7 Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

With Halloween only a couple days away, you may find yourself in a last-minute scramble to find a costume for yourself or even your kids. I know I’ve done that plenty of times. While this does open the door for creativity, it can also be frustrating.

So I’ve gathered a list of seven last-minute costume ideas complete with costume and makeup tips as well. You’ll find that you have many of the items needed already in your closet, so these costumes are friendly on the wallet. Even if you do need to pick up a few things, I highly recommend checking out your local thrift shops, shopping your family or friends closets *with permission, of course,*, or try Amazon as a last resort.

Little Red Riding Hood:

Little Red Riding Hood is a European fairy tale made famous by Grimm’s Fairy Tale stories. The story is a cautionary tale about a young girl who encounters a “Big Bad Wolf.” I’ve seen this costume done recently in some very creative ways and wanted to create a more simplified and easy version for anyone in need of a quick costume idea.

Costume Details – This costume could probably be simplified even more than this. Start by looking in your closet to see what you already have and go from there.  

  • White Blouse: Purchased From ThredUp
  • Black Corset Top: Secondhand From Poshmark
  • Red Dress: Purchased from ThredUp
  • Red Hooded Cloak: Purchased from Amazon
  • Black Boots: Purchased From Target. Shop Similar At ThredUp 
  • Basket: Purchased At Goodwill. Shop Similar At Amazon
Click Here To Watch The Tutorial Video

Makeup Details –

For this makeup look, you’ll start by applying the Pixie Dust eyeshadow all over your eyelids as a base. Blend it up to the brow bone as well.

Then mix the Dirty Girl and Violet Vintage eyeshadows and apply all over your eyelids.

Next, blend the Clean Slate eyeshadow on the outer corners of your eyes and blend it into the crease as well.

Line your eyes using the Charcoal eyeliner pencil and complete your eyes by applying The Lash Project mascara.

Finish off the makeup look by applying the lipstick in the shade Appley Ever After as a lip stain.

Scarecrow:

The scarecrow costume has become very popular over the years. It’s easy to see why too! You may find many of the items in your closet, which eliminates the need to go shopping, and it’s super cute. The makeup is straightforward, as well. I also love that you can be a little messy with the costume and makeup because Scarecrows are not meant to be perfect.

HOT TIP: I’ve seen some people use real straw as well. If you happen to have an extra laying around after decorating for fall, stick some in your boots.

Costume Details – The best thing about this costume is that you probably have these items already. The only thing you may need to pick up is a straw hat but, I’d suggest checking with family or friends first. 

  • Plaid Shirt: Purchased At Thrift Store. Shop Similar At ThredUp
  • Overalls or Jeans: Purchased from Cote And Co. Shop Similar At ThredUp
  • Boots: Shop Similar At ThredUp
  • Straw Hat: Purchased At Unknown Store. Shop Similar At ThredUp

Makeup Details – 

Start by applying the eyeshadow in the shade Down To Earth all over your eyelids. 

Next, take the Sugar & Spice eyeshadow and blend that onto the outer corners of your eyes and crease. 

Then, using a damp angled eyeliner brush, apply the Black Magic eyeshadow to line your eyes. 

Use the lipstick in Firecracker to fill in your lips, create the base for your Scarecrow nose, and your cheeks. 

Go back in the with Black Magic eyeshadow and outline the nose, create stitches for your nose and mouth, and create beautiful bottom lashes for your eyes.  

Finish your look by applying The Lash Project mascara! 

Click Here To Watch The Tutorial Video

Rosie The Riveter:

Rosie The Riveter is an American cultural icon that represented America’s working women in factories and shipyards during World War II. The iconic image makes for a perfect last-minute costume as it’s super cost-effective. You only need a couple of things, and there’s a high probability that you already have them in your closet.

Costume Details – 

  • Chambray Shirt: Purchased From H&M. Shop Similar At ThredUp 
  • Jeans: Purchased At Levi’s Outlet. Shop Similar At ThredUp 
  • Brown Boots: Shop Similar At ThredUp 
  • Red Bandana: Purchased From Amazon 
Click Here To Watch The Tutorial Video

Makeup Details – 

Start by priming your eyes with the eyeshadow primer

Then apply the Porcelain eyeshadow all over your eyelids. 

Next, mix the Brownie Points and Porcelain eyeshadows to create a taupe-brown color for applying all over your eyelids. 

Go back in with Brownie Points and use it to add depth to the crease of your eyelids. 

Line your eyes with the Black Magic eyeshadow by using a damp angled eyeliner brush to apply it. 

Now use the Innocence eyeshadow to highlight the inner corner of your eyes and the brow bones. 

Finish off the eyes by applying The Lash Project mascara. 

Complete the makeup look by applying the Rebel! lipstick to your lips. 

Cat Lady:

Dressing up as a Cat Lady is another great last-minute costume idea! I’ve seen this Halloween look around on Pinterest for a long time now, and after trying it myself a couple of years ago, I can honestly say it’s the most comfortable costume I’ve ever worn. Even without the stuffed cats, it could make a good costume for those who want comfort.

Costume Details – 

  • Bathrobe: Shop Similar At Amazon 
  • Stuffed Cats: Shop Thrift Stores First. No Luck Try Amazon 
  • Pj’s: I Wore Black Lounge Pants And this Cat Shirt from Amazon. 
  • Slippers: I Wore Pink Cat Slippers. Shop Similar On Amazon 
  • Hair Rollers: These Are The Hair Rollers I Have And Used. 
  • Glasses: Shop Similar Retro Cat Eye Glasses Here. QUICK TIP: Pop The Lenses Out For Pictures.

Makeup Details – 

Start by blending the Innocence and Mermaid Lagoon eyeshadows to create a lighter blue color. Then apply that all over your eyelids. Be sure to focus on the lid and not go above the crease. 

Line your eyes with the Deep Navy or Black eyeliner pencil. 

Apply generous amounts of The Lash Project Mascara.

Then finish off your look with a bold red lip. I used Risqué!​.

Black Cat:

There’s nothing more classic than a Black Cat costume for Halloween. Most everyone already has everything they’d need in their closet. All you’d need to purchase maybe is the tail and ears, but even then, you could make ears from black card stock and call it a day.

Costume Details – 

  • Black Shirt: Purchased From Target. Shop Similar On ThredUp
  • Black Pants: Purchased From Spanx. Shop Similar On ThredUp
  • Black Boots: Purchased From ThredUp. Shop Similar On ThredUp
  • Cat Ears & Tail: Shop Similar On Amazon
  • Faux Fur Vest*Optional*: Gail Wore One Last Year. They Creep Me Out But You Can Shop For A Similar One On ThredUp
Click Here To Watch The Tutorial Video

Makeup Details – 

Start by applying the Porcelain eyeshadow all over your lids to act as a base. Then blend up to the brow for a matte highlight. 

Then apply the Clean Slate eyeshadow all over your eyelids, starting from the outer corners of your eyes and blending in. 

Use the Black Magic eyeshadow to smoke out the outer corner of your eyes. 

Line your eyes using the Black eyeliner pencil and then finish things off by applying The Lash Project mascara. 

For extra details, use the Black eyeliner to create a nose and cat whiskers if you choose. 

There are many options for the lips. For Gail *pictured*, we mixed the Black eyeliner with the lipstick in the shade called Fierce for a very dramatic lip. 

Panda:

Similar to the Black Cat costume, this is another idea that includes items you likely already have in your closet. What I love about this idea, though, is that you don’t see it being done too often, which I think makes it a little more of a unique choice.

Costume Details – 

  • Black Shirt: Purchased From Target. Shop Similar On ThredUp
  • White Tank Top: Purchased From ThredUp. Shop Similar Here
  • Black Pants: Purchased From ThredUp. Shop Similar Here
  • Black Boots: Purchased From ThredUp. Shop Similar Here
  • Panda Hat & Tail: Purchased From Halloween Store. Shop Similar On Amazon

Makeup Details – 

Begin by priming your eyelids using the eyeshadow Primer.

Then line your eyes using the Black eyeliner pencil. Go ahead and fill in your eyelids with the pencil as well. Be careful to not go above the lid into the crease. 

Next, pat the Black Magic eyeshadow on top of the black eyeliner to enrich the color and set it in place. 

Use a blending brush smoke out the eyes in a windshield wiper motion. 

Line your bottom lashes using the Black eyeliner pencil focusing on the outer corners to help give your eyes a rounder shape. 

Apply the Innocence eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes and brow bones to highlight. 

Finish off your eyes by applying mascara to the upper and lower lashes. 

Draw a little panda nose with the Black eyeliner pencil and then apply the lipstick in Mabel to complete your panda makeup. 

Click Here To Watch The Tutorial Video

Vintage Clown:

In the last couple of years, clown, mime, and harlequin costumes have increased. Likely in part to movies like the Joker. Not going to lie, clowns freak me out! That said, I have a particular fascination with the costume and makeup of vintage clowns and harlequins. If you do as well, this Halloween costume is for you!

Costume Details – 

  • Billowy Blouse: Purchased At Target. Shop Similar On ThredUp 
  • Sparkle Pants: Secondhand From Poshmark
  • Shoes with Pom Poms & Bells: Borrowed Shoes And DIY Shoe Clips Made From Clip-On Earring Backs, Gift Wrap Bows + Bells
  • Tutu: Thrifted From Goodwill. Shop Similar On Amazon 
  • Mini Hat: Purchased From Craft Store. Shop Similar On Amazon 
Click Here To Watch The Tutorial Video

Makeup Details – 

There are so many ways to go about this makeup. So I would encourage you to find some inspiration online before you get started. 

Start with a base for your eyelids. I would suggest Porcelain

Choose a couple of colors for your eyelids. I’ve used a combination of En Pointe, That’s My Jam, Indi-Go-Go, Mermaid Lagoon, Black Magic, and Violet Vintage before and liked it. 

Line your eyes with the Black Magic eyeshadow or the Black eyeliner Pencil. This is also an opportunity to get creative! 

Apply The Lash Project mascara to both the bottom and top lashes. 

Then apply a little touch of blush to your cheeks. 

For the lips, you could go bold with red lipstick like Red Apple Red or softer with a nude lip like New York to let your eyes be the focus. 

I hope that this blog post gives you some inspiration for some costume ideas if you need something quick for trick-or-treating or a last-minute Halloween party invitation.

Leave a comment below to share what you or your kids will be dressing up as for Halloween. I hope you have a safe and fun time!

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