25 Awesome Homemade Halloween Costumes You Can Make From Stuff You Already Own

Every year we say the same thing, “Nope, not spending money on a Halloween costume, just going to stay in, not a chance, harrumph, bah humbug” and all that. And every year, we inevitably end up at some Halloween party, looking like the one asshole who’s too cheap or too morose to wear a damn costume. So, this year, we’re cutting it off at the pass (and helping you out, if you’re anything like us) with ideas for 25 last minute homemade Halloween costumes, all assembled from stuff you probably have in your closet. You don’t even need a very interesting closet, either.

Let’s begin.

 

1. Daria and Jane

It’s simple, really. Have you got a green jacket, a black pleated skirt and glasses? That’s it for Daria. Combat boots and an orange under shirt are icing on the cake.

Alternatively, if you have a red jacket and dark denim shorts, plus opaque black tights, you’re done for Jane. But you knew that.

 

2. Jane Goodall

Khaki shorts, khaki button down, ponytail. Bare feet are ideal, astounding natural good looks will also help. And bring a banana!

 

3. Mia Wallace

Uma Thurman‘s iconic Pulp Fiction heroine Mia Wallace is in the cheap costume hall of fame. You need cropped black pants and a white button down; that’s it. Anything you can do to make your hair resemble hers is a plus, but you can do just as much with a matte lip and a cigarette. And some great dance moves, obviously.

You can also go way dark and tape a syringe to your chest. Or add a trickle of fake blood from your nose.

 

4. Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits

Want to be Mia Wallace but you’re a blonde? Take that white button down, add jeans, pigtails and cowboy boots and you have Marilyn at her saddest.

 

5. A Meme

With a tiny bit of effort, you can become your own meme. Make a cardboard sign in the style of any meme and fit it around your head (or do anything else).

However, be prepared to feel absolutely crushed when you realize that this shit is only recognizable to other internet dorks like you and no one at the Halloween party appreciates that you spent $10 on fucking Fresh Step for your technically flawless Danzig costume.

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    • Anna G

      A couple of halloweens ago I dressed up as Wednesday Addams… black skirt, black jumper with a shirt underneath, smart shoes and pigtails. The only problem was that it was a very very warm costume and I was in a nightclub, where no one appreciated the costume.
      Or there’s Black Swan, wear a black dress that isn’t skin-tight and go crazy with the eyeliner.

      • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

        Ah! I wanted to do Wednesday, but then I was like… I don’t own anything with a Peter Pan collar and neither do many women I know.

      • Amy

        You obviously haven’t been inside your local Forever 21 store in a while.

      • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

        The legacy of Alexa Chung!

      • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

        The legacy of Alexa Chung!

      • Amy

        You obviously haven’t been inside your local Forever 21 store in a while.

      • Amy

        You obviously haven’t been inside your local Forever 21 store in a while.

      • Amy

        You obviously haven’t been inside your local Forever 21 store in a while.

      • Amy

        You obviously haven’t been inside your local Forever 21 store in a while.

      • Amy

        You obviously haven’t been inside your local Forever 21 store in a while.

      • Amy

        You obviously haven’t been inside your local Forever 21 store in a while.

      • Amy

        You obviously haven’t been inside your local Forever 21 store in a while.

      • Amy

        You obviously haven’t been inside your local Forever 21 store in a while.

      • Amy

        You obviously haven’t been inside your local Forever 21 store in a while.

      • jamiepeck

        Everything I own has a Peter Pan collar.

    • Sady

      Why yes, yes I will be Pris from Blade Runner.

    • Sady

      I remember reading in Vice a few years ago that you should always ignore the desperate “sexy Halloween costume girls” in favor of girls who black of their teeth to be Alfred E Newman

      • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

        I read that too!

    • Thomas

      You went as Danzig and no one recognized you? AND YOU HAD FRESH STEP?

      It’s not your fault that you went to a Halloween part full of morons.

      • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

        I was so disappointed. I wasn’t making it difficult either, I had a devilock and a Misfits shirt on.

        A few people thought I was The Crow and then asked what the kitty litter was for.

      • Cate

        The Crow? Really? Oh my god you were totally at a Halloween party full of morons.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Tell me about it.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Tell me about it.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Tell me about it.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Tell me about it.

      • Cate

        The Crow? Really? Oh my god you were totally at a Halloween party full of morons.

      • Cate

        The Crow? Really? Oh my god you were totally at a Halloween party full of morons.

      • Cate

        The Crow? Really? Oh my god you were totally at a Halloween party full of morons.

      • Cate

        The Crow? Really? Oh my god you were totally at a Halloween party full of morons.

      • Cate

        The Crow? Really? Oh my god you were totally at a Halloween party full of morons.

      • Cate

        The Crow? Really? Oh my god you were totally at a Halloween party full of morons.

      • Cate

        The Crow? Really? Oh my god you were totally at a Halloween party full of morons.

      • Cate

        The Crow? Really? Oh my god you were totally at a Halloween party full of morons.

      • Cate

        The Crow? Really? Oh my god you were totally at a Halloween party full of morons.

    • Jello Jesus

      I went to a Halloween party once and this shirtless guy was there. I asked him what he was and he said, “Premature ejaculation.” And I said, “How?” And he said…

      “I came in my pants.”

    • Lastango

      Expensive business suit, briefcase, got-it-made smile, indian feather… and you’re Elizabeth Warren.

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • M -

      This is genius – and hey, Daria was my idea for this year! (this is sad, considering I obviously gave myself more credit for being original than I deserved)

    • Char

      I went as everyone’s favorite creeper/fashion photographer extraordinaire Terry Richardson last year. It was the perfect no effort costume since I really commited to looking like a dude. His signature glasses I, sadly, already owned. In my defense, they are perscription. Threw on a flannel, jeans, fake tattoos and a mustache for good measure. Bought an old camera from Salv Army to carry around all night and did Terry’s thumbs up pose in every picture I took. Photographic evidence provided.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        This is phenomenal. You even have his half-crouch stance down. You win.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        This is phenomenal. You even have his half-crouch stance down. You win.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        This is phenomenal. You even have his half-crouch stance down. You win.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        This is phenomenal. You even have his half-crouch stance down. You win.

    • Char

      I went as everyone’s favorite creeper/fashion photographer extraordinaire Terry Richardson last year. It was the perfect no effort costume since I really commited to looking like a dude. His signature glasses I, sadly, already owned. In my defense, they are perscription. Threw on a flannel, jeans, fake tattoos and a mustache for good measure. Bought an old camera from Salv Army to carry around all night and did Terry’s thumbs up pose in every picture I took. Photographic evidence provided.

    • http://www.facebook.com/neeha Neeha Bose

      They were all white people, except Frida I suppose :( I’m definitely not trying to pull some racist crap, just saying if anyone were to recognize some of these they probably wouldnt if it was an Asian/Black/Indian etc girl. HOWEVER I drew inspiration from your Static Cling idea and decided to socks all over my body (placed appropriately *wink*, wear thigh highs, possible tiara (WHO doesn’t wait to wear one) and claim I am where all your missing socks go to. Lol. Love thegloss!

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Neeha, your comment made me sad. You’re right–it’s all white people. I can’t really justify how white the list is, but I can try to explain why that happened.

        Naturally, while coming up with these ideas, I was thinking about them in terms of what *I* could go as, and what I had in my own closet (hence including a few costumes I’ve done myself). Since a white person going as a person of color for Halloween is a complicated thing–not always necessarily offensive, I don’t think, but a can of worms all the same–it genuinely didn’t cross my mind. It wasn’t a conscious decision to exclude non-white characters… it’s that I wouldn’t have considered going as one. Which, again, is not a good excuse.

        …And further sucks, because I would have liked to include this fantastic Gerald from Hey Arnold: http://cosplayingwhileblack.tumblr.com/post/28382540292/character-gerald-series-hey-arnold-submission

        Anyway, this is getting long for a comment, but I wanted to apologize and say sometimes writers need to be reminded that not all of their readers look like them. I know that sounds stupid but it can be surprisingly easy to forget. So, thank you for reminding me gently.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Also. I didn’t log in with Disqus but this is me.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Also. I didn’t log in with Disqus but this is me.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Also. I didn’t log in with Disqus but this is me.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Neeha, your comment made me sad. You’re right–it’s all white people. I can’t really justify how white the list is, but I can try to explain why that happened.

        Naturally, while coming up with these ideas, I was thinking about them in terms of what *I* could go as, and what I had in my own closet (hence including a few costumes I’ve done myself). Since a white person going as a person of color for Halloween is a complicated thing–not always necessarily offensive, I don’t think, but a can of worms all the same–it genuinely didn’t cross my mind. It wasn’t a conscious decision to exclude non-white characters… it’s that I wouldn’t have considered going as one. Which, again, is not a good excuse.

        …And further sucks, because I would have liked to include this fantastic Gerald from Hey Arnold: http://cosplayingwhileblack.tumblr.com/post/28382540292/character-gerald-series-hey-arnold-submission

        Anyway, this is getting long for a comment, but I wanted to apologize and say sometimes writers need to be reminded that not all of their readers look like them. I know that sounds stupid but it can be surprisingly easy to forget. So, thank you for reminding me gently.

    • jamiepeck

      SHUT UP YOU DID NOT GO AS DANZIG
      I love that and hope you will show up to my party dressed as Danzig once again.
      Also, I was Pris last year. The wig was pretty hard to get right.

    • MR

      Uuumaa. What was that classic line in the film? When the hippie drug dealer was telling Vega, don’t bring that O.D. bitch to my house.

      • MR

        Also her, Mrs. Peel in the ‘Avengers’ re-make. So talented. But nobody would remember that character.

      • Gwen

        “do not be bringing some fucked up pooh-bah to my house!”

    • Cate

      I was actually thinking of being Mia Wallace, but then I realized I would have to buy both the pants and the shirt and decided I would instead go as the feminine mystique since I already have a closet full of 50s dresses and several aprons. all I’ll really need is a baby doll and some fake degrees. I’m really excited.

    • Cate

      I was actually thinking of being Mia Wallace, but then I realized I would have to buy both the pants and the shirt and decided I would instead go as the feminine mystique since I already have a closet full of 50s dresses and several aprons. all I’ll really need is a baby doll and some fake degrees. I’m really excited.

    • Cate

      I was actually thinking of being Mia Wallace, but then I realized I would have to buy both the pants and the shirt and decided I would instead go as the feminine mystique since I already have a closet full of 50s dresses and several aprons. all I’ll really need is a baby doll and some fake degrees. I’m really excited.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        THAT IS A GREAT IDEA

      • Ashley Cardiff

        THAT IS A GREAT IDEA

      • Ashley Cardiff

        THAT IS A GREAT IDEA

      • Ashley Cardiff

        THAT IS A GREAT IDEA

      • Ashley Cardiff

        THAT IS A GREAT IDEA

      • Ashley Cardiff

        THAT IS A GREAT IDEA

      • Ashley Cardiff

        THAT IS A GREAT IDEA

    • Cate

      I was actually thinking of being Mia Wallace, but then I realized I would have to buy both the pants and the shirt and decided I would instead go as the feminine mystique since I already have a closet full of 50s dresses and several aprons. all I’ll really need is a baby doll and some fake degrees. I’m really excited.

    • Cate

      I was actually thinking of being Mia Wallace, but then I realized I would have to buy both the pants and the shirt and decided I would instead go as the feminine mystique since I already have a closet full of 50s dresses and several aprons. all I’ll really need is a baby doll and some fake degrees. I’m really excited.

    • Cate

      I was actually thinking of being Mia Wallace, but then I realized I would have to buy both the pants and the shirt and decided I would instead go as the feminine mystique since I already have a closet full of 50s dresses and several aprons. all I’ll really need is a baby doll and some fake degrees. I’m really excited.

    • Cate

      I was actually thinking of being Mia Wallace, but then I realized I would have to buy both the pants and the shirt and decided I would instead go as the feminine mystique since I already have a closet full of 50s dresses and several aprons. all I’ll really need is a baby doll and some fake degrees. I’m really excited.

    • Cate

      I was actually thinking of being Mia Wallace, but then I realized I would have to buy both the pants and the shirt and decided I would instead go as the feminine mystique since I already have a closet full of 50s dresses and several aprons. all I’ll really need is a baby doll and some fake degrees. I’m really excited.

    • Cate

      I was actually thinking of being Mia Wallace, but then I realized I would have to buy both the pants and the shirt and decided I would instead go as the feminine mystique since I already have a closet full of 50s dresses and several aprons. all I’ll really need is a baby doll and some fake degrees. I’m really excited.

    • Cate

      I was actually thinking of being Mia Wallace, but then I realized I would have to buy both the pants and the shirt and decided I would instead go as the feminine mystique since I already have a closet full of 50s dresses and several aprons. all I’ll really need is a baby doll and some fake degrees. I’m really excited.

    • Lisa

      Problem: I don’t know how to be Daria without people thinking I’m just being myself.

    • j

      These are crap, except for the crayon!

    • Jem

      I saw a fat guy at a party once wear a cheap blonde bob wig and no shirt. He was definitely He-Man.