If you’re looking for men’s Halloween costume ideas that are both creative and easy enough to DIY with normal clothes last minute, the options are truly endless. Whether you turn the old striped t-shirt in your closet into a Where’s Waldo? outfit or use it to dress up as a mime, that’s just one solid basic that can be repurposed on a whim. Trust us when we tell you that you should never underestimate how easy it is to make a cool, or downright hilarious costume with things you already have in your closet.
A denim jacket can be transformed into Dustin from “Stranger Things” with the addition of a baseball cap, flannel, and corduroys, just as easily as it can be teamed with a fitted black tee and skinny jeans to take on the T-Bird look from “Grease.” Meanwhile, your sports shorts can come in handy for pulling off “Baywatch” vibes, and you can use the very same pair to go as Forrest Gump — as long as you don’t mind dirtying up an old white t-shirt.
While some of the costumes ahead do require face paint or accessories such as masks, wigs, or capes, most can be achieved without spending another dollar. Don’t be spooked, because these Halloween costumes for men are so manageable, anyone can handle them. Take a look at the best DIY costume ideas ahead, and get ready to take on Halloween in the most clever and creative ways possible.
— Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak and Lauren Harano