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
VOGULO/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.
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.
Rubie's

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.
Rubie's

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.
TOLOCO/Amazon

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


Costume Agent/Amazon

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.
VGLOOK/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

This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.
TidyBoard

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

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This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.
TidyBoard

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.