20 of the Best DIY Adult Halloween Costumes that are Clever and Easy

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With Halloween right around the corner, finding the perfect costume can be overwhelming. You can always head to the local costume shops that pop up around this time of year, but those options can be both pricey and boring. I am a total fan of making your own costume, so it’s guaranteed to fit perfectly and be creative. If you’re looking to save a few dollars and create something entirely original, check out this list of the best adult Halloween costumes for 2018. From punny costumes to classic looks, there is something for everyone on this list. And don’t worry if you’re not a wizard on the sewing machine. Nearly every one of these looks can be recreated with nothing more technical than some tape or a hot glue gun.

Read on to find the inspiration you need for your one-of-a-kind costume this Halloween!

Costumes that are Puns & Plays on Words

My personal favorite of the DIY adult Halloween costumes, any look that comes with a pun is that perfect combination of clever and quirky. It is so fun to keep your friends guessing what you are, then watching as they dissolve into laughter upon discovery of your clever pun. These costumes below are all perfect puns, and in addition, they could not be easier to pull off. Choose from the list below for an easy and hilarious costume this year.

"Chip on your Shoulder"

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If you’re looking for the most comfortable costume ever that is still good for some laughs, then this costume is for you. Take a yellow piece of construction paper, and cut it into an oval. Crinkle the edges, and tape it to your shoulder. The best part? You can wear almost anything, and this costume still works! Perfect to wear to an office costume party or as a teacher at a school.

"When Life Gives You Lemons

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Another one of the adult Halloween costumes that capitalize on a pun, you can bring this familiar phrase to life with just a few items. Grab a yellow dress, a name tag labeled “life,” and a basket of lemons and you are both adorable and clever. As an added bonus, this costume and be dressed up or down. You can even add some layers if your Halloween festivities end up being chilly.

"It's Raining Men"

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I cannot stop laughing at this hilarious play on this famous 80s song. Pull off one of the cleverest adult Halloween costumes this season with a raincoat, boots, and umbrella. Add pictures of Hollywood’s hunkiest men, and people won’t be able to help but sing the catchy song when they see you.

"Breadwinner"

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If you can dress in red, white and blue and carry a few loaves of dough, then you too can be a breadwinner. Grab a gold medal (or five!) so people know the kind of gluten-loving champion you can be. This punny costume is one of the easiest to pull off, and it’s definitely good for a few laughs.

Group Adult Halloween Costumes

Dressing up with your friends around Halloween never goes out of style, but it can be tricky to find costumes that a whole group can create easily. Below you will see all the best DIY group adult Halloween costumes for groups of any size. Not only will they work for groups or two or groups of twenty, but they are also easy to create from things you already have or things you can get cheap and easy. Try out one of the looks below, and you and your friends will be the envy of the party.

"Party Animals"

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Unite with your friends to create this adorable and easy DIY costume. Add ears, antlers, or tusks to any cute gown and glass of champagne to be both classy and clever this Halloween. No matter the size of your friend group, everyone can participate in this cute group look.

"Pacman"

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No one will suspect these ghosts to show up on Halloween! Recreate the characters from this classic video game with a cheap bed sheet and some cardstock. Pacman himself can join the group in a yellow t-shirt and beanie.

"M&Ms"

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The sweetest candy and the simple costume combine in this great M&M group costume. Just collect a variety of colored T-shirts and affix an “M” to the front. You can dress this costume up or down to wear it to any event.

"Spice Girls"

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A costume that combines puns and pop culture, dressing as the Spice Girls with your friends has never been easier. Prepare for the reunion of the actual Spice Girls with this fabulous play on words. No matter how large your group, there will be a spice for each of you, from allspice to thyme. Add the red apron and the red hat, and you’ve got the makings of the ultimate girl group. 

Classic Costumes

Sometimes the best look is one that is tried and true. There are some vintage characters that women return to time and time again that make great adult Halloween costumes. All of the ones below have the benefit of being iconic, but also the advantage of being easy to recreate with items straight out of your closet. Try one of these classic looks for an effortless costume that will be as famous as the character.

"Catwoman"

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You cannot go wrong with this classic hero/villain combo, and if you’re a lover of all things black and leather, chances are you’ve already got 90% of this costume in your closet. Add some ears, a mask, and maybe even this edgy whip, and you’ve got a costume that is simple to pull off yet totally sexy.

"Audrey Hepburn"

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This style icon makes a timeless costume that few fashionistas can resist. This look only takes a few key pieces: a little black dress, gloves, some pearls, and shades. Add red lipstick and that iconic cigarette, and you’ve got a costume ready for any event, anywhere.

"Scarecrow"

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Get into the autumnal spirit with one of these adorable DIY adult Halloween costumes. With a hat, flannel shirt, and some cleverly placed face paint, you are ready to scare away crows and score some Halloween treats. I love the sunflowers as a prop in this take on the scarecrow costume to add more color and fun to the look.

"Rosie the Riveter"

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Girl power all the way with this classic costume look! All you need is some denim, a scarf, and the skills to rock that iconic Rosie hairdo, and you’ll be representing female empowerment all Halloween long. Just be sure to get a picture of your best Rosie the Riveter pose!

Trendy Costumes

Some people return to the same costume year after year for its ease and simplicity. But some people, myself included, love to dress as something new and different every Halloween. A great way to capitalize on this is to choose costumes that represent the trends and times of 2018. Whether you prefer something iconic from current pop culture or you want something that’s been trendy all year long, you’ll be the talk of the party. Plus, when you’re flipping through pictures years later, it will be easy to remember the year you wore your trendy look.

"Cactus"

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This prickly plant is the trendiest of the season, so it’s no surprise it’s made an appearance in the world of adult Halloween costumes. But I cannot resist this super cute and super easy take on the cactus look. With a green sweatshirt, an orange skirt, and fluffy pink headband you’ve got all the ingredients for a cute trendy costume that is irresistible.

"Avocado Toast"

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You can be everyone’s favorite breakfast this fall in this amazing DIY costume. Put your crafting skills to the test with just a few items to create the trendiest toast this year. Just grab some foam board and some green and brown felt, and you’ll be on your way to looking irresistibly tasty. Grab a bottle of Sriracha to carry around to complete the look.

"Pineapple"

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This sweet fruit is also super trendy this year. If you already have a fabulous yellow dress, all that’s missing are the shades and the DIY pineapple hat that’s made with a hot glue gun, green cardstock, and a toilet paper roll of all things. Great for girls with short hair who want to make a statement, this tropical costume is easy to create last-minute but also adorable.

"La Croix"

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Everyone knows there is no carbonated drink more popular than sparkling water and no sparkling water more popular than La Croix. All that you need to pull off this look is a long tan shirt, metallic paint and transfer paper to add that classic “La Croix” logo to your look. Channel your inner artist, and you’ll be Halloween ready in no time. 

Delicious DIY Adult Halloween Costumes

There is nothing quite as sweet as combining the fun of dressing up for Halloween with the whimsy of snacks and treats. These food-themed DIY costumes look as adorable as they do delicious. If you’re looking for an outfit that will have everyone drooling for all the right reasons, try one of these cute food-themed costumes below.

"Popcorn"

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If you can wear a striped skirt and white crop top, then you’re halfway to success with this freshly popped costume. Just crumple up some paper and spray paint a bit of yellow onto each for a delicious “buttery coating.” Attach to your crop top, and you’re ready to be the perfect movie companion.

"Deviled Egg"

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This costume combines two of my favorite costume themes: puns and food. Create this deviled egg look with a cardboard “egg,” devil horns and a cape or pitchfork to complete the look. You’ll be the sweetest deviled egg this world has ever seen.

"Pizza"

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Master one of the easiest (and most delicious!) adult Halloween costumes with this DIY pizza look. If you already have a beige or mozzarella-colored maxi dress, add construction paper toppings. Cut out pepperoni, peppers, onions, and cheese from some red, green, yellow and white construction paper. The only downside? You have to stand in a split all evening to give you that iconic pizza shape.

"Ice Cream Cone" 

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This sweet costume is great for so many reasons. Not only is it adorable, but it only takes a few simple steps to make yourself the coolest ice cream cone. Just tape paper “sprinkles” onto a white dress, and add a cone of brown paper to a headband to re-create this look for yourself.

Conclusion

With this selection of twenty adorable and easy costume ideas, you are on your way to a successful Halloween holiday this Fall. Gather up the items you need and get your craft on. All of these costume ideas are creative and unique. If the creativeness of these easy DIY adult Halloween costumes has inspired you, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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