Easy Halloween costumes for adults for big impact with minimal effort

Not all outfits have to be intricate—sometimes easy Halloween costumes for adults mean the simpler, the better

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Too busy feasting on candy corn and watching Scream to think about a costume? We get it: spooky season is busy. But don't let the idea of dressing up stress you out—we've rounded up easy Halloween costumes for adults that prove the whole "less is more" mentality pays off. 

From iconic Halloween mainstays to characters from the best teen movies on Netflix, Hulu, and beyond, our list has a little something for everyone—whether you're party-bound or just kicking back watching gory movies on the couch. 

'Tis the season to be spooky, so here are a bunch of easy Halloween costumes to inspire you, along with shoppable picks to help you get your outfit right. Who's ready to dress up (with minimal effort)?

Easy Halloween costumes for adults

1. Jenna Rink from '13 Going on 30'

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13 going on 30 Multicolor Cut-out Dress: RRP $18/£17

Put your hair in a messy bun, throw on a statement necklace and get into this multicolor dress. Boom! Jenna Rink! The striped design and cut-out feature will make you feel as though you've stepped back into 2004. 

2. Wednesday Addams from 'The Addams Family'

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Kate Black Wednesday Collared Halloween Swing Dress: RRP $22/£16

Wednesday Addams never goes out of style, no matter the generation of Addams you love (don't forget the new Wednesday Addams show drops on Netflix next month!). This black velvet dress with white accents at the collar and cuffs pays homage to our icon—all you need is a black wig with bangs to finish off the look.

3. Georgie from 'IT'

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ZHENWEI Rain Jacket Women: RRP $39.99/£23.99

You'll be the best-dressed lady this side of the sewer with a bright-yellow raincoat à la Georgie. All you need is to pair this lightweight, zippered number with your favorite galoshes and you'll be mistaken for a resident of Derry, Maine. 

4. 'The Bachelorette'


Sparkly Bodycon Dress: RRP $19.99/£16.99

A sparkly sequin number and a few red roses are all you need to channel your favorite reality TV show. Just make sure you hand out those florals accordingly, ladies. To dial up the spooky factor, pair it with one of these Halloween nail designs

6. Bridgerton

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SHEIN Mock Neck Gathered Sleeve Ruffle Dress: RRP $37/£34.49 

We may not have a confirmed air date for Bridgerton Season 3, but we can certainly channel the Regency era drama for Halloween with a floaty number and a chic updo. 

We certainly hope you find the perfect costume that's all things spooky and comfy! If you need us, you can find us at the party next to the candy apples. We'll be the ones dressed like Pennywise's next meal.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again. 

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