Halloween costume ideas

Struggling to think of a Halloween costume this year? Check out our list of DIY costume ideas to help inspire you and then visit your local BHF shop today to start building your costume. We also have costume ideas for the family!

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Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Holly Golightly outfit from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

To get the perfect Holly Golightly outfit it’s all about the dress and the accessorises, you will need:

  • A little black dress, this can be anything from lace to velvet as long as its black
  • Long black gloves
  • Hair accessories such as our great diamante barrette clip from our new range for only £3.99
  • Sunglasses, preferably ‘cat eye’ style but others will work too
  • Necklace and earrings, ideally these should be statement items. If you don’t have these already check out our new necklace and earring sets, for only £4.99 they are the perfect low cost accessories to complete your outfit
  • Finally treat yourself and finish the look with some fabulous heels, such as the ones found on our eBay shop.


This costume is perfect for Halloween as it’s so versatile - anything can be zombiefied! If you don’t want to use your own clothes, visit our charity shops for low cost clothing to get creative with. The items you need are:

  • A white shirt, whilst you can use absolutely anything a white shirt gives you a great finish when ripped
  • Ripped jeans are on trend at the moment so rather than recreating something get yourself some ripped jeans
  • Fake blood or ketchup, use this liberally to create your zombie look
  • Finally use face paint or makeup to create dark eyes and fake blood around your mouth will complete your zombie look.

Dorothy, Wizard of Oz

Dorothy outfit from Wizard of Oz

This is a classic costume and so easy to pull together! Don’t restrict yourself to the traditional Dorothy style; update the look by including a blue gingham or spotty dress. The main items you need to transform yourself into Dorothy are:

  • A blue patterned dress
  • A white top or shirt to go underneath
  • Red shoes, depending on the occasion these could be anything from converse to heels, such as the pair shown from one of our shops
  • Light or nude coloured bag such as the one shown found on our eBay Shop
  • To finish the look add a bow such as the on from our range of new products for £2.99.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a great Halloween outfit option as it can be male or female and can easily be made from some everyday clothes, all you need is:

  • White shirt
  • Striped tie. Don’t have a tie? How about getting creative and make one from some coloured felt?
  • A pair of trousers or a skirt
  • If you are going as Harry Potter himself add a scar and glasses
  • Finally don’t forget a wand - if you don’t want to buy a wand, get creative and find a stick that looks like a wand!

Belle, Beauty and the Beast

Belle outfit from Beauty and the Beast

With this year's remake of Beauty and the Beast, Belle is not only a super simple costume to make but also on trend, all you need is:

  • A blue dress, such as this one found in our Woking store
  • A long sleeve white top
  • A white apron
  • Plait your hair
  • Complete the look with a book, which you can get from £1 from our shops today.


Witch outfit

Is it even Halloween without someone dressing up as a witch? This is the kind of outfit that never gets old and can be created by using a versatile black dress and some accessories. Use our list of items below to make sure you don’t miss anything!

  • Black dress, this can be any kind of black dress but we have found lace works well
  • Accessories such as our new hair clips, from £2.99, or a new choker
  • If you don’t have a witch’s hat – don’t panic! We’ve got a great tutorial that shows you how to paint your own witches hat.

Day of the dead / candy skull

Day of the dead outfit

Day of the dead has been popularised by recent James Bond film Spectre. It's a fun, creative and relatively easy outfit to put together, use our list of items:

  • It’s all about the face paint with this look, so get yourself some colourful paint and decide on a pattern
  • To finish the look you need some bright flowers for your hair, our new hair band is the perfect accessory and for only £3.49 it won’t break the bank!
  • For your outfit you can wear anything you fancy depending on the event but we would suggest to finish the look with a black dress.James Bond suit and tie

James Bond

To add to the Bond theme, James Bond is a great and achievable costume idea. You simply need a suit and a tie, such as the black tie for £3.99 found in our new range. If you also need a suit jacket check out your local shop.

Feeling inspired and full of ideas? Browse our great range of low cost clothing and accessories today!

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