15 budget-friendly Halloween costumes, all under $50

Marriska Fernandes
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The pandemic may have made it impossible to celebrate with large crowds, however that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on everyone’s favourite spooky holiday. Instead of going out this Halloween, you can safely enjoy the evening at home with all your favourite tricks and treats.

Just queue up a horror movie, break out the candy corn, and throw on your scariest costume for a night that’s just as fun as a big get-together.

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Whether you’re a fan of over-the-top gore or prefer the comical route, you can still opt for smart, funny or scary costumes this year. Many costumes manage to stay affordable if you know where to shop, so you won’t even have to break the bank to go all-out.

From Hollywood-inspired get-ups to recent trending pop culture moments, there are many options available that will get you in the spirit of Halloween. Check out some of our top recommendations that will have you looking your best, without blowing your budget.

The Nun

Scary Movie The Nun Masks Deluxe Halloween Cosplay Costume Props for Adults. Image via Amazon.
Scary Movie The Nun Masks Deluxe Halloween Cosplay Costume Props for Adults. Image via Amazon.

If you really want to step up your horror game and dish out scares, this creepy nun mask is a must.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $30

Cardi B in WAP

Women's Leopard Leotard Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Women's Leopard Leotard Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to Cardi B’s look in the “WAP” music video, grab a leopard leotard like this trending costume idea.

SHOP IT: halloweencostumes.com, from $20

Witch

Coven Countess Witch Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Coven Countess Witch Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

The dress and hat are included in this kit, so just add your own broomstick for the finishing touch on this classic witchy costume.

SHOP IT: halloweencostumes.com, from $25

Vengeful Spirit

Adult Vengeful Spirit Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Adult Vengeful Spirit Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

It’s easy to guarantee scares with this vengeful spirit costume inspired by “The Ring”.

SHOP IT: halloweencostumes.com, $30

Taco Costume

Adult Realistic Taco Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Adult Realistic Taco Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

This one’s a funny option for Halloween that also gives your friends something to “taco ‘bout”.

SHOP IT: halloweencostumes.com, $50

Michael Myers

Adult Halloween Grey Michael Myers Costume. Photo via Party City.
Adult Halloween Grey Michael Myers Costume. Photo via Party City.

There’s no denying that the Halloween franchise brought back this popular Michael Myers costume after its latest entry in 2018.

SHOP IT: Party City, $50

Elvis Presley

Adult King of Rock 'n' Roll Costume. Photo via Party City.
Adult King of Rock 'n' Roll Costume. Photo via Party City.

Channel the King of Rock ‘n Roll in this signature white jumpsuit embellished with glittering rhinestones.

SHOP IT: Party City, $50

Fred Flintstone

Fred Flintstone Adult Costume. Photo via Amazon.
Fred Flintstone Adult Costume. Photo via Amazon.

This is a great costume for couples or for the entire family. Simply dress up as Fred Flintstone while his cute family tags along.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $33

Pink Lady

Grease Pink Women's Jacket. Photo via Party City.
Grease Pink Women's Jacket. Photo via Party City.

Grab a Pink Ladies jacket and pair it with black leggings and a pink scarf, and you’ll look like you just stepped off the set of “Grease”.

SHOP IT: Party City, $35

Grim Reaper

California Costumes Horror Large Costume. Photo via Amazon
California Costumes Horror Large Costume. Photo via Amazon

This is one scary look, but also an easy and affordable Halloween costume.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $31

The Shining Twins

Women's Creepy Twin Sister Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Women's Creepy Twin Sister Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

Grab a friend or family member friend to twin with this Halloween and you’re all set for this spook-tastic costume.

SHOP IT: halloweencostumes.com, $30

Pennywise

Women's Creepy Clown Adult Costume. Photo via Halloweencostumes.com
Women's Creepy Clown Adult Costume. Photo via Halloweencostumes.com

Pennywise from Stephen King’s “IT” just needs a dash of scary makeup to complete the look.

SHOP IT: halloweencostumes.com, $35

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com
Mona Lisa Costume. Photo via halloweencostumes.com

Looking for something different but still within budget? This Mona Lisa Smile is a surefire way to get some laughs this Halloween.

SHOP IT: halloweencostumes.com, $30

Princess Leia

Womens Star Wars Princess Leia Dress. Photo via Party CIty.
Womens Star Wars Princess Leia Dress. Photo via Party CIty.

Princess Leia is an iconic look, and perfect for Halloween viewing as season two of The Mandalorian premieres in late October.

SHOP IT: Party City, $35

Mime

Mime Costume Accessory Kit. Photo via Party City
Mime Costume Accessory Kit. Photo via Party City

This mime costume kit includes a black beret, white gloves, black suspenders, and a red bandana.

SHOP IT: Party City, $25

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