You don’t need a lot of time and money to make a fantastic homemade costume for Halloween. You can make a cheap and easy costume by rummaging in your closet and searching your local thrift store and dollar store for costume clothing and accessories. Your jewelry, makeup and craft supplies will also help you to create a cheap and easy costume. You’ll need to be resourceful and creative. Learn how to mix and match whatever costume clothing and accessories you can find. If you get started early enough, you can also shop on sites like eBay or Craigslist for cheap costume items.
Cheap and Easy Pirate Halloween Costume for Women
To get started on a cheap and easy pirate Halloween costume, find a pair of pants or a skirt in a dark color such as black, navy or brown. A short skirt is ideal for a cheap and easy women’s pirate costume, but any skirt will do. If the skirt is old or worn, cut up the bottom hem to a ragged edge and fray the edge slightly. Add an overskirt in a different color and pattern if you like. You can also create a pirate overskirt by using a large scarf. Find a white button-down shirt or halter top. If you can’t find a white top, substitute another color or pattern such as red, black, navy, gray, brown or black and white stripes. Find a vest in a dark color. If you have enough time, you can alter a tight-fitting vest into a corseted bodice by cutting slits in the vest closure and lacing them together.
Find brightly colored or striped sashes to tie around your waist and head. Also find a cheap belt with a big buckle to go over the sash on your waist. You can use your sash and belt as a makeshift holster for a toy sword when you put them on. Also see if you can score a cheap black tricorn pirate’s hat. If you can’t, just find a large black wide-brimmed hat and adorn it with feathers, lace, ribbon, gold trim or a skull and crossbones emblem. If you’ve chosen a to wear a skirt, get some black pantyhose or fishnet hose. Then add some black high-heeled shoes or boots. Wear plenty of gold-toned jewelry and carry a prop sword to make your cheap and easy pirate costume complete.
Cheap and Easy Disney Tinkerbell Fairy Halloween Costume for Women
A Tinkerbell fairy costume is a cheap and easy Disney Halloween costume you can make yourself. Get a green tank top and miniskirt, and buy some sheer white fabric and some elastic straps. Get two wire coat hangers and bend them into the shape of fairy wings. Then stretch the sheer fabric over the hanger fairy wings and hot glue it on. Decorate the wings with glitter fabric paints. Attach the elastic straps to the wings so that you can wear them on your shoulders under the straps of your tank top. Wear nude hose and green slippers with pom poms attached to the tops. Style your hair up in a bun and tie it with a blue ribbon. Make a cheap and easy fairy wand out of a slender tapered wooden dowel from the craft store. Paint the dowel in an iridescent color and add any details you like with glitter glue.
Cheap and Easy Superhero Halloween Costume for Women
You can make several different cheap and easy superhero Halloween costumes if you have a leotard and tights in your closet. For example, a black leotard or tank or halter top and tights or leggings could be used to make a Batgirl or Catwoman costume.
To make a cheap and easy Batgirl Halloween costume, also get a cheap black bat mask and make a Batman emblem from yellow felt. Attach the emblem to the chest of your black leotard using fabric adhesive or hot glue. Find a cheap yellow ladies’ belt at the thrift store or paint another color belt with yellow craft paint. Make some small rectangular envelopes from cardboard, paint them yellow and attach them to the belt. Fashion a simple black cape from black fabric or from a black twin sheet.
To make a cheap and easy Catwoman Halloween costume, get a black headband, some cardboard, some black felt fabric and a hot glue gun. Cut the cardboard into triangles and cover them in the black felt, attaching it with hot glue to make cat’s ears. Then use the hot glue to attach the cat’s ears to the headband. Get a cheap black mask from a dollar store, thrift store or costume store. Add accessories such as high heeled shoes or boots, a thick black hipster belt, jewelry and black gloves to make your cheap and easy Catwoman costume complete.
Cheap and Easy Prom Queen Halloween Costume for Women
If you have an old prom dress or other formal dress gathering dust in your closet, you’ve got the perfect beginnings of a cheap and easy Halloween prom queen costume. Find a satin sash and write the words “Homecoming Queen” or “Prom Queen” on it in fabric paint. Get a cheap costume tiara or make a tiara yourself using heavy gauge wire and beads.
Make your costume an 80s prom queen Halloween costume by styling your hair into big curls and wearing accessories such as lace gloves, dangle earrings, rubber bracelets and gold and bead neck aces with religious pendants. Create a 70s prom queen costume by wearing your hair in wings or in a page boy style and wear a corsage on your wrist. Make a 60s prom queen costume by styling your hair in a bouffant hair do with a headband and wear a faux pearl choker necklace and earrings. Create a 50s prom queen costume by styling your hair overnight in sponge rollers, wearing long white gloves, wing frame glasses and clip-on earrings with your prom dress.
Cheap and Easy 50s Housewife Halloween Costume for Women
If you already have a close-fitting dress with a flared skirt, you can make a cheap and easy 50s Halloween costume. However, you may also be able to find this type of dress very cheaply at a thrift store. Find a white apron, a basic belt, a small white scarf and white gloves. Style your hair into tight curls by wearing sponge rollers overnight. Wear pearl earrings, studs or clip-ons. Tie the scarf around your neck and make up your face with a little foundation and lots of face powder with red lipstick, light eyeshadow and mascara. Wear nude hose and high heeled pumps. Carry accessories such as a spatula, a rolling pin or a broom to make your 50s housewife costume complete.
For more costume ideas, read Mermaid Halloween Costumes for Women, Witch Halloween Costumes for Women and Disney Halloween Costumes for Women.