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

I don’t know about you, but Halloween always creeps up on me. Between midterms, fall break, and just mentally adjusting to the colder weather, I find myself a little too overwhelmed to brainstorm what to wear. But have no fear my fellow procrastinators––here are some last-minute Halloween costume ideas.


If you’re like me and have more black clothing than is socially appropriate, this goth costume is perfect for you. All you need to do is throw on a pair of black jeans with a black shirt or bodysuit and wear an obscene amount of eyeliner. You can also add some black lipstick to your costume to be extra edgy. And if anyone asks, this is not a phase. 


This is another great costume if you own tons of black clothing. To be a vampire, you can just dress in an all black outfit, wear vampire teeth, and put fake blood around your mouth as if you just sucked the life out of someone. This costume also goes well with some over-the-top black eye-liner, although it is not a necessity. 


Although this suggestion is a little generic, it’s also a classic. You can dress up in your favorite tie-dye T-shirt and a pair of jeans (preferably flared or bootcut). You can wear your hair down or in two braids. To accessorize, you can wear anything with peace signs, tie dye, or flower power, whether that is in jewelry or temporary tattoos. John Lennon-esque tinted glasses are also a great add on for this costume.


I love any and all camouflage jokes, so this is my personal favorite costume. To be invisible for Halloween, you can sport any camo clothing you own, whether that includes joggers, leggings, jeans, a T-shirt, or a sweatshirt. If anyone asks what you are for Halloween, respond that you are invisible.

Gold Digger

This costume is a little more literal than the “gold digger” who you’re probably thinking. To dress up in this costume, you can wear an all gold outfit, such as a dress or bodysuit with shorts or leggings, and carry a shovel. Ideally, the shovel would be gold, but you can also just use the shovel in the trunk of your car reserved for snow emergencies. Sparkly gold eyeshadow is also a nice addition for this costume. 

Contestant on The Bachelor

To be a contestant on the bachelor, you can dress up in whatever old formal dress you have in the back of your closet. Then, on a piece of paper, write your name, age, profession, and hometown. You can either tape this slip on your dress or punch two holes in the sheet, tie a string to it, and then put it around your neck. Remember to have fun and be creative with your profession! You could be a “college dropout” or just an “adult.” If you’re feeling confident that you would continue to the next episode, you can also walk around carrying a rose.


When I first heard about VSCO girls, I wondered if I unintentionally was one. Birks and oversized T-shirts are staples of my wardrobe, and I take my Hydroflask everywhere. While walking around campus, I noticed that there are many unintentional VSCO girls like me, so hopefully, this is an easy last minute costume. You can wear an oversized t-shirt that covers your athletic shorts. You get extra points if that t-shirt is tie-dye, has a brand’s logo on it, or contains a message about peace or the environment. For shoes, you can sport Birkenstocks, Crocs, or Vans, and to accessorize, you can wear a shell necklace and scrunchies.

Colby Student

If you’re really in a grind, you can just be a Colby student for Halloween. You could make it simple and wear Colby bookstore apparel from your closet or dresser, or you could mix it up with your own interpretation of a generic Colby student, whether that means wearing bean boots and a flannel or sporting a blue Colby Athletics backpack. 

Hopefully these suggestions will save you from your Halloween costume slump. Happy haunting!

Maddie Squire majors in English and minors in Cinema Studies at Colby College. She is from Rye, New York.