How To: throw together a last-minute costume
Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 20:11
Seven days – exactly one week until Halloween.
If you are one of those people who haven’t thought about a costume since last November, it may seem impossible to decide which character to be. You only have one week left to throw together some clothing, accessories and makeup to transform yourself.
As much as you may want to be a sexy Ninja Turtle or a bottle of ketchup, those costumes are expensive. Here are some simple costumes that can be thrown together quickly and should be easy to find:
What you need: jersey
What you may want: sports equipment, face paint, hat/helmet
This has to be the most boring Halloween costume in existence. However, if you are in a bind and have no time, throwing on your favorite sports jersey will suffice. Make sure to add some black lines under your eyes and carry around some sports equipment so people don’t judge you for being too lazy.
What you need: button-up shirt, underwear, high socks
What you may want: Ray-Bans, candlestick holder
If you haven’t seen the classic 1980s Tom Cruise movie, you should do so. If you have, you know how easy it will be to walk around as if you have the house to yourself for the first time and all you want to do is sing to “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger into your candle stick holder.
What you need: bed sheet
What you may want: headpiece, shiny belt, gladiator sandals
When you turn your bed sheets into a toga, you instantly become some kind of ancient Greek or Roman God. To make it look like you aren’t just some kid in a toga, add a headpiece made of a belt or some leaves or flowers and add a shinny belt to help hold your toga together. It’s also an excuse for you girls to wear those gladiator sandals one more time. Be sure to have an impressive name prepared for when people ask whom you’re supposed to be.
Cowboy or Cowgirl
What you need: cowboy hat, jeans, plaid shirt, boots
What you may want: horse
Plaid shirts are in style, and this costume is fashionable and convenient. A cowboy is timeless and usually flattering. If you want to stand out from all of the other cowboys and cowgirls, bring along a horse or speak in a Western accent all night.
What you need: glasses, high-wasted bottoms, button-up shirt
What you may want: suspenders, pens, calculator, books
Halloween falls on a Wednesday night this year, so if you want an excuse to carry around your books and get in some studying while celebrating, dressing up as a nerd could be your excuse. Make sure to go slightly over the top by adding tape around your glasses or carrying a protractor in your pocket.
What you need: cape, underwear, tight pants
What you may want: superpowers
You can fashion a cape out of a bed sheet, towel or blanket and just tuck it into your shirt or tie it around your neck to ensure it flows behind you all night. Add a tank top and a pair of pants that are way too tight, with your tighty-whities out for everyone to see; you will become the invincible superhero you have always wanted to be. The best part: you could be a Marvel character such as Superman or Ironman, or you can make up your own fictional conqueror.
What you need: leggings, oversized plain t-shirt, bright tank top
What you may want: bright headband, leg warmers, sweatbands
The ’80s workout girl is a classic costume that is comfortable and identifiable. Add a slightly too-high side ponytail and you won’t have that awkward moment of people asking you what or whom you are dressed up as. Plus, leg warmers will keep you toasty during the chilly October evening.