October 28, 2017

10 Last Minute (But Still Awesome) Costume Ideas!

Okay, I get it - you've seen my costume ideas, you've vaguely thought about what you'll be this year and maybe you even decided on a costume, but here you are on the Saturday before Halloween, a.k.a. the universal Halloween party night, and you're still like, "daaaaamn, what am I gonna be?!"

It's okay, I got you. You've come to the right place, just in time. For those moments when you need a last minute, day-of costume, you're looking for simple ideas that are still fun and won't prompt a million "what are you supposed to be?" questions all night. The worst.

Below you'll find ten DIY costume ideas that you can assemble from stuff you might already have at home (crucial in these trying times) or can easily beg, borrow or steal (wait, no, just go to Target, dummy!) the afternoon before you arrive at your costume party of choice, ready to blow 'em all away.

DIY "Jailbird" Costume

In an extreme pinch, I whipped up something like this in under an hour, hot glued tail feather and all. If you have a striped shirt and some craft feathers, you're good to go, but you can also buy a beak, mask or wings. Toy handcuffs add a little something, but I made mine from tin foil. Visual puns make for the easiest quick costumes!

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DIY Green Olive Costume

So simple - dress in all green and paint your face red for the pimento. I suggest a green hoodie because then you can wear the hood tied up around your face to encircle the red part. If you're feeling wild, make a pointy toothpick to stick out of the hood.

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DIY Shower Costume

I once saw my college roommate do this and thought it was genius! Running verrrry last minute? Throw on a robe, wrap your hair in a towel and carry soap, a loofah or rubber ducky. You can even wear a classic green face mask so you don't have to do your makeup. You can literally roll right from your shower to your party!

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DIY Baby Costume

If you've got kids or just some time to run to the store, dressing as a baby is as easy as wearing pajamas (onsies are great) and carrying a blanket, pacifier, teddy bear and/or bottle. Maybe draw rosy circles on your cheeks or put your hair into a tiny ponytail right up top. As a fellow party-goer, I'd love to see an adult baby drinking booze out of their bottle. Just a thought! Ohhh, also - you could combine elements of this costume with the previous costume and go as a "baby shower" if you're feeling punny!

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DIY Gift or Present Costume

All you need to dress as a gift is a large cardboard box, wrapping paper, ribbon and a bow. Cut arm and head holes in the box and remove the bottom for your legs. Wrap it up or even just draw on it. Add the ribbon and wear the bow right on your head!

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DIY Heart Eye Smiley Emoji Costume

To go as everyone's favorite emoji, paint your face yellow, wear red heart-shaped glasses and paint a large smile over your mouth to stay perma-lovey. Alternative idea: add ears and whiskers to go as the cat version of this emoji.

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DIY Imaginary Friend Costume

My boyfriend whipped up this idea last minute one year, and I've never forgotten how much I loved it. To be an "imaginary friend" you can really wear whatever you want (duh, they're all unique and no one can see them), but stick with wacky prints and bright colors for that fun flair you need. A colorful wig and accessories adds charm and whimsy. The point here is to look like a joyous fictional character so whatever that means to you is the right answer!

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DIY Dice or Domino Costume

Keep it way, way simple by wearing all white - either a dress or a t-shirt and bottoms - and adding black felt circles. You can cut them out from sticker-back felt or buy the precut circles available at most craft stores. Place them on your body like on dice or dominoes. For a domino, you can even add a black belt for the center line.

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DIY Skunk Costume

I've been a last minute skunk and it's remarkably easy - I even had time to add a tiny top hat for no damn reason. Grab a black hoodie, pin/sew/glue white furry trim right down the center back, letting it hang off a bit for a tail, and over the center hood, which you should wear up. Paint your face with a white triangle from your forehead to your nose and use an eyeliner pencil to color the tip of your nose black. Cut a circle from white felt and pin on your belly. Voila - all skunk, no stink.

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DIY Strawberry Costume

The epitome of easy - wear a red shirt or dress, add a green beret or other hat and pop on these sticker-back felt circles all over for seeds. Make it a watermelon costume with a pink shirt. Easy, comfy, and everyone will know what you are.

What are you dressing as this Halloween? What are your classic last minute costumes? What's the easiest costume you've ever worn?

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