5 Halloween Costumes You Can Make With Everyday Clothing

With all due respect, we think that prepackaged, plastic-happy, shiny, lamé costumes can be…well, kind of lame.

To each their own of course, but when we start thinking of Halloween costumes (on November 1st, obviously), we try to think of costumes we can make ourselves using everyday clothing we already own, or better yet, everyday clothing we really want to own. If it can double as part of your Halloween costume – well, who can argue with that?!

That said, if you’re looking for a quick Halloween fix  (it’s in two weeks!) that’s also beneficial to your closet,  we’ve really got you covered. Here are five easy-to -assemble Halloween costume ideas that use almost only everyday clothing. Who knows, you might even be able to find these pieces at your local Crossroads store!

1. Cat Woman

Cat Woman Costume

My original costume idea for this year, I was doubting whether I really wanted to spend money on a black, long-sleeved unitard, seeing as there would be literally no occasion to wear it after October 31st. My solution? Though not entirely authentic, opt for a pair of high waist disco pants that you can surely wear again, and a long-sleeved body suit. If you worry you’ll get as much miles out of a bodysuit as you would a unitard(meaning zero), a long sleeve body-con mini-dress could also work if properly tucked in.

2. Cute Witch

Cute Witch Costume

Considering something a little more traditional? Just as people like to take traditional costume ideas and sex-ify them, I’m a big proponent of cute-ifying. This cute witch costume uses a lot of things you may  already own – a black coat, a white button-up, ablack sweater – and may be the excuse you need to buy a new pair of winter booties (pointy toe, please!) and a very now leather midi skirt. The only Halloween store extras you’ll need are a hat, some silly socks, and a creepy cameo pin for an added effect. Layer the sweater over the button-up and place the cameo pin over the last button on the collared shirt to nail the look.

3. Daria

Daria Costume

We like costumes that are a little cheeky, and that’s exactly what this Daria costume is. Though you might get a few people asking you what you are, maintain Daria’s demeanor and trust that no one will bother you. Plus, now you have the perfect reason to grab a new pair of combat boots, which you need more than you may know.

4. Oscar PR Girl

Oscar PR Girl Halloween Costume

Don’t be like the rest of them, darling! Our favorite fashion personalities are the ones that don’t take themselves too seriously, and undoubtedly the most recognizable (but funny) voice in fashion to surface this year is Oscar De La Renta’s Twitter hero, @OscarPRGirl, also known as Erika Bearman.  Not only is she one of our time’s most quotable retweetable voices, she also has an extremely distinct style, and we’ve captured its essence – satin maxi skirts, sleeved crop tops and long layers – in this costume. Now all you need to do is memorize this and you’re in for a good night.

5. Wednesday Addams

Wednesday Addams Halloween Costume

Perhaps the easiest costume on this list, we love a good Wednesday Addams outfit because it involves three main pieces you know you will wear again – a long sleeve black dress, a white Peter Pan shirt underneath and a pair of boots. Makeup is key, so watch this and learn Wednesday’s ways. I highly recommend watching Addams Family Values while prepping to help you get into character.

What are you going to be for Halloween?

About Sarah

I'm a recycled fashion enthusiast, as well as the official Crossroads Trading blogger. I have a penchant for cameras, pumpkin flavored-anything, midi skirts, throwback TV shows, music festivals, and beaches.


  1. great ideas!! ♥ Meghan, The Flight of Fancy

  2. don’t you mean october first?

  3. kaley j. says:

    good ones. there’s actually a whole site full of costumes like this called carbon costume.

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