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Fun & Creative DIY Halloween Costumes

Although Halloween always falls on October 31st, so many festivities have already been taking place this weekend. For those who still looking for costume ideas, but don’t want to either spend lots of money or shop in crowded stores, we’ve done the research for you! We have a good mix of clever, timely, sexy, and nostalgia for you, so enjoy!

The best (and cheapest) Halloween costumes we came across so far!

Walter White

Walter White (from Breaking Bad)

Free or around $15 and requires little to no work

Choosing to be a character from the brilliant series, Breaking Bad, is not only a clever and timely choice, but also a budget-friendly decision. To dress like Walt, you really only a green colored shirt, the courage to wear your whitey tighties, high length socks, and some loafers or shoes. Don’t forget to add in the standard mustache and glasses for good measure!

There is a whole site dedicated to helping fans transform into our favorite Breaking Bad characters – check it out for more ideas: http://breakingbadcostume.com/


Poison Ivy Costume

Poison Ivy (from Batman)

around $15 and requires work

Super fun and easy to create a Poison Ivy outfit, and you’ll look sexy as an added bonus! Most of us have some body suit (or one-piece bathing suit). Sew fake ivy and leaves onto the bodysuit in a “climbing” pattern. The top part of the bodysuit should be covered in ivy and leaves. Do you have a green dance skirt? If not, black will also be fine, especially if you add more of the leaves, vines, and ivy to the skirt.

Cover up your arms and legs with some of your mom’s long gloves and your own leggings or tights. Finish off your costume with boots! Use green dye or just construction paper add greenery to the look, as most of us don’t have a green pair lying around 🙂 This is best for natural red-heads, but if you really want to complete the look, you may have to splurge on a red wig!


pac-man costume


Potentially free and requires work

While new video games are always sweeping the nation, Pac-Man remains an iconic game character – and a really fun Halloween costume idea! This could be potentially free to construct, depending on what you have at home and how dedicated you are in finding about either a very large cardboard box of several boxes to tape together. There is a more detailed process and also a simplified 4-step approach you can follow here: http://www.ehow.com/how_2342511_make-pacman-costume.html


Frodo Baggins costume

Frodo Baggins (from Lord of the Rings)

At least $30 if you buy the costume or requires some work

If I went through some of my grandparents’ old clothing, I’m sure I could dig up some treasures for this costume! Try to dig up some brown and short trousers (or fold and pin them up). Next, you simply need a button-down vest and long coat. This might get tricky, and might require a trip to your local thrift store, but it can also be a fun adventure. Don’t forget to add the chain and golden ring to seal the deal that you are in fact, the chosen one! Truly, anyone call pull off Frodo Baggins!

Check out more budget Halloween costumes in our Pinterest board:


What is your Halloween costume this year? Are you making a homemade costume for the kids? Tell us about it! Happy Halloween from the Frugal Ladies!


About Jessica J.

A native New Yorker, Jessica left behind the Big Apple almost 4 years ago to pursue new adventures around the world. Powered by caffeine and a relentless curiosity, she has now settled in Tel Aviv Jaffa with her husband, American cat, and a new appreciation for budget management.

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  • rebeccabasset

    Very cute Costumes! Thanks for the Post and the Pictures!

  • Adrienne Sydnor

    Cute costumes. My kids decided to make their own this year. They had some interesting ideas.

    • Jessica J.

      Thanks, Adrienne! What did your kids make? We love hearing new ideas! Bet they are looking adorable.

  • Ashley Hanna

    Very cute and great ideals!!! Thanks this will save me lots of money!!

  • Sherrie Woosley

    OMG, I love Pac-Man! Thanks for all the ideas!

  • Dana Myers Rehberger

    My dream costume is Ursla from Little Mermaid!!! One day I will make it and LOOK amazing!!!

    • Jessica J.

      Oh, good one! If you do end up making it, you’ll have to send us photos!

  • Tammy Graham @ LoveMy2Dogs

    I am not dressing up and our daughter is 24 so I no longer have to worry about all that, thank goodness. I do love the pac-man outfits though!

  • Alaina Bullock

    Those are some awesome costumes! I used to make mine when I was in college, but haven’t done any recently. i may try one of these this year!

  • Cindy Batchelor

    LOL love the pacman! Great costume ideas! thanks for sharing!

  • esluka

    Never thought to use the rain gear in a costume! Great ideas!

  • Jessica

    Love the Fordo flip flops. So stinking cute! I love to make my own costumes… my husband thinks I’m crazy but the store bought ones are so cheep lucking and cost so much more. What a waste!n BTW: I’m going to try your pac man ideas for the hubster and myself:)

    • Jessica J.

      I know – they’re so cute! I’m also eager to try out the Pac-Man costume. Let’s see if we actually succeed 😉 Happy Halloween!

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    Those are so cute! I love that they are unique but don’t cost a fortune. My favourite one is the poison ivy one! Thank you for sharing these ideas!

  • Jennifer Williams

    I love the Mr. and Mrs. Pacman. Thank you for sharing so many affordable costumes.

  • Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

    These are all cute options, the pac man couple is really creative. Love the Frodo Baggins furry sandals!

  • Shanna

    Those costumes are so cute! I love the Frodo one!

  • Fab costumes – love the idea of something like Walt from Breaking Bad so simple but so ‘now’ x

  • Nena Sinclair

    Great ideas! I love the Pacman and Ms. Pacman outfits! 🙂

  • Eileen

    Great ideas for halloween! On Wednesday, I was assigned to come in as an “emergency case hospital patient.” I have been considering lots of gauze and fake blood. Hope I can come up with great ideas like yours!

  • Garf

    Fabulous costumes. I don’t celebrate Halloween but I appreciate the costumes. My niece is ready for the party though.

  • Sheila Worthington

    the first picture crack me up. really creative finding costume at your own wardrobe. DIY sounds pretty cheap and original

  • veronicalee

    We don’t celebrate Halloween here but I love looking at the costumes I see on the blogs I visit. Love the Frodo costume!

  • Lexie Lane

    I think the DIY costumes are the best ones. I do know though, that there will be tons of breaking bad ones out there! Love the collection!

    • Jessica J.

      For sure! I can’t wait to see them all. Man, I miss Breaking Bad!

  • Tory Blum

    These really are unique and creative costumes! My favourite is Poison Ivy since I don’t have a boyfriend now so I couldn’t rock the Pac- Man one 🙂

    • Jessica J.

      Maybe you’ll score a boyfriend as Poison Ivy this Halloween 🙂 Either way, enjoy!

  • Angela

    Great ideas! I love Halloween but I really think a lot of the creativity has disappeared. I love it when people actually put effort into their costumes!

  • Lovely Joy V. Merced

    There’s more fun and appreciation when i comes to wearing costumes you DIY’ed!

  • amazing. I enjoyed it. Great

  • slehan

    I like my pumpkin costume: orange sweatshirt (thrift store) with black felt face, green pants (had them) and a green stem (dollar store pipecleaners & green boa)

  • Sorry

    I love the Breaking Bad costumes!