Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

With Halloween fast approaching, are you in a last-minute panic about sorting out costumes for the kids, your partner or yourself? Whether the children have outgrown last year’s outfits, you just had a last-minute invite to a party or you’ve left your Halloween shopping a little too late and everything is sold out in the stores, we can help you with these dilemmas!

We’ve rounded up the best last-minute Halloween ideas for the whole family, using things that you can find around the house or pieces that you will be able to wear again. All of these products are available from – we’ve chosen mostly items that aren’t fancy dress at all, but wardrobe staples you’ll be happy to have in your year-round collection!



Where’s Wally – Pair this adorable red striped dress from Hilfiger Denim with a red beanie from V by Very – you’ll definitely wear both of these again (although probably not at the same time). Don’t forget your glasses, of course! Our tip for the non-spectacled? Buy a pair of dirt-cheap sunnies from the pound store and pop out the lenses.

Wednesday Addams – This spooky girl is best known for her sombre attire and wicked sense of humour. Best of all, her look is so easy to recreate! Wear a collared white shirt, like this one from French Connection, under V by Very’s black swing dress. Then pop on some black tights, black ankle boots from River Island, and create a dramatic look with the  L’Oreal crayon eyeliner and your hair in plaits. Looking gloomy never looked so good!



Pirate – Arrrgh you ready for Halloween, matey? You will be in this striped t-shirt from Selected Homme and some stylishly ripped jeans from River Island. Once again, it’s the L’Oreal crayon eyeliner to the rescue for drawing on some stubble or Captain Jack Sparrow-styled eyeliner. Finally, take a skinny tie, like this one from Calvin Klein, and loop it around your head. Sorted!

The Fonz – The quintessential 50s cool guy is a breeze to recreate, with a V by Very black bomber jacket, a white tee and some classic American jeans like Levis 501 originals. For the final touch, comb your hair back with some hair-styling products from Toni & Guy. Two thumbs up!



Cat – It’s easy breezy to become a pretty kitty. Simply pair River Island’s frilled black bodysuit with the coordinating black leggings, and add Clark’s Fizz Tizz black ballerina shoes. Put her hair up in space buns for ears, and then use a black liner like the classic Maybelline eyeliner to draw whiskers and the puuurfect cat eye!

 Mime – Mime is money! And this costume is bang on the money. You’ll need leggings or black denim stretch dungarees, a striped t-shirt, some white gloves, and a black beret. Finally, perfect the look with some white face paint and a dot of red lippie for a rosebud mouth. Magnifique!



Bank robber – Your little wise guy might steal your heart away in a striped top like River Island’s NYC tee, a pair of black jogging trousers, and a cool Boss cap. Accessorise with a backpack for the loot and some gloves. A black eye mask and some fake bank notes from the pound store will complete the look. The cutest criminal you ever did see!

 Dracula – Devastatingly dashing, Dracula is a Halloween legend. And it’s actually a breeze to whip up the look! Take a classic white shirt and a pair of black jeans, then add a cape (in a pinch, try a black pillowcase or tablecloth). Sweep back his hair, add a bit of white face paint and draw on some super-arched eyebrows with the Maybelline eyeliner and voilá ­­– a Transylvanian transformation.



Wishing you a Happy Halloween!

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