9 DIY Halloween costumes that you can create in under a day

Don't have time to shop for a Halloween costume this year? We've got you covered.

Keep reading for eight DIY costume ideas that you can put together in under 24 hours. Whether you’re looking for traditional Halloween costumes, cheap Halloween costumes, or funny Halloween costumes, you’re sure to find plenty of  inspiration in this list.


With so many different interpretations of vampires on TV and in movies, you really can’t go wrong with this costume. Best of all, you don’t need anything fancy to create the look. A pair of vampire fangs, some white powdery makeup, and a few dribbles of fake blood will have you looking your ghoulish best.


The cat costume is a classic that’s great for both children and adults. To create this costume, you’ll need an all black leotard, a pair of cat ears, and a tail. Top off the outfit by drawing whiskers on your cheeks with a black eyeliner pencil. For a more dramatic look, add fingerless gloves and fake claws.

Gift Box

All you’ll need to create this costume is a large cardboard box, some colourful wrapping paper, some ribbon, and a large bow. Cut out three holes for your head and arms, and you’re done. Don’t forget to leave the bottom side of the box open so that you can get into and out of your costume.

Greek Goddess

A white bed sheet, some gold rope, and gold jewellery are all you need to make this costume. Drape the sheet over one shoulder and around your body to create a toga, then secure it by tying the gold rope around your waist. Use another piece of gold rope to create a headband, and finish off the costume with a few pieces of chunky gold jewellery.


This costume works great for men, women, and children, since all it requires is some halloween makeup and a black-and-white outfit. If you want to go all out, you can add a black bowler hat, combat boots, red suspenders, and white gloves to complete the look.

Men in Black

This is one of the easiest halloween costumes for men. Just put on your best black suit, add a pair of black sunglasses, and you’re ready to go. Bonus points if you bring a pug along with you for the night.

Austin Powers

Here’s another easy costume that you can create with a suit that you probably already own. If you have a few extra dollars to spend, you can get an even more authentic look by buying an old crushed velvet suit from a vintage store. Add a ruffled collar (a lace table runner will do in a pinch), a pair of horn rimmed glasses, and a wig, and you’ll be groovy, baby!

Oompa Loompa

This fun and super-easy Halloween costume can be created with a pair of white pants, a brown turtleneck sweater, white gloves, brown and white striped socks, orange face paint, and a green wig or green hair spray. Complete the outfit by using a white belt, ribbon, or scarf to create criss-crossing suspenders.

Fortune Teller

This costume can be easily made with a sequinned top, a colourful head scarf, a peasant skirt, and a few pieces of mismatched costume jewellery. Carry a pack of tarot cards and a crystal ball to finish off the look.

When it comes to DIY Halloween costumes, the possibilities are endless. The costume ideas listed above should get you thinking about how to turn what you already own (or can easily get) into something truly creative.

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