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DIY Halloween Costume Ideas: Cheap, Creative Costumes For Everyone (PHOTOS)

Don't want to spend a ton of money on a Halloween costume? Fed up with the limited options that are in stores? Against the idea of being Miley Cyrus?

You're not alone!

If you want to look totally original (and save your hard-earned cash for yummy Halloween candy) then look no further. We've rounded up some awesome DIY Halloween costume ideas that just require a little bit of imagination, a couple of hours and a small budget.

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DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Mary Poppins:

Find a kooky hat, an old floral bag and go through your closet for a long black skirt, matching blazer and a white blouse. Wrap yourself up in a scarf, pick up an umbrella and you'll be "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in no time.


The Zelda video game character requires a lot of green felt, brown boots, a makeshift sword and shield.

Grumpy Cat

Paint your face brown and white, make some ears out of material from a fabric store and sport the biggest frown you've ever worn.

Gingerbread Man

There's no need to bake actual gingerbread for this costume. Go the literal route and throw on loaves of bread around you and dye your hair ginger red.


Get some cardboard and spray paint it bronze, attach it to your head and voilà! You are now a currency.

Grey Scale

Ever wanted to look as if you lived in black-and-white à la "Pleasantville"? Just wear solely black and white and paint your skin grey.

Pregnant Zombie

Flaunt your baby bump by pretending there's a zombie breaking out! Grab an old doll, some fake blood, glue and a shirt you're not afraid of ripping up.


Do your best Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow impression by cutting up an old sack, sew up the mouth and draw 'X's" on the sewed-up mouth.

"Where The Wild Things Are" - Carol

This costume requires a bit more time and effort, but the results are spectacular. Go to your nearest fabric store and get black and tan material, and make the head, horns and nose out of paper mache.

Poison Ivy

The "Batman" character is actually perfect for Halloween because there are so many leaves to pick from the trees! Glue the leaves to a bodysuit, paint your face with lots of sparkly green makeup and find a cheap red wig.

Red Bull

This one is easy. Get a lot of duct tape, construct it into a dress, paint it blue and cut out the letters Red Bull from a print-out and tape them on the dress.


Construct the Pac-man out of cardboard and hang it on a black sweater by using straps.

Pretty Skeleton

Paint your skin black with white bones on your arms, chest and face and throw on an old black dress.

Slave Leia

Everyone loves a good Slave Leia! Grab some red felt and cut up dyed-gold cardboard for the skirt and make the bikini out of cardboard or felt.

Elliott From "E.T"

Throw on a red hoodie and grab yourself a milk carton and bike handles. If you can't get your hands on an E.T. doll, put in your pet and wrap a white blanket around them!

"The Hangover"

Even if you don't have a real baby, you can pick up a doll for cheap and wrap it in a blanket around you. Just make sure to wear a pair of sunnies and stick out your gut.

Lucy And Charlie Brown

This super cute idea involves a yellow shirt, a blue dress and a black marker.

Edward Scissorhands

Kink your hair out a bit with a hair curler, paint your face with pale white makeup and a bit of black highlighter on the cheeks and mouth and throw on a black turtleneck and white collared-shirt.


Give yourself your best jheri curl, paint on a moustache and small goatee and throw on a ruffled and bedazzled shirt.

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