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What Are Your Favorite Last-Minute Halloween Costumes?

The greatest last-minute Halloween costumes hit the trifecta: quick, cheap, and easy. We want to hear from you, esteemed MAKE reader: What are the best last-minute Halloween costumes you’ve seen? Please share ideas in the comments section (and even better if you can include a link to a photo or tutorial).

Last year, Gareth posted a nice collection of last-minute Halloween costumes. Here are a couple from last year’s lineup:

A spike through your stomach. Classic.
A spike through your stomach. Classic.
A Lego brick costume requires only a box, some plastic bowls, and some paint.
A Lego brick costume requires only a box, some plastic bowls, and paint.

10 thoughts on “What Are Your Favorite Last-Minute Halloween Costumes?

  1. I went as a “flasher” one year. Put on shorts, shirt and a trench coat. Took an old hot-shoe flash from a film camera and hung it around my neck. Ran wires from the shoe contacts to a switch in my pocket. When I would open y coat, I would “flash” people with the camera flash.

  2. When I was in college I threw a Halloween party at my apartment and I kept black and white makeup at the door. If anyone showed up without a costume, they were deemed “dead” then were given a white face and large black eye holes.

    1. That’s a good idea. In the same vein, my grandfather used to throw “hat parties” where everyone was meant to wear a hat. But he had a bunch on hand, in case someone didn’t come wearing one.

  3. Large safety pin, spirit gum. Clip off the sharp arm of the safety pin and bend the remaining arm (with head) a bit to give it a slight curve (perpendicular to the plane of the head). Then glue to cheek, nose, eyebrow, anywhere–it looks convincingly like a large safety pin stuck through you. Especially with a bit of red marker where the cut ends “go in”.

  4. Put a capital “H” on your forehead and you have become the character “Rimmer” from the sci-fi comedy “Red Dwarf”. (Try an image search for “Rimmer Red Dwarf” to see what I mean.)

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