If you're one of the many people who have a long list of things to do before Halloween and are struggling to find time for a costume, don't fret. We've rounded up some great last-minute Halloween costumes that look fabulous — and are all budget-friendly, so you don't have to spend a fortune in the name of Halloween fun.
You can even use items you already have in your closet and stash away for a later occasion, so they're ready to go when you are! With quick-shipping online retailers like Amazon and Walmart on hand to make your final costume purchase, you can have a fabulous Halloween outfit in no time.
For a spooky-but-fun look, turn to some of the most memorable and iconic characters from popular movies and TV shows. From classics like Winnie the Pooh and Disney princesses to more recent hits, these looks are sure to have you in the Halloween spirit (and, hopefully, with a little bit of candy in your hands)!
Whether you're looking for something for yourself or for a group, check out these easy Halloween costumes that will be a hit at any party. And, best of all, they're all surprisingly inexpensive to put together!
Dressing up for Halloween can be stressful, especially if you're in a hurry to get to the door and don't have enough time to get your hair and makeup done. Luckily, there are some surprisingly cheap DIY options that will take your costume game to the next level and have you looking like the sexiest person in town!
1. Magic 8 Ball
This DIY will only take a few minutes and doesn't involve any expensive materials. All you need is a black dress, a black Sharpie marker and some construction paper. Simply draw a giant circle in the middle and write the number eight on it, then tape or hot glue the paper to the dress.
2. Edna From The Incredibles
There are so many iconic lines from this Disney movie that you can easily mimic with this simple costume. With a white wig, a leather jacket and big round glasses, you'll be instantly transformed into this Disney heroine from the '80s.
3. Tadashi From Big Hero 6
If you're looking for a grown-up last-minute Halloween costume, try this classic look from Disney's hit film, Big Hero 6. All you need is a baseball cap, white shirt and suit jacket, and carry a Baymax plushie if you want to be extra convincing.
4. Mary-Kate & Ashley
You might not have an abundance of clothes like this in your closet, but you probably have some denim overalls and a baseball cap lying around. Add a red scarf tied in your hair and some fake blood if you can't find a wig, and you're good to go!
5. A Girl Gang From Heathers
While this classic Disney movie is often a staple in Halloween collections, you can also wear it to your own trick-or-treat party. Whether you're dressing up with a girls gang or as a friend, the color-coordinated plaid blazer and midi skirt that character wears in the movie will make your group stand out from the crowd.
Whether you got sidetracked and decided to skip Halloween this year, or you simply didn't have time to pull an elaborate look together, you need some last-minute ideas that will help you stand out from the crowd. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy Halloween costumes that don't require a ton of work (and a lot of money) to pull off.
The Ghost of Beer Bellies
If you’re the kind of person who can’t resist a good bottle of booze, this simple costume will make your Halloween night a breeze. To get the look, simply grab an empty soda bottle from the recycle bin, tie a string around its neck and loop it around yours (or a friend’s) for an extra fun prop to use at trick-or-treating or other Halloween parties.
The Gryffindor Ghost
If you're a fan of Harry Potter, this last-minute DIY is perfect for you. Just throw on a striped scarf, round glasses and a wand, and you're ready to take your favorite character's famous look for the spin.
The M&M Ghost
If candy is your jam, this last-minute Halloween costume idea is right up your alley. If you have a favorite color, pick it out and dress up in T-shirts that feature your beloved hues, or even cutout paper "m"s for an extra fun pun-laden look.
The Zodiac Sign Ghost
If you've got a hunch that the Halloween party is your zodiac sign's, this easy last-minute look will do just fine. Don a white cable-knit sweater and some jeans, and you're ready for the costume of your dreams (and some extra suckage, of course).
If there's one game that's a must-have for any teen, it's this classic one. If you want to dress up as this iconic Halloween villain for yourself, or your partner or bestie, you can easily re-create the look with a gray outfit and glued-on red felt "body parts."
Be the Barbie of your dreams!
Despite her age, Barbie is always ready for a night of dancing. This costume is super easy to put together and will make you and your friends laugh all night long.
The Griswold Gang
This is another easy group Halloween costume that'll get the whole gang into the holiday spirit. Just pick your colors: Velma is red, Daphne is purple, Fred is blue and Shaggy is green. And if you’re really into spooky, use a magnifying glass to get the detective vibes going.
You might have to snag this group Halloween costume last minute at your local thrift store, but it'll be worth it once you see how much fun you can have.
The Scooby Gang
If you’re looking for a fun group Halloween costume that won’t break the bank, this spooky version of the Scooby gang will be sure to have people saying “spooky!” all night long. This is a great last-minute option for families, as all the characters are fairly common — a skirt or dress in their respective color, plus sparkly fairy wings and a homemade halo crown contrived from a headband, pipe cleaners and glitzy garland will help you pull it off.