40 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Teens They'll Actually Want to Wear

Costumes ideas both teenagers and adults can agree on? Now that's a Happy Halloween.

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It's normal to struggle a little every fall when you're trying to decide on an original Halloween costume to wear—but teenagers can have an especially difficult time. The problem? They're a little too old for kids' costumes and just a bit too young for adult ensembles. Your daughter has dressed up as a purr-fectly cute cat and princess plenty of times, and your son is over wearing a superhero costume for another year in a row. So what's a parent to do? Simply scroll through this list of Halloween costume ideas for teens to get tons of inspiration for this year's outfit. Whether your (not so) little one is 13, 19, or somewhere in the middle, there's an outfit on this list they'll actually want to wear. If you'd prefer to purchase your teen's costume, there are a handful of options to buy, and if you'd rather DIY the costume, there are plenty of easy—and inexpensive—tutorials for you to try. After you're finished buying or DIYing your teen's attire, don't forget about the rest of your family. We have plenty of great ideas for ghouls and goblins of every age, whether you're looking for a couples costume, an outfit idea for best friends, or something fun for your toddler. After all, Halloween only comes around once a year—and you'll want to look scary good.

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Studio DIY
DIY Animal Cracker Costume

Get inspired by sweet Halloween treats with this frosted and sprinkled animal cracker costume. You can use either a pink dress or a white dress to make this colorful creation.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

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Jenny Cookies
DIY Emoji Costume

Teens will have heart eyes over how cute this costume is. And parents will feel the same way when they realize how incredibly inexpensive it is to make!

See more at Jenny Cookies.

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The Neon Tea Party
DIY Giant Pom-Pom Costume

Have a bunch of yarn lying around your craft room? Use it to create this larger-than-life outfit.

Get the tutorial at The Neon Tea Party.

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The House that Lars Built
DIY Beehive Costume

How adorable is this look? Everyone will be buzzing about how original the idea is.

Get the tutorial at The House that Lars Built.

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Aww Sam
DIY Popcorn Costume

Get inspired by your scary movie marathon snacks and craft this look. The balloon adornments will make the costume "pop!"

Get the tutorial at Aww Sam.

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The Diary of a Debutante
DIY Pineapple Costume

You definitely don't have to break the bank for a bright, bold look this Halloween. This blogger spent just $3 to craft the accessories for this costume. (Yes, really!)

Get the tutorial at The Diary of a Debutante.

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Club Crafted
DIY Ice Cream Costume

It doesn't get much easier (or sweeter!) than this outfit. All you need is a white T-shirt and some fabric paint. Then you can decorate the top just like your favorite ice cream cone.

Get the tutorial at Club Crafted.

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Living After Midnite
DIY 'The Flintstones' Costumes

For a coordinating look, get dressed as Wilma and Pebbles this October 31. Who knew Stone Age outfits could look so cute?

Get the tutorial at Living After Midnite.

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Ink Happi
DIY Instagram Costume

But first, let me take a selfie! Don't forget to post a photo of your cutout to social media with one of our Halloween captions.

Get the tutorial at Ink Happi.

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Katie Day
DIY Essential Oil Costume

This refreshing idea can work for best friends or siblings. Feel free to customize the costume with your favorite essential oil scent.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.

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Do It Yourself Divas
DIY Taylor Swift Reputation Costume

Calling all Swifties: This costume is for you. The idea is a dead ringer for Taylor Swift's Reputation album cover.

Get the tutorial at Do It Yourself Divas.

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Color Me Courtney
DIY Strawberry Costume

Fruit fans will enjoy this colorful creation berry much. If your teen is a bit too young for high heels, just have them wear a pair of red flats instead.

Get the tutorial at Color Me Courtney.

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A Joyful Riot
DIY Disco Ball Costume

Get ready to sparkle and shine on October 31 with this easy idea. All it takes is a store-bought sequin dress and some simple handmade accessories.

Get the tutorial at A Joyful Riot.

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Bunny Baubles
DIY Flapper Dress Costume

You'll be ready to whirl and twirl the night away in this fringed frock. Don't be afraid to pile on the pearls to make the look even more fun.

Get the tutorial at Bunny Baubles.

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Cute Girls Hairstyles
DIY Harley Quinn Costume

Ever since the movie Suicide Squad came out, Harley Quinn has become a popular costume choice for girls of all ages. It's easy to understand why: Not only is the outfit easy to create, but the bright colors also make it fun to wear.

Get the tutorial at Cute Girls Hairstyles.

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The Diary of a Debutante
DIY Pink Flamingo Costume

One of the benefits about this tutorial is that it can be customized to fit kids and adults of all ages. Bird's the word, indeed!

Get the tutorial at The Diary of a Debutante.

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I Am Style-ish
DIY Minnie Mouse Costume

Minnie has never looked so fashion forward. A full skirt and heels make this Disney costume extra fun to put together.

Get the tutorial at I Am Style-ish.

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Now That's Peachy
DIY Marceline the Vampire Queen

If your teen's favorite TV show is Adventure Time, they'll be all about this super easy outfit. Her best friend could dress up as Princess Bubblegum to complete the dynamic duo.

Get the tutorial at Now That's Peachy.

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Southern Belle in Training
DIY Britney Spears Costume

Take note from the princess of pop with this iconic outfit.

Get the tutorial at Southern Belle in Training.

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Fancy Made
DIY Taco Belle

Give everyone at the Halloween party something to taco-bout with this punny outfit. You'll be the Belle of the (costume) ball!

Get the tutorial at Fancy Made.

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Kamri Noel via Cute Girl Hairstyles
DIY Cotton Candy Costume for Teen Girls

Trick or treat indeed! This Halloween costume is sweet as can be.

Get the tutorial at Cute Girl Hairstyles.

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Inspiration Made Simple
Potato Head Teen Couple Costume Idea

Here's a couple's costume that's totally appropriate (and creative!) for teens.

Get the tutorial at Inspiration Made Simple.

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Teen Banana Hoodie Halloween Costume
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Depending on how much it costs (and how much time you have), it's sometimes worth it to splurge on a store-bought costume. This banana hoodie is low-effort and sure to get a good laugh.

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Color Me Courtney
Tinker Bell Costume for Teen Girls

Tinker Bell? More like Teen-ker Bell!

Get the tutorial at Color Me Courtney.

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RELATED: Get More Disney Halloween Costume Ideas

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Teen Inflatable T-Rex Jurassic World Costume
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Teenagers will flip for this T-riffic costume idea.

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Do It Yourself Divas
Eleven from Stranger Things

Teens with blonde hair won't even need a wig to dress like the powerful leading lady in Netflix's original series—but they will need Eggo waffles.

Get the tutorial at Do It Yourself Divas.

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Deviant Art
Daria Teen Halloween Costume

Bring your favorite cartoon to life this October 31.

Get more details at Deviant Art.

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Francesca’s Collections
Rosie the Riveter Halloween Costume DIY

You can do it! There's nothing to this DIY poster-inspired Halloween costume.

Get the tutorial at Francesca’s Collections.

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Danny from Grease Teen Boy Costume
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He'll be as dreamy as Danny Zuko in a Rydell High letter sweater, which you can also make yourself out of a plain white cardigan and red felt.

RELATED: Get More Grease Halloween Costume Ideas

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Camille Styles
Piñata Costume for Teen Girl

This cute Halloween costume for teenage girls gives you the perfect opportunity to crack a few mom jokes including "Didn't I do a bang up job?"

Get the tutorial at Camille Styles.

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