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10 Simple D.I.Y Halloween Costumes for those Last Minute-ers

by Tilly O'Brien

In need of a last-minute Halloween costume? Don’t worry we’ve got your back. 

With Halloween coming up this weekend, check out our 10 easy D.I.Y costumes. 

1.Queen Bey

Who wouldn’t want to dress up as Beyonce? Just pick your fav look of hers and you’ll be good to go. You can don pregnant Bey by shoving a pillow under your dress and draping yourself with a beautiful bold colored cloth or be mama Bey by grabbing a giant purple floral comfortable and carrying around two baby dolls. Why not jump even further into the past and go all out as “Single Ladies” Bey with a high quiff, black bodysuit and a pair of killer heels. “If Were a Boy” Bey is pretty simple too; just straighten your hair, and slick it back, and wear a simple white vest tucked into high-waisted jeans.  


2. Elephant Mask Out of Masking Tape 

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Fancy getting crafty? Then follow our super easy tutorial on how to make an elephant mask—made out of masking tape! Getting crafty is always fun and this mask is perfect for a last-minute getup. 

3. Morticia Addams 

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Left your Halloween costume till the last minute again? Then we recommend you dress up as the Addams Family’s iconic housewife Morticia Addams.  Personifying the ideal homemaker with a macabre twist, Morticia Addams is a classic and easy idea for those looking for a last minute Halloween costume. All you need is blood-red nail varnish and lipstick, and a floor-length, black dress that is sexy enough to make Regina George proud. Morticia Addams first appeared in The New Yorker in the 1930s with the rest of her spooky family, making the Addams Family the focus of a 1964 TV series, a 1992 cartoon series, and several movies, both live action and animated.  


4. D.I.Y. Ghost and Coffin Nail Art  

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Need some finishing touches for your costume? Or not into fancy dress but still love Halloween? Keep it simple and  follow our tutorial for ghost and coffin nail art, then you’ll definitely impress your buds with your impeccable artistic skills.  

5.The Ghost of Gwen Shamblin 

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Oh, we know it’s not very nice to make fun of the dead, but on Halloween it IS actually a day to remember those who have passed, and in this case, Gwen Shamblin of HBO’s multi-part documentary series, The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin, offers a too-perfect last-minute Halloween costume opportunity. And, unlike her cult, this costume idea is open to revelers of all sizes. Just grab a sleeveless dress, nude stockings and any kind of high heels, magenta lipstick, and then a bunch of blonde wigs piled on top of each other—et voila!

6. Armond from The White Lotus

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There were so many amazing characters in one of this year’s breakout TV hits, HBOMax’ The White Lotus, but Armond, played brilliantly by Murray Bartlett, might be the easiest to steal. Nab a tan or pastel-colored suit (or pants and jacket) from your local Goodwill, plus an entirely mismatched print shirt, then make a White Lotus style pin and golden name tag out of cardboard to stick on your lapel. Draw on a mustache, and try to stay away from anyone’s luggage!

7. Drew Barrymore in Poison Ivy  

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There’s no denying that Drew Barrymore is the ultimate bad girl and that her being Poison Ivy is the baddest look she’s had. What’s more is recreating her Poison Ivy look is pretty simple too. As Ivy, Drew is a seductive Lolita-type who causes strife in the family of a classmate (Sara Gilbert), so keep up that mean girl at school attitude all night. She projects all things 90s, wearing oversized jackets, crop tops, and great big hair.   


8. Carmen Sandiego

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 Got any red clothes? Then try out our easy D.I.Y Carmen Sandiego costume. Created in the mid-1980s, Carmen Sandiego from Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is the leader of the Villain’s International League of Evil (V.I.L.E.) Named after the Portuguese-Brazilian actress and singer Carmen Miranda, Sandiego dons an all-red ensemble, is hyper-intelligent and always several steps ahead of everyone. All you need for this look is an oversized, crimson trench coat and matching hat that she wears cocked to the side to reveal a single, arched eyebrow, and on your bottom; a pair of simple black leggings.  


9. Iris Apfel 

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Transform into this fashion icon with a  pair of round glasses and your most vibrant colorful coat. Don’t forget to pile on all the jewellery you own to match Iris’ bohemian edge.  

10. The Witches from The Craft  

Calling all fans of The Craft, follow this detailed guide on how to dress like the witches from The Craft will leave you turning heads this Halloween. All you need is a pair of chunky boots, a spiked choker, and pleated skirt, and you’ll be the hottest witch at the party.  



Top photo courtesy of Kayla Maurais on Unsplash

Photo Credits: 

Beyonce: Beyonce’s Instagram

Elephant Mask: Sarah Anne Ward

Morticia Addams: Anjelica Huston in the 1991 film The Addams Family, available on Digital HD (courtesy of Paramount) 

Nail Art:  Mabelyn Martin 

Sabrina Spellman: 

Armond from The White Lotus: Courtesy  of HBO

Drew Barrymore: Flix 

Carmen Sandiego: Screenshot from 20th Century Fox Film Corp.

Iris: via Iris: A Film by Albert Maysles

The Craft:



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