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8 Last Minute Costume Ideas You Can Recreate This Halloween

You’ve survived midterms and now Halloween is just around the corner. Have no idea what to dress up as this year? Well, have no “fear” and consider some of these easy and not-so-scary costumes to recreate with stuff you already own or can easily pick up before your first Halloween party.

“Netflix and Chill”


You’re probably sick of the catchphrase by now, but “Netflix and Chill” has made the rounds on social media these past few months. What’s so fun about this costume is that you can team up with one of your best friends for the night. It also makes a great couple outfit, so partner up with your boyfriend or girlfriend and put your own spin on this idea.

Items Needed To Recreate:

  • 2 T-shirts (one red/one black or whatever combination you prefer)

  • Printer and Paper

  • or Markers and Glitter Glue if you’re feeling extra crafty.

With this costume you have options: you can either print out Netflix’s logo, cut it out and glue it to a t-shirt or you can simply take a marker and glitter glue and recreate the logo in your own style. For the other shirt, write the word “Chill” in marker or glitter glue.

Wear it with some leggings, jeans or a skirt with tights. This costume will work with whatever you’re comfortable in! After Halloween, keep the t-shirt for those nights you’re cuddled up in bed rewatching Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal for the 826395th time.


Unleash your inner tourist or “Disney Dad” with this look. With this costume, you can look like you’re ready to take on Disney World rather than trick-or-treating.


Items Needed To Recreate:

  • Hawaiian, Disney, or other themed shirt

  • Fanny Pack

  • Camera

  • Baseball Cap

  • Sneakers or Chacos

  • Mickey/Minnie Mouse ears if you want to feel extra magical.

Starbucks Drink

It may be PSL season, but Starbucks Frappuccinos are always a good idea.

http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Starbucks-Costume-Ideas-35805670#photo-35805676 via instagram

Items Needed To Recreate:

  • Brown or White Dress

  • Starbucks Logo (printed or drawn)

  • White Feather Boa or Ruffled Scarf

  • Headband and Green Felt for the straw

Chipotle Burrito

What better way to pay tribute to one of your favorite foods than by dressing up as it for Halloween?


Items Needed To Recreate:

  • Silver/Gray Dress or aluminum foil if you’re feeling adventurous (just make sure you wear clothes under the foil)

  • Chipotle Logo (printed or drawn)

P.S. Don’t forget to wear a costume to Chipotle on Halloween from 5 p.m. to close for a $3 burrito!

“Straight Outta Bed”

We’ve all had those days where we’re strolling up to class fresh out of bed. This costume is a fun way to laugh at ourselves as well as reference the film, Straight Outta Compton. A customizable template is available on http://www.straightouttasomewhere.com/

Items Needed To Recreate:

  • T-Shirt or PJs

  • Straight Outta Bed template (printed out or drawn)

  • Slippers

  • Blanket

  • Pillow

Another idea for this costume could be “I Woke Up Like This #Flawless”

Animal Onesies

When in doubt, wear a onesie. These things are super cozy and really cute. They come in all different styles ranging from Pandas to Penguins. Shop both these looks from Forever 21.

Panda PJ Jumpsuit from Forever 21

Plush Penguin Jumpsuit from Forever 21

The best part about this costume is that you can wear it as many times as you want after Halloween! If you already own one of these, you’re already ahead of the game. Rock that onesie, girl!

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Classic never goes out of style. Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a style icon to many, even the always-stylish Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl.


Items Needed to Recreate:

  • Black Dress

  • Black or White Gloves

  • Black Heels or Flats

  • Pearl Necklace (Real or Fake)

  • Top Knot or similar updo

  • Fancy Brooch or Barrette for the hairstyle

  • Black Sunglasses

“Error 404: Costume Not Found”

Tech humor makes for a great (and easy) costume.


Items Needed To Recreate:

  • White T-Shirt

  • Black Marker

Even at the last minute, these costumes can be thrown together quickly with limited items. Halloween is a time to let your humor and personality shine while pretending to be something or someone else. Remember to have fun and stay safe this Halloween!

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Emily Padula

Chapel Hill

Hello, I'm Emily Padula! I'm currently a student at UNC Chapel Hill studying Broadcast and Electronic Journalism and Dramatic Art. When I'm not going to classes and studying, you can find me crying to my favorite Broadway show tunes and impatiently waiting for Game of Thrones to come back on air.
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