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20 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for the Supremely Lazy



Every year, you say you're not going to bother with a Halloween costume, and every year, you get invited to a Halloween get-together where costumes are mandatory.

Of course, nobody's going to turn you away if you show up without a costume, but people are going to notice. They're going to be looking at you, judging you, and silently resenting you for ruining the aesthetic of their party — at least until they get tipsy off  and completely forget why they're miffed.

Rather than put up with all that, why not just wear the simplest costume you could possibly string together? Show your hosts that you barely made an effort by dressing as …

#1. A Human Burrito


A photo posted by Dennise Edgerton (@dennie88) on

Oct 10, 2014 at 2:14pm PDT

What you'll need: a blanket, and maybe a friend to help you stand.


#2. Chilly Toga People


A photo posted by Colwyn Martin (@colwynmartin) on

Oct 10, 2014 at 9:00am PDT

What you'll need: a sheet, a belt, maybe a few safety pins, and a cardigan.


#3. A Bespectacled Ghost


A photo posted by Art By LKZ (@popandpulp) on

Oct 10, 2014 at 7:10pm PDT

What you'll need: a sheet and some glasses.


#4. Alvin (or the Other Chipmunks)


A photo posted by Jennifer Curry (@jenn_curry) on

Oct 19, 2015 at 9:52am PDT

What you'll need: a large red (or green or blue) t-shirt and masking tape. 


#5. Backwards Clothes Lady


A photo posted by Harley Moore (@dancentherain) on

Feb 2, 2013 at 4:39pm PST

What you'll need: clothes.


#6. Your Own Evil Twin


A photo posted by Randall Gann (@kingsmacrollc) on

Nov 9, 2014 at 5:43pm PST

What you'll need: a fake mustache, or black construction paper and a scissors for creating a fake mustache.


#7. Two Guys in One Shirt


A photo posted by Trevor Ibarra (@trebarra) on

Aug 21, 2015 at 6:07pm PDT

What you'll need: a shirt.


#8. Marty McFly

What you'll need: a down vest, suspenders, sunglasses and a working hoverboard.


#9. The Snuggie Monster


A photo posted by Natalie Hynes (@nataliehynes) on

Dec 12, 2012 at 7:06pm PST

What you'll need: a Snuggie or similarly sleeved blanket.


#10. Toilet Tissue Mummy


A photo posted by @mariah_strese on

Oct 10, 2013 at 3:11pm PDT

What you'll need: Charmin Ultra.


#11. Angelina Jolie's Leg


A photo posted by Genelle Davenport (@genellemarie_) on

Apr 4, 2014 at 6:14pm PDT

What you'll need: a dress that showcases your right leg, and a right leg.


#12. Curtain Man


A photo posted by Andrew Goulson (@andrewgoulson) on

Oct 10, 2013 at 7:07pm PDT

What you'll need: a window with a curtain in it.


#13. Lampshade Lady

What you'll need: a lampshade.


#14. A Robot (Series #0705)


A photo posted by Damian Fisher (@dfisherhouse) on

May 5, 2014 at 6:26pm PDT

What you'll need: cardboard boxes, random packing materials and/or leftover HVAC equipment from the garage.


#15. A Nerd


A photo posted by Sthefanie Welch (@sthefanerd) on

Oct 10, 2013 at 7:12pm PDT

What you'll need: a pair of glasses, tape, a bowtie and suspenders.


#16. Your Dad, Circa 1987


A photo posted by Steve Miller (@stevmill) on

Sep 9, 2014 at 10:14am PDT

What you'll need: a loud, beautiful sweater.


#17. Count Chocula

What you'll need: a box of Count Chocula.


#18. John Waters

What you'll need: an eyeliner pencil and an upper lip.


#19. A Kentucky Derby Spectator


A photo posted by Alex Stein (@thisalexstein) on

May 5, 2014 at 1:20pm PDT

What you'll need: a ridiculous hat, plus things to staple to it.


#20. The Rock, Circa 1994


A photo posted by therock (@therock) on

Jul 7, 2014 at 10:52am PDT

What you'll need: a black turtleneck, a silver chain, a fanny pack, and if possible, and a hi-top fade.