How can a gal put together a fabulous costume for Halloween without spending a small fortune? A bit of browsing at the closest thrift store or resale shop can result in a plethora of Halloween costuming ideas.
Here are 10 super do-it-yourself Halloween costumes (listed alphabetically) for women. From fancy to funny or even frightful, these get-ups can probably be assembled for less than ten dollars each, using resale items – or even items that might be found in closets at home. These costumes are ideal for a Halloween masquerade party, a costume race, a trick or treat outing, or another seasonal event.
1. 1920s Flapper
Can you can-can? Do you know how to dance The Charleston? A 1920s Flapper Costume begins with a slinky drop-waisted dress at the thrift store. Glue or stitch a fringe around the hemline, using trim found in the home decorating section of a craft store. Tie a glittery scarf or headband around your forehead, and add a few strands of extra-long pearls or beads (with a knot in the middle).
Go for the angelic look on Halloween by dressing in a shimmering white (or light pastel) gown. Even a fancy modest granny-style nightgown will do. Add a pair of white wings from the Halloween aisle of the dollar or discount store and a halo (or a glittery headband).
3. Cave Woman
Ugh! Ugh! Go back before time began for a great Halloween costume. Pick up an animal-print dress (or an animal print top and leggings). Frizz up your hair, and fasten at least a few tresses in a topknot. Tuck a dog biscuit or bone into the ponytail. Don’t forget to carry a club.
Rah! Rah! Siss – boom – bah! Show your spirit as a cheerleader for Halloween. Cast-off cheerleader uniforms are occasionally found in resale shops. If not, make your own by adding a big letter logo to a colorful sweater or top and wearing a short pleated skirt in a matching or complementary color on the bottom. Put on white socks and sneakers, and pick up some pom poms (at the discount store).
Ride ‘em, cowgirl! Rustle up plenty of Halloween fun with a simple cowgirl costume. Begin with a pair of jeans or a great jean skirt. Add a Western-style blouse and a fringed suede or classic denim vest or jacket. Kick on some Western cowgirl boots. Be sure to tuck a toy pistol or two into a great leather or beaded belt to polish off the Halloween cowgirl costume.
It’s not hard to make a little magic and become a fairy for Halloween. Many uber-feminine bridesmaid dresses, prom gowns and other special occasion attire can be easily altered to become fabulous fairy costumes. Look for gauzy ruffles and bright or pastel colors.
Create a fairy cone cap (with tagboard or cardstock. Stick some wispy tulle netting through the top, and let it drape. Add a chin-strap of elastic string, or tie the fairy cone cap under your chin with thin ribbons.
Slip into a pair of white wings from the Halloween aisle of the dollar or discount store. Step out in ballet flats in a matching or complementary color or a great glittered style. (You can paint an old pair of flats with glue and roll them in glitter as well.)
7. Go-go Dancer
Follow the fashions back to the psychedelic 1960s, and go as a go-go dancer on Halloween. All you need is a gaudily colorful mini-dress (ideally, a sheath-style) in a giant, loud print and a pair of shiny knee-high boots. Tie your hair back with a colorful scarf of a wide, soft headband.
8. Police Officer
Build an arresting presence for Halloween with a police officer costume. Choose a blue tailored button-down shirt, and tuck it into a pair of navy chino pants or a navy pencil skirt. (Add a matching jacket, if you can.) Pin on a badge, homemade or purchased at a dollar or discount store. Top of the costume with a real or toy police hat, if you can find one.
Have a royally good time at a Halloween costume party or trick or treating by dressing up as a princess. Select an elegant and ornate full-length gown at the thrift store or resale shop. Look for brocades, satins or formal dresses with regal-looking trimmings and detail work. Put hair up, if possible, or hold it back with a terrific tiara.
These tips are easy, even if you aren’t good at taking orders. Creating a Halloween waitress costume is super simple. Find a basic shirtdress, or pair a puff-sleeved blouse with a simple solid skirt. Tie on a white half-apron, and make a fun or witty name tag. Wear sneakers with or without hose.
Clever Halloween costuming for grownups need not cost a lot.
Easy and economical costuming is ideal for Halloween fashion and fun. With a bit of effort, creativity, adventure and imagination, women can come up with truly memorable Halloween costumes that will not break the budget or the bank.