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We’re only a few weeks away from Halloween, which gives you plenty of time to completely forget and panic on October 30 when you still don’t know what your costume should be. Chances are you won’t have time to find an exact replica of Margot Robbie’s inline Barbie costume, and let your body go à la Beyoncé Renaissance cover sounds painful. So, what does a procrastinator do? Fear not, because I provide inspiration for lazy, last-minute Halloween costumes that don’t rely solely on corny puns. A person can only be a Freudian slip over and over again.
To really be a lazy and/or last-minute outfit, you should be able to recreate it with things you have at home. With that in mind, here are 17 outfit ideas that require minimal effort and (hopefully) no last-minute trips to the store.
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There’s really no way to make this costume incorrect. Do you have jeans, skirts, tank tops, assorted jewelry, some scarves, belts, a random bag, and maybe a hat? Wear them all at once and you too can look like an early 100s Disney Channel star.
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Very comfortable! Kinda easy! That’s an excuse to wear a sweatshirt on Halloween and call it a costume! Bring a baby doll and dodge questions about your Super Bowl halftime performance to really sell the look.
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If you managed to pull off a black turtleneck before the Big Turtleneck Shortage on Halloween 2019, you’re halfway to dressing like the Theranos founder. Complete your look with a low bun, unblinking eyes, deep fake voice and perfectly annoying choreography. You can also carry a Tylenol gel cap and say it’s a nano emollient. More! This outfit is pregnant women-friendly.
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The girl is dead, the girl is long live. To honor her #dailygrind, put on your girlboss-iest outfit – more appropriately a pair of pants and a “future female” t-shirt – and put on a little zombie makeover. Bonus points if you bring a notebook, tote or tote bag that says “Gaslight, Gatekeep, Girlboss.”
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Do you have a dog? Do you have any work clothes and a pair of sneakers? Are you ready to take on the pose of a dog trainer, jogging on a leash? Just hit a dummy number on your biceps, and you and your award-winning pup are ready to go for Halloween.
Early tribute to Jenna Ortega’s upcoming Wednesday Addams role! If you’re not sure what to do with that fake shirt collar you got a few years ago, now’s the time to shine, baby! You could have had everything else to complete the outfit: a black A-line dress, the ability to wear twintails, and a disdainful and annoyed look.
If you’d rather go bare-faced, recreate your favorite Instagram filter with makeup. Turn it into an Instagram Influencer outfit by writing #ad on your mug.
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Does your partner insist on dressing up as Ted Lasso again? Make it a couple outfit by dressing up as Olivia Wilde at CinemaCon. Wear a dark blue outfit (preferably a jumper or trousers) and carry a manila envelope. Complete the look with a jar of your infamous secret salad dressing.
This season’s sexiest outfit is Emma D’Arcy’s favorite cocktail: a Negroni Sbagliato (with Prosecco). If you happen to own a pink button-down, pink tie, and beige pants, you can dress yourself up as D’Arcy. Or be more secretive and wear a drink-inspired outfit: any red-orange ensemble with matching makeup. Extra points if you also bring some orange slice accessories or a literal orange slice. Carrying a Negroni Sbagliato all night is no deal.
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There will certainly be more than a few Queen Elizabeths coming out and about this Halloween. However, you don’t have to be a heathen (read: You don’t have time to buy the right dress-shirt) and can come to a more elegant homage to military rule. owner. Wear some cycling shorts, a big sweater, tennis shoes, white socks, and a tiara if you have one. That’s it! People’s Halloween costumes.
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Dress up as this year’s hottest local villain: the spotted firefly. While wings would be ideal, we’re going for ease and accessibility here. Wear black pants, a red shirt, and a beige jacket that I know you own. Then just stick some black circles on your jacket and top and beg people to step on you. Oh, spooky!
Honestly: You probably already own some version of at least one of their outfits. Go get some glow sticks and fake blood (or make your own) and practice the line, “I’ve never really said this to anyone, but… I’m dysmorphic.”
Controversial! Confusing people by dressing up as pink sauce inspired a series of TikTok TV series. Simply wear an all-pink outfit and a yellow hat. When anyone asks what kind of person you are, keep your cool by answering vaguely. Costumes taste hard to explain!
Yes, chef! For this outfit, wear a white t-shirt, black pants, a blue apron, and the stare of a man who doesn’t know if his beef shipment will reach the restaurant on time. door or not.
In honor of her recent release from prison and the launch of a brand new, uh, ankle accessory, dress up as everyone’s favorite VIP, Anna Delvey. Pretty much any all-black outfit paired with dark, thick-rimmed glasses will work as long as you tell people they look bad.
Is this an excuse to dress like Christine Quinn? Sure. Sell the look (e.g. a sweatshirt and the least sensible shoes) by carrying a set of house keys and giving people the same “nose” as they do on Sell OC
If all else fails, put on hot clothes and a pumpkin on your head.
This article has been updated.
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