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Cheap Halloween costume ideas

Cheap Halloween costume ideas
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Don’t fancy spending a fortune on a Halloween costume this year? We’ve got you covered. Here are 12 cheap Halloween costume ideas for everyone.                               

1. Cat 

What’s Halloween without a black cat? All you need for this look is to draw on some whiskers and then add kitty ears and a black tail. You can pick these items up cheap in supermarkets at this time of year. 

2. Ghost

There’s no need to pull out the credit card for this budget costume! Keep things really simple by cutting up a white sheet and throwing it on, or check out cheap ghost costumes in joke shops. 

3. Witch

How can we talk cheap Halloween costume ideas without mentioning witches? You’ll find pointy hats, crooked noses, and other spooky accessories in the seasonal section of any major supermarket.

It’s also worth checking out local joke shops to see if you can spot a bargain.

4. Angels and devils

Like witches, you’ll see angels and devils walking around on Halloween. Join in the fun by picking up some devil horns and throwing on some red or black clothes, or slip into something white and rock a halo for the night.

Again, it’s easy to find angel and devil accessories in local stores or online.

5. Fairy

Cheap Halloween costume ideas don’t come any better than the fairy outfit. All you need is some fairy wings and you’re good to go. Want an extra accessory? Grab a wand to complete your outfit.

6. Rocker

You can easily turn the family into a rock band for the night with some ripped jeans, 80s wigs, and toy guitars. Headbands, fedora hats and sunglasses work too.

7. DJ

If you need a last-minute idea, put on some headphones, a t-shirt and jeans for a casual DJ vibe. But if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also cover an old piece of cardboard and draw on some decks.    

8. Disney character

From princesses to mermaids, there are many Disney characters to choose from. Since Disney characters are so popular, you can easily – and cheaply – pick up accessories, or even full outfits, online. Take a look on websites like Amazon and Wish for inspiration. 

9. Hippie

Throw on some big sunglasses, a flower necklace and a headband, and you’ll rock the 1960s hippie look. If you’ve got any vintage or 60s-style clothes in your wardrobe, even better. 

10. Athlete

Got gym clothes or sports accessories lying around? Wear them and rock the athletic look for the night. The best part? You don’t need to spend any money on this idea at all, and you can turn the whole family into a sports team if you want! 

11. Ice cream

When thinking about cheap Halloween costume ideas, does ice cream come to mind? It should. Just stick ribbon and multicoloured straws, lollipop sticks or buttons onto white clothes and you’ll look like an ice cream with sprinkles on top.

If you really want to get creative, you can roll paper into a cone shape and wear it as a hat. 

12. Face Paint 

Not into fancy dress? All you need is some makeup or face paint and your imagination. Whether you draw on some whiskers or paint little pumpkins on your kid’s cheeks, there’s no limit to what you can do with one or two colours.

Finding cheap Halloween costume ideas

Still at a loss for how to dress up this Halloween? Don’t worry. Here are some places to look for a Halloween costume on a budget

  • From bunny ears to angel wings, you can usually find cheap Halloween accessories in supermarkets.
  • Websites like Amazon often have costumes for sale. You could also check out fancy dress websites. 
  • Don’t forget to look around the high street, if you can. Toy shops and novelty shops usually have fun accessories in stock. 
  • You can find costumes for the whole family in Argos stores. 

Remember, it’s only one night of the year. If you put your mind to it, there’s no need to spend a fortune on Halloween costumes. But if you enjoy getting creative, why don’t you try your hand at designing clothes or making art as a side hustle?

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