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10 Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes Ideas
Cheap Last Minute Halloween Costumes
Were you invited to a Halloween party and suddenly need a costume? Are you cheap or frugal and don't want to spend the money on a fancy costume? Did you just wait until the last minute to even think about a Halloween costume? If any of these are the case, read on for ten quick, easy homemade Halloween costumes.
All you'll need are a few items for each costume, items you probably already have around the house. People like creative costumes, too, so be ready to get some attention when you wear your unique homemade costume.
Black Eyed Peas Costume
I have seen a couple of people in my life celebrate Halloween as a black eyed pea. Simply get a black marker to make a big letter "P" on the front of a light-colored t-shirt. Then, with some black shoe polish or make-up (black eyeliner works well), color around one (or both) of your eyes. That's it! An alternate choice is wearing some black sunglasses.
If you want to be plural, as in black eyed peas--whether the food or the musical group--then draw a whole bunch of "P"s all over your shirt. There. You're done.
Big Baby Adult Costume on Amazon
Going to a Halloween party as a baby, or a BIG baby, wil get you some attention. Turn a white towel, blanket, or sheet into a diaper, folding it appropriately in all the right places. Secure it with safety pins. Yeah, you probably should wear clothes under that diaper. You could wear footed pajamas, or opt for skin colored tones for the pants. You could even go with bare legs or pantyhose! Wear a simple t-shirt in your favorite baby color--blue, green, yellow, or pink.
Grab a baby bottle from your child's dolls or your own human baby. Bottles can also be found cheap at dollar stores if you have time to get one. Look for a rattler to carry with you or at least a stuffed toy. Don't forget your blankie!
White Trash Halloween Costume
How about being white trash for Halloween? it might offend some of your friends, but, if the shoe fits . . . . Oh, Halloween is no time of year to worry about offending someone with your costume.
Becoming white trash is easy (easier for some than others, I can't help but add). Pull a large, white trash bag over your body, cutting out a place for your head, of course. Attach to yourself all kinds of trash--crumpled up newspaper, a jar lid, food wrapper, or whatever else you can think of. You can turn yourself into white trash in no time!
Well, some of your politically correct minded friends might not approve of your non-pc homeless person Halloween costume. Like I said, though, Halloween is no time to worry about stepping on toes. With Halloween costumes, just about anything--almost--goes. There are some Halloween costumes that many people, including me, would consider off-limits. But we won't go there.
Like your ability to become white trash, you can also become a homeless person quickly . . . sadly. Wear dirty clothes, smudge makeup to make your face appear dirty, and muss up your hair. An old filthy cap might be a nice touch. For men, add some stubble with an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil, if you don't have your own stubble.
Carry around your sign that you "will work for food" or a cup to hold out for donations, and you are ready to get your homeless self to the party. This costume will give you a great excuse to eat everything in sight while you're there. You don't want to starve!
Adult Rock Star Costume Idea on Amazon
Be a rock star! Halloween is your chance! If you have some random wig, throw it on. Or rat your own hair to be as wild as you can. If you don't have a wig--or much hair!--don't worry about it. Just find a star and hang it around your neck.
Another rock star option is to draw a star on your t-shirt and tape on a small rock next to it. There. Your dream has come true. You are now a rock star!
Halloween Serial Killer/Cereal Killer
One of my graduate school friends showed up at one of our Halloween parties--back in the day--as a serial killer, or, rather, cereal killer. I thought it was quite clever. He had cut off the front of a cereal box and pinned it to his shirt with a knife stuck out of it and taped to it.
You could choose to attach several cereal boxes on your clothing, with a knife on each. Plastic knives are lighter and easier to tape on. For added gore, add some fake blood to the cereal boxes; red fingernail polish or paint works well, as does ketchup or tomato sauce.
Adult Ghost Costume on Amazon
A traditional ghost costume is always easy to make--if you're willing to cut up a sheet. Just cut two holes for your eyes into a white sheet. You might have to trim the sheet if it's too long and drags the floor.
What else can i say about this one? You could add sunglasses or other accessories to your garb, or just be done with it and ready to go!
Items You Will Need for Quick Homemade Halloween Costumes
Black Eyed Pea(s)
white shirt; black marker; black eyeliner, shoepolish, or dark glasses
footie pjs or pants or hose with t-shirt, sheet, blanket, baby bottle, rattler, stuffed animal
large white trash bag, misc trash, paper, junk mail, food wrappers, etc
dirty clothes, hat, sign, marker for stubble
star on chain or black marker, rock and tape
one or more cereal box cutouts; plastic knives; fake blood or red nail polish
white sheet, sunglasses, optional accessories
button-up shirt, pants, pens, notepad, calculator, dark-rimmed glasses with tape
taped pictures of food items, fork
ribbons, bows,to & from tag, box and wrapping paper (optional)
Yes, you can be a food buffet, a real need for a big Halloween party. Cut out a variety of pictures of food from magazines and tape them all over your shirt, pants--wherever. Carry a fork with you, or put it on a chain and wear it around your neck.
Maybe you're a natural nerd, or maybe you have to work at it. If you're used to being a cool dude, it's pretty easy to transform into a nerd. Wear a button up shirt with a pocket; button the shirt all the way to the top. Wear pants that are too short, as you roll up the cuffs.
Stick a pen or two, and maybe even a small calculator or notepad, in your front shirt pocket. Get some cheap dark glasses and wrap some masking tape or other light colored tape around the middle over the nose. Slick back your hair, and you're ready.
Females can follow the same instructions. Just pull the hair back into a plain ponytail.
Nerd Costume Accessories!
More Cheap, Creative Halloween Costumes!
- More Cheap, Creative Halloween Costumes Ideas
Ten cheap and creative ideas for Halloween costumes for individuals, couples, kids, and adults! There is something for everyone on this list!
Be a Christmas or birthday present. You can cut out a cardboard box to fit around you. Cover it with wrapping paper, ribbon if you wish, and put a bow on top of your head. You can add a "to" and "from" tag to the box.
If you don't want to mess with the box, just wrap ribbon around yourself, wear a bow on your head, and tape a gift tag to yourself.
One word of warning: watch out who you give yourself to!