10 Awesome Wallet-Friendly Halloween Costumes for 2018

Now that September has finally arrived, we’ve got Halloween on the brain. It may seem a little early for some, but we believe it’s never too early to start planning the perfect costume! Sometimes Halloween costumes can run at a steep price, but you can create a great costume without breaking the bank. Here are our ten favorite, budget-friendly Halloween costume ideas for 2018!

Cardi B

From the Grammy Awards and successful music videos to memes and viral Instagram posts, the rap sensation from the Bronx has been one of 2018’s biggest stars. When you choose this costume, you’ll have plenty of over-the-top outfits to choose from. Cardi has sported a huge range of looks throughout 2018, including an elegant, mint green ball gown at Rihanna’s Diamond Ball, those famous “red-bottom” Christian Louboutin heels, and loud, bright 90s hip-hop gear in the Bruno Mars video for “Finesse”.

Rapper Cardi B wears a red, white, and pink floral dress.

Photo courtesy of Instagram: @iamcardib

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

The Margaret Atwood classic dystopian novel has always been a huge hit. It’s become even more popular with the release of the Hulu series last year. Season two premiered earlier in 2018, which means there’s probably going to be a lot of handmaids running around this year. Find yourself a red cape and white bonnet on the cheap, and voila! You’ve got a Gilead-ready costume.

Elisabeth Moss as Ofred in "The Handmaid's Tale".

Photo courtesy of Instagram: @handmaidsonhulu


2018 has been a 90s fashion renaissance. What better way to pay homage to the era of chokers, mood rings, and scrunchies than by dressing up as one of the “Clueless” girls? Cher Horowitz’s iconic yellow, plaid suit is a great choice for an easy, recognizable Halloween costume. Feeling edgier? Try replicating Dionne’s sports-luxe looks or Tai’s 90s-grunge vibe. This is a great option if you want to do a group costume with your friends!

The cast of the film "Clueless".

Photo courtesy of Instagram: @aliciasilverstone


Get out your legwarmers and spandex, it’s time to dress up like one of the “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW)”! Netflix’s hit show “GLOW” is based off a women’s wrestling show from the 1980s by the same name. This is the perfect show if you’re hunting for Halloween costume inspiration with some real girl-power. There are over a dozen colorful, unique female wrestling characters to choose from, like all-American “Liberty Belle” and cold-hearted “Zoya the Destroya”.</p

Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin in a scene from "GLOW".

Photo courtesy of Instagram: @alisonbrie

The Royal Family

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this year, you probably know about the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. You can bow down to the royal couple this Halloween with these easy Meghan and Harry costume ideas. For the die-hard royal fans out there who’d rather dress up like Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Prince William, or another royal family member, there are easy ways to recreate those regal looks as well!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day.

Photo courtesy of Instagram: @theroyalfamily


This teen drama based on the Archie Comics has been a big hit since early 2017, with a cast of characters that includes iconic characters like Archie Andrews, Veronica Lake, and Betty Cooper. Not only is this show full of drama and intrigue, it’s also got great costumes. Are you the sporty type? Recreate Archie’s athletic, jock look complete with a letterman jacket. For a girl, next door costume, try out blonde Betty’s sweet and timeless sweater sets and colorful dresses. Want to feel posh and sleek? Dress up like the mysterious Veronica in a tight black pencil skirt, high-heels, and signature pearls.

Poster for "Riverdale" TV show on the CW.

Photo courtesy of Instagram: @thecwriverdale

Mr. Rogers

Make Halloween a beautiful day in the neighborhood. All it takes to dress up like everyone’s favorite neighbor, Mr. Rogers, is a button-down dress shirt, tie, comfortable shoes, and of course, a zip-up cardigan. If you really want to go for it, spray your hair silver with temporary dye and carry around a hand puppet or two.

Mr. Rogers on the set of his television show.
Photo courtesy of Instagram: @mrrogersmovie

Meme-Based Costumes

Are you a slave to the meme? Does part of your daily ritual include scrolling meme accounts on Instagram? Halloween is your time to shine. Tide pods, Salt Bae, Arthur’s fist, “Shrek” and “Spongebob Squarepants” memes are all popular choices for Halloween costumes. But who says you have to stick to the most popular memes? The world wide web is the limit for this costume, which means you have literally millions of options to choose from.

Girl dresses as an Arthur fist meme.

Image courtesy of Instagram: @wongonporpoise

“Queer Eye”

The Fab Five took the world by storm in 2018 with the updated version of the successful TV show “Queer Eye”. These five lovely gentlemen help other men boost their self-esteem through makeovers, home renovations, and heartfelt chats. Everyone in the Fab Five is super stylish and would therefore make a great Halloween costume. Whether you want to copy grooming expert Jonathan’s gorgeous long locks and crop tops, or go for a chic, European look like fashion expert, Tan, a “Queer Eye”-themed Halloween costume is sure to be fab.

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Photo courtesy of Instagram: @queereye

“Mamma Mia!”

My, my! Here’s a treasure trove of Halloween costume inspiration. The two musical movies based on the music of Swedish pop group ABBA are brimming with quintessential looks from the 1970s, as well as styles from the 80s, 90s, and even 00s. We’re talking overalls, bell bottom disco pants, shiny shirts with flared sleeves, platform heels, denim vests, and SO much more! With so many options, it’ll be easy to channel your inner dancing queen this Halloween.

The poster for "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again".

Photo courtesy of Instagram: @mammamiamovie

Play Dress Up All Year Long

Does all this talk of Halloween costumes, makeup, and hairstyling make you giddy with excitement? Take that enthusiasm and apply it to your daily life with an education in cosmetology! In our program at Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Royal Oak, we can teach you skills in hair and makeup that transcend far past the month of October. Contact us today to learn about enrollment.

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