43 Cheap & Easy College Halloween Costumes You’ll Want to Wear

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Actually Fun College Girl Halloween Costumes You Can Easily Copy

All the best easy college Halloween costumes for 2023.

girl smiling in striped top

Halloween is popular in America and, according to a study by YouGov, it’s especially popular with the younger crowd. Really though, that’s not a surprise.

You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that Millennials and Gen Z’ers (AKA college students) LOVE to celebrate this holiday.

When October rolls around:

College girls (and guys) are looking forward to parties, festivities, and good times with friends.

Choosing what type of outfit vibe you want to go with and what to wear is a big part of the fun. But not everyone has time to plan an elaborate Halloween costume.

Plus — less can definitely be more!

And we’ll prove it. In this post you’ll find the top 43 easy college girl Halloween costumes to inspire your best college party look yet.

Copy one of these amazingly uncomplicated ideas, but seriously genius, ideas and you’ll be set to impress all Halloweekend long.

Easy College Halloween Costumes – The Top 3 Picks

If you’re in a rush:

Here are our top three favorite picks for the best college Halloween costumes that are sure to turn heads at college parties.

1. Space Astronaut

pair of college girls in shiny one-piece suits dressed as astronauts for Halloween
Via VSCO @annagziegler

Womens space costumes are trending big this year. Plus an astronaut is a timeless and iconic idea that never goes out of style.

There’s plenty of space to explore with this costume as there are loads of different variations & styles you can choose from. I’m digging the raver inspired look these college girls are wearing – the space buns are a perfect addition to the whole look!

Whether you’re looking for something vintage, futuristic, sexy or just brilliantly lazy, this costume will go down well at any party.

2. Shrek & Donkey

Or more accurately pronounced – Shreek and Donkayy.

I cannot even begin to describe how much joy this photo brings me. This costume idea is truly *chefs kiss*.

3. Playboy Bunny

college girl dressed as playboy bunny for halloween
Via VSCO @mirandamarks

Just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean you have to. 😜

Bunnies are known for their cuteness and Playboy has been around for decades, so it’s no surprise this outfit made the list. The Playboy bunny is a classic Halloween costume for a reason after all.

This idea will have you looking and feeling terrific all night long! Just be sure to keep a robe or parka with you just in case.

Cute College Girl Halloween Costumes

4. Magically Low-Effort Unicorn

sparkly unicorn easy girl costume
Via Instagram @chailawaila

– “Throw some glitter, make it rain on ‘em”

I love the concept of this Unicorn costume. All the sparkly fun without any hassle!

5. Barbie Halloween Costume

college girl in Barbie costume sitting
Via Instagram @gracecarrrr

Even Barbie likes to party!

It really doesn’t take much to pull this outfit together and chances are you have almost everything needed. If nothing else, it’s is a great excuse to wear pink.

See if you can find a vintage “Barbie” shirt at a thrift store or maybe in a box of your aunts old clothes.

6. DIY Mermaid Costume College Girl Style

example of easy mermaid halloween costume for college girls
Via VSCO @kennedyrhea
group of college girls dressed as pink and blue mermaids for halloween
Via VSCO @evelawless
college couple wearing mermaid and pirate halloween costumes
Via VSCO @aubreehollenbaughh

Be a mermaid for Halloween and you’re guaranteed to make waves. 🌊

This is a fabulous idea for BFFs, the entire friend crew, and couples.

7. Starbucks Drinks

College girl dressed at Starbucks cup, front of outfit
Via Instagram @beyond__creative
Starbucks girl costume, back of outfit
Via Instagram @beyond__creative

“Got promoted from a barista to a hot drink”

Halloween costumes don’t get any more budget friendly than this.

Just source a white shirt from the nearest guy (he probably has too many anyway), fire up your printer, grab a sharpie, and get to work!

8. Eleven from Stranger Things

college girl dressed as Eleven from Stranger Things
Via Instagram @suburbanmango

Pay homage to your favorite Netflix series with this impressively cute costume. This look can be done with a wig or (if you feel like really committing) you can shave your head. 


It’s super easy to come across denim jackets at a second hand store.  

9. Lola Bunny Outfit

girl wearing Lola Bunny Halloween costume
Via Instagram @fabivee

Remember watching Space Jam as a kid?

This is one of my favorite college costumes for Halloween! Lola Bunny is the perfect mix of cute and flirty for college girls.

10. 80’s Fitness Instructor

college girl wearing bright 80s workout clothing
Via Instagram @meggylifts

– “Power moves only!”

Love the 80’s and the aerobic videos that came out the era? Channel it on Halloween night!

If your wardrobe already has a few neon pieces, recreating this look will be a piece of cake.

11. Modern Dorothy & Toto

woman in blue yoga pants and plaid crop top
Via Instagram @mytrainercarmen

This year, you can skip buying the overdone, demure Dorothy costume.

Instead – for a quick look you can pair leggings, a cute top, and braids. Bonus points for a tiny doggo in a basket, of course.

12. DIY Bratz Dolls Costume

two college girls dressed as Bratz dolls
Via Instagram @amyserrano

Barbie vs Bratz, which side are you on?

If the former was your go-to growing up, this doll inspired look is for you. So easy to coordinate with a friend, too. If you’re looking for a good duo costume idea, Bratz Dolls are for sure the move!

13. Last-Minute Lilo Costume

Girl in Lilo grass skirt costume holding Stitch
Via Twitter @MaddyisynStocks

– “Happy Halloween from lilo and stitch”

I think we can all agree:

Disney characters always = cute college Halloween costumes that are perfect for girls.

This Lilo costume is a quick DIY project that’s sure to have you looking adorable and ready for fun.

14. Nani (from Lilo & Stitch)

girl with orange crop top and cut of jean shorts
Via Instagram @kieraplease

For a different version of cute:

This character costume for Halloween is simple but amazing. Everything you need for the outfit could be easily found at a thrift store, too!

15. Riverdale Vixens

Riven two girls in Vixens Halloween costume
Via Instagram @mesciatwinsofficial

Riverdale is still popular (though the seasons only continue to get more wild) and this costume is on trend.

Vixens are a great matching costume idea for bffs or even the whole girl gang!

16. BFF Duo Costume: Thelma & Louise

two college girls, one shirt says Thelma & the other Louise
Via Instagram @thesaltyblonde

Thelma and Louise are the perfect college girl costumes for ride or die besties.

17. Beret Girl from The Goofy Movie

girl taking selfie in bodysuit and beret
Via Twitter @wootjoanna

Black is staple in my wardrobe and I know I’m not the only one. 

This easy girl Halloween costume is a low-key Disney WIN.

18. PB&J Easy Duo Costume

peanut butter and jelly shirts on women
Via Pinterest, source unknown

As far as cute Halloween costumes for college girls go, this one’s a classic!

It’s definitely a great pair costume idea for friends who go together like peanut butter and jelly. 🥜🍇

19. Grown Up Wednesday Addams

easy Wednesday Adams costume
Via Twitter @mafe644

Wednesday Addams should be one of the Patron Saints of this Holiday.

You can let your Resting Bitch Face shine with this costume!!

20. Scully from the X-Files

Scully X-Files Halloween costume
Via Twitter @@_Kenziepuff

X-Files fans rejoice – becoming Scully has never been easier.

Natural redheads are a dead ringer for this costume choice, but don’t let hair color hold you back from letting your love of science fiction shine. Gillian Anderson swapped her trademark copper locks for blonde and she’s clearly crushing it!

Fun College Halloween Costumes That Will Get All The Laughs

21. But That’s None of My Business Kermit

funny Kermit tea Halloween costume
Via Instagram @nikidetrich

This college Halloween costume is genius! Pay attention kids, THIS is how you bring a meme to life.

Check out DIY instructions here.

22. Paper Bag Trader Joe’s Outfits for Halloween

girls dressed in DIY costumes made from Trader Joe's bags
Via Instagram @madewellbymeg

The perfect easy Halloween group costume for Trader Joe’s fanatics.

You are what you eat and this outfit couldn’t be cheaper to DIY with your college besties. Out of all the fun college Halloween costumes, this group idea is a big favorite!

23. College Ruled Punny Costume

girl wearing college ruled costume
Via Twitter @cgarcia_0913

– Them: “What are you?”

   Me: “College ruled.”

If puns are humor style, this costume is right up your alley.

24. Bunch of Grapes

girl wearing purple balloons for grape costume
Via Instagram @kristenduff

– “Last time I saw you, you were interviewing for a job at Google… Now you’re a grape.”

This funny college Halloween costume is coming out of left field and I’m LOVING it.

25. Female Spin on Dwight Schrute

Girl in Dwight (the Office) costume
Via Instagram @kanstelar

The Office has never steered you wrong before and it certainly won’t on Halloween night.

Be the talk of any college party by going as Dwight. 

26. Louise & Tina Belcher

college girls dressed up as Tina and Louise Belcher
Via Instagram @prncsjuliana

Coordinate with another Bob’s Burgers fan for this fun look!

27. Post Malone Look Alike

college girl dressed as Post Malone
Via Twitter @EdenJacoby

Dressing up like Post Malone is hilarious and the perfect way to try out all those face tatts you’ve been considering.

28. The Hash Slinging Slasher

girl with over sized hoodie and spatula for a hand
Via Twitter @show_merrr

The Hash Slinging Slasher is the last-minute costume idea to end all other last-minute costumes. 


When is Spongebob ever not relevant??

29. Edna Mode Costume

Edna from the Incredibles Halloween costume idea
Via Twitter @justcaroliiina

“No capes.”

This fabulous, sassy Incredibles character makes for a great party costume. Edna is so simple to pull off, too!

30. Cereal Killer

cereal killer girl costume
Via Instagram @itsme_kaley

Another pun-tastic idea with some crossover potential for true crime fans.

If you’re big on breakfast food, this costume is even more relevant. 

31. Netflix and Chill Best Friends Costume

netflix and chill vff costume idea for college girls
Via Instagram @kaulani

Why not make Netflix and Chill duo costumes for Halloween this year?

It’s a fun way to coordinate with your bestie and you can make them in no time at all. Consider picking up the sweaters at a thrift store and getting crafty to save money. 

32. Napoleon Dynamite & Deb

vote for Pedro bff Halloween costumes
Via Instagram @kayheckenbach

“I’m the Deb to her Napoleon.”

Napoleon Dynamite inspired looks are cute, funny, and oh so easy to DIY. 

It’s perfect for best friends who love this movie!

Hottest College Halloween Costumes

33. Quick Victoria Secret Costume Idea

college girl dressed at VS angel for Halloween
Via Instagram @nikidetrich

Victoria Secret Angels are one of the easiest hot college costumes for Halloween.

All you need to grab is a robe, wings, and your favorite heels or flats! Check out the video below for the full deets.

VIDEO: DIY Costume – Victoria Secret Angel

34. Angel and Devil Costumes for Best Friends

college best friends dressed as an angel and a devil for Halloween
Via Twitter @allyalbach

Angel on one shoulder, devil on the other. 😜

This matching Halloween costume idea is a classic for college girl besties!

35. Hot Ninja Outfit

girl dressed as sexy ninja
Via Twitter @shyfaith23

This ninja costume idea is appealing in all the right ways.

It’s provocative, budget-friendly, and can have you ready to go out in minutes. If you don’t have red heels, any color would work!

You can just match the ribbon to your heels for your own version of this costume.

36. Sultry Teddy Bear

girl with ears and fishnets
Via Twitter @@brothatsasia

Fishnets and thigh high boots are always a winning combo when you’re going for a hot look on Halloween night.

This outfit idea is a step above the usual, cute animal costumes girls like to wear.

37. Sexy Freddy Kruger

sexy freddy kruger girl costume
Via Twitter @MarleeGaddie

Mix your love of horror movies with thigh boots for a winning combo. A sexy Freddy Kruger costumes will slay any college party you go to.

38. A Magician & Her Rabbit

sexy magician and her rabbit girl costumes
Via Instagram @suzanna_rosee

Look cute and sexy with your bestie on Halloween by trying out this costume.

I love the playful creativity of this idea!

39. Ariana Grande Inspired Look

Woman taking selfie in mirror of her Halloween costume
Via Instagram @theresacrall

Ariana Grande’s outfit from her Dangerous Woman music video is iconic. And it’s so easy to imitate for a sensual party look!

I love this idea so much that I include two college costumes for Halloween on this list.

If bodysuits are your jam, I would suggest going with this first idea.

40. Dangerous Woman 2.0

Ariana Grande college halloween costume with bunny ears
Via Instagram @em.mag


If you already have a flirty cocktail dress ready, this second look might work better for you.

Either idea will have you looking HOT at a college party, though.