It’s Halloweekend! While I love Halloween as a holiday – pumpkin everything + candy! – the costume expectations give me anxiety. I don’t want to spend a ton of money on a store-bought costume, but I’m way too much of a procrastinator for a great DIY costume.

So, for those of you out there in my boat, I’ve got a few Halloween costumes you can throw together last minute for almost no money.

Rosie the Riveter

Easy and free halloween costumes
Source: Beyonce’s Instagram

Thank goodness denim shirts are super in this season, because it makes this costume a snap. And if it’s good enough for Beyonce…

What you need:

  • Denim shirt
  • Red bandanna
  • Red lipstick


Easy and free halloween costumes
Source: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

This one is for all my fellow girls with crazy, curly hair. Tonight’s the night you get to own it.

What you need:

Inspector Gadget

Easy and free halloween costumes

What you need:

  • Trench coat
  • Fedora
  • Tie
  • Any gadget-y toys you can find around the house (like slinkies). Bonus points if you have a robot claw you can use as a hand

Gym Rat

Free and easy halloween costumes

My personal favorite costumes are ones which involve sneakers. Last year I went as a “gym rat” and have never been so comfortable at a party before.

What you need:

  • Workout clothes (the top and leggings in the picture are from Target)
  • Eyeliner to draw whiskers

Carl from Up

Free and easy halloween costumes

This is a photo of my little brother from last year’s Halloween (hi, Zach!). I think he totally nailed it and was adorable, but I might be a little biased.

What you need:

  • Your dad’s old clothes
  • Big glasses
  • Balloons

Hope you all have a fun (and safe) Halloween!


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