-appropriate costume, or go with your favorite leggings). Once you've got the bee portion, simply add a crown to go from basic insect to royal diva.

To buy:

Striped Shirt, $18 (was $25);

Bee Wings, $11;

Black Crown, $9 (was $10);

Total: $38