These last-minute Halloween costumes are so easy to put together.

These Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Include Some Iconic Pop Culture References

By Caroline Burke
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With the scariest night of the year just around the corner, it’s crunch time to figure out your Halloween transformation. Halloween can get competitive out there in the real world, not to mention expensive. Luckily, it’s easy enough to put together last-minute Halloween costumes from your closet with just a few key materials.

In addition to saving you money on an expensive Halloween costume you’ll only wear one night, a homemade costume will also win you points in the creativity department. Making a homemade costume yourself almost guarantees you're going to come up with something totally unique, meaning you won’t have to worry about running into someone who bought the same last-minute costume earlier that day.

So, before you panic and buy a $50 Harley Quinn costume on Amazon, consider one of these Halloween costume ideas that cost nothing, and can be quickly put together from the clothes and accessories you probably already have in your closet. If you have an animal print top, tank top, or black leggings, you'll be set with a costume in no time. Oh, and before you get to Halloween-ing, be sure to keep CDC guidance in mind that calls for virtual celebrations over in-person gatherings.

The Umbrella Bat

You know that umbrella you've had for years that's useless in the rain? Remove the spokes, cut the fabric in half, and attach one side to your arms or a black hoodie to create a bat effect. Once you throw on an all black outfit, you're good to go.

Samara From 'The Ring'

It's been almost two decades since Samara last haunted our dreams, so now is the perfect time to dress up as her without getting terrified every time you walk by a mirror.

All you really need for this is a white nightgown. If you have a black wig lying around, go for it, but if not, just wet your hair and grease it up with a conditioner to perfect that girl-in-a-well effect.

Sandy From 'Grease'
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No matter how many times people wear this costume, it never goes out of style.

And, because it's so popular, you tend to forget how easy it is to pull off. All you need is a black off-the-shoulder top, black form-fitting pants or leggings, and a pair of red heels. Killer dance moves are suggested, but not mandatory.

Minion From 'Despicable Me'

Grab a yellow shirt or sweatshirt, a pair of overalls, and a pair of glasses, and you're officially allowed to run around all night on Halloween spouting gibberish.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Pay homage to the late trailblazing Supreme Court justice by putting your hair into a low bun, wearing a black outfit with a lacy white collar, and adding a pair of glasses.


If you have a green dress and shoes in your closet, add fake flowers to your hair and on the dress to transform into a cactus. To create the prickles, you can tape plastic straws or scrunched up paper towels onto your green outfit.

Cat Lady

A cat lady costume transforms the most cliché female stereotype in the book into a killer (and very cozy) Halloween costume. Just throw on a robe, grab some stuffed animals, and a ball of yarn if you have it.

Regina George From 'Mean Girls'
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Regina George is basically the character of the early ‘00s, so dressing up like her will always be a hit at any Halloween party. Cut out two holes in a white tank top, grab a light pink skirt, and tape a print-out of the Burn Book on one of your books.

Bonus points for wearing your most colorful bra underneath that tank top.

"Error 404" Message

Don’t feel like making an effort with your costume this year? Poke fun at your lack of effort by adding a “404 error: Costume not found” message to a white shirt with a sharpie.

Party Animal

To repurpose an animal costume from last year, turn yourself into a “party animal” by wearing going-out clothes and a party hat along with your animal ears and painted-on whiskers.

Last Person On A Zoom Call

Go all-in with the awkward wave, and either buy a shirt that says "Leave Meeting," or write it in with a sharpie on an old T. Plaster on a nervous smile, and you'll be all set as the last Zoom participant on a call.

Deviled Egg

Recreate a deviled egg by pairing devil horns with a white shirt. Cut out a yolk-shaped circle out of yellow paper or fabric to tape on it.

Pretty Much Any & All Emojis

It’s so easy to dress up as an emoji for Halloween, as at least half of them can be replicated with your trusted Sharpie-shirt combo. You can also grab a friend to replicate the dancing twins emoji or strike a dramatic pose for the dancing woman emoji.

A 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Spoof

Brownie points if you teasingly text your crush that you're being Fifty Shades Of Grey for Halloween and get them all excited — then show up covered in gray paint palettes taped to your top. Make sure to grab a pair of handcuffs to complete the look.

Joel In 'Risky Business'
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Just like Sandy from Grease, the Risky Business ensemble is one of the most classic (and easiest) looks to emulate.

Throw on a white button-down, some knee-high socks, and a pair of black sunnies, and make sure your party has a hardwood floor that you can slide around on all night.

The Brawny Man

With just a flannel shirt and a roll of paper towels, you can complete what might be the easiest costume ever: a big, burly lumberjack.

Baby Yoda From 'The Mandalorian'

Pay homage to The Child from The Mandalorian by wearing a light brown or olive green jacket or bathrobe, putting your hair up into two buns, and if you can, adding a Baby Yoda ear headband.

Wednesday Addams From 'The Addams Family'

Wearing a collared dress or shirt will definitely inspire those Wednesday Addams vibes, but really, the only things you need here are a set of braided pigtails, a black outfit of any kind, and a tight-lipped smile.

A 'Breaking Bad' Character

There are a few different ways to go about a Breaking Bad costume. Want to go the super easy route? Put on a pair of white underwear (or long white leggings) and a ripped button-down, à la Walter White in the desert.

Joe Exotic

Throw it back to the Tiger King phase of quarantine by pairing an animal print shirt with a baseball cap, earrings, and a drawn-on mustache. Kudos if you add some kind of a choker and put your hair in a half-up style to emulate Exotic’s trademark mullet.

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