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Outfits Under $100: Budget-Friendly Halloween Costumes


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Who doesn’t love Halloween? Even if you don’t like being scared, you probably enjoy getting dressed up. On the rare chance you don’t partake in either of those activities, you’ve got to be excited about the bounty of candy you’ll inevitably end up with next week.

Though fun, Halloween costumes can be tricky for those of us with budgets in mind. While we all can’t go to costume extremes, it is possible to come up with a creative, cute, and inexpensive costume. To help ease your trick or treating woes, here are five simple Halloween costume ideas for girls on a budget, each under $100.  The best part?  You are likely to have most of the items already in your closet!

Skeeter Phelan from The Help – $63.88

Skeeter Phelan
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Dressing like this strong-willed game-changer from The Help, one of this year’s hottest movies, is sure to get you noticed this Halloween. (It’s also a great excuse to buy a vintage-y dress, if you don’t own one!)

The key to dressing like Skeeter Phelan is a 1960s-inspired dress, kitten heels, and other simple touches like cat-eye frames and a scarf. Ringlets are a necessity for this look, so you may have to rock a wig if you don’t have bouncing curls.

Skeeter Phelan from The Help costume
Product Information: Dress – Modcloth, Shoes – My Hot Shoes, Scarf – Modcloth, Glasses – Amazon

Equestrian – $99.30

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If you find yourself with zero costume ideas for Halloween and need something last minute, why not go with an equestrian look? You’ve already got all of the items, and if you don’t, you probably need a good blazer, light colored jean, and riding boot for fall anyway. The only piece you’ll really need to buy is a simple equestrian hat, which can usually be found in a sporting goods store or online.

Equestrian Halloween costume
Product Information: Blazer – H&M, Jeans -Forever 21, Shoes – Deb Shops, Hat – Amazon

Cher in Clueless – $92.74

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Clueless is a perpetual fave among fashion girls. Alicia Silverstone is arguably at her best in this movie, and her outfits are among the highlights of the film.  So what would make a better Halloween costume, really?

We love Cher’s schoolgirl-chic outfit for a Halloween costume – just pair an argyle or plaid skirt, oxford shirt, tailored blazer, and sheer knee high socks. Don’t forget tons of shopping bags!

Cher from Clueless costume
Product Information: Top – H&M, Blazer – Forever 21, Skirt – Saks Fifth Avenue, Shoes – Target, Socks – American Apparel

A Lumberjack – $88.52

Honestly, how many lumberjacks did you see at last year’s Halloween party? I’m guessing 99% of you say none. A lumberjack is a very, very simple outfit to pull together in a time crunch and is also pretty creative.

For this costume, a plaid shirt, combat boots, and fake axe are all you need. Bonus points are awarded for suspenders and a beanie hat. You’ll probably be getting loads of Monty Python jokes all night.

Lumberjack costume
Product Information: Shirt – Tilly’s, Jeans – H&M, Boots – My Hot Shoes, Suspenders – American Apparel, Fake Axe – Amazon

Salvador Dali – $49.03

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I have to give credit to my mother for the best Halloween costume I’ve ever worn. When I was younger, we had a time crunch to put together a costume (read: about ten minutes). So my artist mother decided I should go as Salvador Dali. She drew on a moustache, put one of her paint-splattered aprons on me, and handed me a canvas. I was good to go, and I still haven’t come up with a Halloween costume that could top that one!

Salvador Dali costume
Product Information: Top – H&M, Leggings – Forever 21, Flats – Forever 21, Apron – Amazon, Fake Moustache – Halloween Costumes 4 U, Poster – Amazon, Pallette – Amazon

What are you going to be for Halloween?

And how do you keep your look budget-friendly?  What is your favorite costume to date?  Which of the looks above is your favorite?  Leave a comment below and let us know the details!

Posted on on October 24, 2012 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , , ,

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16 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: Budget-Friendly Halloween Costumes”

  1. 1
    October 24th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I’m being a cute statue of liberty! :) I am hoping this is a unique costume choice, while still being figure flattering. It’s a teal wrap dress, a headpiece, and a flashing torch!

  2. 2
    October 24th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I’d really like to see some terrifying costume ideas instead of costumes that look like outfits you could see any other day of the year.

    Let’s really get into the Halloween spirit! ^^

  3. 3
    October 24th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Although this is cute, I would not call it budget friendly at all. Every year in college, I have gone for a solid 5 nights of Halloween without ever spending more than $20, if that. Go thrifting. Borrow something from your friends. Use what you have. Calling under $100 for ONE NIGHT budget friendly is rather unrealistic.

  4. 4
    October 24th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    The link for the riding helmet on Amazon is actually a link to just a helmet cover. An actual helmet would be insanely expensive.
    Though I do like the idea of getting clothes that can be used after Halloween is over.

  5. 5
    October 24th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    $100 for one outfit for ANY occasion seems crazy to me. For Halloween I do not go over $50 for sure. That’s way too much money!

  6. 6
    October 24th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I love Halloween and think this post is relatively budget friendly (contrary to what the above comments say). I love the Clueless costume – that’s ingenious. I’m definitely going to be Cher next year. This year I’m being Wednesday from The Addams Family. That’s also a good costume for someone with a tight budget (if you make it). The only things you need are black tights, black shoes, a dark (and very modest) vintage dress. Braid your hair and TADA!- you are transformed into an iconic member from the spooky Addams Family.

  7. 7
    October 24th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    These are cute but I do agree with the commenters before me–these are a bit pricey for a Halloween costume, especially on a budget! (I really like the lumberjack idea, but I have to say, it was probably the most common costume I saw over the past two years, so I don’t know about the originality of it!)

  8. 8
    October 24th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Friendly for whose budget exactly?

  9. 9
    October 24th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Great post! I love the Cher from Clueless idea. She’s been on my future costumes list forever!

    Personally, I don’t think these outfits are that expensive and am surprised at all the complaints. Did you guys read the article? First of all, two of the outfits ring up closer to $50 than $100. Second, if you read, they’re saying most of the items are things you own. What girl doesn’t already have skinny jeans, a plaid shirt and boots?? Third, if you’ve ever bought a “leg avenue” bag costume, you know those can run $50+… those are more popular on my campus than DIY jobs! SMH.

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    October 24th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Here’s a flet hat from Urban that could work as a riding helmet as most fancy ones are pricey (I’m an equestrian, trust me) :

    Also, a cowgirl is also a good option. All you need are jeans, some boots, a cowgirl hat and a plaid shirt. Rope/big belt buckles/ fringe/chaps optional.

  11. 11
    October 25th, 2012 at 2:52 am

    I see why some are saying this is not budget friendly. But I think the point of this post is to be creative with what’s already in your closet! I think the lumberjack costume is funny and if I weren’t being a cheapo and reusing my costume from last year I would totally be a lumberjack ;)

  12. 12
    October 25th, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Nice :D but i think i m going for something more halloween , but not to standard … so i m searching… may be à mummi? Xp

  13. 13
    October 25th, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Hahaha the Dali one is so funny!

  14. 14
    October 25th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Love the Dali costume!

    As for the comments about budgets, I think these are quite reasonable. The point of the article isn’t to tell you to go out and buy every single item in the set: it’s really more about giving suggestions for outfits with the assumption that you might already have some similar pieces.

    I’m all for thrift stores, but it’s not really possible to post outfit sets culled from Goodwill finds because every store is different…that’s the fun of the search!

  15. 15
    October 13th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I’m going as a Lumberjack on one of the nights I go out this year and it’s going to cost almost nothing. I bought a men’s red plaid flannel shirt from Salvation Army for $2 and I’m going to alter it myself to make it fit me better. I have jeans and black boots already so all I need now is to buy or make a prop axe and borrow suspenders from my brother. Frugal costumes are the best!

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