15 Clever Cheap Halloween Costumes for 2018

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Halloween spells “Fun!” for people in many different ways. This could be from social interactions, handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, or choosing the perfect costume. The holiday truly brings out the silly side of people, costumed or not. But, with so many outfit ideas out there it can be hard to nail down the right one.

Of course, you could always go for something more traditional like a vampire, doctor, or princess. Well-known TV shows or movie characters are also another popular route. Or, you could choose a cheap and clever Halloween costume instead.

Cheap and clever doesn’t need to look cheap and clever, however. It can look like you put loads of thought into it–when all you did was throw something together because it made you cackle with laughter.

Use these cheap and clever Halloween costume ideas as a springboard to making one of the best costumes on the planet.

1. Dick Tater

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Amazon Fresh

As far as costumes go, this is probably one of the easiest clever Halloween costumes on the planet. You literally need some twine and a potato. Place the tater on your crotch, and find a comfortable place for it. Wrap the veggie in twine, securing it, and then tie the twine comfortably around your waist. Voila–dictator…er dick tater!

Price: $0.99

Buy a Russet Potato here.

2. Cereal Killer

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An easily recognizable play-on-words, this clever Halloween costume requires a fake, bloody butcher knife, and an empty box of cereal. Simply slice a hole in the middle of the box, and slide in the bloody knife. Secure with hot glue, or keep it free for added effect. Add a Jason mask, if you’re feeling particularly dastardly.

Price: $22.97

Buy the Bloody Halloween Knife here.

3. ‘Sugar’ Daddy

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This clever Halloween costume can also be made into a “sugar” mommy, as well. Simply purchase a large bag of sugar, and place it in the doll stroller. Alternatively, use a baby carrier to hold the sugar. Add in a “World’s Best Dad” or “World’s Best Mom” shirt, and you’re golden.

Price: $21.99

Buy the My First Doll Stroller with Basket here.

4. A Bag of Eminems

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While we all love chocolate, this clever Halloween costume is focused more on the music scene. Eminem…not M&M. Simply go online, print out a bunch of pictures of the rapper Eminem, cut them out, and attach them to a contractor or garbage bag. In the corners of the plastic bag, cut leg holes. If need be, cut arm holes, as well, depending on your height. Step inside, and you’re rockin’.

Price: $26.98

Buy the Contractor Trash Bags here.

5. Kevin Bacon

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This clever Halloween costume is pretty self explanatory. Slide on your bacon costume, and attach a “Hello, my name is ______” name tag. In the blank space, write “Kevin”. Boom. Kevin Bacon.

Price: $14.99

Buy the Bacon Strip Costume here.

6. Holy Cow

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Another clever play-on-words, this Halloween costume can be as dressed up or as dressed down as you like. Step into a cow onesie (or make your own cow costume by sewing black felt dots on a white shirt). Add a halo or some angel wings, and you’ll be the holiest of cows.

Price: $23.99 – $27.99

Buy the Cow Costume Sleepsuit here.

7. Wonder Bread

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Sandwich holders + super heroes = a pretty dang clever Halloween costume. Simply put on a Wonder Woman costume, and then attach a piece of bread. If you’re not a big fan of dropping breadcrumbs everywhere (or you’re gluten-free and just don’t want to mess with it), opt to purchase an actual bag of Wonder Bread, and attach some twine, to fashion a little sling over your shoulder.

If you’re looking for a more low-key Wonder Woman costume, check out this awesome alternative.

Price: $38.99 – $89.99

Buy the Secret Wishes Wonder Woman Corset Costume here.

8. Dr. Pepper

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Oh I’m a pepper, he’s a pepper, she’s a pepper, we’re a pepper, wouldn’t you like to be a pepper, too? Dr. Pepper was bound to make an appearance. Throw on a doctor costume, or heck even just a doctor coat, and write “Dr. Pepper” on a “Hello, my name is_____” name tag. Easy as pie.

Price: $11.75 (49 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Men’s E.R. Doctor Costume here.

9. Baked Beans

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Old Glory

Beans, beans the magical fruit…Beans come in many shapes and forms, so you can attack this clever Halloween costume from a few angles. First is with the above Jelly Beans t-shirt. Second, is with a coffee bean t-shirt. But what about the baked part? Baked, like stoned. Pair this outfit with a beanie, some weed socks, and a perpetually stoney look. Add in a joint for added effect.

Price: $26.95 – $30.95

Buy the Jelly Beans All Over Adult T-Shirt here.

10. Dumbledora the Explorer

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This clever costume focuses on two entirely different worlds: Harry Potter and Dora the Explorer. To make this costume work, you’ll need Dora’s orange shorts, pink shirt, and backpack. Plus, you’ll need Dumbledore’s hat, and his beard. You’ll be giving sage advice, and yelling, “Swiper, no swiping!” in no time.

Price: $24.95

Buy the Albus Dumbledore Tassel Hat here.

11. Copy Cat

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Cat costumes are cliche (although if that’s your thing, check out this in-depth list), but they’re cute as heck. If you’re looking for a twist on a good ol’ kitten costume, then consider a copy cat. All you need is a black tall tee, cat accessories, and a white fabric marker. Simply write “copy” across the t-shirt’s chest, and you’ll be the perfect copy cat.

Price: $16.99

Buy the Cat Cosplay Set here.

12. Freudian Slip

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If you’re unfamiliar with psychology terms, a Freudian slip is an unintentional error, which reveals subconscious feelings. For example, if you said “We’re looking for the best and the brightest,” but actually said “We’re looking for the breast and the brightest,” you’d have made a Freudian Slip. Take that gaffe and turn it into a clever, cheap Halloween costume.

You’ll need a black slip, a sash, and a fabric marker. Write the word “Freud” on the sash. Boom. Freudian slip.

Price: $9.94 – $39.82

Buy the VASSARETTE Women’s Spin Slip here.

13. Taco Belle

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Disney is awesome. Tacos are awesome. But Disney and tacos?! Holy heck you’re bringing it to another level. To create this look, you’ll need a Belle dress, and a taco purse. Alternatively, you can show up with actual Taco Bell in-hand.

Price: $59.99

Buy the Taco Clutch Purse here.

14. French Kiss

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Costume Agent

This costume can be interpreted a number of ways. But the easiest way to do so is with a mime outfit and face paint. Luckily, this kit includes everything you’ll need. And rather than doing “classic” mime makeup, paint your face like a member of Kiss. (Head over to this Mashable article for inspiration).

If you’re looking for a women’s cute mime outfit, click here.

Price: $29.95 – $34.95

Buy the Mime Costume Set with Makeup Kit here.

15. Spice Rack

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As far as clever, cheap Halloween costumes go, this may be the easiest. If you’re a woman, you most likely already have a bralette or sports bra in your closet. (Snag one here if you need one). Simply take a few spices out of your spice drawer and shove them in your bra. Easy, clever spice rack.

Price: $18.59 – $36.99

Buy the Womens Push-up Padded Strappy Sports Bra here.

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