Every Halloween I invariably find myself with about two hours and not a lot of money to dream up an awesome costume. Coming up with a costume idea at the last minute can be hard, but inspiration is everywhere.
Are you in the same boat? Never fear, fellow procrastinator. I have made an art form out of finding great last minute Halloween costume ideas.
These costumes require only a basic set of crafting skills, and don’t require much time or money – all of them can be completed with less than $50 and in less than 2 hours.
This costume idea is a winner every time. If you have a cardboard box, some scissors and duct tape, you have the basics covered. Simply add some things you have laying around for gears and gadgets and glue them to the box. Old Cd’s, soda caps, and tin foil can add a lot of interest to an otherwise basic costume.
What is more mystical and magical than a unicorn? Grab a paper cone, some string, or a headband and glue them together to create your horn. Dress in colorful pastel colors, or all white, and add a realistic tail with some paper streamers pinned together. You can gather all you need at a local dollar store.
3. Cookie Monster.
If you’re a junk food addict, you may already have the necessities for this costume. A blue fuzzy sweatshirt, a package of chocolate chip cookies and some glue are all you need. Bonus – you can take an extra bag of cookies with you and eat them all night for realism.
Not only is this costume iconic for Halloween, but it is incredibly easy to do! A bit of black waterproof eyeliner to draw on whiskers and a cute nose, along with an all black outfit and a cat ear headband to complete the look. This costume will keep you purring all night long.
All you need is an entirely black ensemble (preferably form fitting), and a black ski mask to complement it. For bonus points, add some costume jewelry hanging half out of your pocket to show off your stolen goods.
Get ready to grunge it up with this costume idea. Put on a white sleeveless t-shirt, a pair of old jeans, and a bandana. Have a rag hanging out of your back pocket, place a grease stain on your cheek (shoe polish or makeup) and carry a wrench in your hand to finish the look.
7. Retro 80’s.
Raid your mom’s closet for some leg warmers and a shirt with shoulder pads. Bright neon was the rage then, so be sure to choose vibrant colors. Don’t forget big hair.
Do you have a striped shirt and black pants? What about some suspenders? Or a beret? These are the basics for this ensemble. Add some white costume makeup with some black eyeliner and you’re good to go. This costume also allows you to not talk to anyone you don’t want to!
9. Katniss Everdeen.
Want to win the Hunger Games? If you have long brown hair you’re halfway there. Braid it on the side, and dress in brown cargo pants, a black shirt and jacket, with combat boots. Add a backpack or a toy bow and arrow for props.
10. Rosie the Riveter.
Get yourself a red bandana, a shirt with rolled up sleeves, and a tube of bright red lipstick for this gorgeous throwback costume.
11. Doll (or Amidala).
Put your hair up, and apply lipstick to the center of your top and bottom lip only. Add bright blush to your cheeks. A frilly or lacy dress will complete the look.
Do you have a clear umbrella? If so, you can add paper streamers to the edges with a bit of tape or glue and hold it above your head. Wear all white or light blue and hold your umbrella above you.
It’s never been cooler to be a nerd. Break out the school supplies and add some white tape to the center of a pair of black glasses and you’re all set.
14. Men in Black.
If you have a white shirt, black tie, black pants, and jacket you have the basics covered. Add a pair of cool sunglasses and forget about smiling, since you’re keeping an eye out for rule-breaking aliens.
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