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10 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Quickly DIY Before Your Big Party

Halloween is an open invitation to be — and dress as — just about anything or anyone. That freedom, while exciting, can be overwhelming when it comes time to pick out a costume for Halloween parties. If you’ve been struggling to make a decision about your 2019 look or simply lost track of time, these last-minute Halloween costume ideas will inspire you to DIY, stat.


Before you rush to the craft store or start filling up your Amazon cart, take a closer look at what you already own because most of these homemade costume ideas, which range in price, theme, and crafting ability, are simply an elevated version of what you already have hanging in your closet. With minimal effort and materials, you can easily throw together these last-minute looks to bring color, puns, and pop culture to the party. That makes these genius, party-ready picks the best costumes ever, right? Your wallet and Instagram feed vote yes.

1. Carpool Karaoke Hallowen Costume

Calling all couples! Use silver and black paint to make a yellow presentation board look like a taxi. Then, make straps that can go around your necks out of velcro strips, and add the accessories of your choice! Next up: figuring out the karaoke playlist.

2.Chip and Joanna from ‘Fixer Upper’ Halloween Costume

Because your party guests need more Chip and Joanna Gaines in their life now that Fixer Upper is off the air. This straight-from-your-closet costume will give them the Waco fix everyone needs.

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3. Instagram Dog Filter Halloween Costume

Turn your favorite Instagram filter into an easy costume. To make, pull up Instagram stories on your phone and select the dog filter. Then, point the phone at a blank surface like a wall, and take a screenshot. Print the screenshot on a thick board and cut out the middle to fit your face. Finish it off by adding makeup and accessories o your look to mirror the filter’s.

4. Pantone Color Combo Halloween Costume

Put on your best dress, convince him to wear his favorite suit, and then call your pairing the ultimate color combo. It’ll help if you don complementary colors, of course.

5. Queen of Hearts Halloween Costume

Pair this easy-to-make custom collar with a red dress and red lipstick for an instant Alice in Wonderland-inspired costume. To make the collar, wrap a large piece of paper around your neck so you can trim it down to the right size. Then, staple cards from a deck all around the paper collar, layering them for a fanned-out effect.

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6. Old Married Couple Halloween Costume

There’s something fun about being young and trying to age yourself forty (or more) years in the future. Show up to the party looking like you’re ready for bed, so that you can crash as soon as you get home. Best costume ever.

7. Bat Halloween Costume

Upcycle an old black umbrella into a seriously impressive bat costume. Just cut your umbrella in half and use black safety pins or hot glue to attach it to the arms of a black hoodie. Fasten the hinges of the metal umbrella pieces with black electrical tape to help them properly fold. Create ears with foam core and feathers for a little extra texture!

8. Sea Anemone Halloween Costume

Good news: This impressive costume is easier than it looks. To make, blow up long, pink balloons and attach them by the knot to a pink shirt with a safety pin. For even more detail, create a crown with pipe cleaners and felt, and decorate with plastic fish.

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9. “But That’s None of My Business” Halloween Costume

Wear this Meme-inspired costume to your Halloween party to really see who’s hip and cool. And if people don’t get it, just tell ’em that you’re Kermit the Frog. That works, too.

10 Miss Universe Halloween Costume

Since your puns are out of this world (get it?), make your pageant dreams a reality with this cosmic-inspired costume, complete with a sparkly tiara and personalized sash.

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