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

Finding a costume for Halloween, especially last minute, is something I find myself doing each year. Although there is always ample time to find a fun, unique costume, I always manage to throw something together at the last minute that actually turns out pretty okay. So, to help other spooky-goers like myself, here are 5 quick costumes you can throw together before the 31st!

Bob Ross

Materials needed:

Curly brown wig

Blue button up shirt

Paint brush


Paint palette



Drawn on/fake mustache and beard

Hey, who doesn’t love Mr. Happy Trees? With only three materials really needed to replicate the Bob Ross look, all three of which should be pretty easy to find at a decent price, this is a perfect last minute costume! Adding a paint palette and a fake beard/mustache combo is something easy you can do to make it even more realistic as well, with little added cost. 

Smart Cookie

Materials needed:

Graduation gown

Graduation cap

Cookies (real or paper)

Tape or staples

Depending on how attached you are to your high school or college graduation cap and gown, taping or stapling either fake or real cookies to produce a “smart cookie” costume is a quick way to add some wit into your last minute costume. Who knows, if you’re careful with what you place the cookies on with, you may even be able to have an end-of-the-night snack on your way home!

Playboy Bunny

Materials needed: 

Bunny ears

Drawn on whiskers

Fluffy bunny tail


Black body suit or dress

Bow-tie choker

Very Elle Woods from Legally Blonde or Karen from Mean Girls esc, the classic Playboy Bunny costume is always a good fall-back option. If you don’t feel like wearing a black body suit, thrown on a black dress and add the ears with the tail and boom! Still not feeling a dress, basically any black clothing will do. Wear how you will however you are comfortable!


Materials needed:

Old pop bottle (plastic, glass, etc.)

Twine, string, ribbon long enough for a necklace

This one, while not the most elaborate of costumes, is great for when you’re in a pinch. Tie the string around the bottle, hang the string around your neck as a necklace, and there you are a “bottleneck”. Nothing revolutionary, but hopefully you at least get a chuckle out of an unsuspecting costume questioner. 

A Group of Rats, AKA “Mischief”

Materials needed:

Rat or mouse ears

Rat or mouse tail

Drawn on whiskers

This one is more a group costume, since a group of rats is called a “mischief”. Grab your late to costume picking friends and buy stock in cheese and mouse traps, because together you can all be a mischief! I mostly like this one for when you all walk in somewhere and can say “mischief has arrived!” Someone else has to agree that would be adorable!

Whatever you choose to go out in, if you do decide to go out remember what season of life we are currently living in: Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep yourself distanced while you’re out and about and be smart. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Sterling Zavala is President of the Her Campus chapter at Oklahoma State University. She is an avid reader, YouTube watcher, and talker, as well as a senior receiving a bachelor's degree in both Political Science and Spanish.
Former President of Her Campus at Oklahoma State University.  Laney is a senior Graphic Design major.  Laney is passionate about philanthropy, activism, education, and art.  When she isn't writing articles for Her Campus she is painting, playing video games, or volunteering.