10 Simple Last-Minute Costume Ideas You Can Totally Throw Together Before Tonight

For those of you who failed to adequately prepare for the glorious night, BOO! (you whores). The witching hours are upon us. You have limited time to come up with a sexy costume. Halloween is tonight. Unless you live in the Northeast, where Halloween has been resheduled to November 5th, though, that might just be for trick-or-treaters. Halloween doesn’t have to be about buying a great costume, it’s about doing something creative with the stuff you already have. Anyway, here are ten simple last-minute costume ideas that you can put together with the clothing you already own.

1. Any animal

Like Cady Heron said, the really extreme girls just do lingerie and animal ears. You don’t have to go out in lingerie, a little black dress works fine, and EVERYONE has one. You can quickly run to the store for some ears, or if you want, you can make some of your own and attach them to a headband/bobby pins out of something in your craft drawer. But please do some whiskers to look more festive. (Hint: the black on the underside of your nose, like where the nostrils are, looks better than on the tip of your nose). I was last-minute a queen bee one year, made my own antennae with a pipe cleaner I curled up and attatched yellow clay balls to the end. (I already had a crown), and just wore a regular black going out skirt and a yellow tank. Easy peasy. A devil works too with the LBD or a red skirt/dress situation if you have that.

2. Something holiday-themed

I’m sure you have a bunch of ugly christmas sweaters and America gear stored away somewhere. Put something cute together and say you’re “Christmas cheer” or Uncle Sam and just add an “I want you” button or tramp stamp somewhere to your body. You can quickly buy a top hat from Hobby Lobby, and if you don’t have time to craft it, it’s fine if it’s just black.

3. Zombie

You can literally wear your normal clothes and just do some scary make-up and be a zombie. I’d suggest grabbing an old plaid shirt to authenticate your look. If you have one that’s long enough you can just belt it and pair it with some tights that you rip up. Leave the top button down, now you’re a sexy zombie. Awesome.

4. 80s Girl

So easy. If you don’t have something neon and an off-the-shoulder shirt, you have no business being in a sorority. It’s definitely easy to put together, and you get to wear your fishnets again. And legwarmers. And a giant Madonna-styled bow.

5. Ballerina

I’ll be damned if your big didn’t give you a pink tutu during princess day of big/little week. Step one: pink tank. Step two: tutu on your body. Step three: something to cover your butt (a little). Glitter up some pantyhose, and add rhinestones to your face with eyelash glue. A tiara would be a cute addition as well. You’re good to go.

6. Pirate

Maybe not every person in the world has hoop earrings for one reason or another, but SOME person you know, 100% does. One hoop earring. A red bandana in your hair. And again, a little black dress. Heavy heavy eye-liner. You may even have a chunky gold belt from a few years ago that you can put around your waist. You can buy a patch for your eye, or make one with a piece of black felt or fabric, and hot glue it to a black ribbon to put around your head.

7. Risky business

This is literally the easiest costume of all time. Giant button-up – if you don’t have one you can borrow one from a guy friend, or your slutty friend’s closet. I’m sure she has plenty. Socks. Sunglasses. Donezo.

8. A Hippie

Add some braids to your hair, and a fake flower if you have one lying around. Some aviators. I know you have jorts and a loose shirt. Hopefully a vest too. Put a giant headband across your forehead, and draw a peace sign on your cheek.

9. Businesswoman/Teacher

Whatever you’d wear to a CEOs and Corporate hoes. Tiny skirt or shorts and a button-up that’s hardly buttoned up. Add some glasses and you’re every school boy’s fantasy. Add pigtails to be a schoolgirl or a bowtie to be a nerd.

10. Dead Sorority Girl

I know you already have all the components, just add them together. Wear a pair of norts, a big party tank, a GIANT bow, and some pearls. Tease the shit out of your hair and do your makeup like you’re dead. There you have it.


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Veronica Ruckh

Veronica (@VeronicaRuckh) is the Director of Total Sorority Move for Grandex, Inc. After having spent her undergraduate years drinking $4 double LITs on a patio and drunk texting away potential suitors, she managed to graduate with an impressive GPA and an unimpressive engagement ring -- so unimpressive, in fact, some might say it's not there at all. Veronica has since been fulfilling her duties as "America's big," a title she gave to herself with the help of her giant ego. She has recently switched from vodka to wine on weekdays. Email her at

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