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17 Halloween Costumes You Can Wear All Year-Round

17 Halloween Costumes You Can Wear All Year-Round

Trying to brainstorm easy Halloween costumes using everyday clothes you already have in your closet?

Sure, it’s cute to be able to buy a fun costume and dress up in a crazy outfit for one day of the year.

However, it isn’t always a great idea for your wallet if you’re trying to make good financial habits!

It’s also not great for the environment if you’re trying to implement more sustainable fashion into your lifestyle.

Rather than buy something you’ll only wear once, why not buy regular clothes for your Halloween costume that you’ll wear dozens of times?

Better yet, you don’t even need to buy anything new to have a great Halloween costume!

Just dig through your closet and find regular pieces you already have to create a simple Halloween “costume”.

If you’re looking for an easy last-minute Halloween costume to wear with regular clothes you already have, you’ll definitely be able to use one of these ideas.

Without further ado, let’s get to the Halloween costumes you can put together using regular clothes!

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Easy Halloween costumes with regular everyday clothes you already have in your closet

Olivia Rodrigo

I feel super old listening to Olivia Rodrigo’s music, but I can’t deny that I love it.

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Dress up as her on her “Sour” album cover.

Give your hair some loose waves, layer up some necklaces, then throw on a pink crop top and blue plaid skirt (or denim skirt for something more versatile).

Don’t forget to stick some cute gems on your face.

John Lennon halloween costume
I actually just wore this outfit for a high school presentation about John Lennon in 2013.

John Lennon

John Lennon’s white suit from the Abbey Road cover is probably one of his most iconic outfits.

That, and probably that nude photo taken by Annie Leibovitz, but you maybe don’t want to wear your birthday suit for Halloween.

For a Lennon-inspired Halloween costume, throw on a white suit (or just a white blazer with white jeans) and some 70’s-inspired sunglasses (like these circular Ray-Bans).

Levi’s wedgie jeans are one of my fave jean styles, and I love these white ones!

For sunnies, go with a budget pair from Amazon or a nicer pair from Ray Ban.

Spinelli from Recess

Remember watching Recess growing up?

Spinelli was probably my favourite character, and her iconic outfit is super simple to recreate.

Sport some pigtails and throw on an orange beanie, red dress, black leather jacket (love this vegan one from BLANKNYC), and bulky black boots!

I love this red slip dress from Amazon’s The Drop brand – you can totally rock it on its own during summer or layer it up for holiday outfits.

Dr. Martens’ Jadon Boots are the perfect fit for this Halloween costume, but classic black Docs are also good.

You probably won’t be able to find orange striped tights, but your outfit will still be recognizable.

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Rick and Morty

You probably won’t be able to get any Szechuan sauce, and maybe you won’t even wear the lab coat more than once (unless you’re a med school student).

But, at least you’ll get to impress fellow Rick and Morty fans!

Sport a mint green t-shirt with a white button-up for Rick or a bright yellow t-shirt for Morty.

This would be great as a duo costume as well!

Guard from Squid Game

Squid Game has quickly become one of the most-watched TV shows on Netflix, and it’s definitely one of my favourite shows of all-time on the platform.

You can easily make a guard costume using everyday clothing!

Throw on a red hoodie and red sweats (or red leggings if they’re more your thing), then stick some white tape on a black beanie in a circle, triangle, or square.

Robot doll from Squid Game

Can’t get enough of Squid Game Halloween costume ideas?

Throw your hair up in some pigtails, then wear an orange dress over a yellow tee.

You can even sport some red contacts and blood splatters on your face if you fancy.

Georgie from It

Everyone will definitely recognize the iconic yellow coat whether they’ve seen the It movies or not.

So, not only will you be praised for your creepy costume, but you’ll have a cute lil’ outfit to rock on rainy days.

I found the original It film absolutely terrifying, and even the thought of little Georgie in his yellow raincoat freaks me out.

Go for a quality yellow raincoat from Helly Hansen and some classic Hunter rain boots (or more affordable ones from Kamik) so you can wear them beyond just Halloween!

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If you’ve got any red balloons on hand, that would make a fun prop as well.

It: Chapter Two is also available to stream on Netflix, if you’re interested!

Wednesday Addams from Addams Family

Another super easy Halloween costume using clothes you already have in your closet: Wednesday Addams!

Simply put your hair up in two braids, then wear a black dress over a white blouse.

Go for black tights with combat boots (like Docs) or black knee-high boots (like these Franco Sarto ones) for footwear!

Sandy from Grease

All you need is an off-the-shoulder crop top, black disco pants, and red heels, then you’re set.

Don’t forget Olivia Newton-John’s iconic 80’s curls – you can find tutorials on YouTube!

An ex-wife

Kudos if you know where this Halloween costume idea is from.

Throw on any vintage-looking white maxi dress (I love this one from For Love & Lemons) and some creepy zombie makeup, and you’ll be sure to terrify anyone and everyone!

The creepier the makeup, the better.

This white maxi dress from Amazon’s Truth & Fable brand is also pretty good, but it kinda looks like a wedding dress and you’d unlikely wear it for any other occasion than your own wedding.

If you really want to get into it, you can also get a bridal veil to wear with the costume!

Mean girl

Even if Halloween doesn’t land on a Wednesday, you can still wear pink if you’re dressing up as a mean girl.

Just throw on a cropped pink cardigan and pink mini skirt and call it a day – burn book optional.

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If you’ve got a friend to do an ex-wife and mean girl duo costume, DO IT.

Just gotta add the mouse ears, duh.

P.S. You can watch Mean Girls on Netflix if you need a refresh on it!

A stereotypical tourist

Throw on a funky hat, printed shirt, and cargo shorts and pose as a stereotypical tourist.

Tacky? Cute? You decide.

Even better if you’ve got a big camera hanging around your neck.

Arm warmers are an emo kid's best friend
Me back in 2008 trying to be a scene kid.

A scene kid

No need for a fringe or coontails – just the basic scene kid essentials: plaid, stripes, and bright colours.

Oh, and the thick emo eyeliner.

For the outfit, go with a striped tee or emo band tee from Hot Topic and the tightest black skinny jeans you own.

Also, did anyone else draw on their Chucks with Sharpies during their awkward scene kid phase?

Sleeping Beauty

Be a modern Sleeping Beauty with a pretty pink dress, maybe some gold jewelry, and even a tiara headband or sleep mask if you want to make it more obvious lol.

Princess Belle

All you need to recreate Belle’s look from the ballroom scene in Beauty and the Beast is a pretty yellow dress and a half up-do (there are plenty of hair tutorials on YouTube).

If you can find a yellow off-the-shoulder dress, even better!

You can easily re-wear the dress to to weddings, special events, or anywhere else.

Feel free to pick up a single red rose as a prop if you’re feeling extra.


If Aurora and Belle ain’t your faves, maybe Cinderella is?

Throw on any blue dress and clear heels (for that glass slipper effect), and don’t forget the up-do with the pretty headband.

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Waldo or Wilma

Do a cool girl version of the traditional Waldo or Wilma with a red beanie and chic striped dress.

Or, go with a striped top with a pair of overalls.

Whatever you decide to wear, red and white stripes and denim are essential!

If you’ve got dark-rimmed glasses, don’t forget to wear those as well.

Halloween costumes with clothes you already have:

  1. Olivia Rodrigo
  2. John Lennon
  3. Spinelli from Recess
  4. Rick and Morty
  5. Guard from Squid Game
  6. Robot doll from Squid Game
  7. Georgie from It
  8. Wednesday Addams from Addams Family
  9. Sandy from Grease
  10. An ex-wife
  11. Mean girl
  12. A stereotypical tourist
  13. A scene kid
  14. Sleeping Beauty
  15. Princess Belle
  16. Cinderella
  17. Waldo or Wilma

Hopefully this gave you some ideas on Halloween costumes using regular clothes you already have!

If you’d rather celebrate Halloween with actual costumes, you can shop women’s costumes on Amazon.

What are some other easy Halloween costumes you can put together with regular, everyday clothes you already have? What will you be dressing up as this Halloween? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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Friday 8th of October 2021

Just found your blog, and loving it! I'm a Toronto-girl myself & graduated from Ryerson back in 2011! I love these Halloween costumes...including John Lennon & Mean Girls. Easy, affordable, & iconic! :)


Jessica Lam

Friday 8th of October 2021

Thanks Lor! :)

The Haunted Housewife

Thursday 19th of October 2017

I definitely know where #4 is from, you should have posted this on October 3rd!! This is my kind of post! :D

Jessica Lam

Tuesday 24th of October 2017

Hahaha if only I'd thought of this post back then! Perhaps next year it'll be a post all about Mean Girls-inspired costumes :P


Thursday 19th of October 2017

That's totally a great idea to go as Georgie for Halloween!

Claire @ October Rain

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

I purchased a Hello Kitty costume from my local shop, LOL, and I still don't know how I feel about it. It's just one of those things that I grabbed because I can't show up to a Halloween party undressed. If I saw this sooner, I would've totally gone for Georgie!

Jessica Lam

Thursday 19th of October 2017

Hahaha Hello Kitty is a cute costume as well!


Wednesday 18th of October 2017

So many cute ideas! I definitely prefer this way of dressing up, that way your not spending a ridiculous amount on something that you'll never wear again.

Shannon Clothes & Quotes

Jessica Lam

Thursday 19th of October 2017

Agreed! Thanks Shannon!