Cardia is a videographer from Barbados with a passion for travel, craft, writing and helping others.
Let's face facts—the biggest dilemma of going to a Halloween party is figuring out your costume. Some people spend the whole year planning their outfits. Usually, the rest of us just want a costume that is simple, easy to recognize, and affordable to make.
Not to worry, the costumes on this list are all easy to put together, ranging from well-planned to something that can be thrown together at the last minute before heading out the door. Each character includes a small list of what items you'll need.
In terms of resources, most of these costumes can be made with items you already have in your wardrobe. A trip to the local thrift store can also come in handy. Plus, the internet (especially YouTube) is full of great tutorials on how to create your own props.
1. Changing Superhero Guy
This one would definitely be a great conversation starter. We all know that famous scene from most superhero movies (the classic Superman comes to mind) when he runs to the nearest phone booth or alleyway to change into his costume. Well, what would happen if halfway through he was interrupted?
- Button-down shirt
- Superhero shirt/costume with logo (to be worn underneath the shirt)
- Glasses (optional)
2. Pi Patel From Life of Pi
Based on the best-selling book, the movie was a box office success and won many prizes. Once again very iconic and easy to recognize, this costume based on Pi Patel during his days at sea is very easy to make. Due to its few materials, it’s a great option to throw together at the last minute.
- Baggy pants (preferably a light colour)
- Blue cloth wrapped around your head
- Stuffed tiger to carry (optional, but would be a great prop to carry!)
Another funny idea would be to add the mathematical Pi sign (π) painted somewhere on your person, like maybe on the head cloth or in body paint.
3. Logan/Wolverine From X-Men
Wolverine has a classic look that is easy to recreate and instantly recognizable. For added realistic effect, you can add rips and stains in the clothing.
- White tank
- Gelled hair
- Drawn on sideburns
- Fake Wolverine claws
- Cigar (optional)
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4. Han Solo From Star Wars
What can we really say about Han Solo, besides being one of the most iconic heroes in movie history? The Captain of the Millennium Falcon is always a favourite at pop culture conventions and dress-up parties, and Halloween is no exception.
- Long-sleeved light-coloured tee
- Dark coloured vest
- Dark skinny cut pants
- Belt with a large buckle
- Fake gun prop
5. Indiana Jones From . . . Indiana Jones
The minute you saw this name on the list, I bet you started humming the famous theme song:
Luckily, everyone's favourite archeologist's trademark look is super easy to throw together.
- brown leather jacket
- brown/dark pants
- button-down shirt
- small satchel/bag
- fake gun prop
- fake whip prop (optional)
- the infamous fedora hat!
A fun idea would be to include a golden idol prop, like the one that Indy stole from the temple in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
6. "Pornstache"/ George Mendez From Orange Is the New Black
From the Netflix hit series, Orange Is the New Black, Pornstache is the guy that we all love to hate. His uniform is simple, but with the right attitude (and of course the ‘stache) you’ll be easily recognized.
- Blue button-down shirt
- Black pants
- Hair gelled back
- Any police accessories: handcuffs, badges, portable radios, etc. These will make it look more genuine!
7. Where's Waldo?
One of the most memorable pop culture characters, this lovable guy has one of the easiest costumes on this list to recreate.
- Blue jeans
- Red and white striped sweater or shirt
- Thick black glasses
- Red beanie
- Walking stick (optional)
- Map (optional)
8. Napoleon Dynamite
This indie movie from 2004 wound up being a massive success, with a cult following that is still very strong today.
Napoleon is the definition of an awkward teenager, and his ‘too cool to care’ look can easily be mimicked. Sigh a lot, roll your eyes, and express your displeasure at the world. Also be sure to quip some of his famous sayings, like:
“Tina, you fat lard, come get some dinner!”
“You gonna eat your tots?”
“I’m gonna do whatever I feel like doing, gosh!”
- Vote for Pedro white T-shirt
- Blue jeans
- Thick glasses
- Gelled hair (if possible, into curls)
- Chunky sneakers, or anything that can pass as his famous “moon boots”
BONUS IDEA: grab two more friends and go as Napoleon, his brother Kip and their friend Pedro!
9. Carl From The Walking Dead
Being one of the few characters that have actually survived from the first season until now, we have seen Carl Grimes grow from a young boy into a moody teenager, constantly on the run from walkers (and other dangers). Carl's look is easy to imitate.
Tip: Feel free to add some fake blood splatters to your clothes to make it look like you just survived a horde of walkers.
- Sheriff hat
- Graphic T-shirt
- gun prop (optional)
- eye patch (if you want to go as Carl from the later seasons)
Mike from Harrisburg Pa on May 10, 2016:
I've started on my costume. I have a old flannel shirt and a worn out pair of pants. I have 5 months for shopping for the accessories I'll buy little if anything at the halloween store.
Cardia (author) from Barbados. on May 06, 2015:
Thanks, torrilynn! I tried to come up with some costume ideas that were easy as well as affordable to make/use. Sometimes it's better to recycle what you have lying around than blowing money on something you'll rarely use more than once.
torrilynn on May 05, 2015:
I like the fact that these costumes are easy to make. When Halloween rolls around, costumes from a store are expensive to buy.