Is it too soon to be thinking about Halloween? Maybe. Is that going to stop us from brainstorming what we're going to dress up as? Not really. This year, though, instead of being extra with our costumes, we're all about using what we have in our closet and complementing it with fun and affordable pieces to achieve our ensembles.
Some say it's a lazy way of approaching this candy-filled holiday, but for us, it's all about challenging our creativity. That's why we've rounded up the Halloween costumes from Amazon that are under $50 and take things you already own to the next level. Think: pieces you can easily use for two different costumes, classic go-to costumes (yes, we're talking about those cat outfits), and even some purchases you can use after Halloween is over.
A true classic. Simply pair the dress with your white kicks or black boots and you're done.
Little Red Riding Hood
Everybody will know what your costume is with this cape, no matter what you wear underneath.
A Pink Lady from Grease
We dare you to try not to sing "Beauty School Dropout" when wearing this.
Simply throw on a black pair of pants and have fun with your face paint. If you have multiple parties, this top can easily translate to a jailbird costume, as well.
With this bright polka-dot dress, you can give a nod to the '50s or break out the old Disney ears to transform into Minnie Mouse.
Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction
If you don't own a white button-down top, now is the time. You can wear it to be Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction and style it long after Halloween is over.
All those small, round sunglasses you bought during the summer will be the perfect finishing touch for your hippie costume.
This has Black Swan written all over it.
A whole flapper look for $30? Yes, please.
A tropical shirt can serve as the perfect tourist costume during Halloween and as an on-trend top after.
This Little House on the Prairie–esque dress can be worn before, during, and after Halloween, if you style it accordingly.
Rosie the Riveter
Embody female empowerment with this ode to Rosie the Riveter.
This Breakfast at Tiffany's accessory set is perfect to accompany whatever LBD you already own.
Haven't you heard? Animal print is in.
Linsday Weir from Freaks and Geeks
With this oversize jacket, you can easily channel '80s icon Linsday Weir from Freaks and Geeks.
Now you have some extra cash to buy some candy. No shame!