Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Adults

Not many things are more embarrassing than showing up to a costume party in the same store-bought costume as one of your friends. By DIY’ing your own costumes, not only will you ensure that you’ll be the only one at the party in that outfit, but you will save money and have fun in the process. Here are some easy DIY Costume ideas

Morton Salt Girl

This is one of the easiest costumes that can be easily made with stuff you already have in the house – and involves zero creative ability. Simply wear light-colored tights and a yellow dress, and pair with a container of salt (Morton, if you have it, to be authentic) and an umbrella. If you don’t happen to have a yellow dress in your closet, you can borrow one from a friend or pick one up at a thrift shop to keep your budget low.

Tooth Fairy

While this costume is a little more time-intensive, it is also a source of great enjoyment for those who thrive on creating. Create a white tutu by tying 1” wide and your preferred length strips of tulle to an elastic waistband you’ve fit to your waist size. If you are able to get glittery tulle, do it because, let’s be honest, everything is better with a touch of glitter – but remember that that stuff gets absolutely everywhere. For the top of your costume, attach a tooth graphic to a white shirt – either by embroidery, cut vinyl or simple felt. To top off the fairy look don’t forget your wings, which can be easily picked up at a discount shop.


The perfect costume for exhausted moms, this can be done many different ways. The easiest would be to just show up in your pajamas, unwashed hair, holding a crying kid and choosing not to cover up the bags under your eyes. If your kids are old enough that you’re sleeping through the night again, eyeshadow and contour kits can help you achieve a tired look by accentuating your under eyes and cheekbones. If you won’t be with your children, grab one of their dolls or stuffed animals and attach it with a baby wrap, and don’t forget your yoga pants and mom bun – for good measure throw some Cheetos or crayons into your bun.


The easiest of all the costumes, a farmer costume can be easily made by pairing jeans or overalls with a flannel top and a straw hat. If you want to upgrade the farmer costume to a scarecrow, add bits of straw coming out of the clothes, and possibly a stuffed crow on your shoulder. Don’t forget to add your favorite pair of cowboy boots to complete the ensemble.

Rosie the Riveter

As one of the most common symbols of strength for women, Rosie the Riveter is a great costume when you want to be festive while simultaneously showing how strong women are. If you don’t have a full denim jumpsuit (no judgment here if you do), then wear a denim or chambray button-down top with jeans. Doing your best 1950s inspired hairdo, tie a red bandana, and apply bright red lipstick. You are now ready to walk around flexing your left arm all night, reminding your friends how awesome you are.


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