Easy Halloween Costume Ideas
By Jean D
, last updated January 29, 2012
Easy Halloween costume ideas can be a lifesaver when you're invited to a last-minute Halloween party. Rather than relying on your old, tired costume from last year, you can whip up something fabulous with items you probably already have lying around your house. These ideas can help you get started.
Almost anything could be considered a costume, as long as it's not something you would normally wear to a party. For example, throw on your comfiest pajamas, fluffy slippers and big bathrobe. Bring along a thermometer and a box of tissues, and you're suddenly transformed into a sick patient. If you're an avid summertime gardener, dress in your mud-stained gear and work boots. Slap on your grubby straw hat and gardening gloves. Bring along a hoe to complete your outfit as a gardener. If you're passionate about cats, lie out a pair of black pants and a black top for your cats to cover with hair. Pull them on, and attach a few cat toys to your clothing with safety pins. You're transformed into the crazy cat woman with a zillion cats, with just a few toys and pins. Wear your raincoat, galoshes and rain hat. Bring along an umbrella and a squirt gun. Periodically squirt water into the air and duck underneath the safety of your umbrella. Or wear your apron and oven mitts and bring along a large mixing bowl and spoon to become an instant chef.
Many easy Halloween costumes revolve around the use of boxes. Find a box large enough to cover you from your neck to your knees and you have the basis for a large number of costumes. Cut out holes for your arms and your head before you begin any of these projects. Wrap the box in wrapping paper and place a bow on your head to become an instant present. Cover the box in red, green, white and yellow squares, one color on each side, and you're an instant Rubix Cube puzzle. Cover three sides of the box in brown paper and print out a large screen shot of a television show for the front. Add a few knobs, and you're an instant television. It's best to wear black pants and a black turtleneck under these costumes, and make sure you're comfortable being seen in those clothes alone. You'll probably want to take your box off from time to time, so skintight clothes may not be the best choice.
Other easy Halloween costumes revolve around puns and wordplay. These costumes may bring out squeals of delight or groans of disbelief from your audience, but they're sure to get people talking and they're incredibly easy to throw together. For example, wear a completely black outfit and tie a shot glass around your neck to become a shot in the dark. Dress as yourself and carry an old, blank picture frame with you. Hold it in front of your face, when asked, and explain that you're a self-portrait. Dress in your normal clothes, but pin socks, underwear and washcloths to yourself. You're suddenly static cling!