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5 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

If you have an upcoming Halloween party and you decided at the last minute to dress-up, here are some quick ideas that use things you probably already have in your wardrobe or around the house. Just to warn you, wrapping yourself in toilet paper will not work for a mummy costume.

1. Edward Scissorhands: guys, do you have black pants, a white dress shirt and suspenders? Then all you need is some hairspray, gloves, cardboard, foil and duct tape. Cut the cardboard into long blades (6 total) and a pair of scissors separated. Cover in foil and attach to gloves with duct tape.
For the photos below, I used foam core instead of cardboard and spray painted them silver.

2. Allstate’s Mayhem: if you have a black suit that you can get a little dirty and a butterfly band-aid, you’re all set for this pop culture get-up.

3. GEICO motorcycle money man: all you need is board game money, preferably green, some safety pins to attach the money to you’re outfit, and a helmet. My friend used a ski helmet.

4. Mad Men Cast Member: ladies if you have a vintage dress, or work suit you’re all set for anyone in the Mad Men cast whose hair most resembles your own.

5.Bridesmaid: Pull out that floor length or hot pink dress that you wore to your friend’s wedding, then watch the movie Bridesmaids, it’s worth the two hours, then give yourself a great up-do courtesy of Pinterest inspiration.


Hope you have a fun, safe Halloween!

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6 Responses to 5 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

  1. Gasper October 10, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    I appreciate the last-minute costume ideas. Some folks do wait until the day before Halloween to start thinking about their fancy dress. Others, like to plan way in advance and doing so will enable you to come up with a really creative and fun costume.
    The best way to save money on a great costume is to shop second hand stores for the clothing part and buy the accessories at an online site, which have the best prices and largest selection.

  2. Rebecca@kids pirate costumes October 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    My kids would love that costume!
    Rebecca@kids pirate costumes recently posted…Halloween Party Ideas Using Pirate Party SuppliesMy Profile

  3. Jack Russel December 8, 2016 at 5:43 am #

    Hey, great share……

    I really loved your creative last minute idea of Halloween costume. It’s so pretty. I am also going to get this sort of costume for my kid for next Halloween party.

    Thanks for sharing this post. Keep sharing more…
    Jack Russel recently posted…We’ve Been Rated Tops for Smiles… Fancy That!My Profile


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