were planning to spend Halloween sans costume and at home alone with a mountain of candy and a stash of Netflix's goriest hits, played at high volume so as to drown out the sound of Snickers-stained fingers jabbing at your doorbell.
But with last-minute party e-vites clogging up your inbox, the urge to socialize with the other goblins has won out. The only problem? There's no way in hell you're dropping a Benjamin on costume rental, and the local party store's selection has been whittled down to two lame contenders: slutty Smurf and a cow costume built for two. Now that's scary.
The good news is that you can dig up a creative costume using what's lurking right in your closet and makeup bag. Here's how. (If none of these ideas work for you, try Refinery29 -- they've got tons more hilarious ideas for last minute costumes.)
The Ghosts of Crappy Weddings Past
You're no Katherine Heigl, but you do have a hideous bridesmaid (or prom) dress or two still haunting your closet, right? And is there anything more spine-tingling than a floor-length, lacy sea-foam gown with a matching bonnet? We think not. Throw it on, and go as a tortured bridesmaid; add some fake blood and go as a dead bridesmaid; or accessorize with a sash and some specs and go as Sarah Palin, Alaskan beauty pageant contestant. Just don't admit that you once actually loved that prom dress. Click here for more great last-minute costume ideas.
Meet Your Maker -- er, Makeup Artist
Skip the monster mask and visit MACCosmetics.com, where the brand's visionary makeup artists have assembled a bevy of dramatic looks, from amphibian to robotic to alienesque. Either attempt the step-by-step instructions on your own, or take a printed copy to a MAC beauty counter and let the pros have at it.
EBay Does It
If you still have some time to kill, hit the Web. EBay is a great source for finding costumes -- or costumey old clothes and props -- on the cheap.
Coming Out of the Closet
Click through the gallery below for more easy last-minute costumes. Chances are, you probably have the makings already in your closet. At any rate, it beats poking holes in a white sheet.
>Your favorite American Apparel gear (the skimpier, the better)
>A large white poster board backdrop that says "Meet [your name]" in black lettering
>A slew of seductive poses
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Janet Leigh in Pyscho
>Optional: Clothing (consider a nude body stocking if your shower curtain is clear)
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>Hockey jersey (via Goodwill or your boyfriends closet, or just put red or blue tape on a long-sleeved V-neck)
>For extra credit: Hockey stick or puck, Crocs or baby doll
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>Blonde hair or wig (tuck back long hair with bobby pins to fake a bob)
>T-shirt dress, preferably with a collar
>Brown pantyhose or bandaid to slip over left ring finger and mimc Margot's wooden digit
>Loafers or basic flats
>Gobs of black eyeliner
Daisy Duke Cowboy
>Button-down shirt, tied at the waist
>Big ol' drawl
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>Bold purple dress
>White face makeup
>Red lipstick smeared liberally
>Heavy black eye shadow and liner
>Wet, slicked-back hair (spray with lemon juice for that gritty texture)
>Long brunette locks or wig
>Glamorous gown, preferably black and displaying lots of cleavage
>Padding for your belly and boobs
>Assortment of multiracial baby dolls
>Washable black markers, for drawing tattoos
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Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader
>Blue button-down shirt, tied under your boobs
>White booty shorts
>Cropped white vest (cut up an old white tee to make your own)
>Tall white boots or cowboy boots
>Lots of makeup
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For more fun costume ideas, check out ELLEgirl's guide to pulling together looks inspired by Rihanna, Agyness Deyn, Katy Perry, and other starlets.
Tell us: What's your best last-minute Halloween costume? Share your own ideas in the comments!
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