When it comes to Halloween costumes, there are two types of people: Those who spend months planning their costume and those who throw something together at the last minute.
If you’re reading this, we bet you fall in the latter category.
Don’t feel bad. Sometimes the easiest — and most hastily made — costumes turn out to be the ones people remember most. They are creativity at its finest.
We scoured the Internet, asked our friends and spoke to a couple from Indiana dedicated to making monsters part of everyday life for their advice on quick and easy Halloween costumes. Here’s what they had to say:
“The play on word costumes are awesome,” says Todd Handlogten, co-owner of Bearmojo. “They’re usually really creative.”
A box of cereal and a fake knife makes you a “serial killer” — plus you have snacks with you all night.
Write “Go ceilings!” on a T-shirt and carry pom-poms. You’re a ceiling fan!
Dress all in black and tie a shot glass around your neck. You’re a shot in the dark.
“The thrift store is your best friend,” says Andrea Bear, co-owner of Bearmojo.
Visit thrift stores to come up with mismatched articles of clothing and play up the role of “fashion don’t” seen in lifestyle magazines with an identity-saving black bar over your eyes.
Be a beauty school dropout. Bear loves this costume because “you don’t have to look pretty and it doesn’t matter if you spill on yourself.”
Play homage to the “Where’s Waldo?” series by dressing up as the lovable character. All you need is a red-and-white striped shirt, jeans, black-rimmed glasses, a camera with a strap, and a read beanie.
There’s a reason why you see a hobo, hippie, ghost and witch every Halloween. These are costumes everyone recognizes and are easy to put together.
“Get an old pair of scrubs and some fake blood, and you’re a zombie,” Handlogten says.
Don’t underestimate cardboard and duct tape
A few boxes, silver paint, aluminum foil and some dryer vent tubes, and you have a robot costume.
Find a large box and some SOLO drink cups. Paint the box the same color as the cups, glue the cups to the box and be a LEGO.
Paint a shoebox black and attach it to your back. You’re a refrigerator magnet.
Wear extra-large bra over your clothes and stuff it with spices. You’re a spice rack.
Wear your street clothes, but carry a picket sign that reads “Nudist on strike!”
Put crosses all over the clothes you are wearing. What are you? A cross dresser.