I intended to be a mermaid this year. Not the skanky kind – the kind that has green hair and scaly eyebrows, sort of like the ones from Hook (but with a lot more coverage for the girls).
I even bought the wig:
|I plopped on the wig just after it came in the mail. I love the curls.|
Unfortunately, grad school has stood in the way of preparation. And with several projects due soon (!), I think it’s wiser to hand out “the good candy” to kids in my neighborhood and study. But for you last-minute-costume-needers out there, I highly recommend a costume I once made while sitting at my desk one morning at work for their company costume contest:
I used a sweatshirt/sweatpants combo and simply glued tissue paper all over it. Costume probably cost me less than $10 (and the company already had a sombrero in the office for some strange reason).
If you’re looking to take the same concept and vamp it up a little (I know, sweatpants do nothing for my figure, and hello, I’m single), I highly recommend this version. Only I would suggest using simple fabric glue rather than a hot glue gun.
Another idea I’ve always loved is the classic Lego brick. A box, some solo cups, and some spray paint, and you’re ready for a night out (without worrying about being revealing). And hey – if you run out of cups in beer pong, you’re already ahead of the game.
Finally, a last-minute costume idea that I have fallen head over heels with this year is the sugar skull. Just a little face paint and patience and bam: costume. Doing your hair would just be extra (which let’s face it, is the best part of a last-minute costume: the option to do as little as possible for the greatest impact). My pal Kit from DIYDiva.net created her look for the Pinterest Challenge, and I think it rocks! By the way, more highlights will come from the challenge after the party closes next week.
Got any of your own last-minute costume ideas to share? Get creative! And Happy Halloween!
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