Easy last minute Halloween costume ideas

A blue long sleeve shirt and a fake white beard create the base for a garden gnome costume. (©Image Source/Thinkstock) A blue long sleeve shirt and a fake white beard create the base for a garden gnome costume. (©Image Source/Thinkstock)

By Michelle Ullman

It's Halloween, you don't have a costume, and you were invited at the last minute to a costume party. No need to panic and no need to dash to the rental shop. You can come up with a quick Halloween costume with a few items easily purchased at the crafts store, the thrift shop or found around your home.


It's quick and easy to dress as if you are still living in the late 60's or early 70's. You might need to make a trip to the local Goodwill for:

Bell-bottom jeans
Tie-dye or paisley shirt
Leather/Suede vest
Strings of beads or a necklace with a peace sign
Bandana or leather strap you can wear as a headband
Sandals or platform shoes

Be sure to use slang of the day, including:

"I can dig it"
"Far out"
"What a drag"
And be sure to compliment your host's "groovy pad"

Instant Message Chat

You probably won't even need a trip to the store to costume yourself as an Instant Message conversation. Just wear simple clothing such as tights or plain pants with a plain tee shirt, and stick post-it notes all over yourself with common IM abbreviations such as:



Bedbugs are getting a lot of press these days, and are high on most peoples list of disgusting, scary things. You can easily disguise yourself as a blood-sucking insect by dressing in:

Brown, tight pants
Brown long sleeve shirt
A pillow and blanket tied to your back
Inexpensive set of antennas from the costume shop or supermarket

If you feel that's too subtle, try tying a sign reading, "Got a bed?" to your chest.


Zombies seem to walk so slowly in old movies, you might wonder why their victims didn't just easily run away and escape. Perhaps they were paralyzed with fear at the sight of the walking dead. Strike fear into the hearts of your fellow partiers by:

- Wearing old, torn clothes

- Walking slowly with your hands outstretched

- Groaning a lot

- Messing up your hair

- Painting your face with gray makeup, green highlights over your cheekbones, and black around your eyes and mouth


If you have a clear plastic umbrella, you have the base for a jellyfish costume. These interesting creatures spend their days drifting in the seas looking for an opportunity to sting fish, but you can just enjoy the party.

- Tape a length of bubble wrap, glittery streamers or strips of gauze to each spine of the umbrella frame.

- Fill in between these thick, long tentacles with thinner, shorter lengths of shimmery tentacles.

- Use glow-stick necklaces as some of the tentacles for a mysterious, deep water look.

- Complete the look by wearing white tights and tee shirt.

Magic 8 Ball

Answer questions without saying a word. Your friends will all think you are a fount of wisdom when you dress as a Magic 8 Ball. Start by dressing in solid black. Cut a large circle of white paper with an "8" drawn in black pen in the center.

Carry a small bag or box filled with slips of paper bearing the answers given by a Magic 8 Ball. Don't forget:

It is certain
Most likely
Ask again later
My sources say no
Outlook not so good
Signs point to yes

Have your fellow partygoers draw a slip of paper to answer their questions.

Garden Gnome

- Blue pants tucked into boots, a blue long sleeve shirt and a fake white beard create the base for a garden gnome costume.

- Top with a red pointy hat, which you can make yourself by rolling a large square of red felt into a cone, then stapling along the side.

Quick and easy, and cute enough to garner lots of compliments.

Beautiful Bluebird

- Your daughter can bring happiness to all her friends dressed as the bluebird of happiness.

- Start with blue tights and a blue tee shirt.

- Paint her face blue with face paint, and use orange face paint to create a beak over her nose.

- Glue blue feathers to cover a blue ski cap, and glue as many feathers as you can over her tights and shirt.

It doesn't take a lot of money to create a great last minute Halloween costume. You can do the job easily and inexpensively with supplies you have around the house or can easily purchase nearby. With a bit of imagination, you can be the star of the Halloween bash.

This article was originally posted on IdealHomeGarden.com

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