7 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

As an adult, Halloween is no longer about plotting a trick-or-treating route with the most full-size candy bars. Instead, you can spend more time planning a killer costume. First and foremost, you'll need a getup that's festive and original. But what if you don't have the skills—or the time—to sew an entire outfit from scratch? Luckily, there are plenty of DIY Halloween costumes out there that don't require either. Here are seven easy, creative options that are a treat to pull together—no tricks required.

  1. Cute Pineapple

    Keep the summer vibes going into fall with this fruity outfit. To make the pineapple fronds, paint spiky strips of cardboard green and fasten them to a thick headband. Wear a yellow T-shirt or dress and your favorite pair of sunglasses, and you're set.

  2. Where's Waldo

    Do you have a pair of jeans, a red-and-white striped shirt, a pair of brown shoes, and a red beanie? If not, head to your local consignment store. Then put on your glasses and you're ready to go. Of all the DIY Halloween costumes out there, this might be the easiest one ever.

  3. 1950s Housewife

    Take that fancy fit-and-flare dress that's been sitting in your closet and put it to good use with this easy throwback costume. Pair your dress with heels, an apron, a strand of pearls, and a pair of yellow dishwashing gloves, and you'll look like the ultimate domestic diva. Grandma would be proud.

  4. Sunny Scarecrow

    Start with an oversized flannel shirt, old jeans, boots, and a floppy brown hat. Then pick up a big bouquet of sunflowers at your local farmers' market. Finish off the look with rosy cheeks and black stitch marks on either side of your mouth.

  5. Aerobics Instructor

    Channel those cheesy exercise videos from the 1980s with leggings, a leotard, a sweatband, and some leg warmers. The more neon you wear, the better.

  6. Panda Bear

    You'll see a lot of cats and mice at your Halloween party, but panda bears? Not so much. Wear a black long-sleeve shirt underneath a white sleeveless one, a pair of black sweatpants, and some black flats. Then use black and white felt to make an easy, no-sew mask.

Let your creative juices flow when planning your homemade Halloween costume this year. Start with these ideas, let your personality shine through, and remember to have fun.

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