It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. It’s down to the final few days before Halloween, but you still have no idea what to wear as your costume. Never fear, because we’ve got you covered! Here are ten great costume ideas you can easily throw together at the last minute–without breaking the bank.
1. Trash Bag Witch
This “no-sew” witch costume comes from none other than the domestic queen herself–Martha Stewart. All you need a bunch of black draw-string trash bags, some masking tape, and a pair of scissors. Nine simple steps later and you’re sporting your own home-made, inexpensive witch costume!
2. Kermit the Frog
Not every halloween costume needs to be an over-the-top, head-to-toe affair. This simple and clever Kermit the Frog costume is the perfect example. A little felt goes a long way when transforming yourself into the world’s most recognizable Muppet! Check out the post at Radmegan for full instructions on how she made this costume.
3. Bunch of Grapes
A couple of dozen green or purple balloons and a coordinating shirt make for a very quick and convincing bunch of grapes! Check out Glamour’s post for this and several more cheap and easy costume ideas.
Flickr user, Daniel Bloomfield, came up with this fantastic DIY cactus costume. All you need is a green sweatsuit, some white pipe-cleaners bent into three points, and a hot-glue gun. Raise your forearms at a 90 degree angle and there you have it!
5. Dirty Laundry
If you’ve got an old, laundry basket on-hand that you no longer use, this is a perfect zero-cost option this Halloween! Cut the bottom out of the basket so that you can wear it around your waist, then fill it and cover yourself with clothes! Don’t worry, you don’t have to use actually dirty clothes to pull-off this costume! This idea comes courtesy of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, TX. Check out their Halloween page for more easy costume ideas.
Umbrellas are cheap! Well, at the least the crummy ones at the dollar store. Luckily, that’s all you’ll need to make this cool bat costume’s wings and ears! Evil Mad Scientist has the full write-up on how to construct this costume.
7. LEGO Block
It doesn’t get much simpler than this LEGO block costume from So Crafty. All you need is a cardboard box (with holes for your head and limbs), some paint, and a dozen (or less) plastic cups.
8. Banksy Street Painting
Now this idea is one of the more clever ones that I’ve seen. Flickr user, George Schnakenberg, transformed himself into the “Flower Thrower” painting by famous street artist, Banksy. This one is a little more elaborate, but the materials you need readily accessible.
9. Character from “The Sims”
If you’re familiar with video games, you’re probably aware of The Sims––a game in which you control and manage the normal, everyday lives of characters simply known as “Sims.” In the game, the character you’re currently controlling has a green, 12-sided gem floated overhead. Friend of reddit user, kokvlad, created her own such gem out of paper the suspended it over her head. Clever!
10. Roller Coaster Car
This one is definitely one of my favorites! Treehugger shares a great costume that gives the illusion of a couple sitting in a roller coaster car, but still have the freedom to walk around! A painted cardboard box, a metal rod, and some extra pants and shoes go a long way in selling the effect.
There you have it! Ten last-minute Halloween costumes well within the budget of almost everyone. There’s thousands more ideas to be found on the Internet, but these are some of our favorites. Do you have any great just-in-time costume ideas that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!