Five last-minute Halloween costumes for the budget savvy woman that you’ll WANT to wear this year

Halloween is my favorite time of the year, but costumes can be tough! For all you procrastinators out there, what if I told you that with such little time left before Halloween night, you could be looking amazing and like you put a ton of thought and effort into your costume? Yes, yes, I know what you’re all thinking “But Jessica, not only is it last minute, but I’m also on a tight budget.” Well lovely reader, I’ve put that into consideration and have made costume selections with that in mind.

Everyone always wants to have the best costume at the party, but not everyone has the money to buy costumes straight off of a movie set.  Take it from a starving student who knows, it isn’t always easy to come up with creative ideas that don’t cost you an arm and a leg. I’m no stranger to putting my costumes together last minute and on a budget, but every year my costume ends up being a hit. For this reason, I have taken it upon myself to scour my brain and the internet to find you five of the cheapest, most creative procrastinator friendly costume ideas for this year! Most of which can be put together using items that you already have laying around the house, or that can be picked up from your local dollar store to keep everything budget-friendly.

A Bubble Bath

bubble bath

You’ll be swimming in compliments (see what I did there) in no time with this bubble bath costume.  All you need is an old white outfit, several white balloons, safety pins, a shower cap and some rubber duckies. There you have it, a cute and affordable costume!



For this costume you’ll need a red dress (red shorts/skirt and a red top would also suffice). Next you’ll need to cut seeds out of paper and glue gun them on to the dress as shown in the photo above.
For a more descriptive tutorial on the dress and the poster-board stem hat, click on the link below.
Pair this with some red or green shoes and you’re all set!



There’s nothing scary about this scarecrow costume. In fact, it’s extremely simple to put together. Guaranteed you already have a plaid shirt and jeans laying around in that closet of yours. A dollar store is a wonderful cost efficient place where a straw hat, face makeup, and fake straw (to stuff your pockets with) could be found to really pull this costume together.

Rubiks cube  


This Rubiks cube costume is sure to snag the attention at the party. There will be no shortage of people trying to “solve” you. You can mix and match the colours any which way, and make it as easy or as difficult to “solve” as you want.

For a detailed tutorial on how to create this human puzzle costume, follow this link @



If you’re the artistic type and have a lot of patience, this budget-friendly feline would be worth a shot! All that’s needed to pull off this look is some face paint which can be purchased rather cheaply at most stores. Combine this body makeup with a black ensemble and some ears and you’re all set.
You can watch a full makeup tutorial video here –>
As you’ve probably noticed, all of these costumes are easy and no-sew. With the inability to make a proper stitch myself, let’s just say I’m more of a glue gun kind of gal.  I hope that these costume ideas intrigued you, or at least gave you a great idea for a different costume of your very own. Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween everyone!

Feel free to post any of your own ideas in the comments and how you have/will achieve the look.


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