Cheap Costume Ideas for Halloween 2012

by |October 12, 2012
Categories: Costume Guides

As we get closer to Halloween, we get closer to the end of October, and with that the end of 2012. And, as we head into the winter months, the days get shorter and time really starts to fly. So, basically it feels as if Christmas isn’t very far off either, right? If you’re starting to feel the pressure and are feeling short on cash, the last thing you probably want to think about is how you’re going to come up with the best possible costume on a budget. Lucky for you, has created this handy list of cheap costume ideas that will keep you well within your end of the year budget.



Halloween masks are a quick and easy way to create a costume. For most masks, all you need to complete the costume is to wear all black, or with some characters wear jeans and a t-shirt. For example, with a Batman mask, all you really need to wear is all black, and attach a black sheet for a cape. Or, for a President Obama mask, you could get fancy and wear a suit and tie. For the most part, masks can create a costume without much work, and many masks range in price from $16.99 to $65.99, so you can create an entire costume and without breaking the bank!


Halloween mask ideas

Batman mask | Minecraft Steve Head | Obama mask | Halloween II mask


Costume t-shirts and hoodies

Costume t-shirts and costume hoodies are a great way to get a cheap costume. With options including everything from popular superheroes to Minecraft and TV show characters, there will be no doubt in anyone’s mind who you’re trying to portray this Halloween. Plus, t-shirts and hoodies are super comfortable, can be layered for colder weather, and worn year-round!


Costume t-shirts and costume hoodies

Costume t-shirt | Robin costume t-shirt | Minecraft hoodie | My Little Pony hoodie


Tank dress costumes

Tank dresses are an easy, low-budget and sexy costume that any girl can rock this Halloween. Plus, they’re soft and can be dressed up with heels and flashy accessories for a Halloween party at a bar. Or, they can be dressed down with leggings and flats for a simple gathering with friends. If that doesn’t convince you already, you can easily use these tank dresses year after year! How can you beat that?


Tank dress costumes

Pink Power Rangers dress | Green Crayon dress | Skittles dress | Skeleton dress


No add-ons necessary costumes

If you want a costume that’s much more of a complete costume look than a costume t-shirt, without breaking the bank, there are plenty of costume choices for you! Why not try a really recognizable, classic costume that doesn’t need additional accessories to finish off the look? The costumes pictured below, are exactly that!


Cheap costume ideas

Devil costume | Flapper costume | Dorothy costume | Bacon costume


Complete head-to-toe costumes

On the other end of the spectrum if you’re trying to get the most for your money, your best options will be the costumes that come accessories included and all in one bag, or a mascot costume. Both of these costume styles range in price based on the look you’re trying to achieve, but there are tons of options to choose from that will fit any budget. Below are some costume examples from these two categories!


Complete costume ideas

Mad Hatter | Vegas Showgirl | Magical Unicorn | Top Gun Flight Suit


Mascot costumes

Odie | Domo | Gorilla | Two-person horse


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