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22 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

Pull these easy looks together using things you already have in your closet or lying around the house. Bonus: these are all cheap and environmentally friendly.

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1. Solo cups will transform you into a Lego:

Just paint a box and cut holes for your head and arms, then glue the cups to the front. Write "LEGO" on the cups if you really want your friends to get it without thinking.

2. Use a paper bag to make a safari vest:

And cut up a paper towel roll for binoculars; full instructions from Real Simple. The example shown is for a child, of course, but you could size up for an adult. Warning: costume not ideal for rainy weather.


4. An old hoodie can become an easy (and cozy) animal outfit with some white felt or paper. A wolf, for instance:

7. Do you happen to have balloons lying around? Awesome, you're grapes.

Just know before you go out that nobody will be able to come within a foot of you on all sides. Which could actually be a plus. Full directions (not that you really need them) here.


10. Because we're all totally over Big Bird, use pieces of felt or paper to make this Kermit the Frog costume:

12. Get together some friends and old sheets and be a museum:

The nice thing about modern art is that it doesn't matter if your painting skills are lacking. Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories is responsible for this costume, which seems like it would be even more fun to make than to wear.


13. Also in the realm of art, you could always be Magritte's famous "Son of Man" painting:

Wear a suit, borrow a bowler hat from that guy you hang out with even though he owns a bowler hat, and tie a fake plastic apple to the brim (a real apple is too heavy and won't hang properly).


18. This jet pack looks complicated but it's actually just empty two-liter bottles:

Directions available at Instructables. If you don't want to cut up a purse for its handles, just use fabric, rope, or even duct tape to make the straps.

20. Be a cardboard box crocodile:

Again, this will impair your range of motion and also probably your vision, but we all have to make sacrifices sometimes. Get the instructions from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. Warning: this costume is also not likely to hold up in rain.

22. And for the truly lazy, masks take minutes to make and mean that you can dress as your own pet:

Martha suggests handing them out as party favors, although I can't guarantee guests would appreciate that gesture.


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