I procrastinate. I embrace it, deal with it, and almost always get by with it. I’ve spent a few late nights and early mornings before conventions finishing props or even whole costumes. So if you haven’t figured our your Halloween costume yet, it’s okay. You still have two whole days, or at least all of Saturday if you have a party that night. The Halloween stores and sections of any store are going to be buzzing and messy though. You might have to go shopping for some basics at the craft store, but at this point, your best bet is to make something at home. Besides all the usual suspects (witches, ghosts, gypsies), you can put together some easy not-so-common costumes with what you have around.
Stormtrooper – You can be a stormtrooper without buying or order a custom made helmet. How about recycling milk jugs? Here’s a detailed tutorial on how to make a helmet from empty jugs. If you’re lactose intolerant, here’s basics on making one from a small white trash can.
Carved pumpkin – How many people do you see walking around pretending to be carved pumpkins? Get a pumpkin carving template (like all the fabulous ones on Pink Raygun) and a cardboard box that’s big enough to fit over your head. Cut out the template on one side of the box. Put over your head and carry around a flashlight all night to emulate a glowing pumpkin. You could spray paint the box orange and wear orange if you wanted.
Dia de los Muertos theme – The Mexican Day of the Dead festival takes place just after Halloween. Calaveras (skulls) are featured prominently, and many people attending events dress in a skeleton theme. For a basic costume, you just need face paint and some fake flowers. Nerds in Babeland even has a great make-up tutorial to tell you how to create the look.
Board game pieces – This is a way to get away with wearing clothes right out of your closet but actually having a character. The cast of Clue might be the easiest route. You can build a costume around one color. If you have any of the weapons from the game, carry it around all night. You could tape the character card to the front of your costume as well. Candyland has gingerbread men markers and characters like Queen Frostine. You could also be a walking Trivial Pursuit game.
If none of those work for you, I say go for the classics. Just don’t be afraid to change them up a little. Have a great Halloween!