Frugal Halloween Costumes for Frightening Fun!


If you’re strapped for cash this Halloween, don’t worry.  It’s easy to use some items from around your house, with a couple of cheap supplies from the $ Store or Amazon to create a fun, homemade costume, no sewing required!

We’ve got some great ideas for men, women, and kids that we think you’ll love. Take a look at the pictures to get some inspiration and start looking around your house for things you can use for your costume! 

9 Homemade Costume Ideas

cheap Halloween costumes

cheap Halloween costume

1. Cowboy 

cheap Halloween costume

Supplies from around the house: Jeans, a bandana to wear around the neck, long-sleeve shirt with collar, cowboy hat, belt, a coil of rope, or brown cord to wear on a belt loop. 

Examples on Amazon: Boys’ Cowboy Full Costume, Cowgirl OutfitMen’s Cowboy Costume


2. Saloon Girl

Supplies from around the house: Fun, frilly shirt or dress, fishnet stockings, feather boa, headband with feathers, or other accessories. Cheap Accessories: Fishnet Stockings Price: $6.89, Feather boa Price: $2.59  Example on Amazon: Saloon Girl Full Costume

cheap Halloween costume

cheap Halloween costume

3. Vampire

Being a Vampire has got to be the easiest costume ever! All you need to buy is a set of fake teeth.

Supplies from around the house: black clothing, a cape, and some fake blood at the corners of your mouth and you are set to scare the neighborhood! 

cheap Halloween costume

cheap Halloween costume

Cheap Accessories: Vampire Teeth caps Price: $2.99, Vampire Cape Price $8.20, Fake Blood Price: $4.57

Examples on Amazon: Boys’ Vampire Costume, Mens’ Vampire Costume, Womens’ Vampire Costume


cheap Halloween costume

4. Cleopatra

cheap Halloween costume

You can easily create your Egyptian dress from a white sheet or tablecloth, add accessories, some black winged eyeliner, and voila! You are the Queen of the Nile!

Supplies from around the house: plain white bedsheet or white tablecloth, (wrap the sheet or piece of cloth around you in toga style) or white t-shirt dress, gold belt or ribbon, accessories such as gold-colored bangles or bracelets, necklaces, earrings, headband.

Cheap Accessories:  T-shirt dress Price: $11.99, Snake Headdress Price: $12.29 Egyptian necklace Price: $13.99

cheap Halloween costume

cheap Halloween costumeExamples at Amazon: Cleopatra costumeCleopatra Girls’ Costume

5. Sugar Skull/Day of the Dead Costume cheap Halloween costume

Supplies from around the house: You’ll need to paint your face in sugar-skull fashion, add a few accessories and you’ll look Maravilloso! This is a great costume for guys and girls and would make a fun couples costume.

You can find patterns, videos, and ideas online and paint your face using face paint and a mirror, or you buy temporary transfers. Wear Mexican-inspired clothes like items with black or red lace, peasant tops, tunics or a fun, frilly skirt and heels. Blacks, whites, and reds will give this costume the most edge.

cheap Halloween costume

cheap Halloween costume

cheap Halloween costume

cheap Halloween costume







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Cheap Accessories: Halloween Face Paints $6.99, Flower Crown,  $9.99, Sugar skull transfer for men and women$6.98  

Examples from Amazon: Day of the Dead Dress, Women’s Flamenco Costume, Day of the Dead Girls’ Costume

6. Men/Women Bandit

cheap Halloween costume

Supplies from around the house: If you have a black, blue or red and white horizontal striped shirt, you’re halfway there. Pair with black pants and shoes and a black mask or a black piece of cloth with eyeholes cut out tied around your head. Take a brown or white pillowcase and draw on a $ with a sharpie, you can put a pillow inside or some other stuffing and tie the bag off at the top with twine or a rubber band to create your “moneybag.”

Cheap Accessories: Black and white striped shirt Price: $13.99, Bandit Mask Price: $3.30

Example on Amazon: Bandit Costume

cheap Halloween costume

7. Pink ladies/50’s Girlcheap Halloween costume

Supplies from around the house: If you have a mid-length skirt then all you need to add is accessories. Tuck a t-shirt or light sweater in, add some funky glasses, a little scarf, wear flats with socks, or a colorful plastic headband to complete the look.

Examples at Amazon: Poodle Skirt Outfit


cheap Halloween costume

cheap Halloween costume

8. Minions

Supplies from around the house: This is a very easy costume for kids and adults! Get a yellow t-shirt, jeans and suspenders or overalls. Next, you need goggles or glasses or make them from plastic cups. Or you can buy them already made.

Cheap Accessories: Minion Goggles Price $5.99.  Yellow shirt Price: $7.93, Yellow Hat Price: $4.99

Examples on Amazon: Minion kidsWomen’s Minion Costume

cheap Halloween costume

9.Dora the Explorer

cheap costumes

This is an adorable costume for a little girl that only requires a few items. Orange shorts, pink t-shirt, purple backpack, and stuffed monkey are all you need! See the Dora outfit on Amazon.

For more costume ideas, head over to Amazon’s Halloween Shop.

Affordable Costumes on Amazon


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