10 Last Minute Halloween Costumes

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We all do it: Start brainstorming Halloween costumes sometime in August, spend more time than we'd like to admit scrolling through the infinite Pinterest jungle, and silently promise that this will be the year you make the best DIY costume your friends have ever seen.... And then it's the day before Halloween, there are feathers everywhere, shards of fabric all over your living room, and you have no idea what to do for a costume. Don't panic. These last minute Halloween costumes are sure to impress.


If you've got some craft supplies, be the Queen Bee

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Queen Bee Headband

It doesn't take much to pull off this crafty costume. All you need is some scrapbook paper or card stock, a few basic craft supplies, a headband, and some hot glue to create this super cute costume. Dress it up with a little black dress for an evening celebration.

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Related: Make your own queen bee costume.

If you own a plaid shirt, be the Brawny Man

Probably one of the easiest characters to imitate, the Brawny Man costume requires only a red plaid shirt, some blue jeans, and a knowing smirk. Gel back your hair and stop by a convenience store to pick up a roll of Brawny towels to carry along.


Related: You only need a plaid shirt and roll of paper towels for this DIY.

If you have a piece of cardboard, be a doll

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For this easy wind up doll costume, all you need is a piece of cardboard, paper towel tube, scissors, metallic paint and elastic. This simple to make key accessory will instantly transform any outfit into an awesome toy costume.


Related: Create a wind up key for a costume

If you have Instagram, be a Selfie

Instagram Selfie Costume

Take a screenshot of a recent Instagram picture and print out an enlarged image at your local printing store. Glue it to some cardboard, cut out the center, and voilà--you're a selfie! Be prepared to make ridiculous faces all day for pictures.



Related: Turn into a selfie with this tutorial.

If you’re a #girlwholifts, be Rosie the Riveter

Turn your favorite denim shirt into your Halloween costume by adding a red bandana, some statement red lipstick, and high wasted pants. Cuff the shirt above your elbow and get ready to flex.


Related: Show off your arms with this homemade costume.

If you’ve got an orange shirt, be a pumpkin

Homemade Pumpkin Costume

An oldie but goodie, this costume is cute, comfortable, and good for all ages. Take an orange shirt and lightly trace a jack-o-lantern face on the fabric. Cut out the shapes and wear it over a tight black shirt and leggings (or dark pants). To make a more rounded pumpkin, cut the back of the orange shirt and place bean-sacks or a small pillow around your waste, and then synch the shirt tight behind you.


Related: Dress into the Halloween spirit with this DIY.

If you’ve got brown pants, become Shaggy from Scooby-Doo

Shaggy Scooby Doo Costume

Creepers! Did you know you could transform any pair of brown pants into Shaggy's infamous bell-bottoms? Couple this with a light green T-shirt and let your hair down for a groovy homage to Scooby-Doo costume. Like, no way man.



Related: Make a Shaggy costume using this how-to.

If you can get orange scrubs, be Piper Chapman

Orange is the New Black Piper Costume

You really only need orange scrubs, a white undershirt, and a basic name tag to create this Piper Kerman look from the show Orange is the New Black. Throw your hair into a pony tail for the most low maintenance (and comfortable) costume you've ever made.

Related: Turn your scrubs into a Halloween costume.

If you want an air of mystery, be Zorro

With a pair of black pants and some black fabric, you have everything you need to make yourself into the mysterious Zorro. Add a red sash as a headband and use eyeliner to add his token black mustache for a dramatic addition. Add a costume sword and stealthy smirk for some extra swag.

Related: Become the mysterious Zorro using this easy how-to.

If you’ve got a raincoat and a balloon, be Georgie from 'IT'

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If Stephen King's 'IT' is one of your favorite horror flicks, head to the next Halloween party as Georgie. All you need is a yellow raincoat and a red balloon to create this instantly recognizable costume that will surely turn heads.

Related: Make a life-size Georgie from 'IT' Halloween decoration


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