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?

modern farmhouse: exterior inspiration

as i mentioned last week, we bought some property and are in the process of designing a house!  my plan is to walk you through our whole process, so today we’re going to talk about my inspiration for the overall look of the exterior of the home (full pinterest page here).

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration

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while the term is getting quite a bit of over-use, or maybe the style is as well, we’re going for a “modern farmhouse” look.  to me, that basically means clean lines and some classic elements mixed with more modern elements as well.

our main structure is going to be a simple rectangular two-story “box” with a lot of windows.  we are looking to build this home in the most efficient ways possible, both in terms of time and money.  while our last house had several pop-outs, interesting architectural elements, and a variety of roof lines, this one will be one roof line with 4 exterior walls.

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration

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while that starts to sound a bit stark, we’re going to add in fun elements that will keep it both farmhouse in nature and modern.  while many of my inspiration pictures feature board & batten siding, we’re going to stick with wide horizontal siding, painted white.  i have been wanting a white house for so long!  we’re planning on a metal roof, which would be one area where we’d be splurging, so there’s a small chance that will get nixed (please, no!).  we want some metal elements as well, so we’ll probably do a porch roof with black metal trim, but warm it up with stained wood on the underside of the porch roof, like in the image above.

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration

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we are planning on 3 structures on our property: the main house, the garage and loft above attached to the main house, and hopefully a barn (i’ll give more details on that in another post).  the 3 structures together will form a “u” shape that will be a courtyard in the front, and will be our main outdoor living space.  while i love lots of grass, watering and maintaining it just won’t work for us, so we’re planning on using DG (decomposed granite) as the main ground cover, with concrete pathways, and lots of trees, plants, and raised gardens.

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration

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while this picture gives a bit more of an interior look, its the doors that catch my eye.  our windows and doors will all be black.  i’d love for them to be steel, but thats just way out of our budget, so we’re looking at alternate options.

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration

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i’m also trying to decide of the exteriors of the 3 structures should be the same or different.  while we’ve nixed the idea of a wood exterior (too much maintenance), i love the mix of a white house with a weathered wood structure next to it – so pretty!

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration

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this is my favorite exterior element i’m determined to work into the plan: a glass bridge from the main house to the loft above the garage!  isn’t that stunning?!  i love the simplicity of the 2 buildings and the modern glass enclosure.  for those of you wondering, the loft above the garage will be for my parents, who did the same thing at our last house.  they don’t live with us full time, but are here on average a week a month.  they like to have their space, but also still be close and connected with us.

we’re wrapping up the main design plans and heading into engineering soon!  any questions or ideas for me?