Hate Halloween? Same.
It wasn’t always this way. Before October would even roll around, I’d spend countless hours researching what I should dress up as. I promise that I had every costume idea on Pinterest from 2012 to 2014 memorized. But for the past few years, Halloween has caused me a ridiculous amount of stress and anxiety. Guys, dressing up should be fun and creating a costume shouldn’t be a chore. So this year, I’m just going to shop my closet. Check out these last minute Halloween costumes that require minimal effort and are super comfortable (even in the most awkward situations.)
Sweater Dress + Glasses + Top Knot
You get extra credit for walking around with a book and shushing people at the overcrowded bar. Single and ready to mingle? Put the extra effort into making some fake library cards just in case someone wanted to check you out instead.
Flannel Shirt + Jeans
Leave your ax at home and opt for some flapjacks to bring all the boys to your yard. Or sit at the bar alone and eat them. You do you. If you want to go above and beyond, throw on some suspenders. But whatever you do, don’t try to draw on fake facial hair. You can and will regret that move.
3. Sandy from Grease
Black Shirt + Black Pants
If you want to wear all black but still feel a little scandalous, Sandy is your girl. This getup lives in every millennial’s closet and anyone with taste (and knowledge of 80s movies) will recognize you.
4. Marathon Runner
Gym Clothes + DIY Racing Bib + Ponytail
All you need is a printer and some safety pins for a DIY racing bib. Running not your jam? Skip the bib and you’re officially an athlete or a gym rat.
Feeling a little extra? Slip on a medal and congrats, you’re an Olympian.
5. Wednesday Adams
Black Dress + Light Foundation + Braids
If you’re anything like me, you can never get your foundation color right. Take your winter shade (aka the one you accidentally bought) and go for a darker eye. Feel free to skip the eye makeup if you already have dark circles.
Bonus points for leaving your knives at home so you don’t accidentally stab someone for spilling their beer all over you.
6. Stage crew member
Black Shirt + Black Pants
Wanted to stay behind the scenes tonight but your friends begged you to come out? This is the easiest last minute Halloween costume. Just throw on an all black outfit and you’re done.
Bonus points for writing “crew” on your back or pretending to rearrange the objects around you all night.
7. Any kind of animal
Clothing That Resembles an Animal’s Colors + Animal Ears
Gray Dress + White Felt Oval + Furry Ears
Black Outfit + Cat Ears
Any Neutral Colored Outfit + Dog Ears
If you’re feeling ambitious and prepared not to touch your face for the rest of the night, draw on a nose and/or whiskers with eyeliner.
8. Basic betch
Denim Skirt + North Face + Uggs + Your Starbucks Cup From This Morning
Is it going to be chilly? Swap the skirt for some leggings worn as pants. If you went to college, I’m sure all of these pieces are already in your closet.
All Black Outfit and/or Scandalous Outfit (Dealer’s Choice)
You already feel dead inside but you don’t have the makeup skills to dress up as a zombie. Put on some light foundation and if you really want to get into it, throw on some fangs and some blood by your mouth. Fake blood…I don’t encourage violence.
Striped Shirt + Black Beanie + Black Pants
Skip the stripes if you actually want to get away with this crime. If you want to complete the look, wear a black mask to conceal your identity. Also, leave the bag for cash at home. It’s just one more thing to carry and lose before the night is over.
11. Target Employee
Red Shirt + Khaki Pants
Target is already your favorite place to shop, why not recreate the look of the people who make it happen? Use clothes you already have in your closet so you can still spend a small fortune on things you don’t need.
12. Rosie the Riveter
Chambray Shirt + Red Bandana + Jeans
For a special touch, add red lipstick. And don’t forget to keep your biceps locked and loaded in case anyone gets too close.
Red & White Striped Shirt + Jeans + Red Beanie
If you wear glasses, skip your contacts for the night. Bonus points for not driving your friends batty by disappearing every few minutes.
14. Victoria Secret Employee
Black Pants + Black Top + Measuring Tape
What’s Victoria’s secret? She’s super comfy all night while all her friends decided to be extra and dress up like angels. While throwing on your underwear and a pair of wings is an excellent last minute Halloween costume, you also need to prep 6 years in advance. At least this way you can enjoy a few cocktails and pieces of candy.
- What’s your favorite Halloween candy?
- KitKats, without a doubt.
- What Halloween costume do you regret the most?
- Dressing up as a piñata. I spent days hot gluing individual pieces of crepe paper to a dress and snipping each individual fringe. It was unflattering and I could melt at any moment if a frat boy spilled even a drop of beer.
- Would you rather DIY or buy a Halloween costume.
- Despite all of my DIY fails, I’d rather spend some time putting a costume together than spending $100 at a Party City.