10 Easy Halloween Costumes For Guys That Are Affordable
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Halloween isn’t just for kids. Many adults dress up and throw their own parties, or accompany the kids as they go for a ride or a treat. There are tons of adult costume ideas out there, but buying a premade Halloween costume is often incredibly expensive, and the good ones sell out fast too.
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Instead, we’ve put together a list of ten easy Halloween costumes for guys that are also budget-friendly, especially if you can buy second-hand or pull items from your own closet.
Barbie’s famous sidekick Ken has had many incarnations, but he’s being reimagined in an upcoming film, “Barbie” by writer-director Greta Gerwig, and would make a great costume, according to GQ Magazine. In it, Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, wears acid wash jeans and a sleeveless denim vest, high-waisted white underwear and little else.
If you’ve never had or saved up your own 80s acid wash, Etsy has you covered, starting at $20 a pair and up. You can probably find a jacket at Goodwill or similar for around $5-6 and cut off the sleeves, and a three-pack of white Hanes underwear on Amazon for $7. If you have to buy this outfit from scratch, expect to pay around $30-35.
Danny Zuko from “Grease”
Few costumes are more iconic and simpler to put together than Danny Zuko of “Grease” – most famously played by John Travolta. For the “fatter” 50s look, you need a white t-shirt, which you probably already have in your closet, and a leather jacket. Now, the leather jacket might seem expensive, but on sites like Etsy, ThredUp, Poshmark, and other sites, you can find them for $25 and under.
These jackets are often much cheaper at in-person consignment stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army.
You can’t go wrong with the classic lumberjack outfit for Halloween, and it gets bonus points for warmth if you live in a cool part of the country.
You need a plaid button-up shirt, ideally suspenders over jeans or Carhart-style work pants, boots, a beanie, a beard (real or fake), and a fake ax or machete for chopping. You can buy the accessories on Amazon, including the fake beard, suspenders, and hatchets for $19.99 and just pull the rest out of your closet, or you can buy used again. An outfit consisting of a jacket, jeans, beanie, and boots from Goodwill would cost you around $20, but you’d still need suspenders and the axe.
Marty McFly from “Back to the Future”
Whether you lived through the 80s and want to represent the nostalgia of the decade, or just love “Back to the Future”, the Marty McFly costume is an easy and affordable way to go.
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Marty McFly is the film’s affable, near-doomed protagonist played by Michael J. Fox, who wears the iconic outfit throughout the film – a blue and white plaid button-up shirt with a dark undershirt, red puffy vest (or orange), blue jeans and white sneakers. You might be able to get the whole outfit together in your closet, but if not, you can pick up a used version at Poshmark for $15. Or, assemble the outfit yourself at a local Goodwill or similar thrift store. If you can provide your own undershirt and white sneakers, you can get a similar pre-owned outfit for around the same price.
People have been playing the remarkably simple yet hugely engaging Twister game for decades, and now you can dress like the game itself with a very simple costume, according to College Life Made Easy. You need a white t-shirt to paint on, some simple fabric paints, white jeans, and a piece of white cardboard. Paint the four primary color circles on your shirt and paint yourself a roulette wheel on your white cardboard. Here you are, a Twister game on a human scale. Just be careful not to get stepped on at your Halloween party.
The jeans and t-shirt you could buy at Goodwill for around $10. If you must buy the white jeans, which can be hard to find, Ebay sells pairs for as low as $22.99. A set of primary acrylic paints is just $3.49 at Michael’s, and Dollar Tree sells poster boards for $1.25 a pop. If you were to buy all the elements, you could do it for around $30.
As long as you don’t live in a super cold area, you can pull off a costume reminiscent of the wild times we’ve all had during the pandemic, and create an easy and affordable costume: a telecommuter. Downstairs you can wear either boxer shorts or sweatpants, and upstairs you can wear a dress shirt and tie. Take your laptop or tablet with you, or make a fake one out of cardboard. If you dress from your closet, this entire outfit is free. If you buy the shirt, tie, and boxer shorts from Goodwill or similar, you can get the complete outfit for $10 to $15.
Men who are bald or brave enough to shave their heads for a gag could have a very simple costume with some of the same elements from the Twister game. Go like the cleaning products mascot, Mr. Clean.
You need a white t-shirt, white pants or jeans, white shoes, white fake eyebrows, and a gold earring (maybe a clip). The jeans and t-shirt you could buy at Goodwill for around $10. Two sets of stick-on white eyebrows are $7.29 on Amazon. Shein sells “gold” clip-on earrings for $1.50. Again, you can find white jeans on eBay, and white shoes can be found fairly easily second-hand. You can put this outfit together for around $10 to around $30.
The “Where’s Waldo” children’s book series is the inspiration for a simple, easy and recognizable Halloween costume that’s also affordable. All you need to be the hard-to-find Waldo is a red beanie and a black and white or red and white striped t-shirt over any type of pants. Shein is selling a red beanie for $2 and Amazon is selling a two-pack of men’s black and white striped shirts for $10.90. If you were to buy all the coins, you would lose around $13.
Roll of toilet paper
If you want to get a little more creative, while staying well under budget, consider being everyone’s favorite thing to hoard during the pandemic: a roll of toilet paper! All you need is some brown paper or soft cardboard that you can stick in a roll shape around your body, and some toilet paper or tissue to glue it on so it looks like the end of the roll. You can buy 180 feet of brown paper (way more than you need) on Amazon for $3.38 and a box of Great Value tissues at Walmart for $1.58, which makes your costume total less than 5 $.
Nothing could be easier than this costume, recommended by College Life Made Easy. You need two things: glue and dried grass (and maybe an outfit you can mess up with glue). Not only is this outfit simple, but it’s basically free. Cut yourself enough grass to coat your body, let it dry, then stick it on. There it’s done. You are grass. Sit in a heap somewhere and surprise the neighbors’ children.
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