50 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas You Can Whip Up at Home

Put together a disguise with minimal effort (or materials!).

Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults
Brit + Co., Diary of a Debutante

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to plan in advance, Halloween seems to show up out of nowhere. That's where these costume ideas come in — chances are you already have everything you need to throw an outfit together, so go on and start raiding that closet.

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Wednesday Addams Easy Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of Paper & Stitch
Wednesday Addams

All you need is a black dress and collared shirt to morph into everyone's favorite Addams family member — once you add her iconic braids, of course.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: white collared blouse ($15; ), black long-sleeved dress ($10; )

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Ice Cream Cone Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of Treasures & Travels
Ice Cream Cone

Bring a taste of summer to October with this whimsical ice cream cone costume, complete with sprinkles on top.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: white dress ($27; ), multicolored mini popsicle sticks ($4; ), brown paper ($13; )

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of The Joy of Fashion
Holly Golightly

You'll feel ultra chic all night in this classic Breakfast at Tiffany's ensemble.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: black dress ($14; ), faux pearls ($11; ), elbow-length gloves ($9; )

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Rosie The Riveter Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of WhipperBerry
Rosie the Riveter

Bring the girl power to the party with this motivational getup. (Because, hey, we can do it.)

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: denim button-up shirt ($23; ), red polka dot headband ($10; ), yellow poster board ($15; )

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Flapper Girl Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess
Flapper Girl

Party like it's 1920 in this fun and fringe-y costume.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: 1920s costume accessories ($9; ), black dress ($10; ), black fringe trim ($6; )

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Starbucks Cup Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of Southern Curls & Pearls
Starbucks Cup

Save your next pumpkin spice latte cup for a costume that's as sweet as your favorite Starbucks fix.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: beige dress ($19; ), white felt ($10; ), green acrylic paint ($7; )

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Carmen Miranda Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of The Neon Tea Party
Carmen Miranda

Use your kids' plastic fruit toys for a headpiece and you'll instantly transform into "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat."

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: assorted plastic fruit ($19; ), gold turban ($10; ), floor-length floral skirt ($10; ), gold hoop earrings ($15; )

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Snow White Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of I Am Style-Ish
Snow White

To really stay in character, carry an apple — or just bob for one.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: yellow skirt ($22; ), blue V-neck pullover sweater ($18; ), red ribbon ($8; )

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Pumpkin Pi Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Pumpkin Pi

Hack off the stem off a and attach it to a headband using a . Print out the Greek letter pi or cut one out of felt with a pair of scissors, then glue it onto an orange T-shirt. Now you're nerdy and delicious!

What you'll need: mini faux pumpkins ($22; ), black headband ($8; ), orange t-shirt ($8; ), black felt ($8; )

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Bread Winner Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Bread Winner

Throw on a brightly colored T-shirt and a fake medal, grab a loaf of bread, and you're golden.

What you'll need: fake medal ($5; ), bright t-shirt ($4; )

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It's Raining Men Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of Studio DIY
It's Raining Men

This tongue-in-cheek costume gives a nod to the ubiquitous '80s song.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: clear umbrella ($14; ), fishing line ($9; ), trench coat ($120; ), rain boots ($35; )

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Fork In the Road Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Fork In the Road

Dress yourself in all black and attach rectangular strips of white felt down the center of your body to emulate a dividing lane line. Tape a plastic fork over the dotted line and you've got a metaphor!

What you'll need: black t-shirt ($10; ), white felt ($10; )

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Bubble Gum Machine Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Bubble Gum Machine

Glue multi-colored pom-poms onto a white tank top and a black headband. Add a DIY 25¢ sign to a red skirt so everyone gets the picture!

What you'll need: multi-colored pom-poms ($6; ), white tank top ($3; ), black headband ($8; ), red tutu ($13; )

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Poppin' Popcorn Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of Studio DIY
Poppin' Popcorn

For bonus points, carry around a box of freshly-popped popcorn.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: red-white striped skirt ($35; ), white crop top ($5; ), yellow spray paint ($4; )

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Ceiling Fan Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Ceiling Fan

This costume couldn't be any easier: Use black adhesive letters to spell out "Go Ceiling!" on a plain T-shirt, then grab a pair of matching cheering squad pom-poms. Voila: You're a ceiling fan!

What you'll need: red t-shirt ($4; ), red pom-poms ($7; ), black adhesive letters ($9; )

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Movie Theater Floor Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Movie Theater Floor

Dress in all black and attach popcorn, old movie tickets, and empty candy wrappers all over to complete this theatrical look. (Bonus: If you spill something on yourself at the party, no one will notice!)

What you'll need: black t-shirt ($4; ), candy variety box ($22; )

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Bubble Bath Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of Good Housekeeping
Bubble Bath

Inflate white balloons to pin on a T-shirt, add a shower cap and a loofah, and you're the most rela Halloween costume anyone's ever seen.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: white balloons ($10; ), safety pins ($4; ), loofah sponges ($9; ), shower cap ($7; )

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French Toast Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
French Toast

This costume idea is magnifique! Round up a black beret, a striped tee, a red scarf, and a piece of "toast" crafted from cardboard. Punch two holes in the top of the bread and tie string to them to wear around your neck. Breakfast is served!

What you'll need: black beret ($9; ), striped tee $8; ), red scarf ($9; )

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Deviled Egg Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Deviled Egg

Dress in all white and attach a yellow circle of felt to your stomach. Add devil horns and a tail to turn yourself and all of a sudden breakfast has gone wicked.

What you'll need: white t-shirt ($4; ), yellow felt ($3; ), devil accessories ($3; )

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White Rabbit Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of Color Me Courtney
White Rabbit

You better not be late to your Halloween party while wearing this cute costume inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: bunny ears headband ($9; ), bow tie ($13; ), white dress ($13; ), red blazer ($19; )

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Dust Bunny Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Dust Bunny

This clever costume can be whipped up with a healthy supply of white tulle (that you'll spray paint brown and gray), a gray T-shirt, and some bunny ears. Bunch up the tulle into tufts, then glue them onto the T-shirt with hot glue. Ta-da! It's like someone found you hanging out under the couch.

What you'll need: white tulle ($12; ), brown spray paint ($6; ), gray t-shirt ($4; ), bunny ears ($9; )

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Tourist Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Tourist

Take a trip this Halloween (or at least act like you are) by dressing up in a Hawaiian shirt, a straw hat and, of course, a lei. Complete the look with a camera that you can actually use to capture memories from a fun night.

What you'll need: Hawaiian shirt ($10; ), straw hat ($7; ), lei ($9; )

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Cactus Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of The Neon Tea Party
Cactus

Given the recent cactus craze, this easy DIY costume will be all the rage at this year's party.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: green long-sleeved dress ($13; ), pink faux flowers ($16; ), plastic headband ($2; ), embroidery thread ($7; )

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Tickled Pink Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Tickled Pink

Grab a pink t-shirt, feather boa, and pom-pom headband, then laugh at any and everything. Why? You're tickled pink!

What you'll need: pink t-shirt ($4; ), pink feather boa ($7; ), pom-pom headband ($10; )

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Grapes of Wrath Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Grapes of Wrath

Book lovers, this is the costume for you. Spell out "By John Steinbeck" on a purple T-shirt with white adhesive letters, then safety pin purple balloons onto the shirt. Create a vine crown by hot-gluing faux vines together to complete your look.

What you'll need: fake vine foliage ($8; ), purple balloons ($4; ), iron-on letters ($8; ), purple t-shirt ($9; )

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Strawberry Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of Studio DIY
Strawberry

Adorable and easy to make, this fruit-tastic look belongs at the top of your "to make" list.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: red dress ($10; ), white felt ($9; ), green construction paper ($4; )

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Chip On Your Shoulder Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Chip On Your Shoulder

Be the punniest person at the Halloween party by hot-glueing a snack-size bag of Lay's potato chips to a yellow T-shirt.

What you'll need: yellow t-shirt ($8; ), potato chips variety pack ($7; )

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Copy Cat Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Copy Cat

Attach black adhesive letters to spell out "Copy Cat" on a white T-shirt. Add cat ears and a tail, grab random work papers (preferably unimportant ones) to carry around, and try not to purr too loudly in anyone's ear.

What you'll need: cat accessories ($15; ), white t-shirt ($4; ), black iron-on letters ($6; )

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Medusa Halloween Costume for Adults
Courtesy of The Joy of Fashion
Medusa

Grab a white dress and some toy snakes to turn yourself into this serpent goddess.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: toy snakes ($7; ), white dress ($19; )

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Smartie Pants Halloween Costume for Adults
Kathryn Wirsing
Smartie Pants

You'll look sweet enough to eat when you slip into some old trousers with Smarties candies hot-glued all over. Add a pair of "nerd" glasses and a bow-tie to complete the look.

What you'll need: nerd accessories ($14; ), Smarties candy rolls ($4; )

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