How is it that one moment you're having drinks poolside in the thick of summer, and the next you're carving pumpkins, watching spooky movies, and scrambling to figure out a last-minute Halloween costume for yourself or your little one? If you'd like to get ahead of the costume-choosing game for once, may we suggest throwing it back to the '70s and showing off your inner flower child in a DIY hippie costume? Not only is it a fun theme to rock, but it's also one you can pull off easily using items that are likely already in your closet. (Think: flared jeans, flowy tops, headbands, tinted sunglasses, tie-dye clothing, and boho-style dresses.) And if, despite the best of intentions, you do wait until the last minute? Well, that's okay too. Seriously! With minimal effort and materials, you can whip up a groovy DIY hippie costume for yourself (or your child!) in no time flat. Not so much a crafter? We threw in a few options you can buy and have delivered right to your door in just a few days. No matter which way you go, this is one of the most fun costumes you can choose, thanks to fun accessories and comfortable clothing. Happy crafting, and Hippie Halloween!
This DIY will work for kids and adults alike! If you have a boho-style white dress and a denim vest, you're pretty much halfway there. Just add some fringe boots and layer on some necklaces and a headband and you're ready for trick-or-treating.
Get the tutorial at Mini Fashion Addicts.
SHOP WHITE DRESSES
Talk about a bright idea! This colorful costume was made using a plain T-shirt, neon Sharpie markers, and a stencil.
Get the tutorial at A Little Craft In Your Day.
SHOP SHARPIE MARKERS
Oversized sunglasses, a daisy-adorned headband and a choker necklace are all you need to take a white top and jeans from everyday wear to a hippie Halloween costume.
Get the tutorial at Arin Solange At Home.
SHOP FLORAL HEADBANDS
This adorable dress was made using an extra large T-shirt and a tie-dye kit. The vest is made from brown fleece material, but you could just as easily find a ready-made option at a thrift store.
Get the tutorial at Eat Sleep Make.
SHOP PEACE SIGN NECKLACES
Put a vest on it! As evidenced here and in previous slides, adding a vest to a flowy ensemble is pretty much the key to a DIY hippie look. Round sunglasses and long, center-parted hairstyle drive it home.
Get the tutorial at The Girls With Glasses.
SHOP FRINGE VESTS
You don't have to buy a new outfit to get achieve a hippie vibe. Just add a few '70s inspired accessories to a boho-style dress or a tie-dye T-shirt and flared jeans, and you've got yourself a costume.
How cute is this heavy-on-the-fringe hippie look? Your little one can even rewear the dress after Halloween.
Channel your inner folk singer with pieces you likely already have in your closet, like a flowy maxi dress, oversized shades, and turquoise jewelry. Grab your guitar to finish off the look.
Get the tutorial at Lovely Indeed.
SHOP MAXI DRESSES
A men's wig and mustache set is all you need to turn a plain tie-dye T-shirt and jeans getup into a groovy costume.
Keep things simple with this one-and-done "costume."
Own a fringed shirt and a pair of patterned bell bottoms? Pair them together, pile on some jewelry, and you're all set.
See more at BLDG 25.
SHOP FRINGE TOPS
This costume isn't entirely DIY—blogger Hello Nutritarian customized an existing costume for a DIY look.
Get the tutorial at Hello Nutritarian.
SHOP FLOWER CROWNS
Go heavy on the color with this affordable costume or, if you're feeling crafty, add a tie-dye panel to a pair of jeans you already own.
This is probably the easiest of all DIY hippie Halloween costumes. Don't have a brown vest? You can easily swap with a tie-dye T-shirt, since the flower crown and oversized sunglasses are what drive the look.
Get the tutorial at Sunglass Spot.
SHOP ROUND SUNGLASSES
This breezy dress can work as a hippie costume in October and a swimsuit coverup when summer rolls around.