You can definitely celebrate Halloween without blowing a ton of cash. Whether you’re looking to save because you already bought a work-appropriate Halloween costume or blew your Halloween budget on a costume for your pet (best reason ever), we’ve got you covered. The wonders of creativity and a little DIY-magic mean that there are plenty of cheap Halloween costume options to go around. Here’s all the Halloween inspiration you need to plan your costume for $10 or less.

1. Pretty Zombie: Nail this drop-dead look (see what we did there?!) and you’ll be stealing all the hearts while secretly plotting to feast on them! (via Brit + Co)

2. Lyft and Uber: No matter where your rideshare app loyalties lie, these two competitors make for low cost and highly entertaining ensembles. (via Brit + Co)

3. Queen of Everything: Pick up your own inflatable crown ($7) and you’re royally good to go with anything else fit for a queen that you find on the cheap. (via Brit + Co)

4. Mime: Have striped shirt, will mime! (via Brit + Co)

5. Man and Woman Holding Hands Emoji: Live your best Emoji life by keeping it basic yet so on point in blue and red. (via Brit + Co)

6. Coco Chanel: Go all black, everything to imitate this fashion mogul’s eye-catching style. Hit up your local thrift for *all* the fake pearls. (via Clothed Much)

7. Rory and Lorelai from Gilmore Girls: In honor of their return to television (and our hearts), dress up like these gals with just the right mix and match of what you already have in your closet. (via Brit + Co)

8. Frida Kahlo: Blooms, braids, and red lipstick (and def some brow pencil) are all you really need to recreate this iconic artist’s look. (via The House That Lars Built)

9. Rosie the Riveter: Because girls support girls! (via Brit + Co)

10. Saved By The Bell: If you don’t have your whole squad coordinatin’, just pick one of these nostalgia-inducing TV characters and rummage through your wardrobe for a super cute and low budget costume idea. (via Brit + Co)


11. Pop Art Painting: Recognize this woman from Roy Lichtenstein’s “Oh Jeff…” painting? This woman takes the cake for creativity. (via Haha Mag)

12. Bunch of Grapes: Here’s a simple (and adorable, no matter your age) solution to an utter lack of a costume. Inflate a bunch of purple balloons and put some green leaves on your head. Problem solved.

13. DIY Cowgirl: This has to be one of the easiest Halloween costumes ever. Even if you don’t think you have the right stuff in your closet, you probably do. She’s not even wearing cowboy boots but the look totally works.

14. Don and Megan Draper from Mad Men: What a perfect idea! Emulate one of TV’s most glamorous former couples, Don and Megan Draper, from the hit TV show Mad Men. Throw on a suit and your best ’60s or ’70s garb, and you’re ready to go.


15. Ace Ventura from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective: Grab a pink tutu, some combat boots, a quirky sense of humor and all the animals you can find. That should be pretty much all you need for this epic throwback costume. (via Twisted Sifter)

16. Tom + Jerry: One of you will go as a cat and the other will go as a mouse. Fake ears, makeup, and the case begins.

17. Vincent Van Gogh: All you need is some makeup or paint to recreate this iconic painted portrait of the artist himself. (via Decogirl Montreal)

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18. The Dude from The Big Lebowski: Here’s what you’ll need to pull off a costume for The Dude: a bathrobe, a t-shirt (preferably white), flip flops, sunglasses and a White Russian (in hand). Remember: The Dude abides.

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19. Bag of Jelly Beans: You can literally DIY this costume with a plastic bag and semi-inflated balloons! It’ll be a shame that you can’t snack on them. (via Design Soak)

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20. Prescription Pill Bottle: This is one of our absolute favorite DIYs. And it’s punny, to boot! (via Coolest Homemade Costumes)

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21. Gogo from Big Hero: If you’re a fan of the Big Hero movies, why not try your hand at this DIY Gogo costume? A purple wristband, tights and some purple streaks can’t be too hard to find. (via cosplayingwhileblack)


22. Blue’s Clues: What a cute way to DIY a couple’s costumes! Go as the loveable blue-spotted dog and get your S.O. to dress up as Steve — all he needs are khakis and a green rugby shirt! (via Buzzfeed)


23. When Life Gives You Lemons…: We’ve heard it said before, and this Halloween, you can actually walk-the-walk too! Be a walking proverb this Halloween with this punny costume. (via BuzzFeed)

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24. DIY Wind-Up Doll: What a fun way to *turn* (get it?) any dress into a costume. Bonus points because you can wear any outfit you want. (via eHow)

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25. DIY Sesame Street: What a cute way to re-live a childhood classic. Grab your best friends and DIY your way to a group of Sesame Street characters. (via Our Shoreline Community)

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26. DIY Oreos: What could be cuter than showing your love on Halloween? Well, each dressing up as one-half of an oreo, for starters. (via Aubrey Jo)


27. Fred and Daphne from Scooby Doo: Grab your S.O. and dress up like the cutest couple from Scooby Doo! Other than Shaggy and Scooby (the doggone most lovable BFFs), of course. (via Magenta and Lime)


28. Big Bang Theory: Nerd alert! Dress up as this fan-favorite to be a hit at any Halloween Party. It couldn’t be easier to dress the part. (via @abigailandwhimsy)


29. PSL Costume: It’s Halloween and you can DIY your own PSL costume. Yass. (via Carly Cristman)


30. Cast of Real Housewives: Put on your best dress, pop a bottle and sharpen your claws for this costume. Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without a fight between feuding housewives. (via Brit + Co)


31. Ms. Frizzle: Hop on the Magic School Bus with this zany costume perfect for redheads. Either way, it’ll be a wild ride. (via Brit + Co)

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32. Kimmy Schmidt, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Take a break from your Netflix binge and get in touch with your Kimmy Schmidt side. Hashbrown no filter. (via Brit + Co)

33. Kelly Kapowski from Saved By The Bell: Everyone in the ’90s was in love with K. Kapow. Relive the girl crush with those iconic stonewash jeans and your finest crop top.

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34. Angela Chase from My So-Called Life: Between the latest Delia’s catalog and Claire Danes, every ’90s girl had some serious fashion envy going on. Get comfortable in pre-teen fashion with flannel, layered dresses and Doc Martens.

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35. Rachel Berry, Glee: Take yourself to a pre-Scream Queens Lea Michele and randomly break into song all night. Rachel Berry forever. (via Theme Me)

36. Your Dog: This costume not only commemorates your very best friend, but it’s pretty darn funny, too. This costume is one of the punn-iest we’ve seen yet!

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37. Spice Rack: Of course, there’s always a resident goofball who’s willing to take pun-ny costumes to the next level! This take on the spice rack will bring the LOL’s all night long.


38. Angel and Devil: So you won’t get any brownie points for creativity on this classic Halloween go-to costume, but it’s super easy to pull-off! Halloween night wouldn’t be the same without spotting an angel or devil around, anyway. (via We Heart It)


39. Toilet Paper Zombie: Some might call this a “mummy,” but we’re A-okay with this toilet-papered zombie pair. We’re willing to bet you have all the necessary supplies at home already! (via We Heart It)


40. Bill Lumbergh: Mmm, ya, if you could just dress up as this for Halloween that’d be great. Go full office-themed this Halloween by using these glasses as the hated boss from Office Space one night and The Office’s Dwight Schrute the next. (via Lol Riot)


41. Brawny Man: Paper towels never looked so good! Double-check to make sure the roll you’re carrying is Brawny. (via Brit + Co)


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42. Lady in Red: Find a killer red dress and a hot pair of heels, because you’re bound to get tons of attention when you show up as the Spanish dancer emoji. Don’t worry if you don’t have the moves to go with it — just nail the signature pose and you’re good to go.


43. Al from Home Improvement: What a throwback! All it takes is a plaid shirt and a tool belt — oh yeah, and that big beard — to become Al! (via Brit + Co)


44. Hipster: Easiest costume ever: a V-neck, skinny jeans, flannel shirt, glasses and a knit beanie. Done. (via Brit + Co)


45. Marty McFly from Back to the Future: Time travel is trending, right? Take that flannel shirt, grab a denim coat, a vest and a skateboard, and you’re well on your way to becoming Marty McFly. (via Brit + Co)


46. Larry the Cable Guy: Not only is this costume easy, but you’ll have people laughing all night! Once you get over the shock of ripping off the sleeves of your flannel shirt, that is. (via Brit + Co)


47. Censored: This costume has also been called “Sims Getting Out of the Shower.” Either way, it’s clever, racy and guaranteed to bring a chuckle or two. (via Theme-me)


48. Cereal Killer: This one is a classic, and one that’s easy to create at the last minute. Who doesn’t love a good play on words? (via Cosmopolitan)


49. DIY Gumball Machine: The good news is there’s a crafty DIY tutorial for this costume. The bad news is that it involves a lotta gumballs. (via Life Unsweetened)


50. DIY Cat Mask: If you’ve procrastinated to the extreme, grab a paper bag, draw a cat face, attach faux-whiskers, and cut some holes so you can see and breathe. If you’re super sar-cat-stic, this is the costume for you. (via The Art Room Plant)

Do you have any other budget-friendly Halloween costumes? Let us know on Pinterest!

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