Whether you’re a last-minute planner or on a budget, creating a Halloween costume involves some imagination. This is especially true if you don’t want to be stuck with a pile of extra clothing and accessories that you’ll never use again. Luckily, it's surprisingly easy to put together a Halloween costumes with only three items or less. This is a great way to not only use what you already have, but to limit what you buy, too.
Personally, I love easy Halloween costumes that don’t take a lot of work. It opens up more time to enjoy other types of fall activities, like carving pumpkins and visiting haunted houses. There is also something so satisfying about shopping my own closet and using clothing in different ways. However, if you do end up purchasing something that you won’t use again, consider passing it on to someone else so they can enjoy it next Halloween.
Of course, that’s not to say you can’t go all out this year. Instead, this list of fun Halloween ideas is all about the simplest take on each costume. The items listed are the bare minimum and will get the point across even without extra bells and whistles. If you want to take it further, then go for it! This is exactly why dressing up for Halloween is so fun.
Keep reading for 15 costumes that need three items or less.
When it comes to Halloween, you can't go wrong with a skeleton costume. All you need is a skeleton hoodie (or onesie) and a mask, and you're all set.
2. Ms. Frizzle
For a throwback to your childhood, dress up as Ms. Frizzle. This is especially perfect if you love science or work in the field. You'll need a galaxy-printed shirt and funky mismatched earrings.
3. Stewie Griffin
Thanks to a yellow long-sleeved shirt and a pair of red overalls, you can dress up as everyone's favorite sarcastic baby. How's that for a comfortable two-piece costume?
4. Party Animal
If you love punny costumes, wear your favorite party dress with a pair of animal ears. This two-piece costume works well for group outfits, too.
To dress up as an emoji, all you need is a yellow dress or shirt. Print out a large emoji and tape it to your clothing or wear it as a mask. That's it!
6. '90s Troll Doll
A troll costume calls for very few items. You'll need a bright wig and a shirt or dress that matches your skin color. For extra detail, head to the craft store and add a plastic rhinestone to your belly.
A pair of butterfly wings will transform any outfit into a butterfly costume. It's also lightweight, so you'll be comfortable all night long.
8. Jughead Jones
Jughead's typical outfit can be recreated with just a few pieces. You'll need a denim jacket, beanie, and plaid shirt. To make his "crown", cut the edge of the beanie into a zig-zag border.
9. Betty Cooper
On that same note, Betty Cooper's look is also easy to recreate. You'll need to layer a light pink sweater over a white polo or button-down shirt. Don't forget to throw your hair up in a high ponytail, too.
10. French Toast
With just two items, you can dress up as French toast. This one calls for a striped shirt and a beret. Easy.
11. Ash Ketchum
To dress up as Ash with just three items, wear a denim vest over a white t-shirt. Finish it off with a red snapback hat. You can also wear fingerless gloves, but this trio of items will certainly get the point across.
On Halloween, never estimate the power of one-piece costumes. This fun and bright unicorn dress is the perfect example.
13. Blair Waldorf
Blair's outfits might seem complicated, but with three basic items, you can pull off her look. You'll need a preppy shirt, flared skirt, and her iconic bow headband. Finish it off with your best RBF.
14. Cat Woman
Another one-and-done costume idea is a cat or Cat Woman. You'll need a cat mask and an all-black ensemble.
Belle's classic yellow outfit can also be recreated with just three items. To do it, wear a yellow maxi dress and a yellow headband. Complete the costume with yellow gloves.