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Five Minute Halloween Costumes for Adults

Updated on September 11, 2014

Last Minute Costume Ideas

Picture this: You're about to leave the office for the day when your boss knocks on your office door (or swings by your cubicle). "I need you to fill in for me at a Halloween party tonight," she says. Someone needs to represent the company, and you've been chosen! You have two hours to go home, get ready, and make it to the party. You need a last-minute costume!!! You don't even have time to stop at the drug store for a costume. The drug store is sold out of costumes anyway! This lens will give you some easy and quick suggestions for costumes using items you probably already have around the house.

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#1 The Roach

(Or any other type of black bug)

Wear all black. Black turtleneck, black pants or skirt, black shoes and socks, etc.

Take a black cardigan or jacket and tie the sleeves around your neck, so the jacket falls like wings on your back.

Get a black headband and two black pipe cleaners. Attach the pipe cleaners to the headband to make them look like antennae. When I have done this in the past, I simply wrapped one end of the pipe cleaner around the headband once or twice until secure. I didn't even have to use tape.

Optional: Take black socks and safety pin them to your sleeves so that when you hold your arms out, the socks hang down, giving the appearance of the little hairs on roach legs. Ewwwwww!!!!!!

#2: The Mummy

Wear all white and wrap your head and body with toilet paper! How quick and easy is that?!

One word of advice: Carry an extra roll of toilet paper with you. As you sit down, stand up, walk around, etc, the paper will get torn and fall off here and there. You could also using clear packing tape to attach the toilet paper to your clothes or to itself. Another alternative would be to wrap yourself in ACE bandages. They won't get torn!

#3: TOGA!

This one's pretty easy. Wrap yourself in a white sheet, toga-style. Pin it, if you have to.

Cut some leaves out of cardboard or strong posterboard. Color them gold or green with a crayon or marker, then secure them behind your ears (so that they stick out forward). In this video, the young man suggests that a wire coat hanger can also be used to fashion your leaf headdress.

Greek Goddess

This is similar to the sheet toga, but requires a smaller piece of fabric.


Wear a pair of eyeglasses with lots of tape wrapped around the bridge.

Wear a button-down shirt with a front pocket. Put lots of pens, pencils, and a calculator in the pocket. (And hey, if you HAVE a pocket protector, then toss that in there, as well!)

Wear as high-waisted of a pair of pants as you have. Tuck the shirt into them tightly, and wear a belt.

Carry a “smart” book of some sort. A dictionary or thesaurus will work, but if you have an old Calculus book, that’s even better.

You could also try parting your hair down the middle, then slicking it down flat with hair gel.


Wear all green.

Take some sheets of construction paper or posterboard in the color of your choice (pink, yellow, purple, or white would look best, in my opinion), and cut out large “petals.”

Using clear packing tape, attach one end of each of the petals to the neck of your shirt, so that the petals hang downward from your neck all the way around your body.

Alternatively, you could wear a handband with the petals attached, so that the petals surround your head, as in this picture.

Charlie Brown

If you are a bald man who owns a yellow shirt, this is a cinch.

Wear black shorts or pants and a yellow shirt. Take black felt, fabric, or construction paper, and cut out the zig-zag shape on Charlie Brown’s shirt. Attach to the shirt with tape, all the way around your torso. Voila.

More costume pieces

Chances are that if you are reading this article, and you actually need a five-minute costume, ordering these items will not be an option for you! Still, maybe they will provide you with inspiration or clarity of vision for your five-minute costume!

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      @BarbaraCasey: My husband is from Fla and is an expert roach killer! haha We get them pretty big here on the coast of SC, too. Thanks for commenting!

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      This is cool. I have a "this is my Halloween costume" t-shirt that I've been wearing for the past 17 years. The roach costume... well... I live in Florida where those particular bugs almost get human-size... in other words, it's a great costume for creeping folks out down here.

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      @PNWtravels: Thank you! Have a safe Halloween!

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great quick and easy costume ideas!