Halloween is quickly approaching, which means it's time to get serious about your holiday planning. However, if you don't love the idea of an actual costume or aren’t keen on spending money on the latest pop culture ensemble, then Oct. 31 may not hold the same appeal for you as it does for others. While you could plan on spending the night in watching your favorite spooky movies, your desire to not get all decked out doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the activities. The key is to shop Halloween-inspired dresses that can easily transition from a stylish fall frock to a party-appropriate look, and then back again when the fun’s over.
This season, there are plenty of pieces that'll give off Halloween vibes — no costume needed. With fall clothing trends ranging from animal prints and leather to vintage silhouettes, there's no shortage of styles that'll look perfect for your Halloween bash.
Slip into a zebra print dress or a leopard style (you won't have trouble finding one) to give off jungle vibes with minimal effort required. You could throw on an accessory to turn the look more into a costume, but with such wild prints, it'll make just as much of a statement without.
Searching for something that's less of a "look"? Channel your witchy side in an IRO midi dress that will provide endless styling opportunities both pre- and post-party. Pair it with you favorite cowboy boots for an easy Halloween look that you'll end up finding yourself wearing from work-to-weekend. And if you really want to keep things simple, a chic orange dress from Zara will provide Halloween hues without so much as hinting at a costume.
Forget about spending hours looking for a look you're going to wear once — shop the pieces below for 13 Halloween-inspired dresses any non-costume people will love.
Faux Leather and Ponte Mix Dress
Throw on some Halloween-themed earrings — or don't. This dress is enough of a statement to work on its own.
Ganni Blakely Silk Mini Dress
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No explanation needed for this costume. You'll be loving this easy Halloween outfit before, during, and after the holiday.
With the orange hue and the '70s vibe, this dress can stand on its own and is perfect for a party.
Thames Fog Dress - Black
Throw on some black lipstick and boots for a decidedly witchy look.
Leopard Print Midi Dress
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If you don't own a leopard print dress yet, now's your chance to score one for under $100. This dress is an easy answer to your costume woes.
IRO Hurray Dress
This ruffle, trimmed midi can easily take a turn into a darker western ensemble à la HBO's Westworld. Really play it up by pairing it with your favorite cowboy boots and wrapping a leather belt around the waist — or leave it on its own for a dramatic look that'll fit right in at any Halloween bash.
If you're really looking to keep it simple this year, this is the dress for you. For under $50, pick-up this elegant lace style that will easily transition from festive witch to holiday favorite.
Add sleek sunglasses, and you've got a "secret agent" outfit (no costume shop runs required).
Puffy Sleeved Dress
If you're spending the holiday day at the office or just want to keep things sleek, pair this chic orange dress with pointed black boots and call it a day.
Printed Long Dress
It's '70s-inspired and Halloween colors all in one. This dress provides the perfect amount of holiday spirit with zero effort.
I.AM.GIA Alya Off-The-Shoulder Corset Dress
For a night of dancing, slip into this witch-like black mini dress.
Beaufille Galli Mini Dress
Have a Matrix moment this year in a shiny black structured mini. A sleek pony and small black sunnies are all you need to get the full effect.
Rhode Resort Ella Belted Embellished Chiffon Mini Dress
For something more playful, slip into this star-studded frock.