Whether you’re juggling football practices or a slew of midterms, Halloween tends to sneak up on you with very little warning—especially since the big box stores seem to race past pumpkins and go right for the mistletoe. If you’re drawing a blank on this year’s costume, we’re here to help! Here are some of our favorite DIY Halloween costumes:
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These little yellow creatures make the perfect inspiration for this year’s costume. After you track down the iconic yellow hat (okay, it’s a beanie), everything else can be made using items you likely have around the house. We love the Minions costume because it’s easy to make and is perfect for a solo costume, a couple’s costume, a group of friends or any other combination of party-goers. Find instructions here.
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All this ode to Stephen Spielberg’s greatest film (in our opinion) requires is one red hooded sweatshirt, a white towel, a stuffed animal (bonus points for a real E.T.) and a milk crate. The best part is that you can use that red hoodie all season long—which is more than we can say for a toga or a chicken suit.
Carl from Up
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While this costume is undeniably adorable on a toddler, it’s a fun project for all ages. Any combination of corduroys and a cardigan will work—just don’t forget the bow-tie and the colorful balloons! If you don’t have access to a actual walker, pick up some PVC pipes at any home improvement store to fashion a rudimentary version of the walking aid. Oh, and the tennis ball bottoms are 100 percent required!
Bag of Jelly Beans
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This could quite possibly be the easiest, cheapest, most creative costume on the Internet. All you need is a clear trash bag and some balloons. No really, that’s it! Print out the Jelly Belly logo and tape it to the front of your costume, and then revel in your glorious, frugal Halloween victory. Now you can spend all that money you saved on actual jelly beans.
Don’t Forget Fido!
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If your dog got left out of last year’s festivities, make sure to include your furry friend this year. If you’ve got one of those picky pooches who just won’t wear sunglasses or a hat, you can throw together this fun Beanie Baby throwback costume with just a bit of poster board and a marker. No need for sunglasses or cutting up a pair of pants to make room for a tail.