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14 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

14 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

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.

1. Robot.

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    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.

    2. Unicorn.

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      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.

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        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.

        4. Cat.

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          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.

          5. Thief.

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            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.

            6. Mechanic.

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              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.

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                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.

                8. Mime.

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                  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.

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                    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.

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                      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).

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                        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.

                        12. Jellyfish.

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                          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.

                          13. Nerd.

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                            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.

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                              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.

                              Featured photo credit: Nerd O Ween/Paul Callan via flickr.com

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                              Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                              Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                              Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                              Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                              1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                              Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                              This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                              In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                              The result: no more mental stress.

                              2. Unplug

                              Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                              How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                              It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                              Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                              3. Easy on the Caffeine

                              Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                              Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                              4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                              That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                              How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                              • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                              • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                              • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                              While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                              5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                              This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                              The result: mental stress will be gone!

                              So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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