5 Easy and Budget Friendly Halloween Costumes

Dressing up for Halloween can be endless amounts of fun but for most students it can also be a bit stressful trying to come up with something that won’t break the bank or take too much time to make. So here are five costumes that are not only quick and easy but will also help keep you on budget this month...

1. Scarecrow

What you’ll need:

  • Plaid shirt
  • Denim jeans or overalls
  • Bright red or orange eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner pencil


  • Straw hat

This is not only a good last minute costume but it can also be put together by stuff you likely already have hanging out in your closet and makeup bag! All you have to do is throw on a comfy plaid shirt, a pair of jeans and fall boots. Not only is this costume comfy and cute but a good plaid flannel shirt will definitely help to keep you warm you decide to venture down to the city centre! Also if you have one and want to add something extra to your costume you can always add on a straw hat (but no worries if you don’t this costume still looks great without it!).

Now the makeup is the major part of this costume but it’s pretty simple. Check out the tutorial below to see how to complete the look:

2. Audrey Hepburn

What you’ll need:

  • Black dress
  • Black gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Pearl necklaces

Of course who doesn't love the classy Miss Audrey Hepburn and even more so when you can recreate her chic outfit for Halloween in just a few easy steps. All you need is your favourite black dress and heels (or flats if you’re going to be spending a lot of time on your feet!). Then accessorize with some long black gloves, big sunglasses and lots of pearl necklaces!

3. Zombie

What you'll need:

  • Old clothing (this is the perfect opportunity to pull out those old tights in the back of your draw, you know the ones with the holes in)
  • Fake blood
  • Dark eyeshadow
  • Black eyeliner pencil

This is of course a classic scary Halloween costume so if you’re a Halloween traditionalist who likes to keep on a budget this one is definitely for you! All you need is some old clothes you are willing to cut up (tip: this is a great opportunity to bust out those old tights with the holes in them that you haven’t quite got around to throwing out). Or if you don’t have any old stuff that you’re willing to cut up then pop down to one of the local charity shops where you are definitely bound to find something unique! Once you’ve decided on your outfit for the night, it’s time to start cutting them up and feel free to go wild with holes, slits and don’t forget to throw some fake blood on them- you are going to a member of the undead for the night after all.

Once again with this costume the makeup plays a big part in the final product but it still remains to be fairly easy. Check out the video below for some inspiration on this look:

4. Ladybug

What you'll need:

  • Red shirt/dress
  • Black felt
  • Black pants or tights
  • Headband (preferably red, but any colour can work)
  • Two black craft pipe-cleaners

Now this one is a bit more craft oriented than the previous three but even if you’re not super crafty this is a pretty straightforward one. All you need to do is cut some circles out of black felt and glue or pin them onto your red shirt and pair it with some black pants. To finish the look off, grab an old headband and wrap two black pipe cleaners on each side, gluing two black pom-poms on the end.

5. Bag of Jelly Beans

What you'll need:

  • Clear trash bag
  • Different colour balloons
  • Marker
  • Red ribbon
  • Printer (to print the Jelly Bean sign)

And last but not least is a bag of jellybeans costume! This is a quirky, colourful costume, which should definitely win you some points if you’re entering any costume contests this year. Of course the best part of this costume is that everything you need to make it should probably be hanging around your house or at the local pound store. All you need to do is take a clear plastic garbage bag cut holes for your arms and legs to fit through and if you’re feeling very crafty add a logo to the front and nutritional facts to the back. Then fill up the bag with a bunch of different balloons (tip: don’t fill the balloons all the way up, if you keep them a bit smaller you can fit a larger variety of colours in). Finish it all off with tying the garbage bag up near your neck with the red ribbon.