25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet. Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a $10 cat accessory set for an instant costume. Use black eyeliner to create whiskers and liquid liner for a cat-eye makeup look. Here's a great tutorial for kitty-cat Halloween makeup. Pictured Above: Apt 9 pointed toe flat / ASOS cat ears headband / Cat Ear Headbands  / Extra Long Black Cat Tail

2. Fox, Bear, Bunny, etc. - Just like with the cat ears, you can find so many different animal accessory sets for about $10 a piece. I just saw several cute options at the Halloween section of Target, and you can find a lot at accessory stores in the mall like Claire's, and of course online.


3. Day of the Dead Ghost - With this simple Day of the Dead facial tattoo set and this Day of the Dead Choker, you can turn any black outfit into a last-minute costume. Complete the look with a red flower hairband.

4. Black Widow - For another easy way to turn your black dress into a costume, add on black hose and pumps and a black veil or a black tulle cloak to dress up as a black widow.

5. Burlesque Dancer - If you have a corset-top black dress, you can add on a ruffled burlesque skirt and accessories like fish nets, black lace gloves, and a fascinator top hat. If you don't have that type of dress, simply add a corset over any black dress.

6. Little Red Riding Hood - With a simple red cape from the costume shop and a small picnic basket from the craft store, you can turn your little black dress into a Little Red Riding Hood Costume for under $20.
Pictured Above:Red Riding Hood Cape, $19  /  Ollio Women's Ballet Comfort Black Faux Suede Pointed Toe Flats  /  Weave basket (similar here)

7. Maleficent - If you have a black maxi dress, all you need for a DIY Maleficent costume is a sturdy full-length black cloak or this purple and black hooded cloak and a pair of Maleficent horns.

Related: How to Dress Up Like Disney's Maleficent


8. Witch - You can easily be a traditional witch with the addition of a witch's hat. The rest is totally up to you. I like to add on accessories like spooky jewelry, black lace gloves, Halloween tights, and a witch's broom. Finish the look with black Halloween nail polish. Pictured above: Witch Maxi Dress Costume

Related: 10 Ways to Dress Up Your Witch Costume

9. Referee - Layer on a black-and-white striped referee tee and accessorize with athletic knee socks and sneakers.

10. Spider - Stuff black stockings to create giant spider legs to attach to an old black dress. Here is a great DIY spider costume.

11. Wednesday Addams -Start with a long-sleeve black dress or layer a long-sleeve black crew-neck sweater over your little black dress and wear a white button-down collar shirt underneath. Pair it with any kind of black shoes you have in your closet. The key to pulling off a Wednesday Addams costume is the braids, the pale face and minimal makeup, and of course the sullen facial expression. Pictured Above: Long sleeve blouse Peter Pan Collar Black Long Sleeve Flared Dress Cole Haan Women's Avery Ballet Flats

12. Holly GoLightly - For a dressy Halloween costume, use your little black dress to be Holly GoLightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's. See this Holly GoLightly Costume Tutorial for the essentials and hair and makeup tips.


13. 1920s Flapper Girl - This is another easy way to be dressy and pretty for Halloween. You can start with a flapper girls dress, but with the right accessories, you can be a flapper girl with a simple black cocktail dress. An embellished hairband is essential to a flapper girl costume. Click here for more flapper girl DIY costume ideas. Pictured above: 1920s Accessory Set

14. Pirate - If you have knee-high or over-the-knee boots, you can turn your little black dress into a woman's pirate costume with a pirate hat, a white peasant top, and a corset-waist belt. You can add on other pirate accessories like a parrot, sword, and eye patch.

15. Librarian - Layer a button-down collar blouse underneath your dress and add a tie and glasses to make a DIY librarian costume for Halloween. Put your hair in a bun and carry around a yard stick. You can add more layers with a button-down cardigan.

16. Vampire - This is another go-to costume of mine if I decide to dress up at the last minute. With a black cape and some vampire teeth, a DIY vampire costume is complete. It's fun to add on more accessories like lace tights and a black Gothic statement necklace. And I love any costume that looks good with a black smokey eye and dark red lips.
Pictured Above: Missguided / Black pumps / Costume jewelry / Black halloween costume / Laura Geller lipstick / Halloween home decor

17. Black Swan - Layer on a black tutu skirt and black angel wings. Put your hair back in a slick bun and create a dark smokey eye. Here a great black swan makeup tutorial.


18. Fallen Angel - This is another quick and easy way to dress up with a pair of black angel wings for a last-minute costume. Pictured above: Black angel wings (can be worn up or down)

19. Minnie Mouse - This one is such a cute costume even for grown-ups. You don't have to dress exactly like Minnie Mouse to achieve the overall look. Obviously you need the Minnie Mouse ears. Then you can add on a red and white polka dot ribbon around your waist or layer a polka-dot skirt, and wear either red or yellow shoes and a pair of white gloves. Use black eyeliner to draw on a mouse nose and whiskers.

20. French Maid - Use a white ruffled apron and a feather duster to turn your little black dress into a French maid costume, or use this French maid accessory set. Finish off the look with fishnet tights and a black tulle skirt.

21. Devil -This could work with either a black or red dress, though most women already have a black dress. All you need is a pair of heels and a devil accessory kit. You can add more red to your look with a red cloak or a red skirt. Above: Kenneth Cole kohl shoes / ASOS barrette hair clip / Women's Sequin Devil Accessory Kit - Red - One-Size for Halloween

22. Cruella De Vil - With a little black dress, you're well on your way to being Creulla De Vil for Halloween. All you need is this wig, cigarette holder, red opera gloves, red or black pumps, and white faux fur.

23. Bat Girl - Pair a caped batman tee with a bat girl mask and black knee-high boots.

24. Cat Woman - This is a little harder since most cat woman costumes begin with a black bodysuit, but it you have a black bodycon dress and sexy knee-high boots, you can make a Catwoman mask work with your little black dress. Complete the look with these wet-look long gloves.

25. The Non-Costume Halloween Costume - This could also be referred to as the teacher costume; you know, that Halloween-ish outfit that isn't technically a costume but looks festive. Pair black with fun Halloween-inspired accessories like striped tights or a decorative Venetian mask.

Can you think of anything else to be with a little black dress? Let me know in the comments! What do you plan to be for Halloween?

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  1. Great post !
    Nice pics for Hallowen

  2. Wow, these are really great ideas! Thanks a lot for sharing!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  3. Nice post! It gives so many inspirations, thank you for sharing!


  4. cool inspirations hun!!
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎

  5. What a gorgeous lipstick color!! <3

    X Merel


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