Easy-Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Nora T.

It’s that time of year again.  Crisp autumn air, red and orange leaves, bringing out the Uggs and Patagonias.  But as much as everyone loves fall, there’s one thing most people always stress about: Halloween.  There’s nothing stressful about the holiday itself, considering there’s no awkward family get-togethers or wearing itchy sweaters that your great-aunt Lisa knitted for you.  However, picking a costume, and getting a costume ready in time for Halloween isn’t the easiest thing to do. For starters, you have to think of a creative costume idea because everyone is going to see it and you have to make sure everyone can tell what you are.  Here are a few easy DIY Halloween costumes for all the people that left costume-making to the last minute.


  1. Sulley and Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.

This is a costume for two people, but you could always just wear one as a solo.


Supplies for Mike:

-plain green t-shirt (Michael’s)

-green tutu (Party City)

-high green socks (Party City)

-Iron-On Decal Paper (Michael’s)

-green ponytail headband (Party City)

-leggings and sneakers



For the t-shirt, all you have to do is follow the directions on the Iron-On Decal Paper package and print out a Mike Wazowski eyeball, which you can find online.  Then, iron it onto the shirt using the provided costume. The rest is self explanatory; wear the leggings with the tutu over it, the t-shirt, the socks, the headband, and sneakers.


Supplies for Sulley:

-plain blue t-shirt (Michael’s)

-blue tutu (Party City)

-high blue socks (Party City)

-3-4 bottles of purple fabric paint (Michael’s)  **Make sure you get enough bottles because you need a lot of paint for the shirt

-blue ponytail headband (Party City)

-leggings and sneakers



Lay out the t-shirt over old newspapers and use the paint to make polka-dots.  The dots should be rather large, and can vary in size. Really, there is no perfect way to do the dots, just make sure you have enough paint.  Let the shirt dry for at least 4 hours. For the rest of the costume, wear leggings with the tutu over it, the t-shirt, the socks, the headband, and sneakers.


  1. Thing 1 & Thing 2



-2 plain red t-shirts (Michael’s)

-2 blue tutus (Party City)

-Iron-On Decal Paper (Michael’s)

-blue hairspray (Party City)

-black leggings



Print out the Thing 1 and Thing 2 symbols on the Iron-On Decal Paper.  Iron them on the shirts using the provided directions that come with the paper.  The rest of the costume is simple; the leggings with the tutus, and the hairspray in your hair.


  1. The Aliens from Toy Story


Supplies (per each person):

-blue leggings (Amazon.com)

-long-sleeve neon green t-shirt (Amazon.com)

-blue tutu (Party City)

-green gloves (Party City)

-green lipstick (Party City)

-Toy Story alien hat (Party City-with the Toy-Story themed birthday party supplies)

-blue suspenders (Party City)



Basically, you just put everything on!  Wear the tutus over the leggings and the suspenders over the t-shirts.  Put on the gloves, hat , and lipstick, and you’re good to go!


  1. Beanie Boos

This can also be a solo or group costume.



-Animal onesie of your choice (Kohl’s)

-large red poster paper (any craft store)

-red ribbon (any craft store)

-a black Sharpie (any craft store)  

-white cardstock paper (any craft store)



Trace out the letters t and y on the white paper and cut them out  Trace a heart about the size of two pieces of printer paper and cut it out.  Glue the t and y one one side of the heart and write your name and birthday in Sharpie on the other side.  Hole-punch a hole in the top corner of the heart and tie a loop through the hole with the ribbon big enough to fit you like a sash.  For Halloween, just wear the onesie and the sash as your “tag”.


I hope you enjoyed these costume ideas and will use one the next time you completely forget about Halloween!