5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Oct 29, 2014
During the Halloween season we tend to focus on the kiddos in our lives. So what happens when you realize last minute that you don't have a costume for your Halloween get-together with friends? What about that spur of the moment invite to a neighborhood party? These 5 last-minute costumes that can be created from items you already have in your closet are here to save the day! Bonus: they're all office party approved!

//1// Beauty Queen

Beauty Queen DIY costume

This one works for women of all ages. Find the fanciest dress in your closet. It may be a military ball grown, an old bridesmaid's dress, or a dressy cocktail number. Pair your dress with inexpensive crown (try your local Claire's or scavenge for one in your favorite kiddo's dress up box), and a rockin' pair of heels. Make a sash from extra wide ribbon and top it off with a bouquet of fake flowers.

//2// Where's Waldo?
Where's Waldo Costume

The children’s book character makes a great costume for adults — gal or guy. Start looking in your closet for a red and white striped shirt and jeans or navy blue pants. Next, you’ll need accessories: a camera to hang around your neck, a red knit cap, a walking stick or cane, and Waldo’s signature black eyeglasses.

//3// Biker Chick
Who hasn't heard of the TV show Sons of Anarchy?! Jump on trend and into the motorcycle gang with gear straight from your closet. All you need to make this ensemble work is leather!  Also think boots, black, skulls, a black jacket, white tees or tanks, and vests. You’ll look sexy and tough for your party.

//4// Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter Costume

She was a symbol of the 1940s. Just look through your closet and pull out your chambray or a navy blue long-sleeve button-up shirt. Roll up the sleeves to just above the elbow. Find a red bandana or red scarf  and wrap it around your hair. Add some bright red lipstick, and you’re ready to head to the that Halloween party!

//5// Greek Goddess

Greek Goddess Costume

You don’t have to be a college student to don a toga. This is one of the simplest Halloween costumes for adults (guys and gals!) around. Start with a white bed sheet. Make sure to use a full-size or larger, and use the top sheet not the fitted sheet! Wrap it around your body, securing it with safety pins. Next, find some gold ribbon (perhaps from your Christmas wrapping supplies?) and wrap it around your waist to enhance the look. You can also weave some into your hair. Add your favorite sandals and you're set!

Happy Halloween!


  1. Such fun ideas! We're going to see a play Friday night and the couple we're going with are dressing up- I needed to come up with something quick! Thanks for the tips!

  2. I was gonna comment Rosie the Riveter! I saw that on Facebook this morning and was like that's an easy, office appropriate costume! I just need some bright red lipstick and a red bandana! Haha! Great ideas, Ash!

  3. I love your ideas! I've used the beauty queen one before, and it worked really well. :) I love your Rosie the Riveter idea.

  4. Great ideas! These are all totally doable and inexpensive!

  5. I SO wish I would have thought of the Where's Waldo costume in college! We had a bar right on campus called Waldo's that we spent a few Halloweens at!

  6. Love that Rosie the Riveter idea! xo

  7. I love the where's Waldo costume!

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