20 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

i’m a total procrastinator.  and sometimes, the pressure of last minute helps me to come of with some of my most creative ideas!

are you still trying to decide what to do for your halloween costume?  over the last few years, i have pulled together easy ideas for our school’s thrift store instagram feed, and i think you might find them helpful, too!  almost all of these items can be easily found in a thrift store, and i bet you have a lot of these things in your closet already!

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

I Love Lucy (or any ’50’s lady)

vintage dresses can always be found in a thrift store.  go for a fitted waist and mid-calf length.  throw on a vintage apron, a red wig, and heels – always heels.  finish withe bright red lips and pencilled in eyebrows.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

robber

so easy and so cute! i think i have 5 black & white striped shirts in my closet (wanna borrow one?), and i’m sure you have one, too.  add black leggings or jeans, black gloves and beanie, and a simple black mask.  done.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

pineapple

you can be just about any type of fruit for halloween.  this solid yellow dress inspired the idea for a pineapple costume.  you can even use a sharpie to draw little “v’s” on the dress to look like the spikes on a pineapple.  make a cute hat out of green paper or tie a green scarf on your head.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

grandma

dig in your grandma’s closet or head to the thrift store.  grab all the polyester things and you are in business.  a grey wig, a walker, and maybe a chain to hold your spectacles.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

forest and jenny

gosh, just so cute!  and these characters went through so many decades that you can be forest and jenny in so many ways!

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Audrey Hepburn)

easy easy easy!  any little black dress, strands of pearls, black heels, big black sunglasses, and pile your hair in a big bun.  bonus points for the black opera gloves.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

stick figure

my friend jess and her family were a stick figure family this year and so adorable!  this is an easy version – thrift all white and use electrical tape to add lines, then a paper plate face.  easy and hilarious.

 

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

pumpkin? carrot?

grab all the solid orange you can and top with a little green.  boom.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

the real “real housewife”

get a “housecoat” from a thrift store, add a robe and fluffy slippers.  maybe put on a face mask and curlers in your hair.  not only will you be ultra comfy, but your face and hair will look great the next day!

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

pirate

an oversized white blouse or button-up shirt, a vest, a large belt (or scarf), leggings and tall boots.  pretty much any nasty black wig will do.  don’t bother combing out the knots!

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

mary poppins

i can’t say her name without using bert’s british accent!  i did this last minute a couple years ago – a mid length black skirt, white button-up shirt, red ribbon, black tights and boots or heels, and add an umbrella or hat if you have them.  practically perfect in every way!

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

velma from scooby doo

nerdy cute.  orange and red and some oversized glasses make this a fun and easy costume!

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

deer

gracie and i have both been deer for halloween.  we thrifted her all brown outfit and added felt circles to the back of the shirt and a big oval to the belly.  we made ears out of felt and a thrifted headband.  the makeup was the best part!

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

80’s jazzerciser

rock the side pony, put bikini bottoms over a pair of leggings, and maybe add some sweat bands.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

carol brady

thrift stores are full of great/horrible 70’s dresses. also full of really bad blond wigs.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

rosie the riveter

another super easy one.  chambray shirt, jeans, a red bandana, and bright red lips.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

wednesday addams

put a collared shirt under a black dress.  the key is the pale face, black lips and liner, and that widows peek.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

waldo

find a red and white striped tee, add jeans and a red beanie.  bonus points for accessories, like glasses, binoculars, and a cane.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

gym teacher

awkwardly shirt gym shorts, a tucked in tee, striped knee high sicks, running shoes, sweat bands, a whistle and a clipboard.

20 last minute halloween costume ideas

hippie

bell bottoms or flared jeans, all the brown, camel or avocado colors you can find, long beaded necklaces, a head scarf, and round sunglasses.

i hope this helps you find somethings quick and easy for halloween!  do you have any other ideas?

christmas cards with minted

christmas cards with minted

i realize this may be a bigger deal for you than for me, but… my christmas cards are in the mail!  about 5 years ago or so, we had family pictures taken, i ordered cards, then i couldn’t finish!  the thought of addressing about 100 cards by hand and then also the cost of stamps made me decide sending out cards wasn’t such a great idea after all.  i handed out as many as i could, but ended up throwing the rest away!

christmas cards with minted

but not this year!  i am running a little late, but my cards are done and in the mail!  i ordered my cards through minted and could not have been happier with the process.  the hardest part was deciding which design to choose!  in the end, i ended up going really simple, with a gilded edge, which complimented our picture really well.  (thanks cameron, for the great pictures!

christmas cards with minted

christmas cards with minted

the standard paper is so nice and thick!  i also had a collage of pictures done on the back, but forgot to take a picture of that.

christmas cards with minted

we also went fancy and did the gold envelope liners, which were way easier to put in than i expected.

christmas cards with minted

we had a really simple message written along the bottom, and kept the overall design clean.

christmas cards with minted

christmas cards with minted

(please ignore the bad choice of nail polish – i have decided i am definitely NOT a red nail polish girl)

my favorite part was the FREE printed addresses!  i just typed in all the addresses and they came beautifully printed!  even better, next year they’ll still have all my addresses stored and the process will go that much quicker!

you guys, its not too late to order your christmas cards.  i mean, maybe call them new years cards if you want.  or my sister-in-law sends out groundhog’s day cards every year – do that!  i love getting cards during this season, even if they come after christmas!

have you entered my giveaway yet?  you still have a couple days so get on it!  minted is giving away (2) $125 gift cards to their site.  how awesome is that!? all you have to do is CLICK HERE and fill out a quick form – good luck!