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    17 Inexpensive Outfits That Are Basically Easy Halloween Costumes

    A little spooky, a little sparkly, a little sexy, and everything in-between.

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    1. A stretchy knee-length dress that comes in 12 different colors and is so comfy that you'll still be happy wearing it several hours into your party.

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    And depending on how you make your costume, you might actually be able to wear it again! We've used this in a bunch of group costumes here at BuzzFeed in the past and it works really well.

    Promising review: "I got this and first day wearing it out I already ordered another. It's super freaking comfy and mine hits just below the knee which I love (less shaving lol). Some people say the arm holes are too big but I don't see it, any smaller and it would be rubbing in my armpit. I'm getting another one and once they restock I bet I'll be getting more." —Riley Martin

    Get it on Amazon for $14.99, although this year it seems like there's limited stock in sizing for each color. So you can also get a similar dress on Amazon for $19.99 that's available in 17 solid colors and sizes XS–XXL.

    2. A fit-and-flare dress perfect for channeling all sorts of vintage and '50s vibes.,

    Betty Draper, June Carter, I Love Lucy, Sally from Peanuts, Dorothy, Minnie Mouse...the possibilities aren't exactly endless, but there are lots of 'em!

    Promising review: "If you are on the fence about buying this dress, jump on over! It arrived as promised and is probably the most flattering dress in this cut I have ever owned. I wore it as a costume for Halloween, but it was so cute and flattering that I ordered another print to wear to Christmas parties. I was so pleased at the comfort level and blown away with how cute it was in person. If you want the added fluff at the bottom, I definitely suggest the petticoat from this seller, as well." —Sara

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99+ (sizes XS–XXXL, and 1X-3X Plus — for exact sizing measurements, scroll down to the size chart in the product description — 41 patterns and colors). And get the petticoat for $8.69+ (the same size range, 16 colors).

    3. Or a similar '50s-style dress with a sweetheart neckline and polka dots so you can swing dance and twirl 'till your heart's content.,

    Promising review: "So I just got this in the mail and I love it so far! It is light weight, well made, and freaking adorable! I was afraid it wasn't going to fit because my waist measurements were a few inches bigger than what was listed, but the amazing stretchy back made it a perfect fit! Not too tight, not too loose! I will be able to wear my strapless bra with it and the chest area will be perfect fit too. I bought this for the New Orleans Red Dress Run, however I will be able to wear it all the time!" —Rachel L Weber

    Get it on Amazon for $18.69+ (most priced at $25.99; sizes XS–XXXL, 37 colors and patterns available, not all polka-dots).

    4. An all-lace dress here to satisfy all your witchy and western needs — it's definitely cute enough to wear without your costume accessories, too.,

    Hello, Stevie Nicks. Could also work for a pirate-ish outfit, but that doesn't start with a "w"! It does actually come with a (short) slip that goes underneath, but otherwise is just lace; reviewers who ordered the S–M sizes seem to have luck with the included slip, while those who ordered the L–XL sizes tend to need a longer one.

    Promising review: "Love it! It’s a totally see-through lace and comes with an under-slip which is way too short for me but I have one in my closet that works, so no big deal. It is absolutely comparable to the thrice-the-price Free People brand. You can accessorize it up for a funky look with boots and denim jacket or wear to a fancy-dress event with heels and jewelry." —DS NYC

    Get it on Amazon for $28.88 (sizes S–XL; currently available in cream, grey, and red).

    5. A cloak-like robe you can use for all kinds of characters while staying warm-ish as the temperatures drop.,

    Reviewers say to definitely order by the sizing chart, which may have you sizing up a bit.

    Promising reviews: "This cloak has a very nice hang to it, and is a great value for the money. The fabric drapes well and doesn't look cheap, see-through, or shiny. The shiny ribbon ties at the neck do look a bit cheap, so I removed them with a seam ripper, and the robe still stayed on my shoulders with no slipping all evening. The hood is very full and looks great either up or down." —Jennifer Hardee

    "My eight-year-old wanted a cloak for general dress-up and many of them were specific to a certain character or theme. He has used this cloak to play wizards, magicians, star wars, to dress up at Harry Potter AND Professor Snape, to dress as the grim reaper, and even as a priest. He has also pretended it was an invisibility cloak. We love how versatile this is! He's been playing with it for months. He has worn it outside, to play in the woods, and in the comfort of home and it has held up so far." —Erin

    Get it on Amazon for $16.99+ (sizes XS–XXL, or kids S–XL; seven colors, though sizes available depend on the color).

    6. A Wednesday Addams dress that comes in enough colors you could adapt it to a bunch of *other* characters — or just go with the classic.


    You could even get the blue one, paste on your own planets and stars, and be Ms. Frizzle...or add a red ribbon and yellow hat to be Madeline! As with all of these outfits, be sure to check the size chart to figure out which to order; and several reviewers report that the dye runs when you wash it, so you may want to consider dry clean only.

    Promising review: "I spent entirely too many middle-of-the-night hours comparing Wednesday Addams dresses and finally settled on this one. I'm so happy I did! The quality is super high (in relation to the very cheap cost) — there's even a little pearl bead underneath the back of the collar at the top of the zipper and an extra pearl bead sewn in the bottom hem tag. I generally shy away from polyester garments but this one hangs very nicely (95 poly/5 spandex). Great dress!" —HelloKitteh

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99+ (sizes XS–XL which the brand defines as 4–20 and reviewers say is more like 2–18; six colors, some color availability depends on the size).

    7. And a Morticia dress with a truly iconic train (and a slit up the side so you can actually walk).


    Promising review: "This is fantastic! It fits beautifully and has a lovely dragging train like Morticia would wear. I'm 5'9" and there's probably a foot long train on the ground. If you're short, plan for heels. The bodice is not as low as the picture looks but still nice. Its good quality and fits so well. I'm so excited to wear it! I will add that this needs to be ordered early. I ordered it on 9/14, it shipped from the U.K. on 9/18 and I received it 10/4. I contacted the seller when I hadn't received it by the expected by delivery date and they told me that Amazon actually picks that date, not the seller. The seller was very nice and replied very quickly to my questions. So, I'd order earlier than needed and be patient. This costume is worth it." —Tanya

    Get it on Amazon for $17.73+ (sizes S–XL).

    8. A soft and cozy fleece sweatshirt that you can easily turn into a last-minute costume of basically anything on the morning of October 31st.,

    Look at those "Supermarket Sweep" cuties! Just add some paint or construction paper cut-outs to make the sweatshirt the perfect costume. You can even be a cactus!

    Promising review: "I actually bought this for myself for my '80s Flashdance costume that I wore on halloween. I cut it up and stretched it for the costume and it was ideal! It is very soft and warm on the inside and the color is nice. Size runs true and now I wear the sweatshirt with my pjs or just to lounge around. :)" —Bri

    Get it on Amazon for $7.02+ (most options $10-20 or so, sizes men's S–5XL, 24 colors, though some sizes available depend on the color).

    And here's a few more last-minute costume ideas.

    9. A mini dress you can easily transform into any sporty costume with just a few accessories and some puffy paint.


    Or if you're really fancy, a Cricut decal.

    Promising review: "I do believe this dress runs short, but I am only 5 feet tall and the XS was perfect for me! Super cute. A little thin but with Spanx was perfect. I've worn several times this past week. Can't beat the price." —Sara S. Cheng

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99+ (sizes 4–22, seven colors).

    10. An adult sized animal print–onesie because pretty much nothing on this list will be warmer *or* cuter., Amazon

    Each one comes with a hood with attached ears, of course. And you can either wear zipped up all the way or with a tank on + zipped up part of the way.

    Promising review: "So comfortable! I bought this for a Halloween costume, but will be also lounging in it on a night I can snuggle by the TV. Fit perfectly and so soft. I washed it a few times already and it didn't shrink or pill. " —Darlene K.

    Get one on Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and six prints: cheetah, giraffe, cow, white tiger / zebra, rainbow zebra, or pink leopard).

    11. An officially-licensed tee to turn you into your favorite Star Trek character with zero effort.


    Note that several reviewers say it fits rather tightly, so for a true t-shirt fit, you probably want to size up. Pair it with jeans or black pants you already own to complete the outfit!

    Promising review: "Love it! Fits great, looks great, soft fabric, feels great! A+! Getting compliments at work already and it’s only eight a.m.!" —Jay CL

    Get it on Amazon for $21.98+ (three colors: blue, yellow, and red, and sizes S–4XL).

    12. A fluffy tulle tutu skirt easy to pair with a tee or leotard for the fairy, princess, ballerina, or zombie cheerleader costume of your dreams.


    You could also totally use it as a petticoat under the right dress.

    Promising review: "This tutu is really pretty, it fits perfectly, and you can't see through it due to the protective slip underneath it. I had bought another tutu and it was really short and thin, so I am combining the two tutus for extra fluff and layering. This one is good on it's own, but you can see the liner. If you want a fuller tutu, I would suggest adding some tulle to this one or combining two tutus. I like that this tutu is long as well, but I would still wear some shorts or something underneath it. A beautiful tutu." —Whitney

    Get it on Amazon for $8.99+ (most priced around $19.88; sizes S-XXL, 28 colors and color combos).

    13. A stretchy, lined sequin dress because honestly if I've learned anything in life, it's that you can never have too many sparkles.,

    This goes for all year, but basically double anytime you go to any party, Vegas, or out for Halloween.

    Promising review: "Ok so I was torn about buying this dress, but couldn't find anything else for my 10-year Vegas anniversary that was show-stopping, head-turning, accident-causing-gorgeous. Well let me tell you, this did it. The sequins didn't aggravate my underarm. I was the sexiest thing on the strip. Was hit on by guys and girls while with my hubby. Don't hesitate buy the dress!" —Daisy Hodge

    Get it on Amazon for $16.99+ (size S–XL, 31 colors available, though of course some colors aren't available in every size).

    14. Fish scale print–leggings for living out all your underwater fantasies on the best night of the year.,

    Many reviewers suggest ordering a size up; you can check specific measurements for each size by scrolling down to the product description.

    Promising review: "These are the best tights ever. I wore them with a Halloween costume as a jellyfish. They are not the best fabric, a non-breathable polyester, but how often are you really wearing these? They do have a good stretch. I also wore these with a black turtle neck and cat ears earlier in the day, and everyone thought it was hilarious that I was a 'catfish.'" —Belén

    Get them on Amazon for $12.90+ (sizes S–4XL, 14 colors). The same company makes a maxi skirt in the same fabric — that's also Amazon for $26.90+ (sizes S–XXL, two colors).

    15. A pleated skirt you can dance in 'till dawn and that just might end up added to your everyday rotation of favorite clothes.


    Promising review: "The perfect pleated plaid skirt! I have this brand skirt in solid colors with a slightly different style having a yoke above the pleats. I ordered this skirt in the same size and it is perfect sizing just like the other style. The waist measurement is exactly as listed, the pleats are sell defined and keep their shape extremely well. This skirt is 16" long which is one inch longer than the yoke style which actually makes it a perfect length. Unlike the yoke style, this style puffs out just enough that the extra inch of material keeps it from being too short. The material is excellent, not too heavy which is great for spring and summer but still thick enough to not be see through. The price is very reasonable and the color selection is to die for. I already ordered the green!" —Jackie

    Get it on Amazon for $16.69+ (sizes go by waist measurements, starting at a 25-inch and going up in increments to a 34-inch; 35 patterns and colors).

    16. A hooded, corseted tunic top that can transfigure you into little red riding hood, an assassin, an elfin warrior, or your steampunk alter-ego. Or just be an easy, warm option for your favorite Renaissance festival., Amazon

    To find your perfect size, consult the seller's size chart, which you can find in the photos for the color Army Green. (Don't look at the one right next to where you select your size). Although some reviewers still recommend going one size up! Especially because you can use the corset-like laces for a custom fit.

    Promising review: "It is just perfect for Renfest! It is super comfy, but not too hot. You can wear a shirt under or not, depending on what you feel comfortable with. It is basically hoodie material so keep that in mind when you check the weather." —Katie Wilson

    Get it on Amazon for $25.99+ (sizes S–XXL, in six colors that reviewers say are somewhat brighter in person than they look on the site).

    17. A comfy, swingy t-shirt dress that's another one of those super versatile pieces you can use for all kinds of costumes...and actually wear again.,

    The same listing has both short- and long-sleeved options for around the same price.

    Promising review: "The material is so soft. It also does not cling to your body, which I was worried about. I bought it for a Halloween costume (Miss Viola Swamp) but, I will definitely be wearing this all year round." —Iheartbooks

    Get it on Amazon for $12.98+ (most options around $18.99; sizes S-XL, 12 colors).

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