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Friday, October 30, 2009

Last-Minute, Cheap Halloween Costumes


In case wedding planning (or just life) has gotten in the way of your Halloween costume-creating, here's a list of last-minute, easy costume ideas from last year's post, plus a couple new ones:
  1. A Birthday Party: Buy one of those plastic birthday party tablecloths, cut a hole in the center of it, and wear it like a poncho. Tape on lots of party paraphernalia like a paper plate with icing and some confetti. Wear a party hat on your head.
  2. Grapes: Wear all green or purple and then use safety pins to attach green or purple balloons.
  3. A Freudian Slip: Wear a sexy slip and write "Freudian" somewhere on it.
  4. A Person Taking a Shower: Wear a bathrobe or a towel and a shower cap. Carry a ducky and have a loofah hanging from your wrist.
  5. A Fortune Cookie: Wear a tan v-neck shirt and attach a fortune to the center of the V. Stuff additional fortunes in your bra and pass them out whenever people ask what you are.
  6. Devil in a Blue Dress: Sport a sexy blue dress with devil ears/tail. Easy peasy.
  7. A Tooth: Wear a white trash bag, put a "crown" on your head, and label yourself with a sign that says "Lateral Incisor."
Creative 2000dollarwedding kindred spirits, take it away in the comments section with your own ideas for last-minute Halloween Costumes!


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21 comments:

abncparties said...

What a clever idea....

Anonymous said...

I love the fortune cookie costume idea!

I've never done this, but read about someone who was a Polaroid picture. Basically, they just cut out a squarish frame inside a piece of white poster board. I love taking pictures, so think it would make for some fun real-life photo opportunities with friends or strangers, doing obscure things, etc.

Islanesia said...

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EliandMe said...

I have spent the last week scouring the web for a cheap, easy halloween costume for my son, and finally I come across some creative and original ideas on one of my fav wedding websites, unexpected but brilliant. I wonder how long the grape costume would last at a toddlers party...

Kit said...

One of my dad's friends showed up to a party in the '70s dressed as Bob Dylan's song "Tangled Up In Blue". Sounds like a complicated metaphor, right? No, he just wrapped blue yarn all around himself and explained it to everyone. All the beatniks got quite the kick out of it.
Another random idea I've had is going as myself and telling everyone I'm Holden Caufield.
"No, you're not."
"How would you know?"

Anonymous said...

Well, you could always wear a business suit, attach a bunch of legal papers and go as a "Lawsuit".

Or, in these days of increasing focus on going green, you can cut arm and leg holes in a large plastic trash bag, stuff it with newspaper and be ... A Bag of Trash!

Or just wear all green and tell people you're "going green".

Back in high school, one slim gak I knew came every year as a zipper. She wore black pants and a black turtleneck and taped rectangles of cardboard covered in foil up the front of her (zipper style) with the pull tab of the same material attached to the neck of her shirt.

I saw a really cute idea to be a jellyfish - you wear all white and attach rows of large bubble wrap dripping down from a clear plactic dome-style umbrella.

A group of girls I work with and I are going as glamour cave girls. We're tying animal print fabric on toga style and making "rock" jewelry out of balls of foil covered in masking tape strong on twine. Add brown eye shadow smudged on our faces like dirt and a "bone" embellishing our ratted out hair and we're going to look FINE!

Kerry said...

I love the grapes! That is such a cute idea. Last year, I had NO money for a halloween costume, so I was a "walk of shame"- I had messy hair, makeup smeared on my face, a fancy club-looking top and men's boxers on the bottom and I was holding high heels. It was pretty funny!

happilyever said...

Two Halloween's ago I was a sports car. I wore a black t-shirt and decorated it with flame decals (to go even cheaper you could fabric paint them on if you you artistic ability- I do not.) Then I hung fuzzy dice around my neck. For a bonus I bought a bike blinker for a tail light.


My roommate was a bicycle. She wore her hair in pig tails and put handlebar streamers in each one. Then, she pinned a bike basket to her shirt. Tada! Instant bike.

heatherly said...

My mom is the queen of quick costumes: Wear a clear garbage bag and fill it with coloured balloons - bag of jelly beans; for several years I wore green leotard and she sewed on "leaves" cut from green garbage bags, add laraul crown and instant Jolly Green Giant (when my sister was baby she went as Jolly and dressed my sister as his side kick sprout); dress in all red or all black and sacrifice a white pillow case by cutting out the A for ace and your suit of choice

Caitlin said...

what wonderful ideas! my favorite is the Freudian slip! Hilarious!

Regina F. said...

A good idea for fairly inexpensive couples costume: Mother Nature and Father Time.

For Mother Nature, just attach a ton of dollarstore fake flowers and craft supplies (anything from butterflies to plastic birds) and wear a floral dress/skirt.

For Father Time, find an bath rope, an old cane and wear a ton of old watches or clocks around your next. Add baby powder or flour to your hair for an old man look!

A Los Angeles Love said...

Ha! my post today is the same topic. It also features photos of me as a bunch of grapes - thanks to your inspiration here last Halloween. It was the best costume ever.

Roxanne said...

I grabbed a black hoodie and a fake microphone..I'm going as Kanye West. :)

Tracy said...

Wear a gold dress and carry bubbles to blow = champagne.

Awesome, right?

Sarah said...

Go as one of the old IPOD commercial people! Dress in all black with black face paint and carry an Ipod and dance randomly. LOL

Tamar said...

We're going trick-or-treating with my co-worker's kids who will be Dorothy & Glinda, so we had to pick Wizard of Oz costumes.

I'm the wicked witch - easy - just wear all black & got a $3 witch hat and some green face paint.

My fiance is going to be the yellow brick road which was a lot of fun to make. You can use an old yellow sheet (or just get 2 yards of cheap yellow fabric) and glued on some yellow felt rectangles to make "bricks" stand out in a few locations!

jewelry deisgn said...

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I simply love your blog.

megan said...

my fiance and i had a party to go to and about 30 mins to get costumes together. he walked into his closet and grabbed an old flannel shirt, overalls from 6 yrs ago, and a camo hat...he stuffed the jeans into his boots and went as a country boy.

i put on a plaid shirt dress, cowboy boots, my hair in pig tails, and topped it off with my old cowboy hat...i was the farmers daughter and he was my "fee-awn-say" and we were gettin' hitched.

kaitlin said...

please not grapes. i never, ever, ever lived that one down.

Mackenzie said...

My mom needed a last minute costume one year and I told her to pin a bunch of sponges all over a sweatshirt and go as Self Absorbed. She took it up a notch and did a simple picture transfer onto the sweatshirt with those iron-on transfers. You could also just pin a paper print-out of a picture of yourself.

Curious Laura Takes on the World said...

Pin a page of one of those One a day calendars to the front of your shirt (you can wear whatever you want) and wear sunglasses and bring a cane. You're a Blind Date.

Or - to go with the wedding theme because I'm a dork - you could do a similar thing if you've got a Partner in Awesomeness. Just make a cardboard frame that says Save the Date on the top with that days date. Then whenever anyone asks you what you are - you and your Partner just stand within the frame and make goofy faces.

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