You don’t have to spend a fortune on a store-bought costume you’ll wear once (twice, if you’re lucky!) to come up with something creative for Halloween—even if you have minimal crafting skills and limited time.
Whether you want to go as something sweet—a cupcake that comes together with just a sweatshirt, or house plant, for example—or prefer to use All Hallow’s Eve as an excuse to tap into your darker side—a Disney villain, a pretty sorceress, or one of the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus—there’s an easy (and cheap!) DIY Halloween costume for you.
You can make many of these at the last-minute with just a few wardrobe staples (it doesn’t get any easier than that!), while plenty others require just a few simple supplies, like a glue gun and some felt. Of course, experts can feel free to take any of these ideas and run with them, showing off their sewing skills to create something truly out of this world. Looking to dress up without an actual costume? You can opt for an ugly Halloween sweater that’s perfect for work, or lean in makeup (think: something witchy).
Ready to start planning? Here, dozens upon dozens of affordable and simple ideas for women. (There’s even a few that make great couples or BFF costumes, too!) And while these are all pictured on adults, you could totally use the inspo on your kids as well.