I haven’t had time to think about putting together something clever and cute for my Halloween costume this year. It’s coming up so fast, and I am broke. What do you suggest for cheap, cute Halloween costumes?



I am in the same boat, my friend. Except I have had plenty of time to think about what I should be for Halloween – I think I’ve been combing through Pinterest since the beginning of September! (check out my Halloween board) However, every year I refuse to spend a lot of money, and try to come up with something I can basically put together using the clothes already in my closet.

Here are the top 3 costume ideas that I have found that are cute, easy to put together, and cheap!


Rosie the Riveter

I think this is what I might do this year…


You can choose two ways to do Rosie:

  1. Comfy and casual
  2. Pin-up and sexy

This is why I like this costume – I can have one version for work or mellow events, and another for going out.

Here are some examples of the casual version from Pinterest:





…and a more pin-up, glam option:



Instead of jeans and boots, add some shorts and heels. If you want to get real crazy (and some of us do), unbutton the shirt a little bit for a pop of a red bra or lacy tank top. I love the high-waisted shorts and tied shirt look, with cat-eye eye-liner and a bright red lip.

Here is how I might throw it together using the clothes in my closet…


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Still need the red bandanna!



I saw someone at my work do this a few years ago and it was ADORABLE. I think this will definitely be on my list for next year.



All you need is a brown outfit, sticks for antlers, and some white and black face paint to pull this off (ears and tail are optional in my book). It’s mostly about the makeup and a cute, cozy brown outfit.





The girl above makes those sticks look awesome, but I would probably want to spray paint the sticks for my antlers to make them look less like…well, sticks. Maybe gold? Or even just a chocolate brown would make them look more put together.

Here are some outfit ideas that I think would be adorable:







Some tights, some cozy socks, maybe a faux-fur vest? Boom.


Tooth Fairy

I stumbled across this pin and thought – I could make that pretty cute, pretty easily…



I mean, I don’t know if I would want to look like a huge walking cloud (no offense LC, I love ya), but I think it’s a super cute idea.


Here is what you would need:

1.Cute dress or skirt/top combo







(I just realized this is the perfect opportunity to finally wear that bridesmaids dress in your closet!)


2. Little bag for some teeth…

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Have a little jewelry or makeup bag that you never use? You can even put the word “Teeth” on it in sparkles or something if you want to make things really clear.


3. Crown and/or wand and/or wings

I say get at least one out of the three to make everything look pulled together.

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(Who is looking for an excuse to wear a flower crown??? I am!!!)





I say top it off with some bright makeup (maybe some white eye liner action with a pop of color and/or pink lips) and a top knot – I love LC’s above.


Okay, I hope I gave you some ideas that will help you pull together a cute, somewhat original, and cheap costume last-minute!


Check out my struggle last year to come up with a costume… I ended up being a scarecrow since Anthony just had heart surgery – so the Tin Man seemed perfect for him:


(For the record, he has silver paint on his face – he’s not on the brink of death or anything, like some thought when we posted this!)


If you have already decided, what are you going to be for Halloween? Tell us in the comments!


2 Comments on Mélange à trois: How do I look cute on the cheap for Halloween?

  1. Emily
    October 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Such cute ideas!! First of all, I’m offended you didn’t use one of the photos from the Halloween I was Rosie and you were a sexy devil… Also it kills me that some people thought Anthony was dying in that photo. I love the tooth fairy idea! So so adorable. Also please be a deer next year

    • Stephanie
      October 20, 2015 at 2:48 pm (2 years ago)

      Hahaha I should have included that, I totally forgot! Yeah, I actually liked the tooth fairy idea so much as I was writing this that I’m considering wearing the bridesmaids dress from your wedding and doing that instead…? However, that would travel to Phoenix less well than a chambray top and shorts. Thoughts?


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