Genius Halloween Costumes You Can Pull Together at the Last Minute

Everything you need for a last minute Halloween costume is already in your closet!

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Last minute Halloween costumes - biker dude
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Got a leather jacket and a bandana? Great—you’re ready to let your bad biker out. All you need to embellish this last minute Halloween costume are sunglasses and fingerless gloves (chains and spikes encouraged!).

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Ahoy, trick-or-treaters! Landlubbers will flip for this sea-worthy last minute Halloween costume. Just throw on a striped shirt and handkerchief, add a costume hat and you’re done. (Lifebuoy optional.)

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Audrey Hepburn
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Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn might be a fashion icon every day, but on Halloween you can really channel her signature style. Break out your favourite LBD and accessorize with oversized black shades and pearls to become Holly Golightly in an instant. Don’t forget to stop and grab a croissant and coffee on your way to the Halloween party. (Get it?)

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Last minute Halloween costumes - bandit
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Dressed in prison stripes and a stealthy mask, no one will know whose sticky fingers have been in the candy bowl—especially with black gloves to leave no fingerprints. Bonus points if you use your burlap sack with the goods to carry your candy. Just don’t get caught!

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Rosie the Riveter
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Rosie the Riveter

Think you can’t get a Halloween costume together at the last minute? Fear not—we can do it! Throw on a denim shirt and red bandana, and you’re ready to go as Rosie the Riveter.

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Last minute Halloween costumes - cowboy
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Wild West

Cowboys and cowgirls alike can pull off this Western look! A hat and boots transform a plain flannel and jeans—even better if you have overalls—into a last minute Halloween costume. Grab a rope as a finishing touch and say “howdy” to your simples costume ever.

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Even if you choose chocolate over rabbit food on Halloween, a bunny costume is a sure hit. Slip your bunny ears on, and paint some eggs. Whiskers and a little pink nose are cute but hop-tional.

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Scuba diver Halloween costume
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Scuba Diver

Get ready to make a splash with this last minute Halloween costume. A black shirt and leggings transform into a scuba suit when you get in gear with flippers and a scuba mask. Make air tanks using two litre soda bottles and diving gear using curlers and electrical tape.

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