30 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas You Can DIY Spooky-Fast
There’s nothing spookier than finding yourself without a costume on Halloween. Panic sets in, and you start digging around for that old clown nose or pirate eye patch from your college days. No luck. Next comes the serious internal debate on whether or not to cut two holes in a white sheet and call it a ghoulish day.
Don’t undress your bed; put down the eye patch. We’re here to help with last-minute Halloween costumes that you can DIY just a day or two before All Hallows’ Eve. Most can even be thrown together day-of. Now that’s the kind of hocus pocus we’re into.
From iconic characters (hello, Blanche!) to punny ideas (chill pill, here we come), these last-minute DIY Halloween costumes for individuals, couples, and friend groups are wickedly easy to pull off.
Wear your favorite heartthrobs all night long with this "It's Raining Men!" costume. Your printer will work harder than you have to.
We're always down to get a little punny. Pair your party dress (pinned with cut-out planets!) with a tiara and homemade sash.
The Golden Girls
The question isn't if to dress up as The Golden Girls, it's which Golden Girl to be. Are you more of a Sophia or Blanche?
Head to the thrift store to pick up cheap outfits, and complete the look with a poofy wig.
You won't find a more fitting Halloween costume than Wednesday Addams. It's simple with a side of scary. Just don't skip the pigtails or vampy eye makeup.
Hot Air Balloon
Pick up a packet of balloons, and you're already off to a good start. This costume certainly makes an entrance.
You won't even need a chill pill after whipping up this quick and easy Halloween costume. Find a colorblocked dress, and use the template (linked below) to cut out felt letters. Use hem tape to secure the letters to the dress without ruining it.
You can't go wrong with this all-time Halloween best. Find your witchiest black outfit, and get to work on this vampy makeup look.
Lucy & Ethel from "I Love Lucy"
Grab a gal pal, and go as this iconic duo. (Going stag? Be your best Lucy!) The best part? You'll likely have most of the costume in your closet. Don't be afraid to don a bright red wig, either.
This is for the person who loves any reason to wear a fun wig. Pick a theme (in this case, polka dots) and grab a colorful mane.
Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"
Channel your inner princess with this Disney-inspired costume. Odds are you'll have many of the pieces in your closet—or a friend will! Head to the used bookstore to pick up vintage-style books, and you're set.
Rosie the Riveter
Get your girl power going with this classic costume that can be completed in just minutes. (Bonus points for bringing your own yellow background to match the iconic poster.)
Glinda the Good Witch
Because every Southern girl has a pink tulle skirt lying around somewhere, right? *wink, wink*
Halloween is the perfect excuse to feel like a ballerina-fairy-princess again.
Pantone Color Combo
And the award for most aesthetically pleasing costume goes to...this Pantone couple. Pick a bright monochromatic outfit, and make your own Pantone label. Easy-peasy.
We can always count on Lauren Conrad to give us the ultimate Halloween inspiration. Below you'll find tutorials on how to make next-level animal ears at home (if really in a pinch, you can purchase them elsewhere), and you can find a deer-inspired makeup tutorial here.
DIY Letter Board
You'll love this costume even more after seeing how well it doubles as home decor after Halloween is over.
Don't mess with the classic cat costume. Pick up a pair of cat ears, and follow this simple makeup routine. Consider it the lazy girl's guide to Halloween.
Make it a Neopolitan with two of your girlfriends. This milkshake-topper tutorial will jazz up any pink, white, or chocolate-brown ensemble.
This is the quickest of quick-fix costumes—and it's cheap to boot. You'll need green felt, glue, and a headband.
If you're from the South, you'll be able to dig up a plaid shirt, cowgirl boots, and straw hat somewhere. Add scarecrow-inspired makeup, and you're set with a five-minute costume.
Everyone and their mother (who all binged this Netflix show) will vote you "best dressed" at the Halloween party in these Stranger Things-inspired outfits.
DIY Pop Tart
Spend the afternoon painting your last-minute costume, and you'll be ready to go once the sun goes down on All Hallows' Eve.
Lite Brite Board
Bring back this childhood-favorite activity with a fun Halloween twist. The secret? Neon shot glasses filled with cotton balls—genius.
Turn to this easy DIY costume in a pinch. Don't have time to order? Go to the craft store and pick up fake flowers to glue onto an old headband.
If you're in need of a couple's costume but you're too lazy to go all-out, this duo makes an adorable choice. Gentlemen: Put on your quirkiest suit and gather magician's accoutrement from the dollar store. Ladies: Wear all white and throw on a bunny tail and ears.
Pop Art Makeup
If you're a fan of theatrics, this Halloween costume is all about the drama. It doesn't matter what outfit you wear—the makeup steals the show every time.
Are you an avid plant mommy? This DIY costume makes the perfect choice, but prepare to do a bit of crafting to get you there.
Disney lovers, this one is a no-brainer. Pull out Minnie Mouse ears from your last trip to the "Happiest Place on Earth," and find a polka-dot dress to pair with it.
Time to don your stripes! If you're in need of a last-minute family costume, this idea will make sure you don't lose each other all night long.
A big cardboard box gets you halfway there. Pick your favorite emoji, and get to painting.
Enter: the cutest excuse to wear a French beret. Get into character, and you'll be the hit of the party.