Free Simple DIY Halloween Costumes

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These last-minute Halloween costumes are perfect for when you need something simple, free, and DIY.

Happy Halloween!

Most people have been celebrating Halloween since the start of the month, and some have even been celebrating since last year. You, however, have just realized that October 31st is right around the corner, and that you need a costume for trick-or-treating or your friend’s upcoming party. Unfortunately, your budget is drained, and with how quick you need an outfit by, you feel really limited in your options. Fear not. Net Pay Advance is here with 15 simple last-minute Halloween costume ideas you can do for free!

Are you ready to get punny?

Party Animal

You’ll need a shirt with animals on it, and some sort of festive gear like a party hat, “happy birthday” sash, or a few beaded necklaces.

Add some pants, and you will be ready to head out.  Just remember to be the life of the party wherever you go!


You’ll need a Hawaiian shirt or oversized tour shirt, a pair of shorts, socks, and sandals.

Bonus points if you have an ugly baseball cap, sunglasses, a fanny pack, or something to wear around your neck like a lanyard or binoculars.

Risky Business

You’ll need an oversized white collared button-down shirt, some sunglasses, and white socks.

This is the perfect look for any Halloween party! Make it even better by just sliding into each of the rooms.

Chip on Your Shoulder

You’ll need yellow paper and scissors.

This is one of the easiest outfits on our list. Take a piece of yellow paper, accordion fold it, and cut it out in the shape of a potato chip. Glue it or pin it to the shoulder of the shirt.

50 Shades of Gray

You’ll need a black or gray shirt, black or gray pants, and a bunch of gray paint chips from Home Depot or Lowe’s (you can get paint chips for free).

Glue or tape the paint chips onto your shirt, and as soon as the glue dries, you will be good to go.

A Fork in the Road

You’ll need a black shirt and pair of pants, a plastic fork, and yellow paper.

Cut rectangles out of the yellow paper. Pin or glue the rectangles onto your clothes in a straight line, with spaces in-between each. Glue or tape a plastic fork onto your shirt too.

Marilyn Monroe

You’ll need a white dress, curly blonde hair, and bright red lipstick.

Be one of the most beautiful icons this Halloween. Style your hair like Marilyn Monroe by following Ashley Phillips’s tutorial here, and apply your red lipstick. You are going to look great!

Rosie the Riveter

You’ll need a red bandana, and a jean shirt with sleeves that can be rolled up easily.

Tie the red bandana around your head, roll up the shirt sleeves, turn to the side, look over your shoulder, and flex. There is a tutorial here on how to style your hair and tie the bandana.


You’ll need some sports gear.

Have your favorite athlete’s shirt, or even your letterman jacket from high school? You are good to go. Bonus if you have a baseball cap, sweat band, or sports gear like a tennis racket or soccer ball. 

Green with Envy

You’ll need a partner who is willing to dress as a pun and wear the other half of the outfit, a green shirt, and a piece of paper.

This is one of our great couple’s costume ideas! One person dresses in green. The other person holds a sign that says “Envy”. So long as you stay together the whole evening, you become “green with envy”. 

Clockwork Orange

You’ll need a white button-down shirt, a black bowler hat or fedora, false lashes, and eye makeup.

Look just like Alex from the iconic novel and movie, Clockwork Orange. Need help with the eye makeup? Here is a great tutorial for you!

Adobe Photoshop

You’ll need a dark blue shirt or dress and white or black paper.

Cut out the capital letter “P” and the lowercase letter “s” from the paper and glue or safety pin it to the outfit. Bonus if you have a toolbox that you can use to carry tools. You can bring a paintbrush, turkey baster for the eyedrop tool, a large bandage for the healing brush tool, an oversized eraser or pencil, a magnifying glass, or a string with stripes for a marquee tool.

Winning Twinning

You’ll need a friend that does not have a Halloween costume yet either, but owns clothes items that you also own.

Dress in the same clothes, and style your hair the same way. The more you look alike, the better.

Wednesday Addams

You’ll need dark colored hair and a black dress with a white collar.

Part your hair down the center, and braid both sides, then change into the black dress. Remember to talk about gloomy and grim topics all night.


You’ll need a generic outfit (a gray sweat suit works perfectly), red and white paper or felt, and plyers.

Cut matching shapes out of the red and white paper/felt similar to the shapes from the Operation game. Here is a list of all the pieces. Glue or pin the items onto your outfit. Bring the plyers along or attach them to a string and wear them as a necklace. 

You probably have the required materials for most of these items already sitting around your house. If you are missing the perfect touch for any of these Halloween costumes, just ask friends. Be sure to let them know what you are using their stuff for, and if you are planning on altering it in any way. We should not have to say this, but please do not destroy your friend’s favorite shirt without permission.

If these were not enough ideas for your next Halloween outfit, you can read our other article with four more last-minute DIY Halloween costumes. You can also read our other article on ways to save money this Halloween, here.

Now go out and have a fun and spooky night!

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