13 Halloween Costumes for $25 and Under

Harry Potter/Rubie's/Forum Novelties
Harry Potter/Rubie's/Forum Novelties

If you want one of the best Halloween costumes at the party but have a strict budget to follow, then you're in luck. You don't always have to break the bank, because some of the spookiest—and funniest—outfits that Amazon, Target, and Walmart have to offer come with very reasonable price tags. Whether you want to look like a horror movie villain or are in the market for a funny Halloween costume, here’s your guide to hashtag tunics, elephant onesies, and other neat ensembles for frugal trick-or-treaters.

1. Pumpkin Slayer Costume; $16

Pumpkin Reaper Costume from Amazon

It’s fun to invent backstories for this black and orange getup. Is your character a pumpkin spice bandit? Could it be a jack-o'-lantern phantom seeking an audience with Linus van Pelt—or maybe Andrew Lloyd Webber? You tell us. A blend of polyester and spandex, the garb includes a mask, a hat, a cape and two long-fingered gloves.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Elephant Onesie; $23

Elephant Onesie Halloween Costume.
Spooktacular Creations/Amazon

Not only is this offering from Spooktacular Creations loads of fun, it’s also made of super-cozy plush fleece materials. And unlike a real elephant, the faux mammal comes with pockets.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Rubie's Pennywise Men’s Halloween Costume; $17

Pennywise Halloween Costume from Rubie's.

Tim Curry said that on the set of the 1990 It miniseries, his Pennywise makeup would take about three hours to apply in full. But now you can transform into Stephen King’s creepy clown in a fraction of the time. Throw on the mask, don the shirt, and get ready to terrorize the Loser’s Club. If you're just interested in the Pennywise mask, you can find it on Amazon.

Buy It: Walmart

4. Harry Potter Costume Robe; $25

Harry Potter Robe Halloween Costume.

Add a touch of wizardry to your Halloween festivities with this budget-friendly Harry Potter robe. Since the costume just contains the robe, you can customize your overall look however you’d like—perfect for finally bringing your dream wizard to life, if just for a night.

Buy It: Target

5. Statue of Liberty; $20

Statue of Liberty Halloween Costume.

This costume lets you become the embodiment of Lady Liberty for less than $25 this Halloween. Containing both the statue’s iconic dress and crown, all you’ll need is a torch prop and your choice of book to finish off the ensemble.

Buy It: Target

6. Inflatable Sumo Wrestler; $25

A sumo wrestler Halloween costume.

Bulk up in no time with this inflatable sumo wrestler costume that takes just 60 seconds to inflate. It comes complete with a battery-operated fan and headpiece to top off the outfit. All you’ll need are some AA batteries, and you’ll be ready to waddle through any Halloween party.

Buy It: Amazon

7. Piggyback Monkey Ride-On Costume; $19.95

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Here’s a costume that’s worth going ape over. Show up to your next party on the shoulders of a smiling mini-Kong and let the banana jokes begin. By the way, one of the lil’ creature’s hands is dutifully clasping a built-in cupholder. What a considerate primate.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Hashtag Adult Costume; $16

A hashtag Halloween costume on Amazon.
Forum Novelties/Amazon

A foam tunic with straps, this quirky costume slides easily over T-shirts and sweaters. And just like its social media counterpart, the outfit is bound to kick off some conversations. Who knows? If you play your cards right, you might even get featured on one of Jimmy Kimmel’s hashtag segments. Stranger things have happened.

Buy It: Amazon

9. “Caught in the Rain” Costume; $12

A Halloween costume for sale on Amazon.
Rasta Imposta/Amazon

Here we have a three-piece prop ensemble worthy of Carrot Top or the Marx Brothers. With a slanted wig, an upturned necktie, and an inverted umbrella, this novelty costume is perfect for an Instagram shoot.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Women’s Mona Lisa Costume; $21

A Mona Lisa costume on Amazon.
Rasta Imposta

You’re gonna love this one—or should we say you’ll Louvre it? Simply slot your head through the hole and greet your adoring public as a faithful reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous work.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Cassette Tape Player Costume; $20

A cassette player costume for Halloween.
Karnival Costumes/Amazon

Calling all '80s kids: We found a Walkman that you can literally walk in. A yellow tunic designed to look like Star Lord’s music player of choice, the costume boasts a pair of oversized headphones. Plus, the manufacturer will send you a resealable bag so you can keep this Footloose-worthy throwback regalia nice and clean for future outings.

Buy It: Amazon

12. Vampire Cloak; $18

A vampire cloak on sale on Amazon.

For those of you who want to have a simple, timeless Halloween look, this vampire cloak is the way to go. It shows just enough effort to be considered a costume, but not too much where you'll be washing off makeup for hours after or paying top dollar for something you'll only wear once. And if you still want to stay budget-friendly with a bit more humor involved, check out this Despicable Me-inspired Dracula costume that's still under $25.

Buy It: Amazon

13. Whoopee Cushion Adult Costume; $20

A whoopee cushion costume sold on Amazon.
Forum Novelties/Amazon

What a gas. A large-scale polyester replica of every school-age prankster’s favorite accessory, this wearable whoopee cushion can accommodate pretty much anyone with a chest size of 44 inches or less. Flatulent sound effects not included.

Buy It: Amazon

9 Brilliant Gifts for the Gardener in Your Life


A proven method of relaxation, gardening can ease the stresses of daily life and provide a rich resource for giving homes a unique and colorful identity. If you know someone with a green thumb, consider these nine gift ideas sure to plant a seed of gratitude.

1. Succulent Gardens Living Picture DIY Kit; $105

Succulent planter DIY kit

Vertical gardening is a conversation-starter, and you can help a friend ignite one with this do-it-yourself kit. The redwood frame uses a thin layer of mesh to keep succulent plants—included in the kit—hanging in there.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Burgon & Ball Coated Galvanized Steel Long Reach Indoor Watering Can; $46

Watering can
Uncommon Goods

Sure, your loved ones could use an empty jug to water their plants—if they enjoy drowning the greenery. But this watering can has a slender spout that prevents the needless mess that cans with wider openings can make. Plus, that longer spout makes it easy to get water to those hard-to-reach plants you may have hanging indoors.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller; $115

If you know someone looking to seize more control over their sprinkler system to help conserve water, the Rachio system is the one to beat. The module can replace virtually any existing central command center, connecting to the Rachio app and allowing for on-the-go control of the timer. Rachio will even sync the system to weather forecasts, easing up when it’s expected to rain.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Gardener’s Tool Seat; $36

Foldable for storage, this seat cures two of gardening’s most annoying demands: not having a place to sit and not having the right tool within reach. A small stool saves wear on the knees, while 21 pockets and a large pouch under the seat offer room for any implement you need.

Buy It: UncommonGoods

5. "The Taxonomy of Fruits & Vegetables" Poster; $40

This sprawling 24-inch-by-36-inch guide, detailing more than 300 varieties of produce, can be hung on a kitchen wall for easy reference. Your giftee will never again have to guess how a cantaloupe or mangosteen is related to other fruits and vegetables.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Aerogarden Harvest Elite 360; $130

the indoor AeroGarden
AeroGarden / Amazon

If you know someone who wants to keep a supply of fresh herbs for the kitchen but gets lost in the details, AeroGarden's indoor growing system is a perfect solution. The soil-free bed can grow basil, parsley, dill, and other seasonings using a fool-proof on-board display that offers care instructions in real time.

Buy It: Amazon

7. Hanging Terrariums; $13

This set includes two glass plant homes plus rustic jute rope for hanging them from the ceiling or window frame. And the flat bottom also allows them to sit on desk. Your giftee will need to supply the plants and other decor—may we suggest a couple of Tillandsia, a.k.a. air plants? They can thrive with almost no water or soil, making them ideal for these petite orbs.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Bokashi Kitchen Composter; $55

If making compost from food scraps sounds unappealing, it’s probably because you haven’t come across the right tool for the job yet. This Bokashi-style composter fits neatly under a kitchen sink and accepts food waste to mix with an all natural accelerator to create topsoil for gardens. The airproof lid guarantees no funky smell; the included spigot can also produce liquid fertilizer for houseplants.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods

9. Pine Tree Tools Bamboo Work And Gardening Gloves; $10

The biggest inconvenience of gardening: trying to scrub the dirt off your hands. The second-biggest: dealing with the sweat produced by rubber-coated gloves. Solution: bamboo, which allows the gloves to breathe, is naturally antibacterial, and ensures a snug fit.

Buy It: Amazon

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You Can Use Your FSA or HSA Card to Pay for Medical Items on Amazon

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Poike / iStock via Getty Images

Good news for Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account holders: You can use your HSA or FSA card to pay for eligible items on Amazon. According to Slick Deals, you can put balance towards dozens of health and hygiene items, including deodorant, eye drops, vitamins, lip balm, first aid kits, certain contraceptives, and more.

Not only does this let you pay for medical supplies with pre-tax money, but it also eliminates the hassle of having to go to the store to pick up essentials and non-essentials alike. Plus, it makes it a little easier to spend your remaining FSA funds as the deadline is December 31 (HSA funds, on the other hand, roll over to the following year).

Before ordering, just register your FSA or HSA card like you would for any card. Just be aware that some HSA cards must be registered as a credit card. In those cases, there aren’t automatic restrictions on what you can buy, so you’ll need to check that you’re only using your card for eligible items.

But what if you just ordered some sunscreen or reading glasses (both eligible products) using a regular credit card? Fortunately, you can apply for a reimbursement on past orders. Amazon suggests that you “contact your plan administrator or employer for more information on what items are eligible and how to provide appropriate documentation for reimbursement.”

Items will be listed as "FSA or HSA Eligible" on their individual product pages. And Amazon has a section where you can browse eligible items. A lot more items are covered by your FSA or HSA than you might expect, so to make your shopping a bit easier we broke it down into a list.

- Baby and Child Care
- Brace and Elastic Supports
- Children’s Cold and Allergy
- Cold and Allergy
- Ear Care
- Eye Care
- Family Planning and Tests
- First Aid
- Foot Health
- Home Medical
- Incontinence
- Medical Supplies and Equipment
- Mobility Aids
- Oral Care
- Pain Relief
- Skin Care

If you could use a little shopping inspiration, check out our list of 11 creative ways to spend your FSA money before the deadline, or 11 pain-relief devices you can buy with FSA money.

[h/t Slick Deals]

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