If you can't decide what you want to be for Halloween, and time is running out, let me make an unpopular suggestion: be a clown. Sure, they're scary, they're creepy, they evoke childhood nightmares, and they make your skin crawl...but isn't dressing up as the scariest thing you can think of exactly what Halloween is about? Yes, for this exact reason, you're going to want to check out some last minute clown Halloween costume ideas because not only are they easy to put together, they're everywhere.
I mean, I literally dare you to find a store or website that does not sell a ton of clown garb. It's everywhere — which means if you haven't planned your costume, being a clown in honestly your best bet. But not all clowns are created equal. If you're terrified of clowns, you might want to consider being a cute clown, or a glam clown, or a Parisian clown — really there are a lot of options if you get creative about it. No, that nightmare-inducing IT clown is not the only thing there is.
And, in case you don't even have time to think about what kind of clown you can stomach, here I've put together a list of a few options that you might want to consider. They range from chic to shook:
No need to get scary, just get sad. You'll need a black bowler hat, a pair of black leggings, a black body suit, a neck ruffle, some black eyeliner (don't forget to drawn black tears), and some black lipstick.
This is more of a Rainbow-brite kind of clown. Totally cute, not at all creepy. You'll need a rainbow wig, a rainbow tutu, some bright colored tights, a white body suit, a pink clown nose, blue lipstick and purple eyeshadow. Just try to get as many colors in there as possible.
Personally, I think clowns look like they're wearing PJs, so why not be comfy and literally just wear PJs? You'll need a pair of patterned pajama pants, a different patterned pajama top, a pair of funky slippers, and of course a colored wig and a clown nose.
You don't really have to hit the nail on the head. If you're going for a more low-key look, this is your chic version of a clown. You'll need a white ruffled top, a pair of black faux leather pants, some clown shoes and a clown mask.
Listen, if that's your thing, this is how you do it. You'll need a pair of yellow overalls, a striped shirt, a clown wig and hat, a clown nose, some clown shoes and some white face paint.
If you want to go all out, this is the costume for you. First, you'll need a convincing mask that goes all the way around your head and hides your hair. Then you'll need a filthy looking clown suit and for added pizazz, you'll need some balloons and a teddy bear backpack.
Classic Stripped Shirt, $6, Amazon | Black Pants, $26, Zaful | Suspenders, $39, Macys | Wool Beret, $14, M&Co | White Face Paint, $10, Amazon | Manic Panic Lip and Eye Liner, $11, Unique Vintage | Smash Box Red Lip Stick, $21, Macys
This French-inspired mime clown is definitely a lot more cute than it is scary. You'll need a classic striped shirt, some black pants, a pair of suspenders, a beret, some white face paint, black eyeliner, and red lipstick.
You know, the demented clown from your nightmares — vthat one! You'll need a beat up clown suit. Maybe you have one from when you were a kid, if your arms and legs stick out, that's even better. You'll also need a totally obscuring clown mask so that people have no idea who you are, and a baseball bat, for vibes.
This classic clown is more iconic than it is scary. If you do it right, it could actually look quite beautiful. You'll need a ruffle top, a pair of ruffle pants, some rainbow shoes, a clown hat, a red nose. and some face paint.
This is the Mrs. Claus of clowns. She's cute, but equally creepy. You'll need a colorful costume dress, a pair of striped stockings, a big lolly, a red nose, white face paint, a rainbow wig, and the more balloons the better.
Dinky Birthday Clown
This is the clown we all remember from birthday parties as kids. They were more silly than scary. You'll need a full face of face paint, some rainbow glasses, a clown nose, a rainbow wig, a clown costume, and clown shoes.