Halloween is an open invitation to dress as just about anything or anyone. But this freedom can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if you're in a time-crunch. Here are ten last-minute cute and clever Halloween costume ideas:
1. Smarty Pants
This is a super easy and fun Halloween costume that can be thrown together last-minute. Take a pack of Smarties candies and use double-sided tape to attach them to a pair of jeans. Complete the look with some fake glasses and a book.
2. Queen of Hearts
To make the collar, wrap a large piece of paper around your neck, and then trim it down to the right size. Then, staple cards from a deck all around the paper collar, layering them for a fanned-out effect. Finish off the costume with a red dress and red lipstick.
To create a cute cactus costume, all you need is a green dress and white, yellow, pink, and purple yarn. You'll also need scissors, a headband, and a hot glue gun. Cut several nine-inch pieces of yarn, and fold the pieces into thirds, and cut again into three-inch sections. Tie these together in a single knot in the center. Repeat with all other pieces. Using your hot glue gun, hot glue the yarn pieces all over your green dress. Make a pom-pom flower out of the colored yarn until you have five of them. Hot glue two pom poms to one shoulder of the dress, one to the wrist of the opposite side of the dress, and three pom-poms onto a headband.
4. Starry Goddess
To achieve this look, just add temporary star stickers to your favorite black dress to transform into a gold-dusted goddess. Finish off the costume with some body glitter and a shiny headband.
5. Holy Guacamole
Perfect for avocado lovers, to create this costume, print out avocado illustrations that you find online, and stick them on a green shirt. Then, purchase a set of wings and a halo from a costume store.
6. Raining Men
This hilarious costume is a cinch to put together. Take cutouts of your favorite celebrity guys to a clear umbrella, then wear rain boots and a rain jacket to complete the look.
To make a simple skeleton costume, cut out sections of a white t-shirt to create a ribcage illusion and add some face paint. Be sure to wear a black tank underneath and pair with skinny black jeans.
8. Bubble Bath
Safety-pin white balloons to a white t-shirt and then add a colorful shower cap for a last-minute Halloween costume.
Wear a white t-shirt and black slacks. Then put suspenders on over the t-shirt and wrap some white tape around the center of a pair of glasses. Carry around a huge calculator to complete the look.
10. Paper Doll
To create this fun and original costume, using poster board, design a dress, handbag, and bow. Then cut it out and attach it to black clothes.
- "55+ Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Quickly DIY Before Your Big Party," Good Housekeeping, September 24, 2019.
- "39 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas You Can Make in a Flash," Woman's Day, September 13, 2019.