36 Easy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Adults

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Regardless of when you start planning your Halloween costume, there's a creative DIY option for you. These costumes for adults come together quickly and easily, yet they're still bound to impress whomever you see on Halloween. Plus, they're inexpensive to make, and you might have most or all of the components already.

Here are 36 great Halloween costume ideas for adults.

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    DIY Cat Ears

    DIY cat ears
    Lovely Indeed

    A black cat is a perennial Halloween favorite. And you can put together this easy costume very quickly with items you might already have. All you need is a black shirt, some black eyeliner, and these adorable DIY cat ears, which are a cinch to make.

    DIY Cat Ears from The Spruce Crafts

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    DIY 'Stranger Things' Halloween Costume for Couples

    "Stranger Things" costumes
    Shrimp Salad Circus

    Are you hooked on Netflix's Stranger Things series? While you're streaming, work on making a Mike or Eleven costume that will be perfect for Halloween. This idea can be a great couples costume or just a costume for friends.

    DIY "Stranger Things" Halloween Costume for Couples from Shrimp Salad Circus

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    DIY Lisa Frank Costumes

    DIY rainbow unicorn costume

    Studio DIY

    Go old school for Halloween with a DIY rainbow unicorn costume. It's inspired by the popular Lisa Frank stickers that were everywhere in the '90s. Throw everything colorful and sparkly that you have into this costume.

    DIY Lisa Frank Costumes from Studio DIY

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    Snow White

    Snow White Halloween adult costume

    Color Me Courtney

    There's no rule saying adults can't dress up like Disney characters. Transform yourself into a Disney princess for a night with this outstanding Snow White costume from the Color Me Courtney craft blog. It uses regular clothing items that you probably already have in your closet.

    Snow White from Color Me Courtney

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    DIY Lace Bunny Ears

    lace bunny ears

    Gina Michele

    For a quick DIY Halloween costume, make your own stylish lace bunny ears created by Gina Michele. They are perfect to wear with an all-black outfit for a simple and spooky bunny costume. If you have something with faux fur, see whether you can incorporate it to play up the bunny theme.

    DIY Lace Halloween Bunny Ears from Gina Michele

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    Steampunk Mask and Hat

    DIY steampunk costume
    Trinkets in Bloom

    Stun your friends this Halloween with an outstanding steampunk costume from the Trinkets in Bloom blog. Steampunk mixes retro and futuristic designs for a style all its own. It has many influences from the Victorian era, such as corsets and top hats.

    Steampunk Mask and Hat from Trinkets in Bloom

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    Swan Dress Costume

    DIY swan costume
    A Beautiful Mess

    Recreate Björk's iconic white swan dress that she wore to the 73rd Academy Awards with this creative costume tutorial. Even though this dress debuted several years ago now, it's still become a memorable part of pop culture. But if some people don't understand it, you always can simply say you're a swan.

    Swan Dress Costume from A Beautiful Mess

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    DIY Halloween Couples Costume: Lumberjack and a Tree

    DIY Lumberjack Costume
    Fish and Bull

    Break out your cozy red-and-black plaid shirt, and you'll be the most popular lumberjack at the Halloween party. From the Fish & Bull blog, this costume idea includes both a lumberjack and a partnering tree. It's great for couples or for friends.

    DIY Halloween Couples Costume: Lumberjack and a Tree from Fish and Bull

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    DIY Neon Light Cactus Halloween Costume

    DIY Cactus Costume
    Shrimp Salad Circus

    Impress your friends with this outstanding DIY cactus costume from Shrimp Salad Circus. It has neon lights built in, so you can glow all Halloween night. Plus, it uses basic clothing options that you might already have.

    DIY Neon Light Cactus Halloween Costume from Shrimp Salad Circus

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    DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume

    DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume
    The Merry Thought

    From The Merry Thought blog comes this slightly macabre Halloween costume. Put on your best deer makeup look, and go as a mounted taxidermy deer. It certainly fits with the ghostly death theme of Halloween.

    DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume from The Merry Thought

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    Circus Family Halloween Costumes

    DIY Ringmaster Costume
    Tell Love and Party

    Ringling Bros. may be a thing of the past, but it's still fun to dress up like a ringmaster. This could be a great group costume theme. You could include the ringmaster, a clown, circus animals, and more.

    Circus Family Halloween Costumes from Tell Love and Party

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    Soda Jerk

    DIY Soda Jerk Costume
    Lovely Indeed

    The Lovely Indeed craft blog shows us how to go retro this Halloween by dressing up like a 1950s soda jerk. You essentially just need a white shirt, bow tie, and white hat. Bring an ice cream scoop or other prop that fits the theme.

    Soda Jerk from Lovely Indeed

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    DIY Sequin Animal Ears

    DIY Sequin Animal Ears
    A Bubbly Life

    A Bubbly Life brings us these sparkly animal ears. With just a few basic supplies, namely the sequins, you can make ears for a cat, mouse, rabbit, lion, or dog costume. There's flexibility with how you craft the ears to suit your needs.

    DIY Sequin Animal Ears from A Bubbly Life

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    DIY Strawberry Costume

    DIY Strawberry Costume
    Studio DIY

    Do you have a large red T-shirt or dress and some construction paper? You can be a giant strawberry. This DIY Halloween costume comes together quickly and inexpensively. And it's a fun and recognizable costume for Halloween parties.

    DIY Strawberry Costume from Studio DIY

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    Crochet Masquerade Mask

    DIY Crochet Masquerade Mask
    Persia Lou

    Heading to an elegant Halloween costume soirée? Break out your suit or dress, and pair it with this sophisticated masquerade mask from the Persia Lou craft blog. It's easy to crochet with some black yarn.

    Crochet Masquerade Mask from Persia Lou

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    Easy Homemade Cookie Monster Costume

    DIY Cookie Monster Costume
    Persia Lou

    From the Persia Lou craft blog comes this "Sesame Street"-inspired project. Cookie Monster says "C is for cookie." But here, C is also for costume and chocolate chip cookie clutch.

    Easy Homemade Cookie Monster Costume from Persia Lou

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    Pantone Color Combo Couples Costume

    DIY Pantone Costume
    Sugar and Cloth

    Showcase your favorite Pantone color with this original DIY Halloween costume idea. From the Sugar and Cloth blog, it's an easy costume to put together. Simply dress entirely in your color of choice, and attach a Pantone label to your outfit.

    Pantone Color Combo Couples Costume from Sugar and Cloth

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    Egg Costume

    DIY Deviled Egg Costume
    C.R.A.F.T.

    If you happen to be pregnant during Halloween, show off your baby bump with this fun and easy fried egg costume. Your stomach serves as the yolk in the egg, coming through a circle cutout. Simply dress in a bright yellow shirt to create the look.

    Egg Costume from C.R.A.F.T.

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    Easy DIY Cat Emoji Costume

    cat emoji costume

    Brite & Bubbly

    If you always leave your Halloween costume to the last minute, this quick DIY cat emoji costume is perfect for you. It only takes a few minutes to assemble. You just need heart-shaped sunglasses, black pipe cleaners for whiskers, and cardstock to make a nose. Plus, you can simply use a yellow headband and cardstock to make cat ears.

    Easy DIY Cat Emoji Costume from Brite & Bubbly

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    DIY Lace Halloween Devil Horns

    lace devil horns

    Gina Michele

    Skip the standard costume-store devil horns, and make your own version using a small piece of red lace and pipe cleaners. You just need a headband that you twist the pipe cleaners around in the shape of horns. Then, hand-sew the lace to the pipe cleaners. 

    DIY Lace Halloween Devil Horns from Gina Michele

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    DIY Space Family Costumes

    DIY space person costume

    Tell Love and Party

    Break out the silver spray paint, and assemble yourself a space-age Halloween costume that is out of this world. Pretty much anything silver and shiny goes for this costume. Don't forget to complete the look with some frosty makeup.

    DIY Space Family Costumes from Tell Love and Party

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    DIY Burger Costume

    DIY Burger Costume

    Studio DIY

    You can play with your food with this clever costume idea from Studio DIY. Dress up as a classic burger that you make out of just a tan T-shirt and some pieces of felt. It's a great excuse to carry around a container of fries on Halloween that you can munch on.

    DIY Burger Costume from Studio DIY

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    Miss Minnie Mouse

    DIY Minnie Mouse Costume
    Color Me Courtney

    Clever costumes don't need to be complicated, as demonstrated by this easy idea from the Color Me Courtney blog. Many people already have some Disney mouse ears; ask your friends to borrow some if you don't have a pair yourself. Then, don a polka dot dress​ and some red lipstick to become Minnie Mouse.

    Miss Minnie Mouse from Color Me Courtney

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    DIY Fro-Yo Costume from Studio DIY

    DIY Fro-Yo Costume
    Studio DIY

    There's always room for more sweets on Halloween. Dress like a fun bowl of fro-yo with this homemade costume from Studio DIY. The colorful toppings are made from pool noodles, colored paper, and other craft supplies.

    DIY Fro-Yo Costume from Studio DIY

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    Frida Portrait Costume

    DIY Frida Kahlo Costume
    Aunt Peaches

    Do you love Frida Kahlo artwork? Dress up as the famous painter by using makeup to get her bold eyebrows and DIYing a floral headpiece. From the Aunt Peaches blog, this project requires a little more work than most, but the results are worth it.

    Frida Portrait Costume from Aunt Peaches

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    DIY Sriracha Costume

    DIY Sriracha Costume
    Sarah Hearts

    Honor your sriracha fandom with the help of a red T-shirt and a simple green hat. You can use a stencil to label the T-shirt just like a container of sriracha. Consider enlisting a friend to go as a bowl of rice or noodles.

    DIY Sriracha Costume from Sarah Hearts

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    Easy Spider Crown

    DIY Spider Crown
    Delia Creates 

    For this DIY Halloween costume, dress in all black and crown yourself with a handmade crown of plastic spiders. Simply measure the circumference of your head. Then, glue the spiders together in the circumference that you need.

    Easy Spider Crown from Delia Creates

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    Instagram Halloween Costume

    DIY Instagram Costume

    InkHappi

    If you're always on Instagram, then this do-it-yourself costume is for you. Turn yourself into an Instagram photo, complete with a fun description and hashtags, with this DIY project from the InkHappy blog. Then, make your favorite poses all Halloween long.

    Instagram Halloween Costume from InkHappi

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    Bob Ross Couples Costume

    DIY Bob Ross Costume
    C.R.A.F.T.

    Television personality and artist Bob Ross taught us well that "there's nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend." And this couples costume displays just that. Have one person dress as Bob Ross and the other as a friendly tree for a great dynamic duo.

    Bob Ross Couples Costume from C.R.A.F.T.

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    Shower Pouf Costume

    DIY Shower Pouf Costume
    Crafts by Amanda

    From Crafts by Amanda, keep things clean this Halloween with a silly shower pouf costume. You can make this fluffy costume with nylon matte netting, elastic, and rope. Wear leggings to match your pouf color, and bring some bubbles as a prop.

    Shower Pouf Costume from Crafts by Amanda

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    Fred and Wilma

    DIY Fred and Wilma From The Flintstones Costume
    C.R.A.F.T.

    The modern Stone Age Flintstones still serve as fun and recognizable Halloween costumes today. Get a group together to dress as all of the main characters. You likely can use clothes you already have as the base of your costume, decorating them with some inexpensive craft supplies.

    Fred and Wilma from C.R.A.F.T.

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    Flapper Halloween Costumes

    DIY Flapper Costume

    Polkadot Chair

    The 1920s flapper is a classic costume that's truly fun for all ages. Put on your best fancy dress, and make a headpiece out of sparkly fabric trim and feathers. Then, add some long necklaces, and you're dressed for the jazz club—or the Halloween party.

    Flapper Halloween Costumes from Polkadot Chair

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    Witch’s Hat Fascinator

    DIY Witch Costume

    Polkadot Chair

    Cast a spell for Halloween by dressing up in all black and capping it off with a fashionable witchy fascinator. This isn’t your typical witch’s hat. Instead it’s a smaller and more delicate version that you fix to a headband.

    Witch’s Hat Fascinator from Polkadot Chair

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    Halloween Hat-ettes

    DIY Pumpkin Costume
    Delia Creates

    For a simple and subtle DIY costume, go with a “Halloween hat-ette.” These small festive headpieces aren’t full hats, but they’re also bigger than a typical hair clip or bow. They come together with inexpensive sewing and craft supplies. 

    Halloween Hat-ettes from Delia Creates

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    Animal Headband DIY

    DIY Cat and Mouse Costumes
    A Beautiful Mess

    These animal ear headbands made with leather and stick-on studs look good enough wear anytime. But they're also perfect for an easy DIY Halloween costume. Simply make them in the shape of your choice, and coordinate your clothes to match the animal you're going for.

    Animal Headband DIY from A Beautiful Mess

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    DIY Birthday Cake Costume

    DIY Birthday Cake Costume
    Studio DIY

    Who says you can't bring other festive occasions into Halloween? Dress up like a fun piece of birthday cake, and you'll have people shouting "Happy birthday!" instead of "Trick or treat!" This costume is made with lots of cardboard and crepe paper.

    DIY Birthday Cake Costume from Studio DIY