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Halloween isn’t just for kids. Am I right or am I right? Halloween can be a lot of fun for adults too! But, you might not have room in your house to store a bunch of adult Halloween costumes or the money to invest in them year after year.
So, if you don’t have a Halloween costume picked out yet, we have some frugal ideas below. Keep in mind that the average person will spend almost $80 on Halloween this year! That doesn’t have to be you. Well, feel free to enjoy that much in candy 😉 but there’s no need to spend a lot on your outfit.
I don’t know about you, but I either try to reuse costumes I’ve bought in the past or come up with a costume idea from things I already have in my closet.
However, lately I’ve been thinking I need to step up my costume-game. No more reusing the Ninja Turtle costume I’ve used for the past 3 years – I need to get crafty! Here are a few ideas I found online that don’t require too much work, but are still a fun way to get dressed up and enjoy the spooky Halloween holiday!
Inexpensive Adult Halloween Costume Ideas
Starting from the top and working our way down:
- I love this Jelly Belly costume idea! All you need is a clear plastic bag, little balloons, and a Jelly Belly logo, and you’re ready! Just watch out for people hugging you, because that could get scary real fast (unless that’s what you’re going for! Just wear ear plugs :)).
- This Lego costume idea is getting a little more ambitious in the crafts department (I’m not joking when I say I’m not crafty, haha!). For this costume, all you need is a cardboard box, spray paint, and cardboard mailer tube. If you’re careful, you might even be able to set your drink or some popcorn next to your head, on the top of the box. It’s a win-win!
- This bank robber costume idea is definitely something I would wear (read: day of the Halloween party and you haven’t thought of a costume yet) – all you need for this is a striped shirt, black pants, a mask and a beanie. Sure, it requires one extra item than the other costumes, but most of us have black pants (yoga pants, anyone?), and you may even have a black and white striped shirt. Pick up a beanie and a mask (and masks are everywhere at Halloween stores) and you’re good to go!
- If you’re looking for a classic costume then look no further than this agent carter costume from the classic film. The red hat will make you instantly recognizable!
Personally, I’ll probably go the bank robber-route this year, in terms of costumes. We don’t have a whole lot going on this year for Halloween, so the only people I’ll be scaring are the kids who knock on my door for candy. I’ll break out the Jelly Belly costume when I have a serious party and want to chase my friends to hug them. 🙂
Would you wear any of these costumes? Are you attending and dressing up for any Halloween parties this year? What do you do to keep your Halloween frugal and fun?
Erin @ Journey to Saving says
I’m not that big on Halloween! I know I’m in the minority, but I never really enjoyed getting dressed up. My parents always kept my costumes pretty frugal, too. There were lots of years where I was a ghost (white sheets) or a bum (dad’s old clothes). So creative, I know. We’re not doing anything this year. I’m wondering if we will get trick-or-treaters being that we’re in an apartment complex. We didn’t have to worry about it last year as we were in a basement apartment!
Haha, I totally understand your parents keeping your costumes frugal! After all the princess stuff when I was little, I’m pretty sure I wore the ghost costume (sheets) for, like, 4 years in a row… And of course, using pillowcases as candy bags. No cute bags for me! 🙂
I would think trick or treating in an apartment complex would be super easy if you’re a kid. You should stock up on some candy just in case! Worst case scenario, you have leftover candy 😉
My oldest daughter is going to be a witch and my youngest is going to be a character from Frozen. I bought the witch costume at a garage sale this summer for $3 (Score!). The frozen costume was from Target- I kinda caved on that one =)
Wow, nice job on the witch costume!! That’s amazing! Hey, if you only caved on one costume, that’s pretty good. I bet Frozen costumes are still so expensive – everyone loves Frozen, kids and adults! 🙂
We are dressing up this year, but not quite sure what yet. My two boys are going to be a Knight in shinning armor and a Scarecrow. Those adult costume are very cute. My first thought with the jelly bean one was that it would make a cute costume for a pregnant woman.
Oh my gosh, how cute!! I can’t wait to see the boys’ costumes 🙂 You’re right – I didn’t even think of that. The Jelly Belly costume would definitely work for a pregnant woman. Cute idea!
Melanie @ Dear Debt says
These are cute! I’m side hustling on Halloween! Working a party, which should be fun.
Side hustling on Halloween is a great idea – do people pay a premium for holiday work? Everyone I knew who babysat on New Year’s Eve always made double their going rate… it’s a good idea! 🙂
Andy Bland says
I like the jelly bean costumes. Cute!
Thank you! And it’s so easy!