8 easy last-minute Halloween costume ideas

Things are different this year, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun!

Photo: Ali Seglins

Whether you want to believe it or not, we’re nearing the end of October, which means my annual excuse to dress like a fool is back again! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to flaunt my Halloween costume at the local club, but you can bet that my living room will get to see a spectacular outfit! If you’re looking for costume ideas for your friends’ Halloween get-together, or even for your very own party-for-one, look no further. I’ve come up with eight costume ideas that are outside the box and can be semi-easily recreated (with a little bit of creativity).

Thinking of dressing up with a few of your close friends? Here are some (small) group costume ideas from last year.


Mona the Vampire

This show resurfaced in my memory the other day, and all I can think about is how great this costume would be. Anyways, if you see pictures of me dressed as Mona the Vampire this weekend...mind your business.


A chicken

One year, my dad came trick-or-treating with us and he was a chicken. I don’t remember all the details of the costume, but I do know it involved wearing yellow rubber gloves on his feet. Grab some white clothing, glue some feathers, and you’re good to go!


A caveman

My brother was a caveman one Halloween and honestly, I know a lot of people who have really embraced their quarantine facial hair that could pull this off. Don’t brush your hair for a few days, rub some dirt on yourself, grab an animal print outfit, and call yourself Urgh!


A garden gnome

My roommates have had great success with costumes that consist of a bright shirt, overalls, and a hat! But my favourite, by far, was the use of a pointy hat for gnome costumes. The great thing about gnomes? They kinda dress however they want—as long as they have that pointy hat!



Everyone has a diaper, a pair of wings, and a bow & arrow set lying around, right? Why not finally put those items to use for a Cupid costume! Another bonus is that because you’re probably celebrating in your own home, you don’t need to worry about the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” rule they usually have in public places!


A ghost

What ever happened to throwing a white sheet over your head and calling it a day? TikTok has managed to make the old bedsheet with two eye-holes trendy again, so I say take this as an opportunity to make this Halloween old school.


A pickle

Dress in all green and use some paint and cardboard to add those warty bits. Bonus points if the rest of your body is also painted green!


A spider

Here’s another classic for you: a human-sized creepy crawly! I have a distinct memory of my Grade One teacher doing this costume and I’ve never seen it since. Take advantage of this, people!