This is for all of my fellow procrastinators.
I love October. I love fall weather and colors, sweaters, boots, and apple cider. And I love Halloween. Period. This year, I won’t be dressing up and haven’t put much thought into a costume. I’ll be out of town, taking ghost tours of Gettysburg and probably drinking apple cider. But I know that there are some of you out there who are currently Google searching last minute and DIY costume ideas that you can wear for the weekend.
Luckily for you, I have given this a lot of thought, and I have some ideas for you. They’re all super easy, require little to no cost or effort. Most of these ideas are from TV shows or movies, but we have a couple of cliches and puns in there for you. No worries.
Daria Morgendorffer from ‘Daria’
Grab your combat boots and cynicism. We’re going out.
Daria’s look is simple to recreate, and you don’t necessarily have to be spot on. If I were doing this, I’d wear combat boots, a black skater skirt, and a military style jacket (because that’s what I have on hand), but any green jacket will do. I’d then head over to Forever 21 for a basic long sleeve or T, because they have a mustardy orange colored basic that is almost an exact match. I’d also pick up some round clear glasses or sunglasses with the lenses popped out. Part your hair on the side as a finishing touch.
Cher Horowitz from ‘Clueless’
Costumes inspired TV and movies is may be the easiest to recreate, because generally you have something in your closet already that’s sufficient or you can easily pick something up at a second hand store or somewhere inexpensive, like Forever 21. If you’re blonde (or if you’re not, because who cares really), Cher from Clueless is no brainer.
I love her classic red Alaïa party dress, which is also what she wears on the DVD cover. You’ll want to wear a red dress, preferably a sleeveless dress. Then you’ll want to head over to your local craft store, fabric store, Walmart, Target, etc. and grab a white boa. Cher wore red Mary Janes carried a red bag, but any style of closed toe shoes that complements the dress will suffice. As for the bag, if you didn’t have a red bag, it could be fun to add a red pom pom keychain to the strap.
Daenerys Targaryen from ‘Game of Thrones’
Although, I feel I’m much more of a Tyrion that I am a Daenerys, who wouldn’t want to be queen for a day? Her look is fairly easy to recreate. You’ll want a flowy maxi, knee high boots (flat), and braids in your hair. Bonus points if you can find jewelry with dragons on it.
This is going to be a costume that lets you wear whatever you want, with one addition. Since Sims literally wear whatever you tell them to, you can too. All you’ll need for this is a headband, green paper, or white paper and a green market, and some glue. Fold or color and fold your paper into the diamond shape, and glue it to the headband.
This may be the most cliche of all cliche Halloween costumes, but honestly, you waited until the last minute, so beggars can’t be choosers. It will always be sufficient and effective. Adorn yourself in black garb, and track down a conical hat, and you’re good to go.
Hester Prynne/Olive Penderghast
This is one is fun. For Hester, I’d wear conservative covering items, but for Olive, throw on a sexy top and apply an “A” applique. What you do with this after you get dressed, I take no blame in.
Chanel Oberline from ‘Scream Queens’
In the past year ‘Scream Queens’ has become a screaming hit (pun intended), partially because of the comedic horror, but mostly because of the killer wardrobe. I love this look worn by the queen bee herself, because the pieces are dramatic but can be worn in other circumstances. The pink faux fur coat may not be as classic as the other pieces, but it will definitely make a statement. I might be biased, because I recently purchased one secondhand.
You’ll need a bow blouse, tweed skirt, over-sized sunglasses, pink faux fur coat, and pink bag. However, if you Google Chanel, you’ll find she wears a lot of Jackie O-esque outfits. Think Jackie meets Chanel. Stay classic in silhouette and pastel in color, and you’ll be good to go.
The second most cliche Halloween costume, any animal. Personally, I’d just wear warm clothes and grab some animal ears. Actually, my freshman year of college, that’s exactly what I did. It was sleeting and cold, and I wasn’t dressing slutty because, as I said, it was cold. So long sleeves, jeans, and a shout in my dorm hall for some animal ears it was.
Movie Theatre Floor
I saw this on Womensday.com, and I thought it was hysterical and just the right amount of cheesy. Start with a black T-shirt, long sleeve T, or sweatshirt. Then hot glue candy wrappers, straws, candy boxes, and maybe some popcorn pieces to the shirt. Bonus: If you leave candy in the boxes, you’ll have a snack all night. And I love snacks.
A Homicidal Maniac
You thought I was going to say Wednesday Addams, didn’t you? Close. I’m taking a cue from my favorite Addams’ Halloween costume. Go to your party as a homicidal maniac, they look just like everyone else. So you can wear whatever you want.
While I won’t be dressing up this year, I’d love to see your costumes, especially if your last minute costumes. Be sure to tag me on Instagram or Twitter @jacqie__ . And happy Halloweening.