3 easy DIY Halloween costumes for frugal procrastinators

Hi friends!

Before we jump into things, can I just ask – where is the time going? 50 points to anyone who can give me September and October back. I had some pretty big plans to get on the fall decorating bandwagon this year. Huge plans. As soon as I saw the very first pumpkin in my instagram feed this year, I knew I wanted some white gourds for the mantle. But alas, time has managed to wiggle away from me. Now here we are in the middle of October and I have set out exactly zero amounts of fall decor.

But nevermind about that… I will *clenches fists* WILL decorate for the holidays.

Anyway, we’re right around the corner from Halloween! It turns out that this is the perfect time to share a couple of spoOOoooOOoky memories. :)

Ok, so maybe not spooky exactly. Let’s talk costumes!

Joel and I have always specialized in inexpensive DIY costumes. I don’t know about you guys, but we’re usually pulling our costumes together the day before the party. We also like to stick to the easy end of the spectrum — a costume that requires less than 30 minutes to put together? Yes please!

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Snorkelers who can’t swim

One year we went as snorkelers. We wore all our own swim gear tat we already owned. Like wetsuits, flippers on our feet, and snorkeling masks. The only items we bought were from the dollar store — we got some pool floaties for our arms, and donut floaties for around our waists. Why did we get floaties, you ask? Because we decided we wanted to go specifically as snorkelers WHO COULDN’T SWIM. Don’t ask me why, we just thought it was funny. :)

The costumes scored high points in terms of cost and DIY-factor, but maaan, anyone who has tried to walk while wearing flippers knows it is next to impossible to walk lol! There are two ways to walk while wearing flippers… you can either shuffle without lifting your feet off the ground, or you can pick your feet up comically high off the ground with every step. The flippers definitely didn’t last long on our feet — they came off within 5 minutes of arriving at the party lol!

Also, I still remember sweating like the dickens into my wetsuit all night long… wetsuits are meant to keep you warm, something you don’t exactly need on a muggy Houston night! But overall the costumes were pretty awesome and I would definitely wear them again.

What you’ll need: wetsuit or swimsuit (if you’re brave), flippers, snorkel masks

For that extra touch, you’ll need: floaties

A pair of dice

Another year, we went as a pair of dice. We had cardboard boxes sitting in our attic from when we moved, and decided to put them to good use.

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upcycle old boxes into halloween costumes!

I’m telling you, dice are the easiest costumes to make! And super inexpensive! All we did was glue white paper all over the boxes. Then we glued big black dots strategically to achieve that “dice” look. After that, we cut holes in the top and sides so we could get our heads/arms through, and that was it!

Dice costumes are awesome because you get a huge amount of bang for buck. Since we were upcycling the boxes and already owned regular white paper, the only item we bought was black construction paper (for the “dots”).

Another thing, dice are easily recognizable! They are probably the most obvious costume ever — everyone knew immediately what we were. :)

The only downside to wearing huge a huge box is it was impossible to sit down lol… but they looked awesome in photos and were a perfect couple costume. We ended up leaving the dice costumes at our friend’s house so that her kids could play with them. She said that they were a mega-hit, and the kids played with them for daaays.

What you’ll need: large cardboard box, white and black paper, glue, scissors

Ping pong players

Another year we went as ping pong players. We wore matching knee-high socks from when we played in a co-ed soccer league. Joel decided to borrow a pair of my shorts, so he was showing a lot of leg! :) We also bought some inexpensive ping pong paddles (they came with ping pong balls in the package). We owned sweat bands from when we played tennis, so we threw those on too.

Joel decided to glue a ping pong ball onto his paddle. At first I wasn’t sure about this idea… but it turned out to be absolutely brilliant! In all our photos, it looked like he was right in the middle of an intense game of ping pong! It was hilarious. Check out one of his “action shots” below… makes me crack up every time! When my dad saw this photo on my instagram, he was all impressed that Joel had “contact” haha! :)

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Probably the only downside that I remember with this costume was that we were FREEZING when we were walking back to our car. It was definitely a cold night in Connecticut, and Halloween in New England feels very different compared to Halloween in Texas hah! Maybe I should have worn the ping pong costume in Texas and the snorkeling costume in Connecticut. :) That wetsuit would have kept me toasty warm, that’s for sure!

What you’ll need: ping pong paddles and ball, athletic clothing (shirt/shorts)

For that extra touch, you’ll need: sweat-bands

There you have it! Three ideas for easy and cheap DIY costumes for Halloween! So simple :) Out of the above ideas, I think my favorite costume was the ping pong one. Since we were wearing regular clothing and shoes, we were super comfortable (until we were out in the cold hah!).

Have an amazing Halloween everyone!

Check out other memories! Like the time I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the time we went to the Saltaire Restaurant and Oyster Bar, and the time I moved to New York City!

What is your Halloween costume this year? What is your all-time favorite Halloween costume that you’ve ever worn?

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27 thoughts on “3 easy DIY Halloween costumes for frugal procrastinators

  1. I definitely agree with you. I feel like September and October just slipped through my fingers. Every year I tell myself that I’m really going to cherish and enjoy the fall/winter seasons… then life gets busy and it’s January again!

    I’m probably the oddity, but I honestly haven’t dressed up for Halloween since freshman year of high school.My all-time favorite Halloween costume was probably the traditional pumpkin when I was like 4 years old.

    1. I know what you mean Bento, time passes so quickly! I am determined to do more holiday-inspired activities and decorate around the house this year! We aren’t planning to dress up for Halloween this year either, we actually don’t have any plans except to hang out at home! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

    1. The dice was such a fun costume! And so easy to make! Thank you for stopping by Jane, I appreciate your taking the time to read! I hope you have a lovely weekend!

    1. Thank you! Both were so simple, and the ping pong costume especially was super comfortable! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a lovely day!

  2. That is awesome. I keep getting asked what I’m go8ng to go as this year and I’ve decided on going as either a yoga instructor or Zumba teacher. Either way, I have everything that I’ll need and I’ll save money as well.

    1. those are good ideas! And you’ll be super comfortable too! Thanks for stopping by Chasity, I hope your day is amazing!

    1. I wish I could say we have great costumes planned for this year, but our Halloween plans consist of hanging out at home and watching Netflix haha! Thanks for stopping by, I hope your day is amazing!

    1. It was pretty great! I wouldn’t mind doing that again someday Haha! Thanks for stopping by, I hope your day is amazing!

  3. These are all great ideas. DIY costumes are awesome because you can personalize it according to your preferences and definitely cheaper than store bought ones. I will refer back to this article if we decide to dress up for Halloween.

    1. I agree Jill! I feel like the homemade costumes have that special touch. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your taking the time to read! I hope you have an amazing day! 😀

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