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Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner, and the excitement is brewing. But you don't have to break the bank to create a fantastic costume!

Halloween is just around the corner, and the excitement is brewing. But you don't have to break the bank to create a fantastic costume! With a little creativity and a rummage through your closet, you can conjure up some great DIY Halloween costumes using clothes you already own - saving you money and time while being easier on the planet. Here are a few ideas!

Dog dressed up in a ghost costume


Grab a white bedsheet, cut out some eye holes, drape it over yourself, and you've got yourself a ghost costume! If you don't have a white bedsheet, you can easily thrift one. If you want to add a touch of elegance, consider wearing white gloves and a string of pearls. You'll be a hauntingly chic ghost in no time.

Rosie the Riveter

Channel the iconic Rosie the Riveter with this empowering costume. Wear a denim shirt or jumpsuit, roll up the sleeves, tie a red bandana around your head, and flex your "We Can Do It" attitude.  


Take a simple black dress and add fringe or sequins to create the perfect flapper costumer. Accessorize with a long strand of pearls, a feathered headband, and some red lipstick for that classic flapper look.


Who doesn't have a little black dress laying around? Pair it with some black boots, a thrifted broomstick, and a DIY witch hat and you have an easy, classic costume. Play around with hair and makeup to make the look even spookier. 


Pirates are always a hit, and you probably already have the basics in your wardrobe. Pair a striped shirt with dark pants, tie a sash (a colorful scarf or belt will do) around your waist, and DIY a makeshift eye patch using scraps of fabric. 

Grunge Rocker

If you've got a plaid shirt, a pair of ripped jeans, and some combat boots, you're halfway to becoming a '90s rock star. Add disheveled hair, dark eyeliner, and maybe a fake tattoo, and you'll rock the night away.


Go meta with a tourist costume. Mix and match your loudest, most mismatched clothes, and accessorize with a camera, a map, and a fanny pack. Don't forget to wear socks with sandals for the full effect!

Two children dressed up in superhero Halloween costumes

Movie Character

Have a favorite movie, cartoon, or TV character? You might already have all you need to dress up in their iconic fit! If you don't, it's easy to find basics at your local thrift store. Get creative with your hair and makeup to match theirs to fully finish the look. 


Creating a zombie costume is gruesome fun. Take old clothes and tear them up, add some strategic fake bloodstains, and mess up your hair. Finish the look with pale face makeup and dark circles under your eyes.


Dress in all black, make some DIY cat ears, add some whiskers with eyeliner, and you have a perfect, classic black cat costume. You could also dress up as an exotic cat if you have any leopard or cheetah print laying around. 

With a little creativity, you can create memorable and unique DIY Halloween costumes using clothes you already have in your closet. Using what you already have will not only save you money, but it's a lot more sustainable, too!