40 Easy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Adults

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Shrimp Salad Circus

Have you started planning your Halloween costume yet this year? It's never too early. On the other hand, if you've been putting it off and are running out of time, there are plenty of DIY costumes that you can create in less than a day. Get inspired by these great costume ideas for adults, including movie and TV characters, food, artists, and, of course, a pregnant fried egg. 

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    Cat Ears

    DIY Cat Ears
    Lovely Indeed

    A black cat is a perennial Halloween favorite. You can put together this easy costume for free–all you need is a black shirt, some black eyeliner, and these adorable DIY cat ears, which are a cinch to make.

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    Characters from Stranger Things: Mike or Eleven

    DIY Mike Or Eleven From Stranger Things Costumes
    Shrimp Salad Circus

    Are you hooked on Netflix's Stranger Things series? While you wait for the next season to be released, keep busy working on making a Mike or Eleven costume that will be perfect for Halloween this year. This idea comes from the Shrimp Salad Circus blog.

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    Harley Quinn

    DIY Harley Quinn Costume
    Love Maegan

    Loved the film Suicide Squad? Then get started on DIYing your Harley Quinn costume for Halloween this year, complete with her signature red and blue pigtails. The project comes from Maegan Tintari, at loveMaegan.com.

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    Rainbow Unicorn

    DIY Rainbow Unicorn Costume
    Studio DIY

    From StudioDIY, go old-school this Halloween with a DIY rainbow unicorn costume inspired by the popular Lisa Frank stickers that were everywhere in the 90s.

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    Frozen's Queen Elsa

    DIY Frozen's Elsa Costume
    Love Maegan

    Return to loveMaegan.com to transform yourself into Disney's frosty queen Elsa from the movie Frozen with this spectacular costume. Your kids will go nuts!

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    Snow White

    DIY Snow White Costume
    Color Me Courtney

    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.

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    Lace Bunny Ears

    DIY Lace Bunny Ears For Halloween
    Gina Michele

    For a quick costume make your own stylish lace bunny ears created by Gina Michele. Perfect to wear with an all-black outfit for an easy Halloween costume.

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    Steampunk Costume

    DIY Steampunk Costume
    Trinkets in Bloom

    Stun your friends this Halloween with your outstanding steam-punk costume from the Trinkets in Bloom blog. Anything (retro) goes.

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    Swan 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. We've come to expect such innovation from Emma and Elsie at A Creative Mess.

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    Lumberjack and Tree

    DIY Lumberjack Costume
    Fish and Bull

    Break out your cozy red-and-black plaid shirt, and you'll be the most popular (and probably the only) lumberjack at the party. From Anusha at the Fish & Bull blog, the costume includes both lumberjack and a partnering tree.

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    Cactus 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.

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    Taxidermy Deer

    DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume
    The Merry Thought

    From Caitlin and Mandy at The Merrythought blog comes this slightly macabre costume. Looking to win the prize for Most Original? Or perhaps Best Preserved?

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    Circus Ringmaster

    DIY Ringmaster Costume
    Tell Love and Party

    Here's another idea from the Tell Love and Party craft blog. Ringling Bros. may be a thing of the past, but don't we all have the heart of a circus carny?

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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 and pretending to serve sundaes and ice cream sodas.

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    Sequin Animal Ears

    DIY Sequin Animal Ears
    A Bubbly Life

    Laurel at A Bubbly Life brings us this one. Wanna be an animal this year? A few basic supplies, not to mention some sequins, can make you a cat, a mouse, a rabbit, a lion, or a dog (how about a Shepadoodle?). 

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    Strawberry

    DIY Strawberry Costume
    Studio DIY

    Amazingly easy DIY hits seem to be standard fare at the Studio DIY blog, as this project proves. Got a large red t-shirt or dress and some construction paper? You're a giant strawberry.

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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 yarn.

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    Cookie Monster

    DIY Cookie Monster Costume
    Persia Lou

    From Alexis Middleton's Persia Lou craft blog comes this Sesame Street-flavored project. Cookie Monster says "C is for Cookie." It's also for Costume and Chocolate Chip Cookie Clutch. 

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    Pantone Colors

    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 a perfect costume for any party with a hipster vibe.

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    Deviled Egg

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

    If you happen to be pregnant this Halloween, show off your baby bump with this fun and easy fried egg costume, where your growing stomach is the yolk in the egg. It's one of many create costume ideas from the C.R.A.F.T (Creating Really Awesome Fun Things) craft blog.

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    Tinker Bell

    DIY Tinker Bell Costume
    Love Maegan 

    You know that Tink would make her costume. This fun version includes an easy hairstyle and, of course, shoe pom-poms. It is another clever brainchild of Maegan Tintari.

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    Cat Emoji

    DIY Cat Emoji Costume
    Brite and Bubbly 

    If you always leave your Halloween costume to the last minute, this quick to DIY cat emoji costume is perfect for you, as it only takes a few minutes to assemble. From the Brite and Bubbly craft blog, this project is indeed just that.

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    Lace Devil Horns

    DIY Lace Devil Horns
    Gina Michele

    Skip the standard costume-store devil horns and make your own sexier version using a small piece of red lace and pipe cleaners. Gina Michele offers this from the aptly named Gina-Michele.com blog.

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    Spaceman

    DIY Spaceman 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. It comes from Sara, at the Tell Love and Party blog.

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    Burger

    DIY Burger Costume
    Studio DIY

    The Studio DIY blog strikes again with this idea. Dress up as one of your favorite meals, a classic burger, with this clever costume idea that you can make out just of a T-shirt and some sheets of felt.

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    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 blogger. Dig through your closet for your old Disneyland mouse ears. Add a polka dot dress​ and some red lipstick...Hey, it's Minnie!

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    Tasty Fro-Yo Treat

    DIY Fro-Yo Costume
    Studio DIY

    Another from Studio DIY. Sweeten up the scene without too many calories by dressing up as a huge bowl of frozen yogurt, complete with low-fat candies.

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    Frida Kahlo

    DIY Frida Kahlo Costume
    Aunt Peaches

    Love the art by Frida Kahlo? 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.

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    Sriracha

    DIY Sriracha Costume
    Sarah Hearts

    Honor your Sriracha fandom with the help of a red T-shirt and a simple green hat. Does anyone want to go as a bowl of white rice? Try this project from the Sarahhearts.com lifestyle blog.

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    Spider Crown

    DIY Spider Crown
    Delia Creates 

    Delia indeed creates, as demonstrated from this project from DeliaCreates.com. Dress all in black this Halloween and crown yourself the spider queen or king with a handmade crown made out of plastic spiders.

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    Instagram Costume

    DIY Instagram Costume
    Ink Happi

    For all you Instagram lovers, 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.

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    Bob Ross

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

    Television personality and art teach Bob Ross taught us well that "There's nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend." This idea comes from the C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Fun Things) website.

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    Shower Pouf

    DIY Shower Pouf Costume
    Crafts by Amanda

    From Crafts by Amanda, keep things clean this Halloween with a silly shower pouf costume that you can make with nylon matte netting, elastic, and rope.

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    Fred and Wilma Flintstone

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

    Show your support for modern stone-age family values. Yabba dabba do! From the C.R.A.F.T blog, this one costs a whopping $15 to make.

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    1920s Flapper

    DIY Flapper Costume
     Polka Dot Chair

    How is it possible that women looked so cool a century ago? The flapper is a classic costume that's truly fun for all ages. It's the clever creation of Melissa Mortenson, blogger at The Polka Dot Chair.

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    Burglars

    DIY Burglar Costume
    Julie Ann Art

    From Julie Richardson at the Unblushing blog, comes this easy DIY. Cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, guys and dolls...why not burglars and loot? 

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    Witch

    DIY Witch Costume
    Polka Dot Chair

    Cast a spell on the crowd by dressing up in all black and capping it off with a fashionable witchy fascinator. It's another brainchild of Melissa Mortenson, blogger at The Polka Dot Chair.

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    Pumpkin

    DIY Pumpkin Costume
    Delia Creates

    You could make one to complete a kid's pumpkin costume, but don't you want one for yourself? Try this project from the Delia Creates website.

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    Cat and Mouse

    DIY Cat and Mouse Costumes
    A Beautiful Mess

    Sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman and their staff at A Beautiful Mess have been creating some of the best craft ideas to be found. Simple and subtle as a costume, these animal ear headbands made with leather and stick-on studs look good enough wear anytime (the designers do). 

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    Birthday Cake

    DIY Birthday Cake Costume
    Studio DIY

    Yet another clever idea from Studio DIY. To avoid a cliche here, let's just say that this celebratory costume isn't all that hard to make.