Attention Procrastinators: 10 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

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Attention Procrastinators: 10 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

We’re getting close to my favorite maker holiday, Halloween. Do you have your costume ready? If not, I’ve gathered up some last-minute DIY costume ideas, with help from you guys! Please add your suggestions in the comments section.

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Farah’s cereal killer costume. The milk mustache is a nice touch.

“Take a bunch of single-serve cereal boxes. Stab them with plastic spoons and adorn with red paint or fake blood. Attach to clothes. You are now a cereal killer.”

[Thanks for the suggestion,Brooke Ali]


Flickr user yummyseamonkies posted this photo of an excellent Barf the Mawg costume, from the cult classic film Spaceballs. It wouldn’t be too hard to make your own: khaki coveralls, brown dog ears, a patch that says “Barf,” and some face paint.

Che T-shirt

Che Guevara T-shirt

“This has been my favorite so far…”

[Thanks, @ErikSmith80]


Jellyfish — Clear umbrella, paper eyes, crepe paper tentacles.

[Costume made by Julie Dover Dennis]

the birds costume halloween

Dress up as Melanie Daniels, the character in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, The Birds. You’ll need a green dress, white gloves, glasses, and, of course, some birds.

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Scary Bag Monster Hat

Transform an ugly purse into a terrifying Bag Monster!


Dr. Pepper/Doctor Who by Mike Gali

Alternate Dr. Pepper idea: “I wrote scrubs, stethoscope and glued pepper packets, (the kind you get with fast food), all over my shirt and pants. Instant Dr. Pepper.”

[Thanks for the suggestion, Nancy Gizuk]

LED costume

LED — All you need is a flashlight, some tape, and a matching hat and shirt. Decorate the shirt with a diode symbol, roll up one pant leg (cathode is shorter than the anode!), and when you want to transform to a light-emitting diode, turn on the flashlight!

[Thanks, AnnMarie!]

snakes on a plane

Snakes on a Plane

You’ll only want to wear this if you don’t mind explaining what you are…


Tintin (and Snowy)

Flipped up hair, a magnifying glass, short brown pants, blue sweater, white collared shirt, white dog. This would work especially well for those with red hair.

12 thoughts on “Attention Procrastinators: 10 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

  1. deepakrdash says:

    I like the costumes.Nices ones.
    Hope you will stop by my blog anytime.


  2. Andrew Terranova says:

    I threw together a Mad Engineer costume last night (because most mad scientists are really mad engineers). I put on a vest, button down collarless shirt, dress pants and Chuck Taylor sneakers. Then I added a pocket watch, tinted swim goggles and a pin-on badge that read, “Ask Me About My Evil Plan”.

    1. Laura Cochrane says:

      Nice! : )

  3. Cathie@Calgary web design says:

    Wow. what great ideas. Do you mind if I copy them for my own son?

  4. Laura Cochrane says:

    A classic last-minute costume: robot!

  5. Craig Couden says:

    Snakes on a Plane cracked me up, but the Che Guevara t-shirt is great too!

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