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

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We get it, the idea of DIY Halloween costumes might seem daunting, lackluster, or even like a disaster waiting to happen (depending on your level of craftiness). Doing cat makeup gets seriously old after a while, and throwing a witch hat over a black-on-black ensemble is so uninspired—we don’t blame you if you’re hardly in the spooky holiday spirit this year!

But, alas, you still need a costume. and if you don’t have the budget (or time) to throw together a totally legit Halloween costume, then what are you to do?

A simple solution to this problem is to peruse Instagram, Pinterest and your favorite bloggers’ websites until you have a shortlist of easy Halloween costume ideas 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.

Below is a list chock-full of the best DIY Halloween costume ideas social media has to offer. All of them are cute, relevant and totally on-trend. And even better: They’ll look great on Instagram.

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 and/or after. (Come on, we all know Halloween is a multi-party event.)

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for 2019


Honestly cannot stand how ADORABLE this costume is. If not for you, then definitely for a little kiddo. Here’s how to make it.

Taco Belle

Take your “Beauty and the Beast” costume to the next level and go as the punniest thing we’ve seen in a while.

Devil Wears Prada

You can go as elaborate or minimalist with this one as you want. In the words of Miranda Priestly, a pun for Halloween? Groundbreaking. (But actually.)

Freudian Slip

Group costume for the win!


Pay tribute to Beyoncé’s iconic Coachella performance with just your favorite pair of denim shorts, boots, a cropped hoodie and some iron-on letters that spell out “B△K.”

Ice Cream Cone

A wholesome Halloween costume that’s as chic as it is adorable.


Some face paint and a rockin’ outfit are really all you need.

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Mary Costa Photography/Studio DIY.

Starry Night

Because you know you want the most stellar costume around.


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

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.

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.

’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.

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Victoria’s Secret Angel

Channel your inner Miranda Kerr, and sport some angel wings over your favorite sleep shirt.

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Champagne and Chanel.

Blair and Serena from ‘Gossip Girl’

Because you know you love them, XOXO.


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

Frida Kahlo

Dressing as an iconic feminist never goes out of style.

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

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