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Last Minute Halloween Costumes For The Everyday Procrastinator

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Carleton chapter.

It’s spooky season people! Whether you’re trick-or-treating with your younger siblings, handing out candy, or hitting up the nights biggest party, we know you’ll want to look your best. Here are 10 handy last-minute costumes to help!


1. Hot Sauce

Add a little flare to your costume by dressing up as this popular condiment.

What you need: Any type of red or green clothing & a print out of the company’s logo.

Photo by @sharpi_j on Instagram 


2. Waldo

Where’s Waldo? Not scrambling around to find a costume, that’s for sure! This one reigns as one of the easiest to pull off with simple items from your closet.

What you need: A red & white striped shirt & a pair of fake round glasses.

Photo by @thekaitlynmalone on Instagram


3. Scarecrow

We know everyone has a plaid shirt & this outfit goes perfectly with the fall season. Trust us, you don’t need to be THAT great at painting your face.

What you need: A large hat (preferably straw), a plaid shirt, skin-safe paint & overalls (optional).

Photo by @abrilderegil on Instagram 


4. Rosie the Riveter

Although American driven, Rosie was a symbol of courage & a movement towards the rights of women, so this one will win over many for its thoughtfulness.

What you need: A blue button up shirt, a red bandana & a nice red lip.

Photo by @zuzumovesyou on Instagram


5. Wednesday Addams

For all you ladies with long hair, this will be an easy one to sport. Channel your inner goth with a mean stare & nothing but black.

What you need: A black dress, white collared shirt, black shoes & two braids.

Photo by @charlotte_ameliaax on Instagram


7. Black Swan

Channel your inner Natalie Portman as you dance around the room in this haunting piece.

What you need: A little black dress, white tights, a tiara & some dark eye makeup if you’re up for it.  

Photo by @sydsogood on Instagram


8. Deviled Egg

We love a good costume mash up & this makes for an easy opportunity to take those devil horns you’ve been hiding in your closet & make your outfit that much more original.

What you need: A white t-shirt, a yellow piece of paper & red devil horns.

Photo by @kaleigheswatson on Instagram


9. Tourist

Snap a few pictures & gaze around as if that house party you’re at is a popular attraction in Hawaii.

What you need: Your Dad’s old Hawaiian shirt, a lei necklace & a camera around your neck.

Photo by @melinda_benitez8 on Instagram

As students, we’re usually pressed on both time and money. Use one of these super easy costumes to avoid that last-minute stress while looking super cute!

Maisie Sturrock is a second year law and political science student at Carleton University and serves as the current Treasurer for their Her Campus chapter. She considers herself to be especially passionate about LGBTQ+ issues and community involvement. If she has time to spare, she'll be reading a few dozen murder mystery books or listening to music (practically) religiously.