It’s ok; we’ve all been there. You had every intention to pull something together for Halloween and before you knew it, kids everywhere are dreaming of sugar rushes and carved pumpkins are by every doorstep… and you are costume-less with Halloween only a day away. Don’t panic! Help is here. If you are interested in pulling together a last minute Halloween costume, read on.
Take Stock of What You Have
- Look into your closet for clothing items you could piece together for a last minute costume. Do you have anything that looks like a look you are going for? (If you have a look, that is.) If you have no idea on what you could possibly be, do you have an all black outfit? (Every generic witch is clothed in black.) What about a plaid shirt and lace up boots? (Lumberjacks are always an option.) Look in that pile of clothes you’ve had sitting aside to donate that you could rip up for a more scary look.
- Look at your makeup supply. Do you have eyeliner to draw details on your face (wrinkles, moles, black out your eyes, etc.)? What about face powder you can apply with a damp sponge to make you look pale? Liquid red lipstick? That can double as blood!
- Do you have any art supplies? You could make any face Halloween worthy with a bit of paint. That shirt you had in the donate pile that you could rip up? Splatter it with red paint. Splatter yourself with paint. [Just whatever you do, make sure that it is both non-toxic and easily washable. No one wants to turn in for the night and realize mid-shower that your skin is still green and ‘blood’ spattered.]
- Mix and match what you already own to pull together a costume at no cost to you! But if you still aren’t satisfied with what you were able to round up and feel the need to run out and buy supplies…
Don’t Costume Shop on Halloween!
- Seriously, trust me on this one! Last year, my sister asked me last minute (as in the last possible minute as I was getting off of work on Halloween) if I would trick or treat with her [which included dressing up] and I tried to run into the nearest Walmart to try to find a costume. Did I find one? No. Well, kind of. The only costumes left on the racks were for toddlers and small children. Nothing for an adult could be seen, and it was so crowded. Night-mare! I retreated from the masses with the only thing I could get my hands on: a young boy’s bacon costume (that I was miraculously able to fit in, too!) Stylish, amiright? The point being is this: odds are that there will not be a costume that will fit you that you would enjoy wearing comfortably left on the shelves. However, sometimes the costume ‘scraps’ left over can make for some pretty memorable costumes (hello, bacon!) And unless you want to spend $$ on a costume from one of the specialty Halloween stores, you’ll have to get creative.
- If you absolutely feel like you need to go and buy supplies, aim for shopping for something you could easily (and cheaply) turn into a costume. Such as a white shirt and a small bottle of red paint, etc. And, in your haste to create the best costume you can, always remember…
It’s Not a Competition Unless You’re In One
So what if your quickly assembled costume isn’t designer (is that a thing?) So what if it didn’t come all neat and matchy in a plastic pocket or off a hanger? So what if it fits right in with the obviously last minute Halloween costumes? The fun of dressing up is so that you can make fun memories with your loved ones. And trust me, you will remember your pieced together and unconventional costume more fondly than any other store bought one.
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