15 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

So it’s the morning of October 31st and you just realized you spent more time pinning your favorite costume ideas than actually making them. No need to stress! We’ve got 15 cool and creative last-minute ideas that you can make using items already hanging in your closet.

Whether you’re going old school and dressing like a gnarly 60s chic or keeping it trendy with a pop-culture inspired Miley Cyrus costume, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite last-minute costumes so you can suit up and party the night away.


  • Daria & Jane

    Flashback to a time when MTV still actually played music videos and you’ll find the ultimate fashion and lifestyle icon Daria. This monotone maiden and her bestie Jane took the world by storm with apathy and sarcasm, and now you can too with this simple yet hilarious costume idea. The ladies of Glitter-Mint did an amazing recreation of this delightful duo.

  • Bansky

    Banksy’s October Residence in NYC has the whole street art world on the edge of their seats. If you’re not lucky enough to have spotted this sly artist In action, you can still channel your inner Bansky with this creative DIY costume from Make.

  • Frida Kahlo

    The popularity of bushy eyebrows and floral headbands this year makes this Frida Kahlo costume idea a no-brainer. Buffalo Exchange has the how-to for recreating this trendy look.

  • Where's Waldo

    If you already have a red and white striped shirt hanging in your closet, you’re already halfway there! She Knows has the how-to for completing this simple yet chic Halloween look.

  • Morton Salt Girl

    When it rains, it pours! Grab your trusty yellow rain coat and celebrate Halloween as the iconic Morton Salt Girl. Throw a container of Morton Salt in your purse as a conversation-starting accessory. Ecouterre shows us just how simple it is to recreate this look.

  • Wayne & Garth

    If plaid and trucker hats sound like your dream team, grab your bestie and channel your inner Wayne and Garth! Agyness Dayne and Alexa Chung did a most excellent job dressing up as this hilarious duo. Minx Society has more shots of these celebs getting their inner rockstar on. Party on!

  • Risky Business

    What’s simpler than an oversized white button up paired with long white socks?! Keep your legs warm with nude tights for that October chill, and don’t forget those Ray Ban wayfarers! We love this group shot from John Reiber of the ladies recreating their best Tom Cruise look.

  • Miley Cyrus

    Grab your most revealing leotard or swimsuit and channel your inner Miley with this NSFW Halloween costume. Total Beauty has a step-by-step guide for recreating her VMA look – foam finger optional.

  • Rosie the Riveter

    With the all things denim trend we saw this year, you’re sure to have all the supplies for your very own Rosie the Riveter costume. She Knows has the 411 on getting this simple look. All you need now is the iconic bandana and the perfect red shade for your pout.

  • Jay Gatsby & Daisy Buchanan

    How beautiful is this 1920s styled shoot from Wedding Ideas Magazine?! With the release of The Great Gatsby on the big screen, you’ll be the trendiest belle of the ball with a Gatsby-worthy costume. Getting the look is simple. Fellas, dress to the nines with your Sunday best and slick back that hair for the ultimate suave look. Ladies, rummage through your closet for a glitzy frock and pair it with one of your favorite hair piece. Or, take a peak at our last-minute DIY flapper costume if you're feeling a little crafty!

  • Tobias Funke

    Join your favorite never nude in sporting jean cut offs with this oh-so-simple costume idea. If you don’t have a bald cap, just say you’re channeling Tobias circa his “graft versus host” episode. Zippercut combined 2 of their favorite Tobias alter-egos for the ultimate ode to Arrested Development.

  • David Bowie

    Besides rocking tracks, David Bowie has also given us the ultimate last minute Halloween costume. I’m not embarrassed to say I myself took the lazy last-minute way out and channeled my inner Ziggy Stardust at last year’s Halloween festivities. Dress in your favorite Bowie attire and put your focus on the iconic face makeup with a little help from craftser.

  • Fonzie

    Blue jeans, a white tee, and a leather jacket are all you really need for this too cool for school Halloween costume. Slick back that hair you'll be running things before you know it.

  • Hippie

    Get your 60s inspired threads out and channel your inner hippie with this DIY costume idea. Who needs an extravagant costume when you’ve got peace, love, and happiness? Gone Soul Searching has some great inspiration for an easy hippie inspired costume.

  • Gypsy

    Ruffle through your closet for your favorite bohemian inspired threads and add some mysticism to your Halloween with an easy gypsy costume. This Mama Makes Stuff created an Esmeralda look for her little gypsy, but you can make it your own using clothing you already have.

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