20 Last Minute Halloween Costumes From Your Closet That You Can Put Together In No Time
One of the hardest parts of adulthood is that you no longer have anyone to help you out with your Halloween costume, creatively or financially. Halloween can get competitive out there in the real world, not to mention expensive. And when you're trying to stay afloat in general, it becomes even more important to know how to make last-minute Halloween costumes from your closet.
I mean, you can only be the dancing girls emoji for so many years before everyone starts to call you on it three months early. Here's the good news, though: Creating a homemade costume almost guarantees that you're going to come up with something totally unique, so that you don't have to worry about running into someone who bought the same package from Party City earlier that day.
Trust me, you can still crush the Halloween game without spending a nickel. (In fact, you can create a costume out of nothing but a nickel — more on that in a bit.) The old adage is still true: The best things in life are free. So, before you panic and buy one of those inflatable sumo wrestler costumes on Amazon, consider one of these Halloween costume ideas that cost nothing, and can be created out of the clothes and accessories you probably already have in your closet.
1. The Umbrella Bat
You know that umbrella you've had for years that's useless in the rain? Yeah, cut that thing up, throw on an all black outfit, and you're good to go.
2. Samara From The Ring
Samara is the eternal creepy girl. It's been a decade since she 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 conditioner to perfect that girl-in-a-well effect.
3. Sandy From Grease
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. 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.
It's a good thing overalls are back in style, because this costume is super comfy, and super easy.
Grab a yellow shirt or sweatshirt and a pair of overalls, and you're officially allowed to run around all night on Halloween spouting gibberish.
5. Identity Theft
Believe it or not, you don't even need name tags to pull off this punny costume. Consider sticky notes, or even wearing a white shirt and using packing tape and a Sharpie to get the job done.
Basically, the goal is to scribble other people's names all over something you don't mind throwing out the next morning.
OK, so this costume is awesome. Those little prickly things are plastic straws, but you could get a similar effect by scrunching up paper towels or toilet paper and taping over them onto your green outfit.
7. Cat Lady
The eternal crowd pleaser: Transforming the most cliché female stereotype in the book to a killer (and very cozy) Halloween costume.
Just throw on a robe, and walk around with some stuffed animals. Take it a step further by throwing out a quick, "What? It's Halloween? I didn't know!" Then you'll really have the crowd eating out of the palm of your hands.
8. Regina George
Regina George is basically the character of our generation, so dressing up like her will always be a hit at any Halloween party.
Bonus points for wearing your most colorful bra underneath that tank top.
9. "Error 404" Message
You know that annoying message you get on websites sometimes that keeps you from watching some viral video you probably don't have the time to be watching anyways?
Yeah, with just a white t-shirt and a Sharpie, that's a costume.
10. Nickelback (Or Quarterback)
Need I explain more?
Like Regina George, Nickelback is the music of our generation (DM me if you disagree, I'm willing to fight). And the quarterback costume is a great alternative if you don't have a nickel lying around, since those things are pretty useless for transactions these days.
12. Ceiling Fan
Will the puns ever cease? No. No they will not.
This is another shirt and Sharpie costume that will definitely get a bunch of laughs, a considerable amount of eye rolls, and of course, a few selfies.
13. Pretty Much Any And All Emojis
This is an example of just how easy it can be to dress up as an emoji for Halloween.
Don't believe me? Check out the emoji inventory on your phone. At least half of them can be replicated with your trusted Sharpie-shirt combo, and they're essentially the language that we speak, so everyone's bound to get it.
14. 50 Shades Of Grey
Brownie points if you teasingly text your crush that you're being 50 Shades Of Grey for Halloween and get them all excited — then show up covered in color palettes.
15. Risky Business
Just like Sandy from Grease, some costumes simply never go out of style.
Throw on a white button-down, some knee-high socks, and make sure your party has a hardwood floor somewhere that you can slide around on all night.
16. The Brawny Man
For dudes, this is the easiest and most clever costume you can have. With just a flannel shirt and a paper towel, you get to be your hidden fantasy for the night: a big, burly lumberjack.
As for the ladies, who doesn't love an oversized flannel in the fall?
Regardless of gender, please don't bring an ax to the Halloween party, though. That's not chill.
18. Wednesday Adams
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 braids, a black outfit of any kind, and a tight-lipped smile.