Published on October 14, 2015 — Leave a comment

10 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

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It’s mid-October. Unless you’re among the hyper-organized, super-crafty 3% of people, you probably don’t know what to be for Halloween. Enter Jen Garry of Cuddles & Chaos, who has a few tips for us this year on cute and easy costumes. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of over half-naked Halloween costumes. I mean, it’s the end of October. It’s cold in most places in the country. And since when did constantly tugging at stretched pieces of fabric to ward off major wardrobe malfunctions become fun? No thanks.

Instead, I’m taking matters into my own hands and putting together a fun, simple costume of my own that will keep me warm and able to break out into my janky dance moves without fear of giving “letting loose” a whole different meaning.

I found ten really simple costume ideas that adults or children could wear:

1. Mary Poppins via Keiko Lynn

Mary Poppins

Classic and immediately recognizable, there’s not much creating that needs to go into this one. A black skirt, white button down shirt, gloves, big bag, umbrella and pork pie hat are easy enough to find.

2. Tooth and Tooth Fairy via Julie Ann Art

tooth and tooth fairy

This one is such a fun couples (or BFF!) idea. The tooth fairy is easy enough, with an all-white leotard, tutu and tights plus some wings and a wand. The tooth costume requires a little more DIY skill, but there’s a pretty straight–forward tutorial for it.

3. Bandits via Say Yes


This is a great last minute idea. All it takes is a black and white striped shirt, black pants, a beanie and a fun mask. Bonus points if you make $ totes to creep around with!

4. Fortune Teller via Cuddles and Chaos

Fortune Teller

I pulled this costume together in less than ten minutes from things I already owned. It requires a lot of layering (long skirt, flowy top, three scarves), piles of jewelry, and some dark makeup. It’s also helpful if you can master a really creepy facial expression.

5. Paper Doll via Brassy Apple

paper doll costume

I wish I could have talked my daughters into this one! It’s so fun and so stinking creative. You really only need some poster board. This particular tutorial uses fabric and spray adhesive, but I’ve seen others with details drawn on with Sharpie. There are so many things you could do!

6. Bag of Jelly Beans via One Good Thing by Jillee

bag of jelly beans

I don’t know about you, but this one cracks me up. All it takes is a bag of balloons and a clear plastic bag!

7. Wednesday Addams via Brit + Co.

Wednesday Addams

Another classic and easily recognizable one, a Wednesday Addams costume can totally be created from stuff you already own: a black dress, a white collared shirt, black tights and black shoes. Just be sure not to forget her iconic braids!

8. Ghost via Cuddles and Chaos


I made this one for my daughter and can promise you that it’s cheap and easy. All I needed was a white sweatshirt, black felt and white tulle. Throw some leggings underneath the no-sew tutu for warmth and you have the cutest little ghost you ever did see.

9. Morton Salt Girl via Simple Simon and Co.

morton salt girl

I don’t know why, but outfits that can work for kids as well as full-grown adults always get two thumbs up in my book. And this one is so simple! Yellow dress, white tights and an umbrella and you’re pretty much set. It won’t hurt to carry around some Morton salt!

10. Frida Kahlo via The House That Lars Built

Frida Kahlo

I have always wanted to dress up as Frida on Halloween, but somehow it hasn’t happened yet. I don’t know why though because it’s SO. EASY. A bright embroidered dress, some bright tights, a braided crown with lots of flowers and some great makeup is really all it takes.

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

Jennifer Garry is a writer and the mom of two girls who talk as much and laugh as loud as she does (just ask her much quieter husband). She writes about that ever-elusive struggle for balance on her personal blog, Cuddles and Chaos.