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It’s October 23rd, so you’ve got just barely over a week to put together an awesome costume for The Big Day. Never fear, you’re not destined to wear an ill-fitting, cheaply constructed, store bought monstrosity this year! Through the magic of flickr, we’ve put together a list of creative costumes that you can whip together within a week, or just one night if you’re that much of a procrastinator.

Face Mask
Creepy Mask: Make an unsettling mask from ripped up magazine photos. The rest of the costume doesn’t really matter, since your freaky face will be the focal point.

Crash victim
Crash Victim: A little gore makeup, a lot of CAUTION tape, and a faux tire tread mark makes for smashing costume. Zing!

iPod costume
iPod Advertisement: You’re already permanently attached to your earbuds, so just add an all black outfit and a fluorescent sheet of post board or painted cardboard.

Unicorn Head Costume
Just The Head: Equal parts irony and cute, wear just a headpiece. Make a paper mache mask, wear an ear hat, or just be a severed head.

Ninja costume
Ninja: The costume that’s probably already in your closet. Head to toe black clothing with a t-shirt mask. Or add a twist and be a ninja ballerina, ninja runner, or make a social statement as an unemployed ninja.

2 Heads
2 Headed: You’re already half way there. Just add another head (think lightweight like styrofoam or paper mache), and wrap yourself in a scarf.

Salvador Dali costume
Salvador Dali: All you need is that gravity-defying mustache and a suit, plus a wily look in your eye.

Super Hero Costume
Custom Super Hero: A cape and a mask are the basics, and that could be as simple as using a towel and a $2 mask. We’ve all wished for superhero powers, so just make up a character based on those dreams and practice your super poses for photo ops.

Cardboard Robot
Cardboard Robot: As we mentioned before, robots make great costumes because they leave room for a lot of creativity and can be as simple or elaborate as you want. A box, some silver spray paint, and any cabling that you have lying around = robot.

Nudist costume
Nudist on Strike: If it’s especially cold where you live, you can bundle up like usual and just add a “nudists on strike” sign. Be prepared to spend much of the night negotiating.

Have you found any cool online costume photos that might inspire a last minute costume? Halloween procrastinators need your help; leave your suggestions in the comments!

Posted on October 23rd, 2007 in
Halloween Costumes by Lauren

8 Responses to 'Last Minute Costume Ideas'

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  1. PAULINE said:

    1) Buy a bag of “smartie” candies and glue them to the front of a pair of pants. Instant “smartie pants”
    2) Put a toy badge in your wallet and you are an Undercover Cop.

    on October 28th, 2011

  2. jennifer said:

    I took a box, cut out places for arms and head, wrapped in shiny wrapping paper, put a big bow on top and now you are an early Christmas present!

    on October 9th, 2011

  3. Demi said:

    I love these ideas! I find that when you have to make a last minute costume thrift shops are a must. They have some pretty funky clothes that you can cover in fake blood or rip up and better yet all the money you spend goes to a great cause!

    on October 10th, 2009

  4. emily said:

    my friend got a brown sack and cut a hole in it (so her face could stick out) and then wore brown leggings and put different colored brown paper ovals on the sack and said that she was a potato.

    365 Halloween Response: A brown sack covered in brown paper? Dang, your friend must have amazing self-confidence to have pulled that off. I’d like to see a version with some googley eyes instead of paper and call it a mutant potato. Any takers?

    on October 30th, 2008

  5. Rochelle said:

    well….dress regularly and attach a leaf to a hat…when someone asks, tell them you are a leaf blower and blow the leaf

    on October 25th, 2008

  6. Sonia said:

    I love these ideas!

    on October 23rd, 2008

  7. April said:

    How do you think the guy with the “creepy mask” got the magazine paper to stick to his face? I love this idea! but am not quite sure how to make it stick.

    365 Halloween Response: Good question. I assumed it was held on by string or elastic until I got a close up look. It really seems molded onto his face, huh? Spirit gum, maybe? How about leaving this question in the comments of the flickr page and see if he elaborates on the process?

    on October 27th, 2007

  8. jennifer norris said:

    Take any brown cloth you can find and cut it in the shape of a “fat tie” hang it around your neck and attach a paper plate with the number one on it and go as pin the tail on the donkey..

    on October 24th, 2007

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