Let’s look at cheap Halloween costumes from years past.
15 Creative Costumes from the Past
Nicki Minaj – File this in “things I wish I didn’t know”. Nicki Minaj is picking up where Lady Gaga left off last year. Like Gaga, her on-stage and on-video costumes make her a perfect fit for a Halloween time favorite. Pink wigs will be unstoppable this year. As will chants to Super Bass. Dang it if that song hasn’t been stuck in my head all day.
Angry Birds – Anyone with a smart phone or tablet has played the addictive game Angry Birds. In a way, it’s the new Tetris. I love it, but I’m too cheap to spring for the paid version. These make great group costumes because there are many different types and sizes to choose from. Plus, you get to run around bumping into things all night.
Morph Suit Guy – These full body stockings are surprisingly growing in popularity. You may have seen them at sporting events and other event marketing settings. Slightly creepy and revealing. But now that they are available in different patterns and prints, they will be more prevalent as Halloween costumes. If you choose this one, do us all a favor and wear some boxer shorts on top.
Charlie Sheen – “Winning” is kind of played out at this point. But this is such a low-maintenance costume that many will sport it (and the “winning” catch phrase) all night long at the Halloween party. Just don’t party too hard and get fired the next day.
Will and Kate – Feel like getting dressed in your best for Halloween? Why not bring your partner along and dress as the new royal couple. Going solo, just buy one of those funky hats that the royal family was sporting and wear a nice dress. You’re sure to impress. Bonus points if you talk in a British accent all night.
Maybe too soon to try and pull off? Amy Winehouse, Osama bin Laden (although Zombie Bin Laden might be kind of cool), and Casey Anthony (probably never a good idea to go as her).
Alan from The Hangover – For those who love to quote movies, this character was a goldmine. This was the ultimate cheap costume for the bearded dad back in 2009. Put on a tight tee shirt, shades, baby bjorn carrier, and your favorite baby (or baby doll) and you are good to go. This one is so great, I’ll forgive you if you use it again this year.
GEICO Money – Rob Cockerham has a basic looking website that is filled to the brim with amazing content. For several years running he’s been constructing amazing costumes and entering costume contests to win hundreds or thousands of dollars in prizes. You’ll just have to check out his website to see all the amazing costumes, but one of my favorites is “The money you could be saving with GEICO” costume he made last year. Yes, he was a giant pile of money. It was really well done.
Toy Green Army Men – Remember those little green Army men you used to play with as a kid? They’ve been resurrected in the Toy Story movies. This is a great costume that can be done very inexpensively. All you need are some old clothes, a toy gun, and a helmet shaped object. Add some primer followed by some green paint and you’ve got an instantly memorable costume. (There’s a great set of costume instructions on instructables.com for this exact costume.)
If you are looking for a good idea for a cheap Halloween costume, look no further than this list of pop culture celebrities. Bonus points for putting a twist on these ideas.
Lady Gaga – This one is just too easy. A pop culture star that intentionally dresses like the world is her own personal freak show leaves lots of options for you to choose from. If I had a vote I’d go with her meat dress from the 2010 VMAs. Yes, you’re reading that correctly. A dress made of meat. But let’s not go overboard. Don’t waste all that expensive meat. Instead I would get a bunch of dog toys in the shape of meat and sow or glue them to skin colored clothing. You probably won’t be alone in choosing Lady Gaga as your choice to base a costume off of. Thankfully there are so many truly strange outfits that she’s worn that it’s unlikely you’ll run into someone dressed just like you.
The Old Spice Guy – You can’t get much cheaper than a towel. “Look at me. Look at your husband. Now back at me again. What’s this? I’m the Old Spice Man for Halloween.” You could create a costume by permanently attaching two sides of a towel (much better than hoping it doesn’t come un-tucked) and wear a pair of shorts underneath. Don’t forget to add a bottle of Old Spice body wash — you could even attach it to a piece of plywood and create some fake soap bubbles out of Styrofoam to go with it. Add in shower flip flops from college and you’re set. Affordable, creative, and instantly recognizable.