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 October 25, 2015  Posted by  Halloween
97 Cheap & Easy Halloween Costumes-h

Halloween will be here before you know it. Save your money for the candy corn and Snickers bars you’ll be giving out to trick-or-treaters by skipping high-priced, mass-produced, store-bought costumes this year.

You can make great costumes using things you have around the house (think toilet paper or duct tape), can borrow from relatives (surely Grandpa has an old leisure suit or at least a fedora in the back of his closet), or can buy items inexpensively from a thrift store or discount store (plaid jackets or strips of felt). If you’re an athlete or a sports enthusiast, you can pull an easy and convincing costume from your existing uniforms and supplies.

97 Cheap & Easy Halloween Costumes

Don’t worry if you don’t have a great deal of time to spend on constructing your costume — the vast majority of these looks can be pulled together in an evening or less. Get the kids to help with their own outfits and accessories, and have them make their own trick-or-treating goody bags by decorating paper sacks from the grocery store (create makeshift handles by stapling twine, ribbon or doubled-over duct tape at the top of the bag).

We’d love to hear your take on DIY costumes and see your photos if you make your own from our list. Please leave them in the comments, or email them to editor@livingonthecheap.com. Happy Halloween! Like what you see here? Living on the Cheap shares great money-saving tips all year long. Subscribe by email for free. 

Scary Costumes

1. Mummy

Supplies: Toilet paper. A lot of it. Instructions: Wrap yourself from head to toe in toilet paper. Avoid using the bathroom or getting wet.

2. Zombie

You could be an extra on 'The Walking Dead' with this fabulous syrup-based blood and heavy makeup. Photo by iStock.

You could be an extra on ‘The Walking Dead’ with this fabulous, syrup-based blood and heavy makeup.

Supplies: Old clothing that can be thrown away after Halloween—  jeans and a shirt, pants and a jacket, a dress or skirt for women, etc. The more “normal” looking, the better. Gel or hairspray, white face makeup or pale (ivory) liquid foundation, dark eye shadow and eye pencil or liner (black or gray), baby powder, a makeup sponge or brush, corn or pancake syrup, chocolate syrup, food coloring. Instructions: Partially rip or shred the clothes — especially the sleeves, hems and pockets. Drag them through dirt or mud, and smear on fake blood made by combining 1 cup corn syrup, 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup and 1-2 tablespoons of red food coloring. Try for a dark color – bright red blood will give you a cartoon appearance. If needed, add a couple small drops of blue or green food coloring to darken the fake blood. Wash your hair the night before and let it dry as you sleep so it will look messy. You can also back-comb your hair or smear in a lot of conditioner for a greasy look, wear a lopsided bun, or create an up-do that is partly undone. Spray the finished look to keep it in place. Apply white makeup or foundation over your entire face and neck to create an unhealthy pallor. Use dark eye shadow to accent sunken areas of your face (around eyes, under cheekbones and chin). Brush or blot baby powder on your face to set the makeup and add to your paleness. Dribble fake blood into your hairline and let it run down your face. Pour blood into your hand, and then “eat” it to get a nice mouth smear, and let it dribble down your chin and throat. Walk slowly, move stiffly, wheeze when you breathe, act confused and leave your arms slack and mouth open. Lean forward and shuffle when you walk, dragging one foot behind you. Don’t talk much (mostly grunt and groan), but ogle human flesh like it’s your favorite meal (which it is).

3. Zombie Bride

Supplies: Long white dress, white face paint or makeup, hair gel, dead flowers or fake black roses. Instructions: Mess up your hair and use the hair gel to make it look matted. Put on white face paint or makeup and carry your ghoulish bouquet. Feel free to add any additional touches from the costume above.

4. Vampire

Supplies: Velvet three-piece suit or dark slacks, white shirt, red (or brightly colored) vest, a long, dark trench coat and dark shoes. You’ll also need white face paint, a pair of Dracula teeth, jojoba or other hair oil, black eyeliner and red lipstick. Instructions: Deck yourself out like Dracula and flip up the collar of the trench coat. Liberally coat your face, neck, and hands in the white face paint. Line your eyes with black eyeliner, and apply  lipstick just to the insides of your lips. Slick your hair back with the hair oil and flash your fangs.

5. Scary Ghost

Supplies: Cheap white bed sheet from a thrift store like Goodwill, scissors, black marker, black eye shadow. Optional: chain links. Instructions: Drape the sheet over yourself and have a helper mark the sheet at the point where it hits the floor. Also ask them to gently mark the places to cut your eyeholes. Trim the bottom of the sheet an inch or two above the floor mark (so you won’t trip). Cut out eyeholes and then use a black marker to outline them. Color the area around your eyes with black eye shadow to increase the creepiness. To amp up the scare factor, find some chain link to carry and shake.

Creative types can create a scary skeleton costume using only face paint. Photo by artur84, freedigitalphotos.net.

Creative types can create a scary skeleton costume using only face paint. Photo by artur84, freedigitalphotos.net.

6. Skeleton

Supplies: White and black face paint. Instructions: Paint your entire face white. Use black paint to draw dark circles around your eyes and to fill in your bone structure. Wear regular clothes.

Real-life people

7. Farmer

Supplies: Cowboy hat, boots, jeans, plaid shirt, belt with large buckle. Instructions: Put on your best dancing boots, your favorite pair of Wranglers and the biggest belt buckle you can find for an authentic look. Add a rope or piece of straw in your teeth if you have it, but leave your horse at home.

8. Nerd

Get your revenge of the nerds with tape on your glasses and awesome high-water pants. Photo by iStock.

Get your revenge of the nerds with tape on your glasses and awesome high-water pants.

Supplies: Slim-fitting, straight-leg slacks (the higher-waisted, the better), white button-down shirt, white socks, black dress shoes, calculator, belt, dark-framed glasses, white tape, hair pomade or conditioner. Extra points if you add a plastic pocket protector with a mechanical pencil. Optional accessories: a slide rule, a protractor, sci-fi comic books, or a book about math, science or engineering. Instructions: Wear slacks and button-down shirt. Hem the slacks above the tops of your shoes (use masking tape for a temporary hem). If possible, hike the waistband above your natural waist; use masking tape under the band to stick the pants to your shirt. Tuck in the shirt and add an unattractive belt. Use the pomade or conditioner to slick your hair, part it on the side, and comb the sides back; create a fold in the front if possible. Put calculator or pocket protector in shirt pocket and wrap white tape around the middle of your glasses. Frequently push the glasses up to the bridge of your nose. Adopt a nasal tone in your voice.

9. Back to the 1970s

Supplies: Slim-fitting, bell-bottom pants or jeans hemmed just above the tops of your shoes (use masking tape rather than sewing them); slim-fitting, long-sleeve shirt with a small flower print and/or large collar and cuffs; large “shades” (sunglasses); and platform shoes. A woman can also wear big hoop earrings, a long printed skirt or dress, as well as hot pants with tights and boots. Other optional accessories: boom box, leather or macramé head band, afro wig, wide-brimmed hat and a roach clip. Instructions: If you have long hair, part it in the center and wear a head band around your forehead; otherwise style your hair in an afro. Put on the pants, shirt and shoes. When you walk, bob your head and swing your shoulders. Adopt phrases such as “Can you dig it?” “Funky!” “Groovy,” “Outta sight!” and “Keep on truckin’.”

10. Artist

Supplies needed: Paint-splattered smock, white button-down shirt, artist’s palette (make one out of cardboard if you don’t have a real one), beret, old paint brush, washable paint or bold-colored makeup. Instructions: Wear the smock over dark pants and a flowy white shirt. Smudge a little paint here and there on your face and hands. Don a beret and carry your paint brush and palette. (Optional: Draw a goatee and thin mustache on our face using eyeliner.)

11. Bird Watcher

Supplies: Brown or khaki pants, button-up safari jacket, hiking boots, binoculars and large-brimmed hat. Optional: bird-watching guide book. Instructions: Wear all items and walk around looking through your binoculars. Periodically, flip through your bird-watching guide.

12. Virtual Worker

Supplies needed: Pajama bottoms, house slippers, white button-down shirt, blazer, laptop, phone headset. Instructions: Do your hair and makeup in a professional style. Wear shirt and blazer (optional: add a tie) on top and the pajama pants and slippers on the bottom. Carry your laptop. Wear the headset and periodically say, “Please hold.” Optional: Accessorize with kids or pets.

13. 1950s Woman

Creative hair and bright red lipstick pair well with bold patterns in these 1950s housewife looks. Photo by iStock.

Creative hair and bright red lipstick pair well with bold patterns in these 1950s housewife looks.

Supplies: Sheath or shirt-waist dress with full skirt, 3″-4” high heels with pointed toes, pill box or cloche hat or head scarf, short or long sleeve gloves, frilly chiffon apron, mink stole, thick head band, pointed frame eye glasses, Chanel No. 5 perfume, foundation makeup, eyebrow pencil and red lipstick. (Note: You will not need all supplies; choose from them for a specific look.) Instructions: Apply foundation evenly, define eyebrows with high arch using the eyebrow pencil, and apply lipstick. Hair can be done in a page boy, smooth up-do “beehive” or a French twist. Wear gloves and a scarf for a “city” look. Use gloves, hat, mink stole and updo for an “on the town” look. Use the head band and frilly apron for an “at home” look.

14. Old-School Reporter

Supplies: Raincoat (a trench coat is best), notebook, pen, camera with strap, paper name tag. Optional: fedora or green eyeshade. Instructions: Wear the raincoat and wrap the camera strap around your neck. Write “PRESS” on the name tag and put it on your chest. If you have a hat, you can stick your “press pass” on that. Carry your notebook and pen.

15. Sweet Dreamer

Supplies: Pair of flannel pajamas, slippers, stuffed animal, hair ties, teddy bear or other stuffed animal. Optional: Blanket to drag around, sippy cup filled with water. Instructions: Arrange your hair in pigtails (or braids), wear pajamas and slippers and carry your teddy bear and blankie.

16. Used Car Salesman

Supplies: Plaid jacket or pants (if you don’t have access to an old suit, try second-hand stores), button-down shirt, hair gel, cigar, gold jewelry, car keys. Instructions: Wear the suit and sick back your hair using a lot of gel. Wear large pieces of gold jewelry — multiple chain necklaces are good — chew on your cigar, and carry the car keys.

17. “Lady of the Evening”

Supplies: Brightly colored, metalic or leopard clothing; the more mismatched or garrish the better. Short tight dress, or short shorts and bustier. Accessories include a handbag and patent leather boots or very high heels. Black fishnet or thigh high white stockings. Strong makeup. Optional: dollar bills and chewing gum. Instructions: put on your outfit and exaggerate your makeup using strong blush and red lipstick. Carry the handbag. Stuff dollar bills into your breast and let them hand out. Say things like “No tricks, just all the treats you can eat!”

18. Maid

Rubber gloves and cleaning accessories add to this easy maid's costume. Photo by iStock.

Rubber gloves and cleaning accessories add to this easy maid’s costume.

Supplies: Conservative dress in black or light blue; white apron, sturdy shoes, compression stockings or knee-highs, hairspray, makeup, rubber gloves. Optional: feather duster, broom or bucket of cleaning products. Instructions: Put on the outfit, do your hair in a severe bun and hairspray it and do normal day-time makeup with a bright lipstick. Add the rubber gloves and choose a cleaning accessory to carry around. Dust or sweep something every so often.

19. Librarian

Supplies: Dress (either black or something with a busy pattern), cardigan sweater (extra points if it’s sleeveless), tights, sensible shoes, round glasses, book. Instructions: Put your hair either in a bun or part it down the middle and straighten it. Wear the outfit and glasses, carry around the book, and — most importantly — be sure to “shush” people all night!

20. Construction Worker

Supplies: Plaid shirt or work shirt, blue jeans, work boots, hard hat, tool belt. Optional: Hammer or tape measure. Instructions: Wear the outfit and every once in a while, try to find something to hammer or measure.

21. Nun

Supplies: full-length black dress with long sleeves and a large white dickie (or second hand turteneck with arms and lower body cut away); or a black skirt and jacket with white blouse would also work. Wear a black scarf or short black veil held in place by a white headband. Definitely wear or carry rosary beads. Do not wear makeup. Instructions: put on the costume and be sure to adopt a pleasing smile. Optional: carry a bible or a ruler. When trick or treating, say “Your prayers may be answered. Trick or treat?” Scowl and hold the ruler up if you have one, saying “The golden rule is to treat others to treats!”

22. Gold Miner

Supplies: Plaid work shirt, pants (or overalls), rubber boots, red kerchief, gold spray paint, pick ax, small pan, small bag, rocks. Optional: floppy hat. Instructions: Wear the shirt, pants and boots and tie the kerchief around your neck. Carry your pick ax in your belt loop. Wear the optional floppy hat. Spray rocks gold, then tie them up in the small bag and carry or tie to your belt. Show off your ores off as you trick-or-treat.

23. Coal Miner

Supplies: White t-shirt, pants (or overalls), work boots, red kerchief, dark eye makeup, pick ax, hard hat. Optional: headlamp. Instructions: Wear the shirt, pants and boots and tie the kerchief around your neck, and where the hard hat (with optional headlam). Create black smudges on your face, hands, and arms with the dark eye makeup. Carry your pick ax in your belt loop. Cough a lot and talk about black lung.

24. Fisherman

Wading boots and a tack vest lend a realistic vibe to this fisherman look. Add some hooks and lures if you have them. Photo by iStock.

Wading boots and a tack vest lend a realistic vibe to this fisherman look. Add some hooks and lures if you have them.

Supplies: Pants or jeans, outdoor shirt tall rubber boots, fishing hat, tack vest, fishing pole, tackle box, hooks, lures or fake worms. Instructions: Roll the hem of your pant legs up to show off your boots. Stick a couple hooks in the brim of your hat or put some loose lures in a pocket of your vest. Carry your fishing pole, and use your tackle box to collect treats as you go from door to door.

25. UPS Delivery Worker

Supplies: Brown button-down shirt, brown pants, brown baseball caps, cardboard box. Optional: Clipboard and pen. Instructions: Sport full brown outfit and carry box around all night. Ring doorbells and ask for people’s signatures.

From pop culture and history

26. NCIS Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (played by Pauley Perette)

A lab coat, pigtails and fake tattoo turn you into this NCIS babe.

A lab coat, pigtails and fake tattoo turn you into this NCIS babe.

Supplies: short black skirt or tight pants, black top, black platform shoes, white lab coat, black pigtails, heavy leather and metal dog collar, fake tattoos. Optional: 20 oz. lidded soda with straw or stuffed hippopotamus. Instructions: Dress Goth style in the clothes, put on the lab coat and braid (or attach) pigtails. Talk about testing samples with your major mass spectrometer, drink from your soda or hug your hippo.

27. Flo from Progressive Insurance

Supplies: White polo shirt, white apron, paper name tag with “Flo” written on it, blue marker, wide head band, red lipstick. Instructions: You either love or loathe this TV insurance commercial personality, and dressing as her makes for a recognizable and easy costume. Just wear a white shirt and apron. Use a blue marker to write “Progressive” on the apron and  attach the paper name tag. Put the head band on your hair leaving the bangs out and swept to one side. Tease hair behind head band to create volume. Pucker up with your best bright red lipstick. Progressive even has a Dress Like Flo page and a costume for sale.

28. Troll Doll

Bright wigs and flesh-colored leotards create a great troll look. Add tutus or hula skirts for extra coverage.

Bright wigs and flesh-colored leotards create a great troll look. Add tutus or hula skirts for extra coverage.

Supplies: Nude bodysuit, troll wig, large costume gemstone. Instructions: Remember the troll dolls you loved playing with as a kid? Now you can be one. You will be completely covered up in this costume so it’s ideal for cold weather, but the tight-fitting body suit leaves little to the imagination, so be sure to buy the correct size. Pair the bodysuit with a bright-colored troll wig and sew or stick a gem to your belly. If the no-coverage look leaves you feeling exposed, add a tutu.

29. Ghostbuster

Supplies: Tan coveralls, black boots, black gloves, black elbow pads, utility belt, large backpack and a vacuum hose. Optional: black, red, and white duct tape, swim mask.

Instructions: Dress in the coveralls, tucking the pants legs into the boots and wearing the elbow pads and utility belt over the top. Stick the end of the vacuum hose into the backpack, and then aim the hose at anything that remotely resembles a ghost while you sing, “Who ya gonna call?” The black, red and white duct tape can be used to make official-looking patches for the coveralls; the swim mask will serve as protective eyewear if you encounter any ectoplasm.

30. Sister Mary Severity

Supplies: Several yards of cheap black cloth, a black long-sleeved T-shirt,  rope or twine, white cardboard, staples, black stockings and shoes and a yardstick. Instructions: Cut a piece of cloth that’s a two times’ your height less about six inches. Fold it in half and cut a hole for your head in the center. Put on black T-shirt, stockings and shoes and pull the black cloth “habit” over your head. Belt with a piece of rope or twine. Make a neckpiece and wimple out of white cardboard  and staple well into shape. Drape remaining piece of black fabric over the headpiece. Grab a ruler or yardstick and threaten to rap the knuckles of every bad boy in sight. This look is particularly funny on a man with facial hair.

31. Greek Philosopher or Goddess

Wrap yourself in a toga with help from DIY instructions. Add the crown of laurels for authenticity.

Wrap yourself in a toga with help from DIY instructions. Add the crown of laurels for authenticity.

Supplies: White bedsheet (twin or full-sized), cord or belt, safety pins Instructions: Click here for step-by-step visual instructions on appropriately wrapping a toga. Pin at the waist and shoulder to keep it from falling off and add a cord for style. Really Greek out by making a laurel wreath from twigs in your yard to wear on your head.

32. Brunhilde the Valkyrie

Supplies: Viking helmet (find one cheap at a party store or discount outlet), twin-size sheet, gold belt or length of rope spray-painted gold. Optional angel wings, pet dog, toy spear and shield. Instructions: Wrap yourself in the sheet and cinch it with the belt. Wear the Viking helmet. If you have a dog, put the wings on him and tell people he’s your flying horse. If not, carry the toy spear and shield.

33. Prom Queen from Hell

Supplies: Old bridesmaid or prom dress (the uglier the better) from thrift store; torn black fishnets, cheap tiara,  eye makeup and bright-colored lipstick. Optional: Length of material for sash, glitter and glue. Instructions: Rip the dress in places and create a jagged slit part-way up the leg. If you want to create a sash, take a strip of white material that is long enough to go across your body. Fold it in half and staple or glue the bottom edge. Write “Prom Queen” on the sash with glue and then sprinkle copious amounts of glitter over the glue. Put on the dress, torn fishnets and tiara. Apply heavy, dark eye makeup and let it smear down your face. Put on bright lipstick and streak it beyond your mouth.

34. Naughty Maid

Supplies: See Maid costume above. Short, sexy dress, short apron, fishnet tights, high heels, bold makeup. Instructions: Wear clothes and do your makeup in bolder colors. Play up your eyes, wear a bold color on your lips and add a beauty mark with an eyebrow pencil or eyeliner. Style your hair in an updo. Carry a feather duster and use it to tickle potential clients.

Fresh fruit piled high on top of a hat was Carmen Miranda's signature look.

Fresh fruit piled high on top of a hat was Carmen Miranda’s signature look.

35. Carmen Miranda

Supplies: Prairie skirt and peasant blouse from thrift store, straw hat, plastic or felt fruit, red lipstick, glue. Instructions: Glue plastic or felt fruit in a high stack onto the hat. Wear the skirt, blouse and hat, and apply red lipstick.

36. Medusa

Supplies: Rubber snakes, three hair extensions, bobby pins, long dress. Instructions: Braid hair extensions and pin into hair. Wrap braided extensions and hair into a bun. Pin and weave small snakes around extensions and throughout hair. Use more bobby pins to secure larger, dangling snakes. Pair with a long (preferably white) dress. Stare at people and see if they turn into stone.

37. Waldo

Supplies: Red and white striped shirt, blue jeans, red beanie. Instructions: Photo bomb pictures in large crowds. Continually lose your friends and wait for them to find you.


38. Miss Piggy

Supplies: Pig nose, old prom or satin dress, pumps, blond wig, false eyelashes, purple eye shadow. Instructions: Wear dress and wig with pink pig nose. Carefully put on false lashes and go heavy on the purple eye shadow. Speak in a high falsetto; oinking is optional. Make it a double date: Get a guy to wear green and be Kermit the Frog.

39. Miss America

Supplies: Old prom dress, sash, crown, glitter, glue. Instructions: Write “Miss America” across sash in glue, then sprinkle on glitter. Wear all items. Practice your parade wave all night: elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist.

40. Clown

Supplies: Use clothing that you have or buy something at Goodwill or another secondhand store. Choose grossly mismatched plaids or prints, or oversized plain pants and jacket, or clothing that might seem out of place such as a large flowered nightgown (especially on a man), a belted lab coat or overalls with a blazer. Consider accessories such as a white belt, red suspenders, or a piece of rope to hold up pants. Add a wig (or “afro” your hair per instructions below). Use any hat: a man’s fedora, fishing hat or even a doll’s hat. Add other accessories such as a plastic flower sticking out of a lapel or hat, or carry something odd, such as a stuffed dog on a leash, a musical instrument or a tool. For makeup, the basics are white face makeup, black eye pencil, red blush, red lipstick and baby powder (to set the makeup; just make sure you don’t inhale it), plus a sponge or brush to apply makeup and a large brush to apply baby powder (you can also put baby powder inside a sock for this purpose). Instructions: Wash and set your hair if you don’t have a wig. If you have longish hair, wet it and wrap thick strands in strips of cloth and tie the end. You can wear your hair in these rags; or let it dry, unwrap the rags, and you should have a large afro-mass of hair. For short hair, use lots of gel and mess it up like you just got out of bed. Wash your face and hands before applying makeup. For makeup ideas, watch How to Make a Clown Face on PBS or check the ideas pictured here. After applying makeup, finish your hair or put on your wig. Dress in your clothes. Any finishing touches? Would the pants look funnier if they were shorter? Hem them with masking tape.

Transform a cardboard box into Dr. Who's Tardis.

Transform a cardboard box into Dr. Who’s Tardis.

 

41. Tardis from Doctor Who

Supplies: Large moving box, blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans, blue spray paint, white spray paint, box cutters or scissors. Instructions: Paint the moving box blue. Cut out a hole at the top for your head, and cut off the bottom end. Paint white outlines on the box for windows. Don a blue hoodie and jeans, then get into the box.

42. Fortune Teller

Supplies: A cheap muumuu from a discount store, a scarf or turban, sandals, makeup,  bling, a goldfish bowl, glue and glitter. Instructions: Wear the muumuu (you can find garishly colored, polyester ones in the lingerie department of stores like Ross, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx) with sandals. Wrap the scarf or turban around your hair, and wear as much bling and makeup as you have at your disposal. For your “crystal ball,” wipe or spray the inside of a cheap goldfish bowl with glue and liberally sprinkle on the glitter.

43. Pirate

Supplies needed: Toy sword or purchased pirate accessory kit (available inexpensively at big-box stores), black construction paper, black eyeliner, flowy white shirt, dark pants, calf-high dark boots, kerchief, long scarf. Instructions: Cover your hair with the kerchief Johnny Depp-style. Tuck your pant legs into the dark boots. Cut out a mustache with the construction paper (or you can draw a mustache and goatee on your face with eyeliner). Drape the scarf around your waist over the white shirt and tie it to the side. Brandish your sword and practice your best pirate “Aaargh!”

44. Angel

Supplies: White clothes, gold jewelry, bubble wrap, clear packaging tape, gold ribbon. Instructions: Cut two wings out of bubble wrap, taping together pieces as needed. Cover the edges of the wings with tape to strengthen and stiffen the wings. Punch holes in the top of the wings and thread ribbon through them. Wear white clothes and gold jewelry. Tie the wings around your shoulders. Take a second piece of gold ribbon and tie it around your head for a halo.

45. Gene Simmons, member of KISS

KISS

Smashing an electric guitar is entirely optional.

Supplies: Black jeans, buttoned shirt, platform shoes, heavy leather and metal dog collar, white and black face makeup, black makeup pencil, red color soda pop or red candy. Optional: heavy leather black jacket or black wings, electric guitar. Instructions: Using a black pencil, line a deep ‘V’ on your forehead, four “flames” or “wings” above and below each eye, and your entire mouth. Fill in your face and sides of forehead with white makeup (outside the black lines). Then fill in inside the lines with black makeup. Drink the red soda or suck the red candies to make your tongue red. Put on the jeans, shirt opened to the navel, shoes, and collar. Put on the jacket or wings and hang the guitar around your neck. As you trick or treat, stick your tongue out as far as you can and make hissing noises and scream “I Love It Loud!” ad “Watchin’ You!” (famous song titles ).

46. Tippi Hedron in The Birds

Supplies: Old white shirt, red marker, red lipstick, scissors, birds (make them from black construction paper using these instructions or buy some from the craft store), glue gun, glue. Instructions: Make several birds and attach them to your shirt — don’t forget the sleeves — using hot glue. Near a few of the birds, make a small slit in the shirt and draw a blood stain around it with the red marker. Use the lipstick to create cuts on your face and hands. You may want to put a bird in your hair, on your shoes, etc. Wave your arms to try to keep birds from attacking you.

47. Tinkerbell from Peter Pan

Supplies: Cheap sparkly dress, wooden spoon, aluminum foil Instructions: Wear the dress and make a magic wand from the wooden spoon and aluminum foil.

48. Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter

Supplies: Denim jeans, denim work shirt (or chambray shirt if you have one in your closet), red lipstick, red and white polka dot bandana. Instructions: Tuck in your shirt and roll up your sleeves to show off your muscles. Put your hair up in a bun and tie the bandana around your head with a knot at the top. Secure in place with bobby pins if needed.  Top it all of with fierce red lipstick. Now, remember your line, “We can do it!”

Costumes for couples or groups

 

49. The Great Lakes

Supplies: Five oversize light-blue shirts, markers or fabric paints. Instructions: This costume requires five people. Each person selects one lake — Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie or Ontario, for those of you who don’t quite remember your fifth-grade social studies classes. On the back of the shirt, write the name of your lake. On the front, paint shapes to reflect your lake’s different land and water features. Stand with your friends in a complete set. This look can easily be adapted to other bodies of water.

Blue paint and black clothes will turn you and two pals into the Blue Man Group.

Blue paint and black clothes will turn you and two pals into the Blue Man Group.

 

50. Blue Man Group

Supplies: Black shirts, black pants, blue body/face paint, paint brushes, fabric paint in various colors. Optional: bongo drum, beach ball, bald caps. Instructions: This costume is best three people. Splatter various colors of paint Jackson Pollock-style onto the shirts and pants. Paint all exposed skin in blue — extra points if you can find a bald cap and paint your entire head. Carry paintbrushes, drums or beach ball and don’t talk a lot.

51. Puppet Master

Supplies: Two thin wooden slats (rulers work if you don’t have any scrap lumber), glue or tape,  yarn or thin rope. Instructions: This costume requires two people — a parent and child work well. Cross the slats over each other to form an X shape, securing it in the middle with your choice of adhesive. Run yarn or rope from each end of the slats; tie securely (but not too tightly) to second person’s wrists. Optional: The adult can dress in a costume as well — we found an old serape from a South America trip and a leather cowboy hat for our puppet master. But the real secret is practicing a few times with the human puppet to make sure he or she knows to move when you put pressure on the strings.

52. Salt and Pepper

Supplies: White T-shirt, black T-shirt, white face paint, black face paint. Optional: iron-on transfer letters in white and black. Instructions: “Salt” wears the white T-shirt and face paint with a black letter “S” ironed on to the front of the shirt. “Pepper” wears the black T-shirt with a white letter “P” ironed on to the front of the shirt. Hang out together and act spicy.

53. Publisher’s Clearinghouse Winner

Supplies: Suit and tie for man, hair rollers, bathrobe, slippers and coffee cup (optional) for woman. Big cardboard check, balloons. Instructions: The man should dress for business, and the woman should dress as if she just got out of bed. Put the Publishers Clearinghouse logo on the check and have the man carry the check and the balloons.

54. Rock, Paper, Scissors

Supplies: Black clothing, rock, paper, scissors and strings, lanyards or chains. Instructions: The three people should dress all in black. Attach the rock, the paper and the scissors to string or chain so that each person can wear one around his or her neck.

55. Mario and Luigi from “Super Mario Bros.”

Luigi and Mario from popular video game Super Mario Brothers. What's in the box?

Luigi and Mario from popular video game Super Mario Brothers. What’s in the box?

Supplies: Overalls (or blue jeans and suspenders), red T-shirt, green T-shirt, white caps, white gloves, brown work boots, fake mustaches (or black eyeliner to draw them in), red and green fabric paint. Optional: boxes to carry. Instructions: Wear overalls — or pair jeans with suspenders. Mario wears the red shirt; Luigi gets the green shirt. Paint a red M on Mario’s cap and a green L on Luigi’s. Don or draw on your mustache — the thicker the better — and wear the gloves. The box makes for an easy prop that can double as a trick-or-treat container.

56. Orange is the New Black Inmate

Supplies: Orange or khaki scrubs. Minimal makeup. Instructions: Organize a group of girls. Channel your inner inmate.

57. Tight Pants from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Supplies: You’ll need (tight) white pants, a striped shirt and a bowl-cut brown wig. Instructions: Fight over Tight Pants with a friend on Halloween. One town isn’t big enough for two people with tight pants, according to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. YouTube “tight pants skit” to learn the simple dance move and the tune that goes something like this: “Everybody’s talkin’ bout my tight pants, I got my tight pants, I got my tight pants on.”

Off-beat costumes

 

58. Too Busy To Make a Costume Costume

Supplies: Halloween-themed T-shirt; you can get one inexpensively at stores like Target and Walmart. Instructions: Wear the shirt. It speaks for itself, although you can also say that you are a sexy person who is too busy to make a costume. Save it for future years. If you feel the need, add a name tag that says “This is my Halloween costume.”

59. Gift box or Christmas gift (suggested for a young girl)

Supplies: A medium-size cardboard box, any brightly colored gift or Christmas wrapping paper, tape and ribbon. Tights and leotard in a coordinating color. Instructions: Cut the top off of a medium-size cardboard box. Cut a head-size hole in the other end, and arm holes on each side. Check the fit and make sure the trick-or-treater can walk comfortably and the box covers her torso. Gift-wrap the box with paper and ribbon, punching through the head and arm holes and securing all paper edges with tape. Wear the leotard and tights and put the box on top. Style hair in pigtails or add hair ribbon and a little blush on her cheeks.

60. Bag of Trash

Supplies: Large lawn-leaf bag, duct tape, crumpled newspaper, a few empty cereal or other food boxes, crumpled candy wrappers. Safety reflectors. Long underwear and a black plastic top hat. Face paint optional. Instructions: Cut arm and leg holes into the bag. Reinforce the holes with duct tape. Put on long underwear (dark is best), put on the bag and fill the empty spaces with crumpled newspaper and an empty box or two for show.  Tie the top shut around the neck (not too tight) with either the bag’s drawstrings or more duct tape. Glue or stick candy wrappers onto the hat. Paint face if desired. Stick a couple of reflectors onto the trash bag for visibility.

61. Freudian slip

Supplies: Old slip, pieces of paper, pen. Instructions: Cut paper into strips. On each strip of paper, write a word or phrase associated with Sigmund Freud — for example, Id, Ego, Superego, Oedipus Complex, Oral Fixation, Repression, etc. Take the phrases to your slip, and you’re a Freudian slip. Wear thick glasses and smoke a fake cigar like Sigmund Freud.

62. Eye-Pad

Supplies: Glasses, a pad of super-sticky Post-It notes, black marker. Instructions: Write “Eye-Pad” on one of the Post-It notes, and stick it to one lens of your glasses. Wear.

63. Fresh Produce

Supplies: Two fresh produce boxes (or three, depending on how tall you are) from the grocery store (ask the store manager to give them to you); duct tape, green tights, long-sleeve green T-shirt, cabbage leaves, carrot tops, and any other produce you have at home. Instructions: Cut out a hole (big enough for you to fit through) in the middle of the three boxes. Stack them and duct-tape them together. Make duct-tape “suspenders” and attach them to the top box. Wear green tights and shirt; drape cabbage leaves over your head and glue a few carrot tops to the top box lid.

64. No, I Did Not Steal Your Pumpkin (maternity costume)

Supplies: Old T-shirt (either a couple sizes too big or a maternity style); fabric paint, preferably in orange. Instructions: Use fabric paint to write a message on the belly of the T-shirt: “No, I Did NOT Steal Your Pumpkin!” This costume can also be worn by those with large beer bellies.

Dress as a chef — add flour to create the "mad chef" look. Photo by StockImages, freedigitalphotos.net

Dress as a chef — add flour to create the “mad chef” look. Photo by StockImages, freedigitalphotos.net

 

65. Mad Chef

Supplies: Mixing bowl, flour, apron. Optional: chef’s hat, mixing spoon or whisk. Instructions: Don the apron, Place flour in the bowl and toss it all over yourself, making sure to get a sufficient amount in your hair and eyebrows as well as on the apron. You may leave any remaining flour and other baking utensils in the bowl for visual effect.

66. Werewolf

Supplies: Your regular clothes. Instructions: Explain to others that Halloween didn’t fall on a full moon.

67. Overachiever

Supplies: A Christmas sweater and drugstore shopping bags stuffed with gift wrap and bows. Instructions: Wear the Christmas sweater, carry the bags and tell people that you want to get ahead the game and focus on the next big holiday.

68. Crayon

Supplies: Set of  long underwear, matching paper for hat, stapler, string, iron-on black letters. Instructions: Iron the word “crayon” or “Crayola” sideways on your long underwear top or bottoms. Roll paper into cone shape and attach a chin strap using the string and stapler to wear as a hat. A lone crayon is a sad crayon. Get a few friends to join you wearing different colors.

69. Raining Cats and Dogs

Supplies: Rain jacket, rain boots, umbrella, black paper, scissors. Instructions: Wear raincoat and rain boots. Cut out silhouettes of cats and dogs (use linked stencils if you need help); tape to umbrella.

70. Dice

Supplies: Large cardboard box, white paint, black paper, scissors, glue or tape, black clothing. Instructions: Wear black pants and shirt. Paint a cardboard box white. Cut black circles out of construction paper. Attach to sides of box in dice formation. Cut holes for your arms and head. Go with a friend as a pair of dice.

71. Bag of Jellybeans

Supplies: Large, clear plastic bag; scissors, duct tape, curling ribbon, colored balloons. Instructions: Blow up lots of colored balloons. Cut holes in plastic bag for arms and legs and reinforce them with duct tape so they don’t split. Fill bag with balloons. Loosely tie the top of the bag at your neck using curling ribbon. Try not to sit down all night.

72. Pot of Flowers

Supplies: Large bucket (big enough to go around you), fake flowers, thin rope, scissors, tape. Optional: Store-bought fake butterflies or paper ones made at home. Instructions: Cut off bottom of bucket so you can wear it. Poke holes in the top of the bucket and attach rope to create makeshift straps to hold the bucket up on your shoulders. Pull the bucket up around your torso and attach straps. Add fake flowers to your hair and tape them to the inside of the bucket to create a garden. Fake butterflies make a great bonus accessory.

73. Floor Lamp

Supplies: Black clothing, electric cord, lampshade. Instructions: Dress in black. Put the lampshade on your head. Tie the electrical cord around your waist and let it hang down.

74. Cereal Killer

Supplies: Mini or regular-size cereal boxes, black clothing, red paint, fake knives (store-bought or made at home with cardboard and silver paint), tape or string to attach boxes to clothing. Instructions: Wear black clothing. Splash red paint on cereal boxes, and stab fake knives into boxes. Tape boxes to you or string them around your neck and scare people away from breakfast. As Tony the Tiger would say, this costume is Grrreat!

Pick a number and a suit and turn yourself into a playing card. Photo by foto76, freedigitalphotos.net.

Pick a number and a suit and turn yourself into a playing card. Photo by foto76, freedigitalphotos.net.

 

75. Playing Card

Supplies: Large pieces of poster board, red or black ribbons, red or black construction paper. Instructions: Cut construction paper into hearts, diamonds, clubs or spades and numbers to replicate a card.  Glue them onto to the “card” in the proper places.  Make two cards that are alike. Cut holes in top upper corners of cards, lace ribbon through to allow “card” to be worn like a sandwich board sign.

76. Grocery Bag

Supplies: Brown craft paper or actual grocery bags, cardboard or a box large enough to go around body, brown ribbon, glue, empty food packages. Instructions: Cut top and bottom off of box, and cut armholes on the sides. Wrap paper around cardboard or box and cut top with pinking shears to simulate top of grocery bag. Cut holes in top corners of front and back of “bag,” loop ribbon through it to go over your shoulders (think sandwich board sign) to allow it to be worn. Glue empty food packages such as pasta bags, cereal boxes and tin cans around the top of “bag.” 77. Wind-Blown Guy Supplies: Armature wire, tape/hot glue gun, hairspray or hair sculpting product, undershirt, dress shirt, tie and umbrella (optional). Instructions: Look like you are standing in a wind tunnel … all night long. To give yourself the wind-blown look, attach wire inside the seam of your shirt and tie so it looks like the wind is blowing against you in one direction. Style your hair  so it flows in that same direction. An inside-out umbrella completes the look. 78. #Hashtag Supplies: White shirt and thick marker. Instructions: Draw a huge # (hashtag) on the front and the back of your shirt. Speak in hashtags throughout the night:  Hold up your hands, make two peace signs and then hit them together to make a the hashtag sign #. For inspiration, watch Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s hashtag skit on YouTube.

Sports-themed costumes

 

79. Cheerleader

Jump for joy with this easy cheerleading costume. Photo by Stuart Miles, freedigitalphoto.net.

Jump for joy with this easy cheerleading costume. Photo by Stuart Miles, freedigitalphoto.net.

Supplies: Old cheerleader uniform or pleated skirt and team logo sweater or shirt; white socks, athletic shoes, glitter for your face, team ribbons, pompoms. Instructions: Wear your hair in a ponytail and don your uniform. Paint your school logo on your cheeks using glitter. To show extra school spirit, pin team ribbons to your sweater. Shake your pompoms as you yell, “Trick or treat!”

80. 12th Man / Super Fan

Supplies: All the clothing you own from your favorite college or pro sports team — hat, jersey, scarf, face paint, socks, shoe laces, etc. Optional: air horn, foam finger. Instructions: Wear insignia items from your favorite sports team. Carry a foam finger and sing your school song if you’re really a super fan. Blow the air horn at random intervals, and shout everything (true fans have no inside voices!).

81. Outdoor Enthusiast

Supplies: Equipment and clothing from your favorite sport or pastime, whether it be hiking, rock climbing or anything else. Instructions: Sport your gear and pair it with easy-to-carry accessories for a shop-free costume. Consider carrying along binoculars and a canteen.

82. Croquet Player

This fresh-looking croquet player is as cute as a button. Photo by iStock.

This fresh-looking croquet player is as cute as a button.

Supplies: White pants, shorts or skirt; sweater vest, socks, shoes, croquet mallet, iron, spray starch. Optional: straw hat, croquet ball. Instructions: Iron and starch clothes for maximum crispness. Put on outfit and carry croquet mallet (and ball, if you have one).

83. Baby Football (baby costume)

Supplies: Brown onesie, self-adhesive white felt. Instructions: This creative costume by Love Bug Living can also sub as a game day outfit for baby. Cut a one-inch wide strip of felt and attach it vertically down middle of the onesie. Cut five thinner short strips to lay across the vertical strip. Carry the baby like a football — but avoid actually using baby as a football.

84. Football Player

Supplies: Football jersey, pants, cleats (shoes), padding and helmet (with mouth guard attached), football. Optional: black grease paint, sports drink. Instructions: Wear the gear and carry the ball. Paint horizontal lines of grease paint below your eyes. Randomly raise your arms and shout, “I’m open!”

85. Basketball Player

Supplies: Basketball, long shorts, socks, your biggest and brightest athletic shoes, ball Optional: mouth guard. Instructions: Wear the gear. Don’t forget to dribble the ball as you walk.

Grab your tennis shoes and racket for this easy tennis pro costume. Photo by ImageryMajestic, freedigitalphotos.net.

Grab your tennis shoes and racket for this easy tennis pro costume. Photo by ImageryMajestic, freedigitalphotos.net.

 

86. Tennis Player

Supplies: Shorts or tennis skirt, polo-style shirt, socks, tennis shoes, tennis racket, tennis ball. Instructions: Wear outfit; carry racket and ball, and periodically bounce ball on top of racket.

87. Yoga Instructor

Supplies: Yoga pants, shirt, head band, ballet flats (if outdoors), yoga mat, yoga mat bag, towel. Instructions: Wear outfit and sling the towel around your shoulders. Pull your hair into a high ponytail. Put the yoga mat into the bag and carry it over one shoulder. If you’re going to remain inside, you can go barefoot or wear yoga socks.

88. Boxer

Supplies: Bathrobe, knee-length athletic shorts, boxing gloves, towel, sneakers, black or red makeup. Instructions: Wear shorts, sneakers and bathrobe. Put a towel over your shoulder and use black makeup to give yourself a black eye. Put on your boxing gloves and hum the Rocky theme song.

89. Golf Pro

Plaid pants and a nine-iron are par for the course for this golf look. Photo by iStock.

Plaid pants and a nine-iron are par for the course for this golf look.

Supplies: Plaid pants, polo-style shirt, golf shoes (or saddle shoes), golf club. Optional: golf tees, score card, short pencil, golf cap or sun visor. Instructions: Dress in the golfer outfit. Stash golf tees or your score card and pencil in your shirt pocket. Adding a golf cap will add authenticity, as will carrying a golf club. If you’re borrowing one, we recommend you ask first and choose an iron, as some golfers tend to get prickly if you scratch one of their woods.

90. Bicycle Racer

Supplies: Bicycling pants or shorts, shirt, shoes and helmet. Optional: bike chain, map, tire pump, water bottle and energy bars. Instructions: Dress in cycling outfit and carry the bike chain, water bottle, map and tire pump. Hand out energy bars.

91. Baseball Player

Supplies: Baseball jersey, pants, socks, stirrups, cleats, mitt or glove, bat. Optional: green paint. Instructions: Wear uniform and carry mitt hanging off bat. Use green paint to mimic grass stains.

92. Soccer Player

Supplies: Soccer jersey, shorts, knee socks, and soccer ball. Optional: red paper or cardboard square. Instructions: wear the soccer uniform and carry the ball. Occasionally bounce the ball on your toe or kick it around. Hold up the red card and yell out penalties like “bad candy score!” “no throwing candy!” “no illegal stealing of candy!”

93. Band Member

Supplies: Band uniform, musical instrument (any type of horn, cymbals, or a marching drum), and hat. Any military uniform or bulky pants suit could substitute, with a military style hat – add a team logo, cords, or feather for effect. Instructions: wear the uniform and carry the instrument. Walk with a marching step in a straight line and occasionally do an about face and walk in the reverse direction before turning around again. At corners, turn sharply. Talk about John Philip Sousa, sing Stars and Stripes Forever, clang the cymbals or bang the drum and yell “Go Team”!”.

94. Majorette

Supplies (girl): Old cheerleader uniform or pleated skirt and team logo sweater or shirt; panty hose (with or without short socks), athletic shoes, regular makeup, and a baton. Instructions: Wear the uniform, put your hair in a ponytail, do fairly strong makeup with rouge and bright red lipstick and put a big, big smile on your face. Hold up your boaton (or toss it high in the sky if you can pull it off) and yell, “Fight, fight, fight for your right to trick or treat.” Walk with a prance, glance from side to side, to show off your bright smile and team spirit.

Animals

 

95. Cat

Supplies: Black leotard or dress, black tights, black shoes, black eyeliner, pink lipstick, head band with black ears (store-bought or easily make your own using a plain head band and black ribbon using these instructions. Optional: Cat tail, either store-bought or made using one leg of a black stocking filled with crushed black paper) and attached with a safety pin. Instructions: Buy or make your cat-ear head band (and tail, if you want one). Paint your nose pink with lipstick. Draw whiskers on your face coming from your nose. Wear the black leotard or dress and black tights, and if you’re wearing a tail, have someone help you pin it in the right location. Randomly “Meow” and paw at things during the evening.

96. Spider

Pool noodles work as extra legs for a spider, and a creatively cut piece of material can make a convincing bat.

Pool noodles work as extra legs for a spider, and a creatively cut piece of material can make a convincing bat.

Supplies: Black tights, leggings, or sweatpants; black long-sleeve top or leotard, two pairs of black tights, pillow stuffing or two pool noodles cut into two pieces each, black thread, black stocking cap. Instructions: Cut top of tights so you have four tubes that are closed on one end and open on the other. Stuff with stuffing or noodles. Hand-stitch them closed and sew two onto either side of shirt under the sleeves. Use long pieces of thread to stitch fake legs to each other to give them extra support and help them to move when you move your arms.

97. Bat

Supplies: Black clothes, black felt, hot glue, black stocking cap. Instructions: Cut felt in the shape of bat wings (try out this pattern). Using hot glue gun, glue wings to bottom of sleeves and side of top. Cut 2 triangles out of remaining felt and hot glue to top of hat.

Living on the Cheap writers Sara Frederick Burgos, Carole Cancler, Laura Daily, Linda DuVal, Carolyn Erickson, Belinda Hulin, Annie Logue, Jody Mace, Val McCauley, Heidi McIndoo, Laura Perry, Julie Sturgeon and Jenny Willden contributed to this report. Halloween illustration by Savatore Vuono, freedigitalphotos.net.

LOTC Staff

  37 Responses to “97 cheap and easy Halloween costumes”

  1. Who ever came up with the hobo costume, that is extremely rude. A hobo is someone who has lost everything in there like and you think its funny to dress up like them because sure you get to take it off at the end of the night. But they don’t thats their life that they have to live with. And you should be helping them not dressing up like them for fun, because its defiantly not fun for them.

  2. Amanda, calm down. Frankenstein’s monster was a tortured soul as well, but I don’t see you taking up a collection and boycotting that costume, too. Have a laugh, dear.

  3. Jen, that is not an accurate comparison. Frankenstein’s monster was not a real person. Homeless people are everywhere and struggle every day. It’s not funny to pretend to be them… that’s like dressing up as a sexual assault victim, or a cancer patient. Those people don’t get to take off their “costumes” at the end of the night

  4. I also have to say that I’m upset over the tasteless choice of a Hobo Costume. Dressing up is fun and all but being poor or homeless is Cerntainly Not fun. It’s not usually someones first choice in life or a profession they have strived for. We shouldn’t be making fun of their unfortunate circumstance and mock them. How about really putting yourself in their shoes, or lack thereof, and then see if that is what you want to be or if it’s something you still want to make fun of. Is this really what you want to add into our already horrible society and what you want to teach your children? God forbid you are ever put in that situation and then have people see you as nothing else in this world but a halloween costume.

  5. I’m with Jen on this one. Calm down kids.

  6. Yes, calm down. These are inexpensive costumes for people who are broke!

  7. Wow, is there nothing left the Internet won’t argue over? Geez…

  8. Seriously- let’s get a grip and calm down. There are plenty of other options if the hobo costume offends your delicate sensibilities.

  9. Anastasia and Holly, here here fun police. F**k off back to the PC brigade.

  10. Ok. I think several people missed the point. It’s a costume and people are free to be or do whatever they choose. Just because you have childhood issues of a freaken hobo costume doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Grow up or start your own blog about how hobo costumes are unexceptable to you!. Absurd! !!!!

  11. Or you could make a anti-hobo costume and boycott Halloween

  12. hobos have control there are hopeless shelters to help them to there feet, to cloth them and feed them and help them get jobs they have power over there lives and what they make of it they just choose not to

  13. When was 4 years old, my mother dressed me as a hobo. We were very poor and basically had second/third hand clothes so it was easy to come up with a costume. Things weren’t “PC” in 1968 so I guess that is why no one suffered PTSD after they saw me. If you don’t like the costume, don’t wear it.

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  15. Hobo costumes have been around for ever. It’s not saying anything about homeless ppl. Stop it and have fun. Ppl taking things way to serious these days. What happened to the fun and playing. Get over it and move on! That costume has been around since before u were born, stop wearing princess, n zombie outfits. R u making fun of the dead. I find that offensive since I’ve lost many ppl dear to me!!! It’s Halloween and a fun time to just dress up and let’s the kids be kids!!

  16. Halloween costume … good taste ? OMG who are you? ANY costume (besides ficticous entities) can be seen as offensive to super sensitive bleeding hearts who have no perspective on real life. I was homeless for 6 years and guess what. I was a hobo 2 years after i got a place. Guess i didnt learn my lesson eyyy? I can just imagine Amanda if she was homeless. Your self pity would kill you dead.

  17. How stiff has the world became? I think I’m going to be a HOBO this year just so I can keep the HOBO custom alive!!! Happy Halloween :) Suckas

  18. If you choose you can be a hobo, dr, nurse, librarian, office worker, mechanic, etc and none of these is offensive. You can be a baby, a cowboy, an astronaut, a person that jumps rope, a juggler, etc., none of these are offensive either. You can wear a beanie and be a rabbi, a collar and be a priest, etc. All of these can easily be homemade costumes. None are offensive. Just a matter of choice. Be whatever you want. Halloween is a fun time.

  19. A hobo is not the same as a homeless person. A hobo wanders and works, he made the decision to travel and ride the rails. They actually have hobo conventions. So feel free to be one.

  20. Wow this has really gotten bad, really Halloween costumes offensive? I am 60 years old and my 35 year old daughter ask me to help her think of an inexpensive costume for her and two of her co-workers to wear to work at the private school where they are chefs. I chose three blind mice and was on here looking for other ideas when I read all these comments. What a world we live in makes me sad to know my grandchildren will never know the meaning of having fun, because there is always going to be that one who it offends. Heck there is a lot out there that offends me, I just take myself away from the situation, end of story.

  21. ^^^^^…. You guys need to stop being so insensitive it’s halloween… Calm down and eat some candy!!!!

  22. Well, it appears there is no fun being had here. I shall carry on… But if I was the Grammar Police I’d be all over this ‘ish!!!

  23. for goodness sake, relax!!

  24. a hobo is an itinerant worker, a career which sprang up during the depression. A hobo, unlike a bum or a tramp, is more than willing to work, but mostly for a short duration, as their main impetus is travel, the love of the journey above the actual destination. A bum is stationary, feeding off of those unfortunate enough to cross his path; a hobo merely travels from town to town, finding work when he can, but only for the sake of financing his next adventure. NEVER call a hobo a bum…they’ll kick your sorry no-bo ass!

  25. OMG it’s a Halloween costume! Settle down… Frig…… So, what think of all the other costume that could be”offensive” a cereal killer, a prisoner, I have even seen terrorist costumes…. Seriously, people dress up for fun, so relax, and enjoy Halloween…. If you don’t like it don’t wear it….. You are probably someone who unforced the “happy holiday” so call custom…. So, here’s to you, happy Halloween, and Merry Christmas!

  26. people trippin over a hobo costume and no one is even mentioning the implied racism over using black-face in the Salt and Pepper costume? SMH.

  27. Can you guys shut up and get back to your lives are you so jobless that you are fighting over hobos that cannot even hear you and don’t care

  28. The spiders have informed me that they are terribly offended by the spider costume. We only gave them 6 legs, and they are offended that people find them scary, they are only trying live a life just you, but you have to go and squish them because you think they’re ugly and deserve to die

  29. Just add a bloody knife and you can change the offensive hobo costume to a more Halloween appropriate Hobo Murderer costume…you’re welcome

  30. Ok the werewolf one won’t work this year. Halloween does fall on a full moon. Any other time, its kinda clever

  31. The floor lamp costume offends me..

  32. I think HBO is missing an “O” and they should be ashamed too.

  33. I think the Band Member costume is insulting to those of us that never learned to play a musical instrument. And I’ll bet I’m not the only one! There are millions of people throughout the world that can’t play a musical instrument and having people dressing up like a Band Member is just rubbing our face in it. Just because I was born without any musical ability does not give people the right to taunt me. Also…..people that dress up like Doctors. Do you know there are doctors all over the world that spank little babies as soon as they are born and make them cry? Why are we supporting doctors by dressing up like them? Are we saying it’s ok to hit babies? I for one, will NOT be dressing up like Doctor or a Band Member!!!! Amanda….what do you look like? Maybe I’ll dress up as you. We can go as twins that are suffering from a cranium stuck in their rectum.

  34. It’s Halloween people no need to argue over the Hobo costume. I agree its not funny but there isn’t need to argue over it.

  35. Lol hobos are poor. This thread would be a good way for them to find costumes.

  36. Can’t you all stop saying complete crap, just leave the people alone, and the creators of the website alone.

  37. ok, honestly you guys! I think you should not make fun of hobos. I did not even see that costume, but then again I didn’t look at them all. but anyway I am only 13 and I think you children should simmer on down. I mean don’t you guys have lives? I came on here because I wanted to find an easy to find a costume. C-A-L-M D-O-W-N!!!

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