Halloween In Your Closet — 7 Easy DIY Costumes You Already Own

Happy Tuesday! It’s still stubbornly staying in the 80s here in Missouri (ugh) but I’m rocking my fall sweaters like there is NO tomorrow. Today’s post is going to be super helpful for those of you who aren’t HUGE Halloween lovers (meaning you probably spent about $10 or LESS on your costume each year) but still like to stay in the holiday spirit. I get it (well…not really…but you do you) — so I’ve put together a guide of SEVEN Halloween costumes that can be put together using only items you already have lying around in your closet. I. Got. U. Let’s dive into it, fam.

Halloween In Your Closet — 7 Easy DIY Costumes You Already Own

Costume #1: Scarecrow

Halloween Tutorial Series: Glam Scarecrow

This is mostly makeup + a floppy hat. To through together a super easy scarecrow costume, all you need is a plaid shirt, a pair of overalls, a floppy hat and some straw to chew on. Paint some cute little freckles and patches on your nose and you are ready to go. Easy -peasy. See my super easy glam scarecrow face paint tutorial HERE.

Costume #2: Mime

Halloween In Your Closet -- 8 Easy DIY Costumes You Already Own

This is also super easy. Grab that black and white striped top! Paint your face white with some red lipstick, pick out a little fedora and some black shoes + pants and you’re set. You don’t even have to talk during the evening if you don’t want to. This is perfect for my introverted readers out there. 

Costume #3: Inspector Gadget

Halloween In Your Closet -- 8 Easy DIY Costumes You Already Own

Get your trench coat, and don’t put that fedora away just yet. That’s all you need to complete this outfit! Bring along some gadget-y type objects (you can even do the classic helicopter hat if you are a DIY queen) and a magnifying glass. Bonus points if you also have a notebook to write down all your observations!

Costume #4: Velma

Halloween In Your Closet -- 8 Easy DIY Costumes You Already Own

If you thought your turtlenecks were out of date, you’d be sorely mistaken. Velma from Scooby Doo is a classic costume and all you need is a rust/orange/red colored turtle neck, brown skirt and some brown nurse shoes. To complete this look, you can add knee high rust/orange/red socks and don’t forget some cute glasses to add to your nerdy girl look!

Costume #5: Bat

Halloween In Your Closet -- 8 Easy DIY Costumes You Already Own

Little black dresses make the PERFECT Halloween costumes. I’d go for a cute little bat! All you need is are some black wings to make this outfit complete. DIY them yourself with some cardboard and elastic or grab some cheap ones off of Amazon. A black button nose and black heels turn your boring bat into the talk of the party.

Costume #6: Wilma Flintstone

Halloween In Your Closet -- 8 Easy DIY Costumes You Already Own

Speaking of classic little dresses, if you’d prefer, you can always go with the little white dress option. Several costumes can be make with white dresses (think angel and bride) but my personal favorite is Wilma Flintstone. This is easily turned into a couple costume and is a classic option. SO CUTE.

Costume #7: Rosie the Riveter

Halloween In Your Closet -- 8 Easy DIY Costumes You Already Own

Hold on to your chambray tops, ladies! Easily transform into Rosie the Riveter this year with a red banana and a denim button down. Roll your sleeves up, through a messy bun on top of your head and snag some black yoga pants. I am pretty certain we ALL have this costume lying around!


Seven easy costumes for this Halloween! There you have it. Halloween doesn’t have to be stressful or over the top (unless you are me. then you absolutely need to be over the top). 

Did you like these easy costumes? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. kara | 10th Oct 17

    I love these ideas! So easy and you wouldn’t even have think that you already own these!

  2. Sam | 10th Oct 17

    Arg the mime costume is so cute it makes me mad! I think I have all of that in my closet already!!!!

  3. Elizabeth Johnson | 10th Oct 17

    These are really great ideas! I usually have my family’s costumes figured out by now. I hope to have it figured out this week.

  4. Christina Beauchamp | 10th Oct 17

    I LOVE the velma idea!! Brilliant!!


  5. Beth | 10th Oct 17

    These are all great ideas! A few years ago my daughter went as Velma, we found an orange turtleneck at the thrift shop. Halloween is so much fun, and you may be the Halloween Queen. I am going to see if my son wants to try the exposed face muscles make up for his costume!

    • Taylor Mobley | 10th Oct 17

      YAY! If he does — please send pictures or tag me on social media. I’d LOVE to see it!

  6. Ashley Stephenson | 10th Oct 17

    These are such great ideas! Last year my husband and I were Jack & Coke and I just ordered us T Shirts! It was so easy!

  7. Belle | 10th Oct 17

    These are great halloween costume ideas! I love costumes that can be used even after Halloween!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  8. Lex | 10th Oct 17

    I love the Velma costume! I am planning on being Daphne this year ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Rachel @ The Confused Millennial | 10th Oct 17

    great ideas! I usually just go as a hippie now haha! But I went as snow white for yearssss but the costume got ruined from waitressing too many halloweens in it haha

  10. Erin | 10th Oct 17

    These are so creative! I was thinking about doing a tiger through painting my face similar to the scarecrow one.

  11. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife | 10th Oct 17

    Awesome suggestions! Quick and easy costumes for parents are a must!

  12. Kristen | 10th Oct 17

    I loveeee the Velma costume! So cute and easy to put together ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Mistle | 10th Oct 17

    Love all of these picks!!! I have been thinking of doing the Scarecrow this year for our company Halloween content. It’s so cute and easy to do!

  14. Ashley @ GrowingSpangs | 10th Oct 17

    I’m in love with Velma and Rosie so much! Kind of makes me wish I don’t already have my idea…I totally pinned this for next year!

  15. ShootingStarsMag | 10th Oct 17

    Fun ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Jenny | 10th Oct 17

    These are all such fun ideas! I still don’t know what I’m going to do for Halloween this year.

  17. Cameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial | 10th Oct 17

    Love all of these ideas! I would have never thought of Inspector Gadget!

  18. Sondra Barker | 11th Oct 17

    I love these ideas because I don’t have to go out and spend a whole bunch of money for elements of the costume! The Inspector Gadget one is so creative, I’ve never seen anyone do that before!

    Sondra xx

  19. Whitney | 11th Oct 17

    These are all such great ideas, especially Rosie the Riveter!!

  20. Cristina | 11th Oct 17

    I love the Velma costume! Scooby Doo is one of my favourite childhood cartoons. Although I might need a wig for that costume, my hair is quite long.

  21. Joanie @ One Dish Kitchen | 11th Oct 17

    These are so clever and gives me great ideas. I love the Velma costume!

  22. Angie | 11th Oct 17

    These are all SO cute!

  23. Amber @ xoxo, Am | 12th Oct 17

    These are all so cute and I never would have thought of them!

  24. Tiffany Haywood | 12th Oct 17

    I LOVE this post!! I am often trying o figure out my costume last minute after getting the Kiddies all set weeks in advance. A few years ago I did a scarecrow and it was so fun. I see a couple here that I may need to make my own this year! Thanks so much!!

  25. Charlene | 12th Oct 17

    These are some awesome ideas! Thanks for the round up! Sadly, we don’t have anywhere to wear a costume this year but if something comes up, I may have to borrow the bat or Rosie the Riveter idea!

  26. Ellie | 12th Oct 17

    I absolutely adore that Velma costume! Despitey love of dressing up (I went to acting school) I’m always totally useless at Halloween costumes and always end up going to work as a witch! I did consider making use of my Wedding dress one year and going as The Bride from Kill Bill.

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