Costume Party Outfit Ideas Under $20 For Thrifty Students

Costume Party Outfit Ideas Under $20 For Thrifty Students

Costume Party Outfit Ideas Under $20 For Thrifty Students

If there’s one thing you can guarantee about your time at university, it’s that you’ll be invited to at least one fancy dress party along the way.

You may be blessed and be able to dream up a standout costume to wear for any theme, but then you have to navigate the price. Is it really worth spending $50 on a costume party outfit you’ll only wear once?

So start with our list of eye-catching costume party outfits, which all sneak under the $20 price tag

Costume Party Outfit ideas for under $20


Price: $14.99

Adult Banana Hawaiian Party Occasion Fancy Dress up Stag Costume Outfit Men

Scientists have spent years trying to figure it out, but we still don’t know why a banana costume party outfit makes everything funnier. But the fact remains that they do, and at this price, you’d be a fool not to get one for yourself.


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Price: $14.38

Men's Biblical Times Jesus Costume

He died for our sins, but you can be the life of the party in this fetching number.

Note that this costume party outfit only includes the robe and drape, so you may have to pray for a beard spurt (or put faith into this accessory) if you’re keen to rock the authentic Jesus-chic.

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Price: $14.81

Smiffy's Women's Cheerleader Costume, Dress and Pom Poms, Icons and Idols, Serious Fun, Size 10-12, 40065

This sporty costume party outfit  (suitable for men and women) is available in a range of colours, but we’ve gone for the red as a throwback to the days of Glee and High School Musical. What team?! WILDCATS.

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Prices $11.90

Elastic Hawaiian Hula Dancer Grass Skirt

Their pizzas might leave a lot to be desired, but those Hawaiians sure know to spawn a costume party outfit.

Ladies (or guys!) can get the skirt, bra, cuffs, lei and headband in one set for £11.99. However, if you’re not keen on skirts (or don’t like getting cold), the Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses/lei set will go just fine with a pair of shorts.


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Union Officer

Price: $19.99

Adult Union Officer Costume - Sword, scabbard, hat and shoes not included.

Now who wouldn’t fall in love with a sexy union officer. and for under $20 this costume party outfit will have the women throwing themselves at you. You lucky soldier !!!

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Price: $16.99

ZeroShop 1920s Mens Accessory Set Manhattan Fedora Hat, Suspenders Y-Back Elastic Trouser Braces,Pre Tied Bow Tie,Gangster Tie (Onesize, Champagne)

You know you’re onto a good thing when someone appears to write their review in the form of a poem. You’ll have to supply your own shirt, trousers and shoes, but we’d bet our bottom dollar that you’ve already got those lying around anyway.

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Where’s Wally?

Price: $21.99  (O.k. It’s not quite $20, but it is an awesome costume party outfit) 

Where's Waldo Adult Costume Kit

God knows how Wally (or Waldo, as Americans seem to think he’s called) manages to hide so well in such a conspicuous outfit, but you can’t deny that it works. Perfect if you’re trying to avoid someone at the party.

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Grim Reaper

Price: $19.55

Toys Grim Reaper Deluxe

This costume Party Outfit  is an absolute bargain. Just a warning, though, it doesn’t come with the scythe. Get this below – Warning. you may feel like death the next morning.

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 Get the scythe 


 Price: $17.39

Disguise Marvel The Amazing Spider-Man 3D Movie Classic Muscle Adult Costume, Red/Blue, X-Large/(42-46)

According to the product description, you’ll be able to “swing from building to building in this fantastic Spiderman costume”. We can’t speak for the legitimacy of these claims, but we can comment on the cost at less than 20 bucks this costume party outfit will have heads turning

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Price: $19.99

Super Mario Deluxe Mens Adult Costume

You go for a Luigi, Wario, Waluigi or even a Toad costume instead, but we’ve chosen Mario to help minimise the chance of someone awkwardly asking what the hell you’ve come as. Plus, as Kaylee rightly says, the hat is so funny.

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Captain Jack Sparrow

Price: $19.39

Smiffy's High Seas Pirate Costume, Brown/White/Black, Medium

Don’t let this be the day that you remember as the time you almost bought a Captain Jack Sparrow costume. Buy this bargain outfit now!

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Pink Lady

Price: $19.77


TDmall 50S Grease T-Bird Danny T Bird / Pink Ladies Jacket Costume Fancy Dress (M+Scarf+Glasses, Women)

You and this cheap Pink Lady jacket will go together like rama lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong. Not to mention all the heads you’ll turn if you walk up and down your  Street.

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Price: $19.66

Costume Toga

If your college doesn’t hold at least one toga party during your time there, is it even a real college? In fact, even if you’ve not got a toga party coming up, it’s almost worth getting this cheap toga costume just because you’re so likely to have one in the future.

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Price: $19.99

morph costume

The beauty of the morphsuit is its flexibility. Literally and metaphorically.

If you’re going to the party dressed as anything other than a human, a morphsuit can do the bulk of the legwork for you. Smurf? Blue morphsuit. Toy soldier? Green morphsuit. Butler who’s probably on some kind of register? Tuxedo morphsuit.

They really are the cheap costume for any fancy dress party.

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You’ve saved money on your costume party outfit – now discover ways to save money once you’re on the night out!

All prices were accurate at the time of writing.



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