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We Know You’re Busy: 5 Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

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In elementary school, I would spend all of October planning the perfect Halloween costume so that on October 31, I was ready for the school Halloween parade and a few hours of trick-or-treating with friends.

Fast-forward 15 years: I was swamped at work when I recently received a message from a friend asking me to accompany him to a Halloween party. My train of thought was as follows: ”Fantastic! This is going to be so much fun! Actually… Wait… What am I going to dress up as?! I really don’t have time to go out and buy a costume!’

What’s a girl to do? I raced to my closet and quickly threw together a few costume ideas. And because I know I’m not the only one with a hectic schedule and last-minute Halloween plans, so I’m sharing them all here with you.

Easy, Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas


Throwback: Morton Salt Girl
Put on a bright yellow dress, white knee-highs and flats. Accessorize with an umbrella and a canister of Morton Salt!

Funny: A Nerd
Tuck an oxford shirt into a pair of patterned pants or boyfriend jeans (suspenders are highly recommended). Wrap some tape around the bridge of your glasses (pick up a cheap pair of frames at a drugstore if you’re blessed with good eyesight), throw your hair back into a braid and you’re done!

Mod: The Style Icon (inspired by Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy)
Keep this look simple with a black shift dress and kitten heels. Part your hair on the side and pull it back into a faux pixie cut. Use neutral-colored makeup, a thick swipe of liquid-liner on your upper lash line, fake lashes and multiple coats of mascara. Put on some large, jeweled earrings and walk out the door!

Trendy: Katniss Everdeen
Put your skinny cargo pants to good use! Add a black tee, short black jacket and some black boots. Keep your makeup minimal and pull your hair into a messy braid. Trace the mockingjay symbol onto a piece of paper, cut it out and pin it to your jacket. Sling a black backpack over your shoulder to finish the look.

Classic: A Black Cat
All that’s required is a black top, black cropped pants and cute black shoes. Cut out cat ears on paper and tape them to a black headband. Grab a black eyeliner to draw a few whiskers on your face and you’re ready to go! If you have a few extra minutes to spare, use the same black eyeliner on your eyes for a cat-eye look.

Do you have a great last-minute costume idea? Share it with us in the comments section!


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Mandi Wasmer

I'm going as the Devil with a Blue Dress from that old old song. Since I'll be in the office, I have to keep it fairly low key, so I'm just wearing a blue dress and devil horns! :)

Brenda Storer

Morton Salt Girl is a really cute idea. Along those lines, I would also add to the list Rosie the Riveter (red bandana, chambray shirt, some biceps). She is always a winner.


I love the idea for the Morton Salt girl!

Carly Heitlinger

These are so cute! The cat is totally the way to go... Easy peasy. (Elle Fanning was the Morton Salt girl once!!! Creepy that I know that, but it was seriously a cute costume!)


Morgan is a recent college graduate and has a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Ursinus College. After graduation, she was offered a unique position at a behavioral research software company. She enjoys exercising, reading, gluten-free cooking and snuggling with Charlie, her French bulldog. Morgan currently resides in Northern Virginia.