5 Easy to Execute Halloween Costumes for Procrastinators


For those of us procrastinators that don’t spend weeks brainstorming and preparing an elaborate Halloween costume, tonight is crunch time. What items can you dig up from your closet and throw together to create a reasonably creative costume? In fact, quite a few. It doesn’t take a lot of money or time to look great on Halloween. Hey, I still think Jim’s 3 hole punch costume on the Office is one of the more inspired costumes of our time.  

There’s no need to miss out on the fun of Halloween just because you waited until the last minute to find a costume. Here are 5 great costumes that are easily executable in a very short amount of time, say 24 hours:

Decade-inspired costumes

We all know fashion trends come in and out of style. Luckily many 80s and 90s trends have made their way back in over the past few years. As a result, I would guess you can easily throw together a decade inspired costume simply from the contents of your closet. Throw on a pair of leggings, an off the shoulder top, and throw your hair up in a side ponytail and you’re ready to go as an 80s girl. High waisted jeans, a choker, and a crop top and you’re straight out the 90s. A quick Google search will turn up tons of great decade-inspired ideas for 80s and 90s costumes.

Cowboy or cowgirl

I know most of us have at least one checked button up hanging in our closet. And, whether we want to admit it or not, probably have a cowboy hat hanging around the house somewhere. Throw on those two items with a pair of jeans and boots and you’re ready to trick or treat.  

Sports players

While this is probably the least inspired of the costumes on the list, who doesn’t have a jersey laying around the house somewhere? Play up your athletic side and pose as your favorite professional athlete for the night. If you don’t have a professional jersey, simply opt for workout clothes and carry a tennis racket and, tada! – you’re in costume.


Animals are a consistently popular Halloween costume according to Google search data, plus many are generally easy to throw together. Probably the easiest animal costume: don all black and draw on whiskers and you’re quickly transformed into a cat. To really get into the part you may want to pop by a costume store and grab a pair of ears to accompany your outfit to make sure you effectively play the part.


I saved the best for last – my personal favorite on the list. Grab a white sheet, cut out eye holes and… you’re a ghost! Easy as can be. I guarantee more than one person will commend you for your simple but amazing costume over the course of your Halloween evening.

I hope these tips help you throw together a last minute costume. Halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year, so don’t let your lack of a costume cause you to miss out on all of the revelry.


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