12 last-minute Halloween costume ideas

Dawn Dugle, The Clarion-Ledger11:23 a.m. CDT October 24, 2014

Have you found your Halloween costume yet?

If the thought of having to come up with something creative, or drive to the Halloween superstore this close to the Haunted Holiday makes you cringe, here are 12 ideas for last-minute costumes that you might just have at home.

1. Mummy

Wrap yourself up. Toilet paper is okay, medical gauze is better. But remember, after a few “adult beverages” you’re going to need to use the restroom. Plan accordingly.

2. Ghost

Take a sheet, cut two holes in it. No need to even do your hair.

3. Funny Beauty Queen

This is one of my favorites (making a 2-time appearance at Halloween). You use that bridesmaid or prom dress hanging in your closet. Then get 6 feet of a “wide” white ribbon for your sash. These can be bought by the spool at Michael’s or Wal-Mart. Write on the sash what you are the queen of. Some suggestions: Miss Informed, Miss Represented, Miss Treated (this one works well if you have a sling for your arm, and can paint a black eye on yourself), Miss Communication, you get the picture.

4. Pot Head

You put a pot on your head.

5. The Dude Abides

This one continues to be popular. To be The Dude from “The Big Lebowski” you need pajama bottoms, a white t-shirt, robe, flip flops and dark sunglasses. Enjoy the comfort.

6. Static Cling

Wear black. Pin socks to yourself. Costume in less than 5 minutes.

7. “Costume not found” costume. Or as Photographer Joe Ellis calls it: The Lazy Man Costume

White t-shirt + Sharpie = genius. (see picture in gallery above)

8. College

John Belushi’s iconic sweatshirt from “Animal House”. Make sure it’s blue.

9. Bag/Box of groceries

Build a “shell” out of brown paper bags, or a cardboard box, then hot glue empty grocery boxes: cereal, egg carton, milk jug.

10. Rosie the Riveter

Jeans, denim shirt and red bandanna. You can do it!

11. Miss America

You could wear that blue jumpsuit she wore, but seriously – make yourself a crown, carry a Red Solo Cup.

12. Cereal Killer

A favorite of my brother, you take an empty cereal box and carry a knife, or wrap a noose around it. In the event your friends won’t get it, write “Cereal Killer” on white t-shirt with Sharpie.

Dawn R. Dugle is the Community Engagement Editor for The Clarion-Ledger. She loves Halloween and would love to see your costume ideas: ddugle@gannett.com.

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