Halloween Costumes: 15 Ideas You can DIY This Year

Fall is here, which means that it’s time to start thinking about Halloween! One of the best parts about Halloween is coming up with the perfect costume, but sometimes actually shopping for costumes can be exhausting and frustrating.

To make your costume hunting easier, we’ve rounded up an awesome selection of easy Halloween costumes that you can DIY (some in minutes!).  Whether you’re going as an individual, one half of a couples’ costume, or as the member of a group, you can find the perfect costume for your Halloween celebrations!

Individual Halloween Costumes

If you’re looking for an easy, creative costume that you can wear to work, a party, or trick-or-treating, these costumes are perfect!

Where’s Waldo

 wheres waldo halloween costume

One of the easiest costumes to make yourself, this Where’s Waldo costume is perfect, whether you want to stand out or get lost in a crowd. All you need is a striped shirt, beanie, and a pair of glasses. (via michelle-persad)


jellyfish halloween costume

This easy DIY is not only eye-catching, but it can also be made without a sewing machine. Just grab an umbrella, a roll of bubble wrap, and a hot glue gun, and you’ll have a fantastic, creative costume in minutes! (via Martha Stewart)



One of this year’s most popular desserts, you’ll look delicious in this cute, easy donut costume. Plus, with the end of summer, you can easily pick up the elements for this costume at reasonable prices.  (via studio DIY)



This adorable costume might look prickly, but it’s a super cute DIY for plant-lovers. Made from pipe cleaners, a green dress, and tissue paper, this costume is the best way to show your love for desert flowers, and stay on top of the succulent trend. (via Brit & Co)

Ash Ketchum


Not only is trick-or-treating a great way to stock up on candy, it’s also the perfect excuse to go Pokemon hunting. With this great Ash Ketchum costume, you’ll look the part! (via Instructables)

Couples Halloween Costumes

From cute to clever, we love these couples costumes!

Mary Poppins and Bert


These costumes are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, and they can be put together using clothes you might already have in your closet. (Via Keiko Lynn)



You’ll be a hoot in these easy feathered glasses! Just throw on some neutral colored clothing, and you’ve got a fun and funny owl costume. (via Emmy in the Making)



This is one of the easiest costumes we’ve found. All you really need is a striped shirt, black pants, and a mask. This costume is also perfect for individuals, or to wear as part of a group costume (and the bags are perfect for holding your candy)! (via say yes)

American Gothic


Channel your inner art historian with this fun take on the classic painting! (via seakettle)

Explorer and Monkey


This cute and easy DIY can be made with construction paper, tan clothing, and a pair of binoculars!

Family Halloween Costumes

Whether you’re trick-or-treating with your family, or attending a group party, these easy group costumes are fun and festive!

The Incredibles


We’ll admit, we think this costume is super! This DIY is perfect for the whole family, and can be made with sweats, felt, and boots. (via Freshly Completed)

Peter Pan


If you have a sewing machine, you can easily recreate this adorable Peter Pan group costume! Grab a few friends to be the lost boys, and you’ll be ready for whatever the night brings. (via A Beautiful Mess)

Inside Out


These Pixar-inspired costumes are fun, colorful, and easy to make yourself! (Via Brit & Co)



This fun family costume is perfect for a last minute party or even. You likely already have all the elements of this costume at home! (via Cheerios and Lattes)


Star Wars


One of last year’s most popular movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens also makes for a perfect family or group costume. Whether you choose Rey, Finn, BB-8, Han Solo, or Princess Leia, you’ll have the best Halloween costume in the galaxy! (via Mom Endeavors)

Get More DIY Ideas!

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Real Simple offers ideas for simplifying everyday life, and includes easy recipes, DIY projects, organizing tips, and more!

Martha Stewart Living contains amazing recipes, as well as gardening and decorating ideas to make your home beautiful and welcoming.

Parents is full of DIY project ideas for moms and dads, as well as valuable advice from America’s top childcare experts.

Woman’s Day is the perfect magazine for anyone looking for parenting advice, style tips or recipes. It also includes lots of crafts and DIY projects for every season.

Family Circle is a family-oriented magazine that includes easy and quick decorating hacks, recipes and fitness ideas.

Family Fun has great kid-friendly recipes, crafts, and other DIY projects for parents of children ages 3-12.

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Do you have any great DIY Halloween costume ideas? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!