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Cheap and Easy Costume Ideas for this Halloween

We get it. You’re busy. And shopping for a Halloween costume may not have been first on your list of things to do, and before you know it, October 31 will be here. Don’t fret. It doesn’t have to be a project and you don’t have to spend $80 on an adult Halloween costume you’ll ruin by the end of the evening. You know the one that looks nothing like the picture. Instead, check out these top five super easy Halloween hacks that are festive without breaking the bank, or sapping your time and energy.

Easy Idea #1

Hot glue some giant cockroaches, spiders, worms or snakes onto a pair of nylons. A black dress and a witch’s hat and you’re good to go! Extra bugs? Stick them in a braid. Even better if you can find those plastic spider rings. Then, You can loop them into a ponytail and secure with clear plastic elastics. If you’re really advanced, check out this cool bun and countless more ideas involving skeletons and pointy ears made of braids!

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Easy Idea #2

Dress in all white and draw a line down your middle and down your arms in black marker or electrical tape…and you’re a stick figure. Do the same to your face with white makeup and black eyeliner. Not only is a great family costume, but it’s pretty much the easiest costume ever…and it’s funny.


Easy Idea #3

Dress all in black and glue white dots to your outfit for a “domino effect.” Works best in a large group. There actual domino costumes, it’s just as easy to DIY with some double side tape, construction paper, and black clothes!

Easy Idea #4

Put on the high waisted jeans you probably already own tie up a button down shirt and roll up the sleeves, add a red bandana…and poof! Rosie the Riveter! And a few tweaks of this look–like a red lip–can turn you into Lucille Ball!

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Easy Idea # 5 

Make your own skeleton costume by cutting up a t-shirt. Add a little zombie makeup and you’re party ready.

A photo from the production of "The Martha Stewart Show" in New York on Thursday, October 28, 2010. Photo: David M. Russell/The Martha Stewart Show