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Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas

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Cheap Halloween costume ideas that can be put together in no time for Halloween enthusiasts of all ages.

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Halloween is a special holiday where anyone can dress up and be whoever they want to be for a night. Putting together the perfect Halloween costume is the key to making this part of your Halloween holiday a fun success.

 

If you aren’t careful though, creating the perfect Halloween costume can quickly become a frustrating and costly endeavor. Shopping Halloween costume sales and brainstorming brilliant and affordable DIY Halloween costume ideas are essential to creating a great and cheap Halloween costume.

 

Where to Shop for Cheap Halloween Costumes

 

If you don’t have a lot of time to create a homemade Halloween costume, you might need to settle for either a low-effort Halloween costume or a cheap Halloween costume.

 

Lucky for you, there are plenty of inexpensive places to shop for Halloween costume deals.

 

Once you pick your costume on the store’s website, find your nearest store location to see if it’s in stock and go pick it up! On a lot of store websites you can even purchase your costume online and then pick it up in the store.

 

Cheap Halloween Costumes for Women

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Many people like to dress up as people they admire and want to emulate for Halloween. Famous women of history and prominent female figureheads are some great ideas for Halloween costumes for women.

 

It’s also a great idea to dress up as female characters you love. You can be anyone for Halloween! A female character from your favorite book series, TV show, or movie.

 

No character is off limits if it’s a character you know and love. If other people don’t recognize the person you are dressed up as, then you have the perfect opportunity to share your interests with someone.

  • Mrs. Potato Head
  • Famous women of history
  • Disney Princesses
  • Superheroines
  • Witch
  • Cher Horowitz or Dionne Davenport from Clueless
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Villanelle or Eve from Killing Eve
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Midge Maisel or Susie Myerson from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Alexa or Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek
  • Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter
  • Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
  • Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
  • Jo, Meg, Beth, or Amy March from Little Women
  • Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones
  • Jessica Day or Cece Parikh from New Girl

 

Cheap Mens Halloween Costumes

 

The same principles apply to brainstorming ideas for cheap men’s Halloween costumes.

 

You could dress up as any prominent male figure you admire or a male character from your favorite movie, book, or show.

  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Famous men of history
  • Disney Prince
  • Superheroes
  • Warlock
  • Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek
  • David Rose from Schitt’s Creek
  • Arthur Ashe the famous tennis player
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Marty McFly from Back to the Future
  • David Bowie
  • Indiana Jones
  • Bill Lumbergh from Office Space
  • James Bond

 

Cheap DIY Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to start preparing the costumes. You have your own costume to think about and if you have kids, then you have their costumes to think about too.

 

Halloween costume costs for everyone can add up if you aren’t careful. Save some money this Halloween by making homemade, DIY Halloween costumes.

 

All you need is a simple idea and then a simple plan for how to create that Halloween costume with things you already have at home or just a few inexpensive purchases at your local crafts store.

  • Greek gods and goddess
  • Comic book characters
  • Gumball machine
  • Bubble tea
  • Little red riding hood
  • Where’s Waldo
  • A tourist
  • Any of the characters from The Wizard of Oz
  • Spider
  • Witch
  • Ghost
  • Monster
  • Bat
  • Wherewolf
  • Zombie
  • Vampire

 

Cheap Halloween Contacts

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Colored Halloween contact lenses can be the exact thing you need to take your entire Halloween costume to the next level. It can also be a very inexpensive way to create an entire Halloween costume.

 

For instance, if you want to be a vampire for Halloween, all you really need are some red contact lenses.

 

Along with contact lenses, some makeup can help finish your entire costume. Read these 30 Halloween Makeup Video Tutorials to get some makeup inspiration to complete your Halloween look.

 

Cheap Halloween Masks

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Many of the same stores that are selling Halloween costumes will also have an array of Halloween masks available as well. Shop your local Halloween stores for the mask you are looking for or create your own Halloween mask.

 

Making your own Halloween mask isn’t hard. There are plenty of tutorials online. All you need to do is visit a craft store and get some foam, cardboard, or plastic that you can cut out and decorate to make any Halloween mask you want.

 

Funny Cheap Halloween Costumes

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One of the funniest types of Halloween costumes are funny Halloween costumes. Funny Halloween costumes usually refer to some kind of joke or are a character creation based on a pun or play on words.

 

For example, you could dress up as a smart cookie for Halloween by dressing up as an actual chocolate chip cookie with glasses. Funny Halloween costumes like this are also fun because other people can have fun figuring out your funny Halloween costume.

  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Woodchuck
  • Leatherboard tee shirt with a funny saying
  • Bob Ross
  • Balloon animal
  • When life gives you lemons
  • Party animal
  • Holy Guacamole
  • 50 shades of grey
  • Cool as a cucumber
  • A smart cookie
  • A ceiling fan
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  • Bubble bath

 

Cheap Easy Halloween Costumes

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Cheap and easy Halloween costumes are extra important to have when you need a last-minute Halloween costume. Easy Halloween costumes also take less effort to put together and save you money.

 

The Secret to Last Minute Costumes – take out all your clothes and get a big picture look to see what you have, something might pop out to you

  • A Music Note
  • Name Tag Costume
  • Ninja
  • Burglar
  • Zombie
  • Bat
  • Burrito
  • Polka dots
  • Smarty pants
  • A selfie
  • Queen of hearts
  • Men in black
  • A blessing in disguise
  • Dress up as your favorite meme

 

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To really keep current with popular Halloween costumes, try looking at your favorite movies that came out this year.

 

Here are just a few movie inspired costume ideas you could try out this year.

  • The Tiger King
  • The Mandalorian
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Birds of Prey
  • Dolittle
  • Onward
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Stranger Things
  • Joker
  • Star Wars
  • IT
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Toy Story
  • Frozen II
  • Marvel

 

Classic Halloween Costumes

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Are you stumped on what to dress up as this Halloween? Don’t worry. There are plenty of classic Halloween costume ideas you can choose from.

 

Classic Halloween costumes include all of the traditional Halloween characters that people first think about when they think of Halloween.

  • Ghost
  • Black cat
  • Witch
  • Vampire
  • Zombie
  • Werewolf
  • Pumpkin
  • The Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow
  • Magician
  • Monster
  • Clown
  • Devil
  • A screaming banshee
  • Frankenstein
  • Skeleton

 

Group Halloween Costumes

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Group costumes are super fun for a group of friends or for families that want to dress up together! Group costumes can also be a great part of an epic costume contest.

 

For more group Halloween costume ideas check out this article, “78 Amazing Group Halloween Costume Ideas to Text Your BFFs Immediately.”

  • Box of crayons
  • Office supplies
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Avengers
  • Inside Out
  • Josie and the Pussycats
  • Mario Kart
  • The Scooby-doo gang
  • Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3
  • The Breakfast Club group
  • Mean Girls
  • Grease
  • Power Puff Girls
  • Power Rangers
  • Harry Potter character’s
  • The Addams family
  • Dominos
  • 3 Little Pigs
  • The 4 seasons
  • The 4 elements
  • The Greek gods
  • Clue characters
  • The Wizard of OZ

 

Cheap Couples Halloween Costumes

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Think of any couples or pairings that you love and you can probably make a Halloween costume out of it.

 

Here are just a few great ideas to get you started with your partner or pal, but for more ideas read “75+ Amazing Couples Costumes You Need This Halloween.”

  • Batman and Robin
  • Bacon and Eggs
  • Pizza and Pizza Delivery Guy
  • Clark Kent and Lois Lane
  • Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • Mary Poppins and Bert
  • Danny and Sandy From Grease
  • Milk and Cookies
  • Ketchup and Mustard
  • Rain Cloud and Rainbow
  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • Old Married Couple
  • Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
  • Wanda and Cosmo from The Fairly Odd Parents
  • Fred and Wilma Flintstone
  • Jim and Pam from The Office
  • Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf
  • A Mermaid and A Sailor

 

Cheap Halloween Costumes for Kids

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Halloween is a special time for kids. They get to dress up as their favorite people and characters and walk around showing off and gathering candy.

 

What’s not to love as a candy-loving kid? For even more adorable kid costume ideas check out this article, “95 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids of All Ages.”

  • Little Monster
  • Hot Dog
  • Raggedy Ann Doll
  • Baby Candy Corn
  • Sushi Roll
  • Baby Animal
  • Baby Yoda
  • Old Person With a Walker
  • Their Favorite Disney Characters
  • Dinosaur
  • Princess
  • Fairy
  • Little Ghost
  • Animals
  • Winnie the Pooh Characters

 

In Conclusion,

 

Just because it’s the last minute that doesn’t mean it’s too late to think up a great Halloween costume this year.

 

Take a look at this master list of Halloween costume ideas to get your creativity going and choose the best Halloween costume for you this year. For even more creative Halloween ideas, check out our article about even more Cheap Halloween Ideas.

30 Halloween Makeup Video Tutorials

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End your video makeup tutorial search now and check out these trending looks on YouTube. Halloween is only 2 days away! So hurry up and find your scary or not so scary look right here:

Everyone has different Halloween costume preferences, but whatever costume you choose, makeup and face paints can help complete it. In this article you can find gory, cute, glamorous, creepy, or pretty Halloween makeup ideas and the video links to get you started! You can also find easy Halloween makeup tutorials that can work for kids or adults, and for men or women.

For some of these looks you can just use the makeup you already have in your house, or you can also use makeup kits, face crayons, or face paints. Another tip for Halloween makeup is to work from a reference photo to make your job easier.

Scary Halloween Makeup

1. Skull Halloween Makeup

Skull Halloween makeup is one of the most classic Halloween looks to date. Halloween skeleton makeup never seems to go out of style. All you need to pull off this look is a makeup brush and some dark eye shadow. You can also use face paint if you want. But the key to this look is to get the main features of a skull: the teeth, and the hollow nose and eyes.

 

2. Wednesday Addams

The new Addams Family movie has made the family characters become more popular again. Wednesday Addams has always been a Halloween favorite. To get her look you’ll need black lipstick, black eyeliner all around your eyes, and dark eye shadow also all around your eyes. You can also use white baby powder, or a very light foundation to make yourself look pale like her.

 

3. Frankenstein

Draw suture lines to make it look like you’ve been patched together. You can paint your skin blue or green, and then you’ll want to get bolts to put on each temple. One way is to glue bolts onto the sides of a head band.

 

4. Bride of Frankenstein

Follow similar steps for the original Frankenstein, but since this is the female version you can add a dark lipstick and eye makeup.

 

5. Vampire Halloween Makeup

If you want to successfully accomplish the vampire Halloween makeup look then you can’t fail with the classic Dracula look. Get the classic Dracula look by slicking your hair back, powdering your face white and giving yourself dark eyes and lips. You can even add a painted on drizzle of blood from your lips to really make you look like a blood-thirsty immortal.

 

6. Zombie Halloween Makeup

The key to a great zombie costume is great zombie Halloween makeup. You want to use makeup to make your face look more dead. Make your eyes really dark and add dark shadow under your eyes. Contour the rest of your face with dark shadows to give yourself a sallow look, like you’ve just come back from the dead!

 

7. Headless

Detach your head from your body by painting your neck black! You can also use this look to be the headless horseman for Halloween.

 

8. Scarecrow

Draw cross hatches on your face, a triangle shape on your nose, and voila! You are a scarecrow. Now all you need is a straw hat and a flannel shirt.

 

9. Half Face Halloween Makeup

The half face Halloween makeup look has been a popular scary look for a long time now. You can get really creative with it too! Right now the popular half face trend is to make half your face normal, and the other half a skeleton. But you can do a lot of other things with this idea too. For example, you could do a half happy face and half sad, or half normal, half werewolf etc.

Not So Scary Ideas

10. Mermaid Halloween Makeup

Mermaid Halloween makeup is a fantastic choice if you want to look glam instead of gory. Use a hair net over your face to create beautiful looking scales. All you do is place the hair net over your face and then powder blue makeup on the sides of your face and your cheekbones. This net will act as a scaly template.

 

11. Raggedy Ann Doll

Raggedy Ann is a beloved doll that is easy to recreate with some simple makeup tips. All you need is some red lipstick, and draw on some fake eyelashes with eyeliner. Then you can use the same red lipstick to put that classic triangle blush on your cheeks and nose.

 

12. Zodiac Animals

Another popular look this year is to embody your animal from the Chinese zodiac. If you don’t know what your animal from the zodiac is, you can look it up by plugging in your birthday on ChineseHighlights.com.

Once you’ve found your zodiac animal, you can look up makeup tutorials for your animal!

 

13. Astrology Sign

If you don’t know your astrology sign you can look it up on WhatIsMySign.net, by just entering in your birthday.

Once you’ve found your astrology sign, you can look up makeup tutorials for your sign!

 

14. Robot

Paint nuts, bolts, and circuit lines to make yourself look like an android.

 

15. Fairy

Another fun look to go with this year is a pixie or fairy! With some body glitter you can really rock this look.

 

16. Goddess

Who says your Halloween costume can’t be pretty instead of scary? Unleash your inner goddess at this year’s Halloween party!

 

17. Cleopatra

With some gold eye shadow, and a dark black eyeliner pen, you can transform yourself into this ancient queen.

 

18. Cheetah Halloween Makeup

Animals are a popular and easy makeup idea to try for Halloween. You can pick almost any animal and there will be a makeup tutorial for it somewhere online. Animal face paints are also really popular Halloween ideas for kids! Cat Halloween makeup in general is a simple and fun idea to use and cheetahs just happen to be the popular cat this year.

 

19. Deer Halloween Makeup

Deer Halloween makeup is one of the newer animal costume trends this year. All you really need to do to get this cute Halloween makeup look is to color the tip of your nose with dark brown paint or eyeliner, and decorate your cheeks and the sides of your face with signature white dots found on baby deer.

 

20. Bunny Halloween Makeup

Bunny Halloween makeup is cute and easy! With some pink face paint and makeup you can give yourself a cute button nose, and rosy cheeks. Then you just need to add whiskers and bunny ears to finish this cute costume.

21. Joker Halloween Makeup

Clown Halloween makeup (or more specifically Joker Halloween makeup) is always a winning idea for best creepy costume. Get some white, green, red, and blue face paint and a picture for reference. The classic Joker look is definitely going to be popular this year since the new Joker movie recently came out.

 

22. Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn is another popular makeup idea. All you need is some red lipstick, blue eye shadow on one eye, red on the other, and some black eyeliner to draw a little heart on one cheek.

 

23. Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is an iconic Halloween choice and her makeup look is relatively easy to accomplish. You just need some green eye shadow, red lipstick, and a red wig.

 

24. Pop Art

To turn yourself into a cartoon comic just use a reference! Basically you’re going to use black face paint or eyeliner to draw cartoon lines on your face, as if you were a drawing.

 

25. Ice Queen

Take the ice queen look in your own direction with a white face, white eyelashes, and blue eye shadow. You can also add white flecks by splattering white paint onto your face with a paint brush, or by drawing some snowflakes.

 

26. Elsa

Elsa is our favorite ice queen right now and with Frozen 2 coming out soon, this look is sure to be a hit!

 

27. Anna

To get Anna’s freckled look you can use a light brown eye pencil to dot homemade freckles on your face.

 

28. Pirate

If you want to be a pirate this year you can go for a general pirate look, or you could try and mimic Jack Sparrow’s look. You can make yourself look like a cool pirate character by drawing a cool looking scar, wear some pirate jewelry, like hoop earrings, lip rings, nose rings, and finish the look off with some dark eyeliner and eye shadow.

 

29. Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball is an iconic female actress and we found a great makeup tutorial for fans who want to dress up as her this Halloween. Sometimes Halloween costumes aren’t about being scary, but about dressing up as someone or something you like!

 

30. Maleficent

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is out in theaters now, making Maleficent a great idea if you want to impress your fellow Halloween party goers.


Using a great makeup tutorial can really be the final thing you need to finish off your look this Halloween.

If you need any help making your Halloween party happen this year check out our other articles about Halloween party food ideas, and DIY Halloween decoration ideas. And if payday just isn’t close enough and you need money for your Halloween party right now, use a simple Check City payday loan to get part of your paycheck right now.

 

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