Want an adorable, trendy Halloween costume but don’t have the time or the funds? We’ve all been there. At one point or another, each of us has crawled onto Pinterest at the wee hours of Halloween morning in search of a cheap and quick costume that will surely scare your friends. Well, thanks to a few DIY tricks, creating your own costume doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! Here are 15 almost-effortless, adorable DIY costumes that are so easy, it’s scary:
1. "Raining Men" Costume
Talk about the most perfect costume for your most boy-obsessed friend! Easily recreate this punny take on the classic 1980's song by hanging printed-out portraits of every male from celebrity crushes past and present. We love the additions of our favorite childhood heartthrobs like Jesse McCartney, young Leo DiCaprio, and "Boy Meets World" cutie Rider Strong!
2. French Toast
Turn this sweet brunch staple into a gorgeous Halloween costume! Combine a black-and-white striped top, a signature French beret, a red tie scarf, and of course, your trusty toast purse! Okay, while we may not all have a toast purse just lying around our closets, you can easily make one with brown, beige, and yellow felt!
3. "Mean Girls"-inspired
Regardless of what character you take inspo from this Halloween, your costume is sure to be "So fetch!". Copy true queen of mean Regina George's homecoming look by creating a pseudo-back brace out of black rods and fabric and adorning it with pink flowers. Or, take notes from ditzy Karen's Halloween ensemble with fake ears and a tee with her famous "I'm a mouse, duh." Last but not least, channel your inner Mean Girl by creating a DIY Burn Book costume with felt, a Sharpie, and tons of sass.
4. "Bachelor" Contestants
Sure, Nick chose Vanessa to be his Bachelor champ. However, that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the other lovely women that make their way onto the most binge-worthy show on television. Grab your girls, your favorite cocktail dresses, and tons of tissues to create a group costume so dramatic, it'll make you ugly cry. Bonus: give each lady a rose for the ultimate touch of Bachelor romance.
5. Kelly Kapowski
You'll look totally 90's when you dress up as Bayside High cool girl, Kelly Kapowski. Achieve this look by mimicking the character's most famous photo; a white bandeau top, black suspenders, and light-wash jeans! Be sure to over-part your hair for a flippy, valley girl look that will make your brick-sized cell phone ring off the hook!
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6. The Dancing Emoji
Ole! Turn up the heat at your next Halloween party with this quick and easy homage to the ever-so-spicy dance emoji. Simply pair a halter-style red dress with long, curly locks and a high heel and you'll be ready to tango (and text) all night long! Make sure to copy the emoji's arm placement for an Instagram photo that will rule all of your followers' feeds!
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7. Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodsen
You certainly don't need the budget of an Upper East Sider to recreate the stunning styles of B and S on Halloween. Copy Blair's iconic prep style with neutral-toned pieces like a high-neck top, an A-line skirt, and her signature headband. For Serena fans, follow her It-Girl fashion sense with bold colors, a polished blazer, and lots of statement jewelry. Whether you're using both of these looks with your BFF, or choosing your favorite for a solo Halloween soiree, Gossip Girl will surely be interested in your night on the town!
There's no question that 2017 seemed to have a serious case of Unicorn Fever. From hair to toast to our Frappuccino, the unicorn trend is certainly here to stay. Celebrate this year's pastel obsession with this DIY unicorn costume! While there are millions of different ways to rock this trend, having a pink leotard, colorful tutu, and DIY magical horn is all you truly need to transform into everyone's favorite mythical creature (mermaids, the ball is in your court).
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What kind of Fall season would we have without these cute, not-so-scary additions to the harvest patch? Break out your autumnal flannel and combine it with some denim elements to recreate this adorable take on the classic symbol of Fall. Accent it with some stitched-up makeup, a few sunnys, and some straw seeping out of your "seams" to be the most adorable strawman in the pumpkin patch!
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10. Bubble Tea
Here at Wilkie, we've got a pretty big crush on bubble tea. So much so that this costume made our hearts flutter a bit. Recreate our favorite drink in the simplest way with a white or pastel A-line cocktail dress and a bunch of black puffballs at the hem to add some "bubbles" to your "tea". Go above and beyond with a construction paper straw placed into your 'do! It's almost too easy.
11. Holly Golightly
Audrey Hepburn would totally approve of this insanely easy Holly Golighly DIY costume. Channel the princess of café society by pairing a men's button-down with the character's iconic cyan and gold eye mask. Or, you can go in a more traditional Breakfast at Tiffany's route and opt for a sleek black cocktail dress, costume pearls, and large sunglasses. And don't forget, "A girl can't read that sort of thing without her lipstick!".
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12. Cher Horowitz from "Clueless"
"As if" fuzzy pens and canary plaid aren't all of the elements you need to pull off the look of this teen dream. Get inspired from Cher and her group of Beverly Hills rich kids with all things girly and glam from the 90s (think spaghetti strap dresses, crushed velvet, and lots of pom-poms).
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13. David Bowie
Honor the late King of Glam Rock in a stylish, simple way by recreating Bowie's iconic lightning bolt face makeup. Take this costume to Ziggy Stardust-level by adding some sequined pieces to the mix for a glamorous take on the classic rocker's alter ego.
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14. Thelma and Louise
Make a break for the open road with this Thelma and Louise BFF costume. Add any southwestern-inspired, distressed concert tees and bandana-print accents to high-waisted shorts for the ultimate wind-swept look.
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Go bohemian with this Woodstock-inspired get-up! Accents like tie-dyed scarves, round glasses, and a wrap-around headband can transform any vintage outfit transform into a psychedelic dream. Don't forget to add some loose mermaid-like waves with a few braids thrown in for an extra ounce of 70's flair.