If you are not interested in spending a fortune at your local Halloween store for a costume this Oct. 31, consider one of these on-trend, much-cheaper alternatives. Here are 11 easy costumes to make at-home and guides and photos on how to create them before Halloween 2018.


Fortnite costumes are in high-demand this Halloween, but it’s easy to make a costume that plays on the popular video game without spending a fortune. (Some Fortnite costumes are selling for upwards of $1,000 on Ebay!) To pull out this DIY look, simply build a newspaper fort sized to your liking using this guide. Wear it or carry it around at night for a super easy “Fort-Night” look.

Mamma Mia

Want to go to as your favorite dancing queen? It’s as easy as taking a look into your closet. Simply sport an old pair of jean bell bottoms, white high heels, and a denim jacket to dress as Young Donna from “Mamma Mia 2.” From there, all you’ll need to do to get the Dynamos look is hold up a microphone and sing your favorite ABBA hit. You could also play the Meryl Streep character by sporting overalls and a white or patterned blouse underneath.

Meghan Markle

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It's simple to put together a Meghan Markle-inspired Halloween costume. Pictured: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leave St George's Chapel on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England, Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images
If you happen to have an old wedding dress on hand, put it to good use! By simply wearing a white wedding dress and veil you’ll be all set to become Britain’s newest Duchess for Halloween. Just don’t forget your tiara!

Christmas Tree

Everyone knows the stores are already prepping for the Christmas holidays which means this look is super easy and affordable to pull off. All you need to do is head to your local dollar store and pick up a few strands of holiday garland and small ornaments. Wrap the garland around a favorite sweater (bonus points for a green one!) and attach the bulbs. Then, you’re a Christmas tree!


Head to your local Starbucks and pick up an empty cup. If you want to go the next mile, you can write “Pumpkin Spice Latte” on it. Next, sport your favorite pair of Ugg boots. You can finish off your look by wearing dark leggings, an infinity scarf, a North Face jacket, and throwing your hair into a messy bun. If you want to go to the next level, you can always write “basic” on a T-shirt. Don’t forget to carry your iPhone with you.

Talk Show Host

Become your favorite talk show host this Halloween night. Jimmy Fallon is shown on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Sept. 26, 2018.NUP_184459_0526.JPGWednesday, September 24 on NBC (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET)EpisodicPosted: September 26, 2018 2018 NBCUniversal Media, LLC Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

If you’re always the life of the party, consider dressing up as your favorite talk show host this Halloween. Simply sport a suit you have on hand and carry a fake microphone with you, which can you make using this guide. Pro tip: Write your favorite host’s name and/or draw the show’s logo on the microphone so people will easily know who you are trying to emulate.

Raining Men

For this costume, you’ll need an umbrella, some string, and pictures of your favorite men. Simply cut out photos of men’s faces, tie them to the strings and attach the strings to the inside of your umbrella. This makes a super easy costume to play on the hit The Weather Girls song, “It’s Raining Men.”

Minnie/Mickey Mouse

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Coordinate your favorite pair of Disney mouse ears with your clothes for a simple Halloween costume. Actress Lea Michele is pictured with Minnie Mouse on May 14, 2015 at Disneyland park in Anaheim, California. Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Parks via Getty Images

Remember that pair of mouse ears you purchased during your trip to Disney and haven’t worn since? Now they can come in handy as a last-minute Halloween costume. Simply coordinate your outfit to the color of your mouse ears. Finish off the look by drawing a nose and whiskers on your face and voila, you’re everyone’s favorite mouse.

Sims Character

If you’re a fan of the Sims game, you can easily become one of the characters. This DIY video will show you how to create the famous green diamond that hovers over the character’s heads.

Formal Apology

All you’re need for this DIY costume is a sash, a black marker, and a formal dress. Simply write “Apology” in bold letters on your sash and sport it on top of your gown. There you are, a formal apology.

Football Player

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Be a football player this Halloween with the help of a few important accessories. Pictured: Fans wear Green Bay Packers jerseys prior to the NFL game against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field on Nov. 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images

If you’re an NFL fan who happens to own a jersey, this quick costume idea is for you. All you’ll need to do to pull off this look is to wear the jersey. To look more gameday-ready, put two black strips under your eyes using grease paint. Bonus points if you have a helmet or football you can carry around with you on Halloween night.