I’ve rounded up 19 easy DIY adult costumes that can be thrown together in an afternoon. The best part? Most of these easy costume ideas can be made with simple supplies you likely have on hand or can be bought at the grocery store. Think: poster board, glow sticks, junk mail, clear packing tape, glows sticks, and red bandanas.
19 Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults
1. Filter/ No Filter Costume
You definitely need 2 people for this costume, but the costume itself could not be easier. Check out C.R.A.F.T. for 5 versions of the filter/ no filter snapchat costume.
I know you know the song “YMCA”, right? That’s the Village People. This is an easy DIY group costume idea with 6 choices of characters. Best part? You likely have most of the pieces needed for these costumes on hand. Your quick costume choices are: Construction worker, Police man, Cowboy, Army, Indian or Leather man.
Side note: Mila substituted Army for Navy.
The essentials for this costume include a location t-shirt, camera, hat, fanny pack, white socks, sneakers and a peace sign for picture taking!
Grab a red and white striped t-shirt from a second hand store, black rimmed glasses, jeans, and a red and white beanie. If you’re pregnant, add a tiny felted Waldo head to your belly with a safety pin. Oh and if you can’t find a striped t-shirt last minute, consider using a solid red t-shirt and adding stripes with white Duct tape or vice versa.
5. Tired Mom
Top knot, baby on your back, Target bags, sneakers and a Starbucks cup are the perfect accessories for the tired mom costume!
Plaid shirt, sunglasses, red bandana, and long hair a plus!
Plaid pants, belt, large jacket, funky hat, pipe, and a pillow to make the belly extra round. This grandpa costume could not be easier!
Green pants and t-shirt plus anything from the recycle bin! Use tape and safety pins to attach the goods and you’re Captain Recycle!
9. Bank robbers
Black and white striped t-shirts, black pants, black masks, pillow case, black marker to make money signs on the pillow cases. Bam! If you have a navy jacket on hand, the police plus bank robber costume combo is another fun idea!
Red dress, red shoes, and you must strike the post as often as possible! The scarecrow is an easy costume idea too!
11. 80’s prom queens
You can find 80’s dresses at any thrift store, and crowns would be an awesome addition!
This is the ultimate quick costume assuming you have all of the supplies on hand. You need: Black pants, black shirt, glow sticks, and clear packing tape. Assembly takes 10 minutes or less!
13. Chia pet costume
It’s fun to note that Ch, ch, cha chia pets were created in 1977! This adorable, super easy costume is as simple as buying a black shower cap and hot gluing fake greenery to the top of the hat. For more details check out C.R.A.F.T.
Easy Punny Halloween Costumes
14. French Press
Black and white t-shirt, easy button from Staples, red paint, and red neck tie, blonde wig and long cigarette a plus.
15. Mail Stripper
All you need for this quick costume is scissors and junk mail. Best part? This punny costume is sure to get a good laugh.
For the VSCO girl costume you’ll need a scrunchie, friendship bracelets, high-waisted jean shorts, baggy tie-dye tops, and Birkenstock sandals. A VSCO girl is also a lifestyle and includes health fads, using eco-friendly products, drinking out of Hydro Flask water canisters, and using disposable cameras.
The following easy Halloween costumes are made from cardboard. Grab your XACTO knife and get ready to cut out a costume. Poster board can be substituted for cardboard. It’s easier to cut, comes in lots of colors to avoid painting, and can be purchased at most grocery stores!
17. Cassette tape
All you need a cardboard box, XACTO knife and paint!
18. Deviled Egg
Poster board, fishing line, hole punch, yellow t-shirt, and devil horns makes the perfect deviled egg costume!
19. Flower costume
I used cardboard and spray paint to make this easy flower costume. With dry time, the costume took me about 3 hours to make.
What’s your favorite handmade adult costume from the list? And did you decide who/what you are going to dress up as for Halloween?
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