Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Need some easy last-minute Halloween costume ideas? We’ve got you covered…

There are two types of Halloweeners; those who plan, and those who don’t. This article is for the latter who need some last-minute costume ideas to get through every girl’s favourite holiday. Let’s face it. Halloween is the time of year that allows us to release our inner Regina George, Zombie or cat… no matter what kind of girl you are, Halloween lets you embrace a brand new character! Which is precisely why it’s my favourite holiday…

No matter how much advance notice I have for Halloween I always end up panicking the night before, trying to decide whether to go stylish or silly… to help you (and me) out, here are some fantastic last-minute costume ideas…

A Mermaid

Secretly, we all want to be a little bit more ‘mermaid’, so steal Stacey Solomon’s idea and unleash your inner Ariel.

What you’ll need:

  • A maxi skirt
  • Some wire (to turn the edge of the skirt into fins)
  • A cropped or sequinned top
  • Hair extensions
  • Glitter

A Cute Critter

Animal costumes are always a bit of fun, and this one is a shining example… quite literally. Go Get Glitter masterminded this design, but you can easily adapt it to be a dog or cat. Just choose your favourite animal.

What You’ll Need:

  • Black and white glitter
  • Some face gems
  • A headband, glue and some feathers
  • Black face paint
  • A black jumpsuit

Wednesday Adams

This one’s all about the make up – a fantastic hair and make-up tutorial can be found here

What you’ll need:

  • A black dress with white collar (or just cut up a napkin and tuck into high collar dress)
  • White face paint
  • Black lipstick
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Plaits or a plaited wig
  • Black court shoes or flats

An Angel

Feeling angelic? Ditch the devil outfit for this ensemble instead.

What you’ll need:

  • Wings and a halo (or make your own out of cardboard, a headband and tinsel)
  • Curled hair
  • A pastel dress or jumpsuit


Katy Perry dressed up as Jane and her bestie went as Daria and they were the epitome of Halloween goals (skip to 30 secs).

What you’ll need:


  • Thick black-rimmed glasses
  • Orange cami
  • Green jacket
  • Black skater skirt
  • Black combat boots
  • A satchel


  • Monochrome v neck top
  • Black shorts & tights
  • Red jacket
  • Black combat boots
  • A black bob cut diagonally

Eleven from Stranger Things

Out of 10 this Halloween costume idea is 11…

What you’ll need:

  • A pink wig
  • Blue cardigan
  • Pink dress
  • White shirt
  • Knee high socks
  • Black plimsolls
  • A pack of eggos (or waffles for us UK lot)

A Deer

HOW CUTE IS THIS?! Just like the classic Snapchat filter…

What you’ll need:

  • Some sticks
  • White and brown make up
  • Either a nude dress or nude top & skirt combo… basically anything deer coloured
  • A brown bodysuit with some white cloth stuck on in the middle

Mexican Sugar Skull

This is easier than you’d think.

What you’ll need:

  • Make-up (a lot of it)
  • A flower crown
  • A maxi dress

A Bat

Turn your LBD into a bat costume with ease! Great tutorial here

Halloween Costume Ideas - LBD into Bat Costume

What you’ll need:

  • An LBD
  • Black headband
  • Black fabric
  • Elastic
  • Glue

A Snapchat Filter

This genius tutorial shows you how to become a Snapchat filter!

What you’ll need:

  • Basic make-up skills
  • A good sense of humour
  • A rainbow themed outfit

Sandy From Grease

Do like Gigi does and turn yourself into everyone’s favourite Aussie love-sick teen.

Halloween Costume Ideas - Gigi Hadid as Sandy from Grease
Image credit: REX Features

What you’ll need:

  • A leather jacket
  • A Bardot top
  • Leather-look jeans or leggings
  • Killer heels
  • Red lippie
  • Hella big hair / a blonde wig if you’re feeling flush

Mary Poppins

Everyone’s favourite English nanny goes down EXTREMELY well with or without a spoonful of sugar

What you’ll need

  • A bowler hat
  • Fake or fresh flowers
  • Red ribbon
  • Black skater dress
  • Over the knee socks (or tights if you’re not that brave)
  • An umbrella

The Queen of Hearts

Go Get Glitter also have the answer to keeping your costume glam this Halloween – use red glitter for blood! Put a killer twist on our favourite childhood villain.

Last Minute Halloween Ideas
Image Credit: @gogetglitter

What you’ll need:

  • Red glitter
  • A deck of cards (or at least all of the heart suit)
  • Face glue
  • Red lipstick

Mean Girls

Pick either Regina, Caty or Damien each as easy as the next (personally I’d pick Damien everyday).

What you’ll need:


  • a purple bra
  • White tank top
  • Black skater skirt
  • Strappy sandals
  • Long blonde hair (that’s full of secrets)


  • An oversized (man’s) pink polo shirt
  • Blue jeans
  • White trainers / pumps
  • Long red hair / wig


  • An oversized hoody
  • Sunglasses
  • A sign that says ‘SHE DOESN’T EVEN GO HERE’

I hope you found these useful! I will personally be devouring a mountain of sweets and watching Mean Girls in my Damien costume this year… tell us what you’re up to in the comments below!


Sophia - Features Writer

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