DIY Halloween Costumes That Are Genuinely Cute (and Worth the Effort)

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DIY Halloween costumes might sound lackluster, daunting—or like a total waste of your time. Doing cat makeup gets seriously old after a while, and throwing a witch hat over a black-on-black ensemble is so uninspired it hardly gets you in the holiday spirit.

But if you don’t have the budget (or time) to throw together a totally legit costume, what are you to do?

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A simple solution to this problem is to peruse Instagram, Pinterest and your favorite bloggers’ websites until you have a shortlist of DIY costumes that are as cute as they are budget-friendly. A simpler solution is to let us do the work for you—which (naturally) we have.

The below slideshow is chock-full of the best DIY costumes social media has to offer. All of them are cute, relevant and totally on-trend. And even better: They’ll look great on Instagram.

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These minimal-effort, but veritably stylish DIY Halloween costumes are sure to garner tons of compliments from your friends (and even more likes from your followers). If that’s not a win-win, we don’t know what is.

So click through and find your go-to look for October 31—and the Friday and Saturday before. (Come on, we all know Halloween is a multi-party event.)

A version of this story was originally published in May 2015.

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Gen Z Yellow

A simple costume—and so on-trend. Bonus points if you complete the look with tiny sunglasses.

Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images.
Millennial Pink

In case you're more into pink.

Photo: Instagram/@styled.by.my.official.
STYLECASTER | DIY Halloween Costumes That Are Genuinely Cute (and Worth the Effort) | Starry Night
Starry Night

Because you know you want the most stellar costume around.

Photo: Mary Costa Photography/Studio DIY.
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CLUELESS #clueless #cluelesscostume

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'Clueless'

Get your friends together and fight over who gets to be Cher—or just be an army of Chers.

Photo: Instagram/@helenapashos.
Disco Ball

Find your sparkliest silver dress and shine bright like a diamond. If you want to get creative, carry a mini disco ball or find mosaic accessories to rock.

Photo: Instagram/@fancyseeingsarah.
Iris Apfel

You might not be able to be Iris Apfel, but you can certainly dress up as her for the night. Grab oversized glasses, a white wig and pile on those accessories.

Photo: Instagram/@thenoenteaparty.
'80s Workout

The '80s are making a serious comeback this year. Take advantage of the opportunity to combine your favorite statement-making pieces into a seriously maximalist ensemble.

Photo: Instagram/@pogodavisuals.
Betty Cooper from 'Riverdale'

This costume is super simple—and just as easy to pull off. Pull out your preppiest attire, throw your hair into a high ponytail and voila. (You could always shop the Betty and Veronica collection if you want an extra something.)

Photo: Instagram/@natasha_tennyson.
STYLECASTER | DIY Halloween Costumes That Are Genuinely Cute (and Worth the Effort) | Victoria's Secret Angel
Victoria's Secret Angel

Channel your inner Karlie Kloss, and sport some angel wings over your favorite sleep shirt.

Photo: Pepperpout.
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Blair and Serena from 'Gossip Girl'

Because you know you love them, XOXO.

Photo: Champagne and Chanel.
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When I grow up I wanna be a PINEAPPLE 🍍🍍🍍

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When I grow up I wanna be a PINEAPPLE 🍍🍍🍍

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Pineapple

OK, so you might have to leave your arms up all night. But worth it to look this cute, right?

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Frida Kahlo

Dressing as an iconic feminist never goes out of style.

Photo: @kuninfeltbrand/Instagram.
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Instagram Influencer

OK, so this is technically a costume you can buy at Urban Outfitters. But you could totally DIY this if you wanted to.

Photo: Urban Outfitters.

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