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Creative Halloween Costumes for 2017

Oct 17, 2017

2017 promises to be the most creative Halloween yet, thanks to the slew of superhero movies, comics, awesome books, and comic conventions. Cosplay is totally in right now, so you have tons of inspiration to draw on from around the web. Here's a piece of advice for creating the most awesome costume this year for a group or a solo outing: the best Halloween costumes aren't the ones you spent the most money on... they're the ones you spent the most creative energy on! 

The Halloween costumes selected here are high on creativity, low on cost, and can be done as a group or on your own.


Go for the gold and give yourself an award for the best... whatever! Gold makeup, gold hairspray, and spray paint (with adult supervision) make this costume a winner! H/T to Catie Haynes for this winning idea!

Gold trophiesGo for the goldCourtesy of Catie Haynes chaynes02


Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. Then be a unicorn! Whether you go all out on the makeup and glitter like AmyPumpkin13 (who has lots of great Halloween makeup ideas on her Instagram page), or just tie on a cotton candy cone with some string, you can show your own unique style with as much or as little effort as you'd like.

beautiful unicornAlways be yourself... unless you can be a unicornCourtesy of AmyPumpkin13

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Who says three's a crowd? Go as Rock, Paper, Scissors for a fun costume that's also a great conversation starter at parties! Get creative with poster board, paint and scissors, or use a minimalist approach and draw your symbols on the front and back of a t-shirt for a last-minute-costume.

Rock, Paper, ScissorsRock, Paper, ScissorsCourtesy of MadsVassarBlog

Box of Kittens

Who can resist a box of kittens up for adoption! It's so easy to dress as a kitten for Halloween -- just add ears, a tail, and a cute black button nose -- but step it up with a cardboard box attached to suspenders or a sturdy rope and add some kittens for a unique take on an old classic. You can make this costume a duo with a friend dressed as a puppy!

Who can resist a box of kittens?Who can resist a box of kittens?Courtesy of lastminutecostumes.com

Emjoi Masks

If you're like a lot of people, you wait until the last minute to make a costume. Emoji masks are easy to make with yellow poster board and sharpies, and you can travel with as many or as few friends as you'd like to add to your group!

Emoji masksNothing can be simpler than an emoji costumeCourtesy of aliceandlois

Beanie Babies

Teddy bears, kittens, monkeys, and elephants are all well and good as costumes, but add a TY tag and you have a unique take on an old standard that's easy to make!

Beanie BabiesBeanie Babies never go out of styleCourtesy of lastminutecostumes.com

Movie Posters

Most movies posters feature characters in over-the-top poses. Going as a cast of characters from a movie takes a lot of thought and a little work scrounging through your closets, but it can be done for free if you give yourself enough time and leave yourselves free to change characters based on what you have. Some iconic movies from the past 30 years to consider: Ferris Bueller, Pretty in Pink, Scooby-DooThe AvengersHarry Potter, The Grinch, Toy Story, The Flintstones, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Napoleon Dynamite, and The Great Gatsby. This also works great for iconic books like "The Magic Treehouse" for younger kids or Rick Riordan's "Magnus Chase" series. Pose for photo ops in your best poster or book cover pose for cool Insta-sharing!

The Breakfast Club charactersGo as your favorite 80s movie posterCourtesy of brit-and-co
Have Your Say

What are you dressing as this Halloween? Share your best ideas in the comments below!