10 Easy Halloween Costumes You Can Make With Things You Already Own

Dressing up for Halloween is undoubtedly fun, but doing so can take a lot of effort. If you’re feeling lazy this year, don’t let that stop you from going out and having a great night! There are plenty of costumes that require nothing more than things you can find around your dorm, sorority house or apartment. Get ready to dig through your closets because we’ve got some of the best (and easiest!) costumes right here.

1. Miley Cyrus

While many people have dressed up as the twerk-crazy Miley Cyrus when she performed at the 2013 VMAs, it’s super easy to wear one of her everyday outfits as a costume.

No matter what she’s wearing, it’s always full of color. Simply open up your closet, look for your brightest top and pair it with a non-matching skirt. Or head over to Goodwill and start hunting for '80s-inspired jackets, dresses, etc. Add in a pair of sneakers and crazy accessories, and you’re done! Don’t forget to stick your tongue out all night, too.

2. Tourist

With Hawaiian-themed parties always happening, you or one of your friends is bound to have a button up flower shirt. If not, these are easily found at Goodwill or other thrift shops!

You’ll also need any combination of the following: a fanny pack, sunglasses, a visor, a map tucked into your waste and an old camera around your neck. By no means do you need all of these accessories, but if you can round up most of them by digging around your house, go for it!

3. Barden Bella

Did somebody say Pitch Perfect? This costume is super easy to piece together, and everyone will know what you’re referencing!

For this, grab a navy fitted jacket or blazer, and a white collared shirt to wear underneath. You’ll also need a navy skirt. The outfit is, of course, incomplete without the signature scarf tied around your neck, so grab a yellow or blue one. Wear any pair of short heels and your hair in a bun, and you’re officially a Bella.

4. Runaway bride

This costume is almost too easy to put together, and you’ll be comfortable all night.

Find your favorite little white dress for the focus piece. You probably won't have a veil, but if you really want one, they’re cheap and easy to make. Throw on your sneakers, and for those ladies looking to go the extra distance, you can make a marathon bib with paper and markers. That’s pretty much it for this costume!

5. Mary Poppins

If you thought the runaway bride costume sounded easy, you’re going to love this one. Everything you need to be Mary Poppins can definitely be found somewhere among your belongings.

For starters, you’ll need to pull your hair up—whether or not you want to add a black hat is up to you. Wear a crisp, white button-up, a black skirt, and black tights. To make your costume a little more unique, you could add the red bow tie. You’re going to need Ms. Poppins' black umbrella and carry-all tote, regardless, though!

6. Lorde

Due to her distinct, goth look, Lorde is the perfect simple Halloween costume. This one is especially fun because you can get creative with it!

If there’s one part of Lorde's look you'll never see her without, it’s her dark lipstick. A maroon or wine colored shade is spot-on. She almost always wears black, so choose from an LBD or another dark outfit. Braid your hair back as she typically does, throw on some chunky black boots and voilà!

7. Risky Business

Who would’ve thought that Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear would become such a long-lasting collegiette costume tradition?

Throw on a white button-up shirt that’s long enough to wear without pants. Be sure to have on spandex or athletic shorts underneath, though. Forget shoes—all you need are some mid-calf socks. Add in a pair of black sunglasses and get ready to slide into whatever party you’re going to.

8. “A” from Pretty Little Liars

While you might be mistaken for a burglar, there’s no better way to pay tribute to one of the greatest shows ever.

Black pants, a black hoodie, black gloves—that’s pretty much it. However, since we now know that (spoiler alert) CeCe is A, you can add little twists to make this costume more fun. For example, if you don’t already have blonde hair, use a wig! Curl your hair and add some red lipstick, too. To make this a little more distinctive, you could use red masking tape and put an “A” on your back!

9. Flower child

We know you have a flower headband somewhere, so break it out and get ready to embrace your inner hippie!

Though you can wear pretty much anything from places like Urban Outfitters, try to find something in your closet that’s full of fringe or decked out in flowers. A dress is ideal, but you could also wear printed flared pants or jeans. Your look won’t be complete without you throwing out a peace sign, so be sure to do so!

10. Straight Outta T-shirts

Straight Outta Compton was one of the biggest movies last year, and it turns out there's plenty of ways to spoof its title.

Sure, you could buy pre-made shirts, but where's the fun in that? Making your own—with funny phrases like Straight Outta the Library, Straight Outta Class or Straight Outta [insert name of popular building on your campus here]—is easy to do with a pack of plain tees and fabric pens or Sharpies. Plus, you'll earn respect if you keep the references specific to inside jokes at your school.

Just when you thought you were going to stay in and watch scary movies while your friends had fun without you, you’ve been saved. These costumes require hardly any effort but are still super cute. Happy hunting!

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Allison is a senior at the University of Kansas, studying journalism and creative writing. The current National Health Editor, she's been with Her Campus for more than three years, serving in roles such as national contributing writer, editorial intern, and How She Got There Editor. Allison's spent the past two summers on opposite coasts, with internships at The Hollywood Reporter and Comedy Central. When she's not watching stand-up or her favorite show, Nathan For You, she's counting down the days until the next award show. Follow her on twitter @AllisonMCrist, and visit her website AllisonMCrist.com to learn more about her.