35 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

We know how you feel. Between back to school, sports and extracurricular activities starting, the change in seasons, Halloween pops up before you realize it! You try to stay ahead of costume shopping but end up scrounging around for quick and easy costume ideas. Well, you’re not alone. And luckily, we've got you covered. Whether you decide to put together a DIY look or add costume accessories to items you already have in your closet, you can create a fun Halloween costume in no time. Here are our go-to, last-minute Halloween costume ideas. Quick, easy, no fuss, and clever to boot!

Woman and man dressed as killer bees

1. Killer Bees

Create a buzz on Halloween night as a Killer Bee. This Halloween pun costume is so cute it hurts. Wear a black and yellow stripped shirt, add fake blood to it, and accessorize with a prop knife. Don't forget the black fuzzy head boppers so you can see where you're buzzing!

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Two people dressed as rockstars

2. 80s Rockstar

It’s never been easier to become a rockstar than now. With just a few accessories, you can turn your everyday clothes into an 80s costume that rocks on. Begin your transformation with a wig—think Bret Michaels or Slash. Next, add fake tattoos, sunglasses, jewelry, and don’t forget the eyeliner! Finish off the look with a microphone, guitar, or drumsticks so everyone knows who you are.

Woman dressed in an 80s costume

3. 80s Girl

Head back to the awesome '80s in a last-minute costume that's too easy to mess up. You can't go wrong with bright colors, wild hair, and eccentric accessories. Put a funky look together with these classic 80's staples and clothes you already have in your wardrobe. Whether you're getting physical in a workout outfit, channeling your inner popstar, or dressed as character from your favorite flick, an 80's look is a blast from the past everyone will love.

People dressed as Guess Who game cards

4. Guess Who Game Card

Flex those creative muscles with a DIY costume for board game lovers. Become a Guess Who game card by cutting a square out of white foam board and using sticker letters to spell out 'Guess Who?' and your name. Wear a blue or red shirt with a question mark on the front and you're ready to play. Whether you wear it as a group costume or solo, it's sure to get a lot of laughs.

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Girl dressed in Little Red Riding Hood

5. Little Red Riding Hood

There's nothing fussy about this look! No matter what you're wearing underneath, everyone will know you're Little Red Riding Hood when you throw on a red hooded cape. This last-minute Halloween costume idea is a no-brainer: just grab a picnic basket and you’re Little Red ready.

Woman dressed in Mrs. Incredible costume

6. Mrs. Incredible

I am a big fan of CosPlay, especially when it comes to Halloween. I usually make my costume but this year, things have been quite hectic. Being a teacher and navigating the world of remote teaching has taken up a considerable amount of time, and add parenting my own child to the mix, equals no time for making my costume. What to do? I turned to Party City because I know the costumes are high quality. I chose a superhero costume, Mrs. Incredible and am over the moon in love! For less than $50 I have a costume that is ready to go! The mask, gloves and built in boots! Although I can’t claim making it, this is one of my favorite costumes yet! (@reneejross)

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Woman and two children dressed in bee costumes; man dressed as bee keeper

7. Bee Family

Halloween season is all a buzz and our family is ALL about a good family Halloween costume. This year we thought we’d head to our local honey farm and bzzz around in our bee family costumes from Party City. We, of course, started out with a bee-keeper costume for Daddy complete with our own straw hat and some spider web. Then we added the Darling bee costume for the queen bee Mommy, the Zom-BEE costume for the teenager and a girls buzzy bee costume for the little one. We think these family costumes will definitely be buzz-worthy this Halloween! (@iamcindysimmons)

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Girl dressed in 80s workout gear with inflatable boombox prop

8. 80s Workout Trainer

With all the activities we have been doing at home this year, it brought me such joy, and lots of laughs when my son suggested his sister be an 80s workout trainer - “like the one you watch on TV mommy” were his exact words. Pulling this costume together was easy, I paired a white leotard with sweatbands, high workout socks, weights, and you can’t forget the retro boom box. (@megsborgese)

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Boy and girl dressed in rock musician costumes

9. Musicians

A little rock, a little pop, a little disco… the options are endless with this theme! Match your rockstar inspired clothing with hats, sunglasses, jewelry, and sing the night away with this inflatable guitar and sparkly microphone. (@megsborgese)

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Girl dressed in Frozen 2 Elsa costume

10. Favorite Princess

This one is my favorite! I am sure our daughters all have those gorgeous tutus and dresses and that we always have high hopes of them wearing and then we turn around and they have suddenly outgrown them. Well, I am here to say grab those fun, frilly dresses and add some of your daughter’s favorite princess elements like this Elsa wig and wand and poof… you got yourself an adorable Princess costume! (@megsborgese)

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Boy dressed in a dinosaur onesie Halloween costume

11. Dinosaur Onesie

I hope my children never outgrow their love for onesies - I mean, I am not quite sure if I have. ;) We wear our zip up pjs all year long - so I jump at the thought of buying costumes that can also double as a fun onesie to wear around the house! This Dinosaur costume is perfect for the kiddo that wants to be dressed up but also comfortable. Plus, this is a low maintenance, jump in, zipper and go costume! (@megsborgese)

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Girl dressed as Star Wars Princess Leia and boy dressed as a Storm Trooper

12. Star Wars Costume in a Bag

I always say, when in doubt buy a costume in a bag, ammi right? I mean Party City makes it super easy and stress free to pick out your costume. Everything is included in a clear bag where it can go back into and be stored for another time! I picked up this Stormtrooper and Princess Leia costumes and didn’t have to worry about purchasing anything additional to complete the look! (@megsborgese)

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Baby dressed as Pillsbury Doughboy costume

13. Pillsbury Dough Boy

Woohoo! Whether your dough boy out grew his costume this year or he just did not want to slip into it, this last minute costume will surely bring comfort and cuteness to this year’s festivities! All you need is an all white outfit, a chef’s hat and don’t forget your rolling pin! 

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Woman wearing Elsa sunglasses

14. Elsa

When you think Disney characters, you think lavish costumes and lots of makeup. But dressing up as your favorite prince or princess can be as easy as grabbing a pair of sunglasses and an adorable cup sidekick! Style your hair like Princess Elsa and belt out your favorite tunes.

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Woman holding large sunglasses

15. Photo Booth Attendant

We know that no event or holiday is complete without a photo booth and it could not be done properly without a fun loving attendant. So why not dress up as one this Halloween?! Grab some photo booth props and let your personality shine through. 

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Woman dressed as a black cat with mask

16. Black Cat 

 All the cool cats and kittens are going to be roaming the streets this Halloween and no one will know this wasn’t planned out months ago! Pair your favorite black outfit with cat ears, a tail, and don’t forget to draw on your whiskers. Get creative mixing and matching black, shiny accessories to top off your black cat costume!

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Girls dressed as salt and pepper spices

17. Salt & Pepper

Grab inspiration from items around your house to create the perfect last minute costume! These adorable sisters dressed up as salt and pepper shakers and can we just say… brilliant! Pair a bodysuit with a tutu, a pom pom head bopper, and tights and BAM you’ve got the perfect Halloween costume.

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Girl dressed in Chucky mask

18. Chucky Doll 

The term "best friend" takes on a whole new meaning with this Chucky-inspired look. With just a few items, you'll be ready to wreak havoc in a killer DIY Chucky costume that’s sure to have all your friends screaming in terror. Grab a creepy Chucky mask and let the child's play horror begin!

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Man dressed as clown

19. Killer Circus Clowns

The world's scariest clowns are in town and you're one of them! With just a little makeup and some clown accessories, you can create a one-of-a-kind clown costume that will look anything but last minute. Add a dark twist with a bloody knife prop and a sinister smile. Whether you're clownin' around by yourself or with a partner, we've got you covered for your creepy clown transformation.  

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20. Ceiling Fan 

Let’s start this out nice and easy. You’re going to be very cool in your CEILING FAN costume!  Corny, sure, but it's undeniably clever and exceedingly simple! And you can add all sorts of bits and pieces to be the ultimate super fan!  Add pom poms, a wig, and some funky fresh attireto give your costume FANtastic appeal.

21. Holy Guacamole

Avocados are all the rage, but don’t save ‘em for your toast. Give your costume a boost this year with the ultimate in pun-wear. Just pick one of our fresh, delicious, and perfectly ripened avocado costumes, snatch up a pair of our angel wings, and throw the two together for a costume mashup that is delicious AND divine!

22. Hawaiian Punch 

Say aloha to one of  the best ideas yet! This costume is easy peasy but it really packs a punch! Clever, yes!  But versatile as well. Not only do you have a buzzworthy getup for the night’s festivities, you can use those boxing gloves again move to the next round as a Heavyweight Champ. PIck up a pair of boxing gloves and your favorite luau gear and hit the Halloween scene with a costume that is a real knockout! 

23. Flock of Flamingos

Did you know a flock of flamingos is called a “flamboyance”? Yasss!  That’s so you. Get the girls together and strut your stuff in an adorable (and super easy) flamingo costume. Fluffy, feathery, pink partywear for all. Preen those feathers and practice that one-legged pose for a selfie that is frameworthy. Squad goals (and a whole lot of pink) for the win!

24. Medusa

Strong, statuesque, and maybe just a little bit scary, Medusa was not one to party, I’ll bet. But when in Rome, right?  This costume is a nod to a dominant woman of Greek mythology who had snakes for hair and would turn those who gazed upon her to stone. Practice your steely gaze and suit up in a costume befitting a she-warrior. Medusa, you’re killing it. Literally.

25. Elf on the Shelf

Because everyone loves a jolly little tattletale! Things are ramping up at the North Pole right about now and the elves are all getting their assignments, but there is one little elf who is here a bit earlier than the rest. See him minding all of the trick or treaters and reporting back to the big man? See him eavesdropping on conversations at the Halloween bash? That elf is you. This is for the Halloweener who really loves to get into character. Pose on the mantle, hanging from the railing, or swinging from the chandelier. Just don’t let anyone touch you and steal your magic!

26. Clark Kent 

Clark Kent is approachable, he’s bookish, but he’s swole, and we have it on good authority that Lois Lane isn’t just into him for his IQ! Plus, this costume works because you can keep it low key with a pair of pants and some hair gel. He’s dashing and he’s able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Swoonworthy!

27. Tina & Louise Belcher

This is the ultimate fun couples costume! Love is love and I couldn’t love this idea any more if I tried. The sass of Louise and the monotone Tina give the wearer an opportunity to really ham it up in a little Belcher role-play, and the simple and fuss-free design mean these two gals make dress-up a treat, not a trick.  

28. Baby Shark 

Doo doo doo doo do do doo!  I am so sorry for that earworm. But family costumes are the best and what could be better than mimicking the characters in that catchy little ditty that we have all heard 9,000,000 times? There are shark costumes for Mommy and Daddy and Baby and everyone in between. You’re singing it right now aren’t you? Yeah. Sorry about that. But check out the costumes because OMG! Doo doo doo doo do do doo!

29. Spartan Cheerleader

Men, this is one of those costumes that is simple, easy to wear, and if you are prone to belly laughs or back flips, this is the one to beat. A quick primer on YouTube and you have a routine that will wow the masses. Pair this with our pom poms and you are Ready, OK! 

30. Adult Be My Neighbor 

Make it a special day for fellow trick-or-treaters and neighbors alike. Homage to an icon of goodness, this costume is a sweet reminder of simpler times, but it also allows the wearer to revel in role-play in the land of make believe. 

31. Bob Ross & His Happy Little Painting 

This is the perfect couples costume, with Boband his finished masterpiece ready to go on display. Bob says “There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.” There’s nothing wrong with hanging out with a painting all night either, as far as we’re concerned. And if you aren’t part of a pair, that’s ok. Grab a pal and paint the town red.

32. Where's Waldo & His Pooch 

We’ve never been much on looking for Waldo but if he’s going to have a fuzzy little doppleganger with him, count us in. I can’t say this is a simple last minute getup for your furry friend - he’ll have to speak for himself - but Waldo is iconic and his human costume is easy to wear. Ham it up by hiding in all of your favorite spots or just blending into the crowd. Oh, Waldo! You’re such a scamp!

33. Inflatable Red Tube Guy 

... Or as we call it, “Used Car Lot Guy”. There are so many things right with this costume and even in its simplicity, it wins Halloween, hands (or tubes) down.

34. Diver & Octopus 

This costume might be the cutest costume in the history of costumes. Not only does mom get to be comfy, but she gets to tote around her baby octopusin the carrier of her choice. Man oh man, this is a brilliant last minute choice for the mom (or dad) who wants something creative and fun, but low maintenance.

35. Pa-Jack-O'-Lanterns

Okay, technically they’re called Jack-o-lantern Pajamas. And they aren’t a costume, per se, but when the festivities have ended and everyone is ready to snuggle down for the evening, what better way to end on a high note. And they’re machine washable so the chocolate on the front and that lollipop that stuck to the seat will come right out! You’re on your own trying to get that bubble gum out of sister’s hair though.

So there you have it. Picks from a costume procrastinator that are perfect in a pinch. You have easy Halloween costumes for everyone in the family. You can run out and grab them today, sure, but if you need a last-minute costume, just know that Party City has you covered with options that are creative, original, and easy as can be. Happy Halloweening!