Low-Budget Halloween Costume Ideas

Low-Budget Halloween Costume Ideas

It's almost Halloween and you're looking for a spook-tacular costume that won't break the bank. Don't worry, there are plenty of creative, low-budget costume ideas to choose from! From homemade DIY costumes to store-bought options, you can find something perfect for your budget. Here are some of the best low-budget Halloween costume ideas to help you get inspired.

As you will probably be aware, Halloween is lurking around the corner. The season promises yet another night of frightening shenanigans, satanic rituals, scary movies, and of course, the most wonderfully debauched costume parties

Now, if you're going to a Halloween fancy dress party this year and you're yet to create or acquire the perfect costume, never fear because we're here to help. 

This year, if you're looking to scare the living spirit out of your friends or drop jaws as you float into the room, here are some spine-chilling low-budget Halloween costume ideas. Without leaving a gaping hole in your wallet (meaning more money for beer, wine, spirits, and candy).

The 404 error

The '404 error costume not found' option is a real gem for a no-frills Halloween costume that will spark conversation. The outfit will raise laughs and turn heads for practically no effort or cost. Suppose you're the guy or gal that is dry by nature and would instead drink and dance than dazzle others with your spooky outfit. In that case, all you need is a black marker pen, a cheap white t-shirt, and a few minutes to add your spin on the look proudly displayed above.

This subversive ensemble is the low-budget costume that keeps on giving. You can fish it out every Halloween or enjoy wearing it around the house when the party's over.

The TP Mummy

Without a shadow of a doubt, the mummy is a stone-cold Halloween classic. If you'd like to sport this iconic look for a few bucks while remaining comfortable underneath, this may be the one for you. Grab a couple of rolls of toilet paper and ask someone to wrap you from head to toe, leaving peepholes and a mouth hole, before securing it at the back with tape. This costume will perish, but it will look fabulous for a few hours at least, and you won't get caught short at the party if the TP runs out in the bathroom.

The Facebook Profile

These days, most of the world operates on social media - and despite the host of new platforms available in today's digital age, Facebook is still one of the most popular. Why not go as a Facebook profile to this year's Halloween party. Okay, this idea will take a reasonable amount of skill and effort, but the payoff will be immense.  

You will need a large cardboard sheet, a few colored marker pens, some scissors, and around an hour or so of your time to complete this head-turning look. And once you've crafted your Facebook profile costume to preference and it's ready to go, you can take a black pen with you to the party. The pen allows other guests to add or modify the information displayed on your costume, thus making it an interactive experience.

The Frankenstein's Monster

Another Halloween icon, Frankenstein's monster, always goes down a storm come 31st October. Suppose you want to make your pals green with envy. In that case, you can create a highly horrendous creation without having to spend hundreds of dollars. You need a little pocket change, some time, and a little patience. Follow this tutorial, and before you know it, you'll be staring at Frankenstein's monster in your bedroom mirror. Enjoy other detailed monster costumes that will spook and delight in equal measure.

The 'Fangtastic' Dracula

Akin to Frankenstein's monster, if you'd like to go classic this year but cut down on costs, this DIY Dracula costume tutorial will guide you to fanged perfection, step by step. Get more 'fangtastic' attire that will transform your experience with vampire costumes.

The Scary Clown

Clowns are perhaps the most frightening of all manifestations cooked up in horror movies. Check out our unsettling rundown of horrible clowns from the TV or movie world if you don't believe us. Good luck getting any sleep tonight. Get even spookier with our clown costumes that will send shivers down people's spines. 

Anyhow, we digress. If you'd like to create an incredibly skin curdling Halloween clown look without busting the bank, here is the tutorial you need in your life:

The Bag of Jelly Beans

Not all Halloween costumes have to be terrifying. Some of the most effective seasonal outfits are unsettlingly sweet or cute - like this one - the bag of jelly beans.

To whip this cheap, quick, easy, and colossally fantastic ensemble together, all you need is a clear bin bag, a bunch of balloons, and a couple of ribbons. Cut out some legs and armholes, blow up your balloons, put your bag on, fill the bag with balloons, tie everything up with your ribbons. If you wish, decorate yourself with a jelly beans logo or even nutritional information - the choice is yours.

Oh yes, some pretty cool and cost-happy Halloween costume ideas that are sure to make you the toast of the town - which one will you choose? 

The best thing about these ideas is that with each, you can use your creativity to add your flair, using them as templates from which to go wild.

But, to be fair, not all of us want to get crafty and take the DIY route.


Which costume would you try out?


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