Don’t you hate it when you buy an expensive outfit and have nowhere to wear it? It’s even worse when you have to buy outfits that you know you won’t wear more than once! This also goes for themed parties, and with India hopping on the Halloween bandwagon, it looks like it’s time to burn a hole in your pocket again.

If you, like us, can’t bring yourself to spend money on an expensive costume, don’t fret. You don’t have to take a rain check this weekend. Now, you can dress up as your favorite Bollywood characters without spending a bomb. Don’t believe us? Here’s our DIY Halloween costume guide, just for you:

Sanjeev Kumar – Sholay


Everyone has at least one grey shawl at home. And with India’s non-existant winters, it’s highly likely that you never get to use it. If you decide to dress up as Thakur, you can kill two birds with one stone! Just wrap the shawl around your arms, wear an old kurta-pyjama and look miserable. Ta-da!

Salman Khan – Dabangg

Whip out your favorite pair of aviators and clip them into the back of your collar. You can add a vardi for effect, but if you have the right attitude, you can pull this one off with any outfit.

Vidya Balan – Kahaani

You know that old pillow, the one that no one uses because the shape no longer resembles a pillow? It’s time to put it to good use. Just bunch it up to look like a fake belly, tie it to your waist, and you’re done!

Aamir Khan – PK

Feeling particularly bold? Fashion a fake transistor out of cardboard and use it to cover your manhood. Though this costume will help you beat the October heat, it might get you a few judgmental looks!

Shakti Kapoor – Andaz Apna Apna

If you’re feeling like putting in a little more effort than just wearing your birthday suit, you can dress up as one of Bollywood’s finest villains! Put on a black shirt, a pair of black pants and fashion a cape out of your mom’s dupatta. This costume is most effective when you draw on a fake mustache and wear the iconic shades!

Farhan Akhtar – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Leaving the house in your inners has never been more acceptable. Take your old white vest and shorts, write a number and the word "India", and draw the Ashoka Chakra on the vest. Tie up your hair in a bun, and you’re good to go!

Zeenat Aman – Hare Rama Hare Krishna

Is the Dussehra garland still hanging at your front door? Put it to good use by channeling Zeenat Aman! Just wear your funky colorful glasses (we know you have them!), apply a lal tikka and put on your favorite yellow kurta.

Shah Rukh Khan – Mohabbatein

Open your closet and find the sweater that’s probably rotting in the back. Now’s the best time to use it. Wear your best off-white semi-casuals and drape the sweater around your shoulders. If you’re feeling fancy, you can always find a fake violin too!

Aamir Khan – Rangeela

There’s no better time to embrace your inner mawaali than Halloween! Put on your rowdiest outfit – with the shirt unbuttoned and the mesh banyaan, tie an old handkerchief around your neck and put on a hat. Voila!

And if all else fails, you can just channel your inner Govinda/Juhi Chawla* and whip out the cellophane paper and silver foil:

*works best as a couples costume

Truly terrifying, isn’t it? Happy Halloween!