Last Minute Halloween Costume Tips

  • October 30, 2013
  • Jenna Maxwell

Last Minute Halloween Costume IdeasHas procrastinating got the best of you again?  You are not alone my friend and I think it’s fairly safe to say that there are legions of folks out there who are just now thinking about what to wear for Halloween.  Just because you’ve waited until the last minute, doesn’t mean your costume has to suck--in fact, here are a few tips to help you pull together a last minute costume look that will be truly memorable as well as fun.

Dust Off Those Attic Duds.  Retro looks make great costumes and if you have some authentic clothing from another decade collecting dust in your closet or attic, now’s the time to drag it out.  Fashion looks from the 1970’s and 80’s are popular in a very big way.  Bellbottoms, hot pants and three-piece suits are a great place to start for a legendary 1970’s look.  A truly epic 1980’s look might begin with parachute pants, big shoulder pads, large plastic jewelry and leg warmers. 

The key to creating a memorable retro look as a Halloween costume is to go a little over the top with it and don’t be afraid to exaggerate your hair, makeup and accessories in order to accomplish this.  Have a sense of humor when putting together your costume look and really go all out in order to make a big costume statement.  You will want to make sure that your costume looks like a costume and not like you are just having a frumpy day with your wardrobe. 

Season of the Undead: Procrastinators may be in luck when it comes to one of the hottest costume trends out there.  Zombies.  Because of television shows like The Walking Dead and movies like World War Z, the zombie character is a sizzling hot costume choice this year.  The beauty of the zombie is that there are really no rules as to what character you can choose to zombie-fy, so now is the time to get creative and zombie up just about anything or anyone.  And yes, in case you were wondering, it’s quite okay to be a “sexy” zombie, too--adding the word “sexy” to just about any character seems to be the order of the day, so if you are so inclined to be a sexy zombie, go for it.  (And because what could really be sexier than skimpy clothes on an undead corpse covered with oozing wounds and open sores…)  Let’s face it; any character can be made into a zombie.  Rip up and shred the clothing a little bit and with the right costume makeup--suddenly you’re a lumbering, growling, flesh-hungry and rotting zombie.

Tradition Rules:  You can’t really go wrong with some of the old stand by’s when it comes to last minute costume choices.  The National Retail Federation says that this year’s top five Halloween costumes will be:

  1. Witches
  2. Batman
  3. Vampire
  4. Zombie
  5. Pirates

If all else fails you may want to stick to one of these more traditional costume looks…or perhaps even a clever combination of these looks.  Like say, for instance, a zombie-fied Batman?  Have fun and be creative--after all, that’s what Halloween is all about.