Easy Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

It’s Halloweekend! So excited to celebrate in Dupont this year; it’s been very festive walking around the neighborhood these past few days! Shelby is coming down from West Virginia and we’re going out on Saturday. I’ll be dressing up as the “queen of hearts,” aka wearing red, a tiara, and tons of heart stickers. Punny, simple, and comfortable = just the way I like it.

No matter what you’re doing for Halloween, a punny costume is always great because it’s 1) generally easy to put together last minute and 2) easy to do for little or no cost, and 3) always a natural conversation starter (because people will either recognize your costume and think it’s clever, or have absolutely no idea what you’re supposed to be and ask you tons of questions…I’ve had both happen). For this year’s costume, I purchased my red shirt for $3 at a thrift store, ordered a $5.99 crown from Amazon Prime, and grabbed my stickers from the Paper Source when I was in Georgetown earlier this week. I’ll snag a picture this weekend and put it up here or on Instastories at some point, but for now, here are a few of my punny costumes from the past few years.

Shelby and I dressed up together and had a blast as deviled eggs. She snagged the devil props and made the shirts with her crafty sister, and we wore white pants and were super comfy all night long.

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The year before, I was Kimmy Schmidt, because…it was also easy and comfortable (not to mention, I love the show). I was bummed because the floral shirt I ordered that looked a lot more like Kimmy’s didn’t come in time, but I think I still pulled it off. 😉


Not Halloween, but had to share because it was such a hit. A friend in grad school threw a 90s-themed New Years Eve party (super random, but incredibly fun), and my friend Anna and I were CatDog (not the best shot of our costume, but you get the idea). Again, all we needed was a bit of felt and some craft store t-shirts.

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In 2014, I was “blackmail,” which involved wearing all black and a bunch of postage supplies (I think I had some old stamps and then got the rest of my supplies at the post office!). My friend Allison was in need of a last-minute costume, so we stopped at the Benjamin Moore store down the street and she picked up tons of paint chips to be 50 Shades of Grey (it was a popular one that year!).


Senior year of college, two friends and I did Three Blind Mice, which was a perfect simple group costume. Again, Amazon + clothes we already owned to the rescue!



What are your favorite easy costume ideas? In my first job out of college, my two coworkers and I dressed up as different New York City subway lines for our office costume contest (I was the 4,5,6 and wore all things preppy, because Upper East Side, ha).

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