Weekly Top 5: Last-Minute Halloween Costumes
As a kid I spent months pulling together each and every piece that would eventually come together to create this year’s halloween costume. See, in our household we were not permitted to just go to Target and buy one of their preassembled disguises — “Get creative!” my mother would tell my brother and me. So instead we plotted and planned, assembled and crafted, year after year...to design our Halloween dress. An ironic child as I was, one year my best friend and I went as Santa and Mrs. Claus. In the weeks leading up to our debut evening, she and I scoured Goodwill after Goodwill every day after school to find the prime pickins for our hilarious costumes, and boy did we deliver. Sarah, a bean pole of a girl, was transformed into a super-skinny Santa complete with a long and flowing cotton-ball beard, and I stuffed my oversized red dress with pillows and covered my hair in baby powder to better personify the Mrs. Christmas we know from the storybooks. On the evening of October 31st, 2001, we were a big hit — and we might have even taken home our best haul ever.
However, while my fondness for dressing up has not dissipated with age, my free time after school most certainly has; I’m a busy woman! These days, picking out a Halloween costume usually looks more like scrounging around the house to pull things from both my personal wardrobe and my meagre selection of costumes/dress-up clothes to formulate something that resembles a costume. Fortunately it seems that I’m not alone; many of my friends, colleagues, and fellow twenty-somethings that surf the internet suffer the same fate. As such, we’ve pulled together our favorite, punny costumes that you can likely pull together lickety-split, using pretty much whatever you’ve already got.
Check out our Top Five Last-Minute Costumes, below:
1) Smart Cookie
What the heck happened to those shiny, polyester robes you draped across your shoulders on the day you received your diploma? And what about the cute little tasseled, flat-top hat that matches? Mine are in my closet -- our “junk” closet, that is -- and I’m pretty sure I’ve never touched the bright, scarlet red outfit since graduation day. But this Halloween might change all that. Just print out a dozen chocolate chip cookies from the internet (we’re talking images of chocolate chip cookies here; not actual, edible chocolate chip cookies...that would be...well...a different story) tape or staple them all over your graduation robe and bingo, bango, bongo: you’re a Smart Cookie.
2) Hawaiian Punch
Although I don’t personally own a Hawaiian-print shirt, I know a lot of people who do: the folks in the office down the hall appear to celebrate “Hawaiian Shirt Friday,” and I think the staff at City House observes a similar weekly holiday as well, for example. But what I do have is a pair of boxing gloves. I’m sure I could borrow a Hawaiian shirt from a friend or even figure something out with that horrendous coconut bra I for some reason still have from high school... but regardless, the formula for this one is simple: Hawaiian clothing + boxing gloves = Hawaiian Punch. Done.
3) A Blessing in Disguise
Aren’t we all, though? Blessings in disguise? I sure think so. So if you really want to show everyone your true blessed colors, put on a t-shirt with the word “BLESSING” on it. Just choose a shirt you don’t care too much about (or one that you’d be willing to redecorate) and then write out the word “blessing” using tape or a paint pen or whatever suits your fancy. All you’ve got to do from there is don your real disguise: a pair of nose-and-mustache glasses, a French beret, a cape, or even a Zorro mask. See? You’re a blessing in disguise all over again.
4) Indie Anna Jones
Sorry dudes - this costume probably leans a little more feminine, but if any men out there want to go for it, a we would fully support that decision — heck, we would be downright down. Anyway, being Indie Anna Jones is pretty easy and depending on your personal style, might not be much of a costume at all! More of a...persona. Here’s what you do: dress kind of hipster or kind of indie (you know - overalls or shorteralls; a flannel shirt tied around your waist; a beanie; some converse; a denim jacket with tons of buttons and pins on it...you get the gist) and then slap on a name tag that says “Anna Jones.” You are now indie Anna Jones. Easy. Breezy.
5) Bear Minimum
Over it? Lazy? Lacking any inspiration of any sort? I feeeel you. Wear whatever the hell you want but then don a pair of bear ears ($4.88 on Amazon) to complete the look. You’re just doing the bear minimum. EL OH EL!