Not spending a ton on a
Halloween costume can feel like a feat as difficult as climbing Mount Everest. Something from a costume store can cost anywhere from $30 to over $100 — and even if you choose to go the DIY route, you usually have to buy costume items that you don't own, and they can be so specific that they can easily end up costing just as much. For an outfit you're only going to wear once or twice for a few hours, why spend a lot?
Fortunately, there are cheaper options out there — you just need to get a little creative and have an open mind. There are plenty of inexpensive items you can find at stores like
Target, where, if you search hard enough, you can find Halloween costumes that you can put together for less than $20. Are these so perfect that they're practically cosplay? Not entirely, but they are inexpensive, so if that's what you're going for then you've hit the jackpot.
If you want to save money, make things easier for yourself, and buy something you'll likely wear again,
Target is the place to go.
Here are a few ways to
make a Halloween costume from Target for under $20:
Someone Who Works For Dunder Mifflin From 'The Office'
If you're a fan of
The Office, then you know that the fictional employees there work for Dunder Mifflin, a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While they don't go to work in Dunder Mifflin t-shirts, they do still represent the company. That means that you can totally get away with saying you're one of The Office cast members just by wearing this t-shirt.
Billy From 'Stranger Things'
Buy this t-shirt, throw it on over a bathing suit and denim shorts you already own, and find a whistle somewhere. Bam — you're Billy from
Stranger Things Season 3. Bonus points if you act like you've been possessed by a mysterious monster.
Max From 'Stranger Things'
Throughout the first few episodes of
Stranger Things Season 3, Max wore a colorful striped t-shirt almost exactly like this one. It didn't say Hawkins Indiana, but hey, that's just a small detail. Throw this on with some high waisted jeans for an adorable and easy costume.
Dressing up as a jack-o-lantern is a Halloween classic, and this pajama set from Target makes it super simple. Not only is it basically a costume in itself, it's inexpensive, and it ensures you'll be very comfortable all night long. What could be wrong with that?
Yes, dressing up as a cat might be a total Halloween cliche, but it's still really cute. It also makes for the easiest last minute costume idea, because you can basically find cat ears anywhere — and with leopard being such a trend at the moment, that makes it even more simple. A leopard print tank and a cat ear headband is all you need.
If you're a big fan of the British comedy-drama series
Fleabag, then you're probably familiar with the black jumpsuit Fleabag wore in the first episode of Season 2. Wear this one from Target with some red lipstick, and you've got yourself a costume.
Rachel might not have worn a Central Perk t-shirt when she worked (or pretended to work) there in the show
Friends, but... well, everyone gets the idea anyway. Bonus points if you have an apron laying around to throw on. You can even carry around a coffee pot as an accessory.
OK, yes, this is very silly. No, you're not actually avocado toast, you're just wearing a shirt that says avocado toast. But hey, if you're not into costumes or Halloween, but you feel pressured to do something, well... this could be it.
Wednesday Addams From 'The Addams Family'
Wednesday Addams is a popular costume for a reason: it's a little spooky and it's incredibly easy. Throw on this black dress, put your hair in pigtails, and search for some black lipstick. Now give yourself some major attitude, and that's it. You're Wednesday Addams!
Daenerys Targaryen From 'Game of Thrones'
If you're still a fan of the Dragon Queen after the ending of
Game of Thrones, then go for it. Who needs elaborate braids and a complicated costume when you could just throw on this t-shirt?
It really doesn't get better than being able to wear pajamas on Halloween. This adorable set makes it so, so easy to dress as a skeleton. You don't need to add anything to it, and it's so comfy that you'll definitely wear it more than just on Halloween.
If you already own a red bandana, then go out and buy yourself a denim shirt. Voila — you can be Rosie the Riveter. Just do this pose all night long for every picture, and everyone will know exactly who you are.