10 Fun Halloween Costumes That Won’t Break the Bank or Make You Look too Try-Hard

Halloween is coming, and if you’re looking for adult Halloween costumes that won’t make you look like you’re “wearing lingerie and some form of animal ears*,” we’ve got a few that we think you’ll like. None of these Halloween costumes require you to learn how to sew, spend exorbitant amounts of money, or freeze your butt off if the weather isn’t cooperating. Take a look at our list, and see if you can find some inspiration that might work for this year’s festivities!

1. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Halloween costume.

If you’ve got a pair of jeans, a black, long sleeve mock turtleneck shirt, a pair of New Balance tennis shoes, and an iPhone, you’re almost there! Add this $14.99 wig and place your pointer finger just right, and you’ll slay Halloween as a younger Steve Jobs who’s traveled to the future, carrying the latest version of the device we will never forget him for.

2. Trigger Happy TV Giant Phone Guy Halloween Costume

Trigger Happy TV Giant Phone Guy Halloween Costume

Remember the Trigger Happy TV character, “Giant Call Phone Guy”? Even if you don’t, you can still rock this easy to recreate character — It doesn’t matter what you wear out — just be sure to hold this $5.99 giant, inflatable cellphone up to your ear, affect a bit of a British accent, and be your most obnoxious self. Watch this video for inspiration.

3. Plague Doctor

Plague Doctor Halloween Costume

Never has a costume seemed more relevant! If you’re going to a Halloween party, you could show up as a Plague Doctor in this $59.99 Halloween costume, including the robe, collar, hood, hat, mask, gloves, and belt! It’s available in small, medium, large, and extra-large. Throw on a dark pair of shoes, and you’ll be ready to take on any epidemic!

But don’t forget your black cane, which you’ll need to point out the infected! If you don’t already have a wooden cane or know someone who has one that you can borrow, just grab a pointy stick and call it good.

4. Jason Voorhees/Friday the 13th

Jason Voorhees/Friday the 13th

Sure, you could pay the extra $16.99 to get the Jason Voorhees half mask or throw down $24.99 to get the kit that has Jason’s half mask and machete, but I think it would be even more low-key and make people look twice if you just put on a black t-shirt, a pair of work pants, black shoes, and topped it with the $34.99 Jason Voorhees Work Shirt. Imagine this, you’re at a Halloween party, and someone sees you wearing the shirt without the obvious props — you’re going to get a second look, for sure.

Even better, you can wear it again and again throughout the year just to raise some eyebrows.

5. Suicide Squad – Arkham Inmate Shirt

Arkham Inmate Work Shirt

Nobody is judging you if you happen to have been locked in the Arkham Asylum! Just get out as soon as possible, okay? Pair this $26.98 shirt (available in small, medium, large, and extra-large) with your favorite distressed jeans and best jail-break shoes for an evening spent wreaking havoc! Facial tattoos — real or temporary — are optional, but you’re sure to get some second looks if your hair happens to be green …

Couples and BFF Costumes

6. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Bag and a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto

Depending on the weather, you can dress as comfortably as you would like under these two costumes. On their own, they’re cute, but if you show up with a partner in crime, they are tasty perfection! The Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Bag and Flamin’ Hot Cheeto costumes sell for $39.99 each.

7. First Responders

Halloween is for dressing up as our heroes, right? Well, who better to pay tribute to than a nurse or an ER doctor? If you don’t already have a set of scrubs, take a look at the $39.98 Blue Medical Scrubs Costume, which includes the pants and top with an official-looking chest patch; it’s available in medium, large, and extra-large.

If you need a slightly larger costume, go for the $24.99 XXL ER Surgeon Plus Size Costume, which comes with the shirt, pants, and cap. Add comfy shoes, a face mask, and this $7.99 Deluxe Costume Stethoscope, and you’ll be set! As a bonus, you can wear them around the house after Halloween!

8. Milk & Cookies Costume

Milk & Cookies Halloween Costume

Wear whatever you’d like underneath, and team up with your bestie to go out in this Milk & Cookies costume. For $49.99, you’ll get both ensembles, and you’re guaranteed to see some smiles.

9. Ghostbusters

Pay homage to one of the greatest movies ever by showing up as a Ghostbuster! The $59.99 women’s Ghostbuster Halloween costume includes the tan jumpsuit, elbow pads, and four interchangeable badges that say, Stantz, Spengler, Zeddmore, and Venkman; it’s available in extra-small, small, medium, and large.

If you need expanded sizing, there’s also a $59.99 men’s Ghostbuster Halloween costume and a $59.99 Plus-Size version, which come with the same accessories. Just add some black shoes or boots, and watch out for the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!

10. Where’s Waldo and Wenda

Where’s Waldo will always be a favorite, and now you can go as the amazing adventurer and his photographer girlfriend, Wenda! The $34.99 Where’s Waldo Halloween costume comes with a red & white striped shirt, glasses, and a red & white hat; it is available in small/medium and large/extra-large, and a $39.99 Plus Size (XXL) Where’s Waldo version is also available. All you’ll have to add is a pair of blue jeans and some casual shoes.

The $34.99 Wenda Halloween costume comes with a red & white shirt, glasses, and a red & white hat; it’s available in extra small, small/medium, and large/extra-large; a $39.99 Plus Size (XXL) Wenda costume is also available. If you have a pair of cropped jeans and a pair of Converse sneakers in red or black to finish off the costume, you’ll be set!


*Bonus scene from Mean Girls, in case you didn’t get the reference. 😉

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Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct smaller.com; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.