Easy, Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

You still have time to put together a quick and easy Halloween costume

Oh no! It’s Halloween and you haven’t had time to find a costume, you didn’t want to spend a fortune, or you were simply looking for something unique. Don’t worry, we’ve compiled some easy, last-minute costume ideas to help you dress up with items you can mostly find around your house.

Clever puns

Do you have an old t-shirt? You can easily convert it into a clever costume with minimal effort.

Costume Not Found: If you’re frustrated with the Error 404 code for web page not found, you can write on your shirt, “Error 404: Costume Not Found.”

Ceiling fan: Simply take a shirt and write “ceiling” on it. Add some pom poms and, voila, you’re a ceiling fan.

Identity Thief: Dress in all black. Write the names of friends and family on a bunch of “Hello, my name is” stickers. Place the stickers on your clothes.

Check out this website for some additional ideas if you like funny costumes that will keep your friends guessing.

Classic costumes

If you have an old sheet you’re not using, you can turn it into an easy costume, such as a toga or ghost. If you have a bunch of holes in it anyway, you can always go as Charlie Brown as a ghost.

If you’re really pressed for time, you can throw on a hat, fanny pack, and an old camera and turn yourself into a tourist. Or wear your favorite sport’s team gear and go as a sports fan.

Makeup can also help you transform yourself quickly and easily. Watch these videos to turn yourself into a cat or zombie.

Crafty couples

Are you going to a Halloween party with a friend or significant other? You may have fun coming up with a couples costume together.

Guess Who?: If you remember the old board game Guess Who, this costume may be for you and a friend. Cut out two pieces of cardboard into frames for you and your friend. You can each wear a shirt and tape a question mark to the front. Write “Guess Who” on the top of the cut-out frame and add a name to the bottom.

Salt and Pepper Shakers: If you don’t plan on sitting a lot, you and a friend can easily create salt and pepper shaker costumes. Take a large piece of cardboard and bend it around you. Secure two pieces of elastic to the top with a staple to create straps. Paint one cardboard white and the other black. Glue a white “P” to form the pepper shaker, and a black “S” to glue to the salt shaker. The person wearing the salt shaker should wear a white shirt and pants; the person in the pepper shaker costume should wear a black shirt and pants. Top it all off with a shower cap.

Part of the fun of Halloween is getting to dress in costumes. If the holiday crept up on you this year and you haven’t had time to think about it, we hope some of these ideas help inspire you.

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