Costume events in and of themselves seem to be an incredible concept.
That’s, till you understand that you simply’re about to spend $50+ and numerous hours placing collectively an outfit you’ll put on as soon as earlier than shoving it deep underneath the mattress with the remainder of your one-hit-wonder Halloween ensembles.
And whereas I at all times attempt to be frugal (as a result of regardless of my over-the-top vacation enthusiasm, I’m nonetheless a Penny Hoarder at coronary heart), I’m additionally fairly lazy in the case of Halloween costumes.
I at all times assume I’m going to go all out and DIY my costume, however then yearly, with out fail, I find yourself working to the shop on the final minute and spending some huge cash.
There must be a greater strategy to go about this entire costume enterprise — a manner that, ideally, gained’t value any cash in any respect.
7 Final-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Make at Residence
In case your goal is to put on a totally free (we like free!) costume on Halloween, begin along with your closet. Chances are high you have already got just a few costume items lurking at midnight recesses of your wardrobe.
I imply, there’s gotta be a cause you didn’t throw out that Hawaiian print shirt from the summer season of ‘92 but, proper?!
I began brainstorming and managed to place collectively seven nice choices that I may put on to a Halloween costume occasion — utilizing solely issues I already owned.
This one might be the easiest costume on this list to pull off. I mean, who among us doesn’t have a pair of shorts, a brightly colored shirt and some tacky socks you can pair with sandals?
Slap on a straw hat or visor and some sunglasses and grab a camera or a map and you’re ready to go. A sunscreened nose will only make your costume more realistic (although a little messy).
2. Fortune Teller
For this one, you’ll need drapey, flowy clothing, a scarf or headband and lots of stacked jewelry (never enough jewelry). If you’re not totally convinced that your costume is convincing, carry around a prop like a Magic Eight Ball (or a plain glass orb, if you just so happen to have one lying around).
Overalls were like the parachute pants of 2017: You either own three pairs already, or you’re desperately looking for an excuse to add them to your closet. Add in a yellow shirt (any shade will get the point across), black shoes and gloves and a pair of round glasses or goggles (find an awesome DIY tutorial here), and also you’re all set to harass the dwelling daylights out of everybody.
4. Pinup Woman
Excessive-waisted shorts + a button-down shirt + wedges + crimson lipstick + bandana = good pinup woman. Comply with a YouTube tutorial like this one to realize that flawless pinup hair curl (I promise, it’s truly a lot simpler than it appears), and also you’re able to make old style gents swoon.
This costume is less classic witch and more witchy-esque. I mean, does anyone just casually own a pointy hat?
No matter: Throw on lots of black layers, add some dramatic makeup, frizz up your hair and add some drippy black jewelry and no one will even question your costume (mostly out of fear). And don’t forget a broom!
This one doesn’t take a lot of… wait for it… brains to figure out. (I know, I know. I already docked myself three whole funny points.)
But seriously, all you need is holey, grungy clothes: ripped jeans, an old work shirt, a plaid button-up and a pair of dirty sneakers. This will either read as zombie or “midnight Taco Bell run” depending on how you accessorize — which is why you can’t skip the makeup.
Use dark eyeshadow around your eyes and under your cheeks, rat your hair and add some twigs and leaves and you’re good to go.
This one’s a classic, and honestly if you try to tell me you don’t own a white T-shirt and leggings or jeans, I won’t believe you.
Tie a scarf around your neck, slip on a pair of sneakers or wedges, throw a jacket (denim, leather or bomber) over your shoulder and you’re good to go.
Bonus: This one makes for an excellent couples costume, too.
Trick or Treat!
Assuming you own at least a pair of jeans and some dark makeup, I’d say we’ve just about solved your last-minute costume woes.
Now you officially have no excuse for not having a costume that could shock Frankenstein’s monster to life.
Grace Schweizer is an email content writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s just trying to figure out if there’s a way to combine all her best costume ideas into one. Is there a such thing as a fortuwitcheaserpinuzombieist?