A little cash and creativity can go a long way. With Halloween just around the corner, who wants to bother with elaborate costumes that will take forever to make? Instead, these simple last-minute costume ideas are sure to win any costume contest (and not break the bank).
1. Eleven from Stranger Things Season One
Thrift store dress
Cheap blonde wig
Of course we’re throwing in a Stranger Things costume idea because, well, season two will be out before Halloween. But we’re sticking with season one Eleven for this costume. All you need is a pink dress and a blonde wig to pull off this soon-to-be-classic look. (A box of Eggo Waffles won’t hurt, either.)
2. A Stereotypical American Tourist
Gaudy Hawaiian shirt
Dollar Store leis
Ah, a Halloween classic. The tourist is the ultimate last-minute Halloween costume because it’s incredibly simple but completely recognizable. For best results (and a little ’90s touch), buy a disposable camera.
3. Harry Potter in Muggle Clothes
Face paint or eyeliner
Harry Potter is another quintessential Halloween costume. Better yet, it’s versatile: just throw on the glasses and scar and people instantly know who you are (even if you’re not donning your Gryffindor scarf or wizard robes).
4. Charlie Brown’s Ghost Costume
Old white sheet
Pair of scissors
While we’re on the subject of great movie characters, Charlie Brown has an unforgettable Halloween costume. If you haven’t seen It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in a long time, it’s worth watching just for the trick-or-treating scene.
5. A Wolf in Ram’s Clothing
Carolina blue jacket (gross)
Red NC State t-shirt
Halloween is the perfect time to capitalize on the NC State-UNC rivalry. Just wear a Carolina blue jacket zipped partially over your favorite NC State t-shirt, and you have the ultimate crowd-pleaser. If you want to take your costume a step further, draw some wolf whiskers and a nose on your face.
6. Barb from Stranger Things Season One
Retro ’80s glasses
Turn your Halloween costume ideas upside down (see what we did there?) with this quick and simple Barb costume. All you really need are her iconic glasses and Mom jeans.
7. Old School Rockstar
Thrift store leather jacket
Retro band t-shirt
This costume is relatively simple to pull together. A quick trip to Target or Wal-Mart and you’ll find all kinds of nostalgic shirts and jackets to complete this awesome look.
8. The Ultimate Non-Costume
Who says you even need a costume to win Halloween? The “Error 404: Costume Not Found” shirt is a great way to poke fun of any costume contest you attend, and not just at Halloween.
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