22 Easy Halloween 2017 Costumes You Can Make With Things Already In Your Closet
Once again, ‘tis the season of crunchy leaves, haunted hayrides, and overstuffed candy aisles. Amid all the autumnal excitement, time flies by faster than a witch on a speedy broomstick, and some people (read: me, myself, and I) inevitably wind up scouring the internet for easy Halloween costumes they can throw together in the two hours before nightfall on Oct. 31. Then, with the clock's countdown ticking louder every second, they end up grabbing the same tried-and-true costume hanging in the back of their closet and dashing out the door. Sound familiar?
If you're tired of showing up to Halloween in the same increasingly-dingy ballerina costume while everyone else's costumes get more fabulous with every passing year, it doesn't have to be this way. I guarantee that anyone with a reasonably-sized closet has the materials to make a clever, easy costume right now. It might not be worthy of entrance to Heidi Klum's famous Halloween bashes, but I'm going to be real here: None of us were going to get invited anyway. (Whatever — it's Hollywood's loss.)
But I digress. Getting into the spirit (pun obviously intended) of Halloween doesn't mean you have to sew your costume by hand in a candlelit room. Some of the wittiest costumes are actually the simplest. Here are 22 simple, easy ways to dress up this Halloween.
1Carmen San Diego
Every '90s kid will swoon over the appearance of the ever-mysterious Carmen Sandiego this Halloween. I suggest organizing a game of hide-and-seek.
2Rosie the Riveter
Who wouldn't want to dress up as a feminist icon for a night?
3Dancing Pumpkin Meme
You already know and love the meme. Now it's your turn to become it.
Infinite sense of rhythm
Goth kids both former and current, your time has come. Put on your best sociopathic face and channel Wednesday Addams all Halloween.
If you're not feeling the schoolgirl look, go for Wednesday's mother: Morticia Addams. Better yet, grab someone to be your Gomez.
There's not much spookier than a lady who turns people to stone with her gaze. Just don't expect to make much eye contact.
You'll need: Etsy Off White Dress, $59
Etsy Snake Arm Cuff, $15.99
Desert Sandals, $39.97
Plastic snakes to pin to hair
7Cruella de Vil
You don't need to spray (or dye) your hair half-black, half-white to dress up as the 101 Dalmatians villain, but it doesn't hurt. Otherwise, try pinning your hair under a white and black hat to get the idea across.
You'll need: Stella McCartney Oversized Faux Fur Jacket, $860 (or a cheaper alternative at a thrift store)
Dalmatian stuffed toy to menace.
Do you have one of those exposed rib cage shirts? If not, they're easy enough to make. Grab some face paints and become a living skeleton for the night.
You'll need: Jescakoo Women's Skeleton Print Black Sleeveless Tank Top, $8.90
Skeleton Bow Drop Earrings, $6.99
Saks Fifth Avenue Comfy Leggings, $39.99
Skeleton-themed face paints
Even if you don't already own a particularly Victorian dress, they're easy enough to mimic with a buttoned-up collar, and plenty of lace. Throw on some creepy doll makeup for good measure.
You'll need: Charmain Women's Victorian Gothic Corset Top Tunic Dress, $28.99
Women's Bordello Teeze 07SQ, $34.95
10Winnie the Pooh
Everyone's favorite resident of the Hundred Acre Wood is surprisingly easy to throw together.
You'll need: Simplex Modal Women's Scoop Tee, $27
Even if you're not a fan of Barbie dolls as an institution, desperate times call for desperate measures. The workout Barbie is about as '80s as they come, making it an especially recognizable costume.
You'll need: Kat Basic V-Neck Sleeveless Plunge Bodysuit, $11
Sudora Headbands, $5.99
This works better as a group, but you can pull off a domino look by yourself.
You'll need: Choies Women's Black Square Neck Pinafore Skirt Dress, $16.99
Domino iPhone 6 Case, $35
White circles sewn or glued to front of dress
Put those music festival clothes to good use and time travel to the late '60s this Halloween.
You'll need: BB Dakota Boggs Faux Suede Fringe Vest, $27
Basket of flowers to be totally unsubtle.
With the new Mary Poppins coming out next year, get ahead of the curve by dressing up as the famous nanny this fall.
You'll need: Boohoo Leah Ruffle Tie Cuff Shirt, $.960
Disney Channel lovers, this one is for you. Even without red hair, it's totally possible to dress up as Kim Possible.
You'll need: Women's Long Sleeve Turtleneck, $11.21
Throw things way back this year by going for a Wilma Flintstone costume. Fred not included.
You'll need: Saks Fifth Avenue 8MM Simulated Pearl Necklace, $10
We're still a couple hundred years from the futuristic world of The Jetsons, but you can easily don Judy Jetson's costume for Halloween.
You'll need: Esprit Odette Scalloped Ballet Flats, $27.30
If you've always been interested in the living statues found at .many tourist attractions, now is your chance to try it out. Make sure to practice some poses before you head out the door.
You'll need: Partiss Women's Dress Costume, $22.99
White or silver body paint
Are you a charade champion? A mime costume is the way to go.
You'll need: TopShop Bardot Split Sleeve Knitted Top, $40
Barb Moto Jeggings, $39.95
It's an oldie but a goodie: cat burglar costumes are ridiculously easy to put together.
You'll need: Boohoo Larah Basic High Waist Leggings, $4.80
Pillowcase full of "catnip"
Plenty of people will dress as the Pumpkin King, but what about a straight-up pumpkin? If you have some black felt laying around, cut it out into jack-o-lantern shapes and attach it to your sweatshirt.
You'll need: Lord & Taylor Jones New York Dark Skinny Jeans, $41.70
Add a pun to your bumblebee costume and make Regina George proud.
You'll need: Rosegal Black Woolen Midi High Waist Skirt, $23
22Red Riding Hood
As Little Red Riding Hood, you may want to watch out for werewolves this October.
You'll need: Hanes ComfortBlend Full-Zip Hoodie, $29. That's literally all you need. Add a basket of treats and a red dress if you're feeling fancy: