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13 Little Black Dress Halloween Costume Ideas


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Halloween is fast approaching and odds are you’ve been too busy with life to plan out a costume that is both age-appropriate and fun. But never fear! I’ve compiled 13 (get it?) costumes that you can make with your trusty Little Black Dress.

Just pair that LBD with some items from your closet, make a quick trip to the dollar store, and voilà – you have a Halloween costume that is both creative and inexpensive. Let’s jump right in to the costume ideas:

1. Maria Von Trapp

Maria von trapp costume

Given how popular The Sound of Music was (and still is!) I’m surprised that people don’t dress up as Maria more. The upside is that nobody else will have the same costume as you!

You will need: A ukulele (or guitar, if you don’t mind lugging it around), a white blouse, an apron, tights, and black shoes (stick to flats or low heels).

Perfect if: You have short hair and/or want a modest costume.

Bonus points if: You spin and sing, “THE HILLS ARE ALIVE…”

2. Cruella De Vil

Cruella de vil costume

Cruella is both glamorous and terrifying – perfect costume material. For her crazy hair, use baby powder on half of your hair, then set the powder with hairspray.

You will need: Long gloves, baby powder, red lipstick, a faux-fur vest (or coat), and black heels.

Perfect if: You were a fan of the faux-fur trend last fall and still have those pieces in your closet.

Bonus points if: You smile maniacally at any dogs you see. (And possibly ask to buy them from their owners.)

3. A Referee

Referee halloween costume

A costume that is both creative and comfy? Score!

You will need: A striped blazer, a whistle, athletic socks, and loafers.

Perfect if: You happen to have a black and white blazer in your closet.

Bonus points if: You find a good reason to blow your whistle and gesticulate emphatically.

4. Minnie Mouse

Minnie mouse halloween costume

I’m a mouse. Duh.

You will need: Mouse ears (if you can’t get this pair from Hot Topic, you can always add a bow to generic mouse ears), and red and white details (I chose a cardigan, belt, and heels).

Perfect if: You’re a huge Disney fan.

Bonus points if: You convince your bestie to dress as Mickey.

5. Vampire

Vampire halloween costume

As creative as Twilight was, I think we can all appreciate the badass get-ups of more traditional modern vampires.

You will need: Fangs (you can find a good DIY here), dark lipstick, a black jacket (I went for leather, but a blazer works too) and black booties.

Perfect if: You love vampires.

Bonus points if: You pose for every photo holding a cup full of red liquid. (Watermelon Kool-Aid, anyone?)

6. Madeline

Madeline halloween costume

True, Madeline wore yellow and blue outfits in the books. However, I feel this outfit can be immediate recognized since it captures the spirit of Madeline’s school uniform. Remember to wear the shirt under the dress!

You will need: A shirt with a Peter Pan collar, girly flats, a cloche hat, white gloves, and frilly socks (optional).

Perfect if: You grew up with the Madeline stories.

Bonus points if: You say “Poo, poo” about something.

7. A Masquerade Ball-goer

Masquerade costume

One of the only costumes that makes wearing a mask glamorous.

You will need: A mask, a statement necklace, long gloves, a statement ring, and statement heels.

Perfect if: You’ll be spending Halloween at a party where most of the people there won’t know you.

Bonus points if: You smile coyly whenever someone asks you your name.

8. Wednesday Addams

Wednesday addams halloween costume

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love the Addams Family and those who are lying.

You will need: A black blazer, a white blouse, tights, and dark shoes. (I used heels, but a pair of combat boots would work too).

Perfect if: You have hair long enough for two braids.

Bonus points if: You’re vaguely morbid all night.

9. Daria Morgendorffer

Daria morgendorffer costume

You just know that wearing an LBD would have been too mainstream for Daria.

You will need: A green sweater (ideally a hoodie), black combat boots, glasses, and an orange tank top.

Perfect if: You already wear chunky glasses.

Bonus points if: You point out why Halloween is consumerist and lame (in monotone, of course).

10. Panda Bear

Panda halloween costume

We’ve all seen the girl that dresses up as a cat for Halloween. Why not try something a little more original and dress up as a panda? To really complete the look, use black eyeshadow and paint on a panda nose with liquid eyeliner. I included tissues in case you wanted to sneeze periodically and be the famous sneezing baby panda.

You will need: A knit beanie with two pom-poms, black eyeshadow, a white cardigan, and liquid eyeliner.

Perfect if: You’re still suffering from hayfever.

Bonus points if: You find a comfy spot and snack happily on candy, panda-style.

11. 1920’s Flapper

Flapper halloween costume

Flappers are just awesome. Need I say more? Apply a very pigmented blush to just the apples of your cheeks for a touch of authenticity.

You will need: Red lipstickblush, a long chain necklace, a headband (or cloche hat!), dark eyeshadow, and fun heels.

Perfect if: You love Chicago or The Great Gatsby.

Bonus points if: You do the Charleston at some point during the evening.

12. Bat

Bat halloween costume

Yet another cute animal alternative to the overdone cat costume. (Wear makeup to really sell the look.)

You will need: A sweater with wing-like details, boots, cat ears, and fangs (again, tutorial here.)

Perfect if: You’re really crunched for time and you have cat ears lying around from last year. Or you only kind of want to match costumes with your BF and he’s going as Batman.

Bonus points if: At some point in the evening you flail your arms and exclaim, “I AM THE NIGHT!”

13. Scarecrow

Scarecrow halloween costume

A fun yet modest costume that celebrates the season rather than the holiday. Knot the plaid top around your waist or wear it underneath the dress.

You will need: A straw hat, cowboy boots (or any rustic-looking boots), tights, and a plaid top. Don’t forget some face makeup!

Perfect if: You aren’t a fan of scary or sexy costumes.

Bonus points if: You sit very still near the front door of your house and jump out at kids to scare them (and then, of course, give them plenty of candy, since tricks should always be followed by treats).


And there you have it – 13 Halloween costumes from one Little Black Dress!

What do you think of these costume ideas? Can you think of any more costumes that use an LBD? What will you be doing this Halloween? Are you dressing up? Leave your comments below!

Posted on on October 22, 2013 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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33 Responses to “13 Little Black Dress Halloween Costume Ideas”

  1. 1
    October 22nd, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I love these idea’s! Brilliant! Perfect last minute idea’s for that unexpected Halloween party!

  2. 2
    October 22nd, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    “As creative as Twilight was…” ….What? Besides that, some cute last minute ideas.

  3. 3
    October 22nd, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    This is pretty good. I’m using a LBD to be a cat. It’s just like the bat setup lol

  4. 4
    October 22nd, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    This is one of my favorite posts on this website in a LONG time. I LOVE the scarecrow idea since I go to school in Michigan! I’ll be cozy and unique :)

  5. 5
    October 22nd, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Well, these are imaginative, but I hope more people plan for itn. Halloween is the best holiday, plan all year!

  6. 6
    October 22nd, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    the first outfit is adorable enough to wear on a daily basis :) thanks for giving me inspiration for dressing around campus this fall!

  7. 7
    October 22nd, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Awesome :) thank you for featuring and linking to my vintage shop and cowboy boots )!

  8. 8
    October 22nd, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Such easy costumes. I love this article because it is a basic that everyone has and there are costumes for every personality. I love the Minnie Mouse one!

  9. 9
    October 23rd, 2013 at 10:59 am

    This is so creative–there’s several costumes on this list that I’ve never seen anyone else do before!

  10. 10
    October 23rd, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Awesome ideas,but twilight creative? ;)

  11. 11
    October 23rd, 2013 at 11:41 am

    These ideas are great! My bf and I have a couples costume planned for the parties we are going to, and I was struggling to come up with something to wear for costume day at the office. Bookmarking this one!!

  12. 12
    October 23rd, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Brilliant! I love the idea of making a staple into something creative :^) I’m not one of those girls who drops big $ on a halloween costume I’ll wear once. I love that you found creative use for things I already have!

  13. 13
    October 23rd, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Hi everyone! Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback!

  14. 14
    October 24th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    This is such a great post! I love the last minute ideas that can be achieved for little money/things from your closet/borrowing from friends!

  15. 15
    October 27th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Hi! I just noticed…the link for the minnie mouse ears isn’t working, I tried searching up the minnie mouse ears at Hot Topic but they weren’t there. Are they out of stock? Thanks!

  16. 16
    October 28th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    amazing number of costumes around a dress, excellent.

  17. 17
    October 29th, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Hi Divya! I looked into it and apparently the Hot Topic Minnie Mouse ears are already out of stock. Luckily there are many great DIY tutorials on YouTube and as far as I can tell and they seem to be selling Minnie Mouse ears at Walmart. Good luck!

  18. 18
    October 29th, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Bonus points for not mentioning Audrey Hepburn!

  19. 19
    October 29th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Love the Mean Girls reference!

  20. 20
    November 1st, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    If you have a longer sleeved black dress, you can put a red christmas bow on your head and be Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service! (optional: broom, black cat.)

  21. 21
    September 22nd, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Brilliant thank you!!!

  22. 22
    September 25th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    black dress can be used with many accessories!

  23. 23
    October 1st, 2014 at 5:31 am

    I’d go for Minnie or Madeline, they’re the most recognizable even with the LBD, I think. I don’t know about everyone else, but it makes me uncomfortable when I have to explain my costume to people! lol

  24. 24
    October 19th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Love these! Great ideas. The vampire one also works well for biker babe! Leather jacket, black combat boots, red lips, gold chain!

  25. 25
    October 23rd, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    You can also be a witch with just a hat and a broom with the LBD.

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