If you’re looking for easy DIY Halloween costumes that don’t cost a fortune, Dollar Tree is where it’s at. Dollar Tree has a variety of Halloween costume accessories, from ninja swords to fairy wings. But the real gems are the unexpected $1 everyday items you’ll find throughout your store. Things like colanders and sponges will go a long way this Halloween — especially if you’re searching for creative last-minute costume ideas. Best part? It’ll only cost you about five bucks!


Cheap, Fun, and Easy Dollar Tree Halloween Costume Ideas

Dollar Tree is a simple start for budget-friendly DIY Halloween costumes. Most of these costumes only need two to three items, so the price can be under $5 for each look. These are all no-sew ideas and can be put together with a safety pin or hot glue (which can also be found at Dollar Tree). Keep in mind that every Dollar Tree has different inventory, but most carry items like the ones you’ll see here.

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If you’re all about Dollar Tree, you’ll dig these tips too:


1. Shop the Dollar Tree home goods aisle to make this easy DIY chef costume.

Create a kitchen pro with a few gadgets and kitchen accessories you’ll find in most Dollar Tree home goods aisles.

What you’ll need:

  • oven mitt
  • apron
  • spatula
  • whisk
  • chef’s hat OR white felt or paper

Tie on the apron and use the pockets to hold a spatula and a whisk. If you can’t find a chef’s hat, you can DIY it with a piece of felt or paper. If kitchen aprons aren’t available at your store, get a craft apron and a kitchen towel to make your own.

Upgrade this easy DIY costume idea by being a cupcake baker! Use a cupcake tin as an accessory for your little chef.


2. Make your own salt & pepper couples costume for only $6.

One set of couples costumes for just $6?! Yes, please! Add this duo with the chef costume from above and you’ve got matching, cheap Halloween costumes for the whole family.

What you’ll need:

  • favorite black and white outfits from your existing wardrobe
  • black and white felt or paper
  • glitter or glitter paint
  • black and white paint
  • 2 mini colanders
  • black and white gloves
  • string
  • safety pins or hot glue gun and glue

What to do:

  1. Dress yourself or your child up in favorite black and white outfits.
  2. Cut out an “S” and “P” from felt or paper and glue them onto contrasting black and white sheets. Pin or glue each salt and pepper label onto matching outfits.
  3. Then, using glitter paint or plain paint with glitter mixed in, dab each colander with paint for texture and fun “shaker” hats. Use string to make a proper shaker hat that stays put.
  4. Complete the look with black and white gloves, which can also be found at Dollar Tree.


3. Turn felt or construction paper into sprinkles for an ice cream cone costume.

In the baby supplies aisle, you can often find an assortment of children’s and adults’ T-shirts in multiple colors. These are perfect for making your own easy DIY costumes. Make sprinkles from felt pieces or construction paper.

I found a party banner in the party section with already-cut, tiny, multi-color felt pieces. Look around your Dollar Tree for easy ice cream topping ideas!

What you’ll need:

  • solid color shirt
  • construction paper or felt
  • large brown or gold poster board
  • party hat
  • black or gray marker
  • hot glue gun and glue

What to do:

  1. Cut the construction paper or felt into confetti-shape pieces to make “sprinkles.”
  2. Using hot glue, attach sprinkles to a solid color shirt.
  3. Depending on the size of your party hat, cut the poster board into the shape shown above, making sure it’ll be big enough to cover the party hat completely.
  4. With a waffle cone in mind, draw intersecting lines on the poster board to create diamond shapes like you’d find on a cone.
  5. Glue the poster board onto the party hat, overlapping the bottom corners to create a cone shape.

My Dollar Tree had funky ice cream sunglasses to complete the look. You never know what great add-ons your store will have, so look around every corner.



4. Embrace the hot-mess mama look with this cheap Halloween costume.

Head to your Dollar Tree’s toy aisle for a handful of baby dolls, and don’t toss that Starbucks cup from your daily PSL! You’ll need it along with a Target bag to complete this hot-mess mama look.

What you’ll need:

  • hair curlers
  • lounge wear, robe, leggings and a sweater, pajamas — your choice!
  • stuffed animals or dolls
  • empty Starbucks cup
  • shopping bag
  • safety pins

Using safety pins, attach dolls to your cozy costume, and slide on some slippers to complete the look. Use your favorite shopping bag as a trick-or-treat bag and voila! Messy hair, don’t care.


5. Turn Dollar Tree cleaning supplies into a car wash attendant costume.

Okay, so this one might run you about $10 at Dollar Tree — plus your own wagon and toys — BUT, imagine all the fun your kiddos will have running their stuffies and toy cars through their very own car wash!

What you’ll need:

  • mop heads
  • sponges
  • streamers
  • rubber gloves
  • towels
  • apron
  • poster board
  • tape
  • favorite toy cars
  • wagon

Strategically attach mop heads, sponges, streamers, towels, and gloves with tape to a wagon to create your mobile car wash. Use your own cars, or snag some from the toy section to complete the look. Then, wear a work shirt with a Dollar Tree apron and gloves for a homemade car attendant costume.


6. Create your own bee costume with black duct tape on a Dollar Tree shirt.

My local dollar store always has dress-up items like headbands and fairy wings. If yours doesn’t, you can easily make one with a plain headband and pipe cleaners.

What you’ll need:

  • black duct tape
  • yellow shirt
  • headband with “insect antennae”
  • costume wings

Tape horizontal black stripes onto a yellow shirt, add wings, and antennae — and boom! You’re a bee.


7. Grab all the rainbow things and be a unicorn.

This is one of easiest DIY costumes. Browse your local Dollar Tree for rainbow items (HINT: check the party section). Look for colorful boas for your mane and tail, rainbow balloons, and a unicorn headband for a magical touch.



8. Gather all the leopard and cheetah print items to create an easy DIY cat lady costume.

This cheap Halloween costume is perfect for pre-teens. Since every Dollar Tree store’s inventory varies, you’ll want to look around for leopard/cheetah print items that can easily be transformed into cat ears and a tail. For the costume above, use the material from a $1 cheetah-print eye mask to create easy DIY cat ears.

What you’ll need:

  • black headband
  • cheetah/leopard-print eye mask
  • cheetah/leopard-print cat toy
  • cheetah/leopard-print scarf
  • long black socks
  • black shirt
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue

What to do:

  1. To make the ears, cut the eye mask in half, from top to bottom. Cut off the band that would normally go around your head too.
    1. Using hot glue, attach the cut side of each half to the black headband.
    2. Add about a half-inch line of hot glue to the center-top of each “ear” and pinch the ends together to create a more natural cat-ear shape.
  2. To make the gloves, cut a hole for each thumb then a separate hole for the rest of your fingers in the closed part of each sock. Turn socks inside-out before wearing.
  3. To make the tail, glue the cat toy to the lower-back of a black shirt.
  4. Accessorize with a scarf and any other cheetah/leopard-print items you find!


9. Spend just $2 for an easy DIY ghost costume.

If your Dollar Tree has orange shirts, you make a cute jack-o’-lantern costume instead.

What you’ll need:

  • white shirt
  • black felt
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue

Use a Dollar Tree white T-shirt, cut the bottom into strips, and add knots. Glue on black felt pieces to make the face. What an easy DIY costume, right?! You may never buy another mass-produced, generic costume again.

Your dollar store might even have gloves and beanies, which are not only great accessories, but will keep little ones warm on chilly Halloween nights.

9 Ridiculously Easy DIY Halloween Costumes From Dollar Tree