Affordable Halloween Costume Ideas

Emily Bush • Staff Writer

A collage of potential Halloween costumes. Images courtesy of BestProducts.com
A collage of potential Halloween costumes. Images courtesy of BestProducts.com

With Halloween just around the corner and all of the craziness of the world around you, you may have forgotten about one of the best holidays of the year.


Sure, you can gather candy to please the trick-or-treaters, decorate your doors with the last few pumpkins and other decorations from the store, and even watch a few scary movies to get you into the mood of the season.


But the best thing about Halloween? Dressing up, even if you’re staying inside this year. However, a lot of costumes are either expensive or they may have run out of something you wanted to be.


Never fear! In order to help quell the holiday stress, we have gathered a list of some last-minute, affordable DIY costumes.


A mournful ghost costume. Image courtesy of BestProducts.com
A mournful ghost costume. Image courtesy of BestProducts.com

RIP INTERNET EXPLORER

Since Internet Explorer is officially retiring in June of next year, why not go ahead and poke some fun at the tragedy by dressing as the Ghost of Internet Explorer? Though, if you’re not ready to mourn that loss, a normal ghost costume can be easily made with some old sheets and a pair of scissors.











A plant mom. Image courtesy of BestProducts.com
A plant mom. Image courtesy of BestProducts.com

PLANT MOM

You may be known as the one friend in your group that owns ten or more plants. If so, this costume may be the fit for you. Just nab up one of your plant babies and buy or borrow a baby carrier to complete the look.














A basic costume. Photo courtesy of BestProducts.com
A basic costume. Photo courtesy of BestProducts.com

BASIC AF

A fan of Starbucks or Pumpkin Spice Lattes will get a kick out of this costume, and it is one of the least intensive looks that you can get. Just take those sauce packets (preferably empty) from Taco Bell and stick them onto a pumpkin shirt for a great pun.

















A  2020 uniform costume. Photo courtesy of BestProducts.com
A 2020 uniform costume. Photo courtesy of BestProducts.com

2020 UNIFORM

With everything happening this year, many of us have moved to working at home or going to school over Zoom. Poke fun at it by putting on your nicest work shirt and your best pajama pants. Complete the look with a headset or earbuds to really sell the 2020 look.

















A cactus costume. Photo courtesy of BestProducts.com
A cactus costume. Photo courtesy of BestProducts.com

I AM CACTUS

If you love plants or just feel a little prickly yourself, nab up a green sweater and decorate it with some pipe cleaners to mimic the pointy plant. Spice it up with some brown pants or skirt to give the illusion of the pot, and put on a flower headband for an extra touch.












Freddie Mercury costume. Photo courtesy of BestProducts.com
Freddie Mercury costume. Photo courtesy of BestProducts.com

FREDDIE MERCURY

Last but not least, honor Freddie Mercury and his glorious music by wearing a white ribbed tank, faded mom jeans, and a moustache. Accessorize with a studded belt and gelled hair, and rock out to Bohemian Rhapsody on Halloween night.









We hope this list helped you formulate some ideas for this year’s parties, whether on Zoom or face-to-face. Be safe, and enjoy this Halloween!