here are no doubts that this year, due to COVID-19, Halloween as we know it has been cancelled. However, it does not mean that there aren’t ways in which you can still celebrate it and have fun while also making sure to follow the health guidelines. One of the best things about Halloween is being able to pretend to be someone else and forget about your problems-- even if just for a day! Therefore, because this year has been forcing everyone to deal with a global pandemic and all of its effects, Halloween is the perfect opportunity to detach yourself from reality and all the negative energy, stress, and sadness that have been taking over the world. 

Whether you have plans or not for Halloween, you never know what might happen at the last-minute: a small gathering, a celebration with your family, or even a virtual party. However, with everything that is going on, perhaps you don’t have the money, the time, or the possibility to buy a costume and this is why we have gathered 15 DIY last-minute Halloween costume ideas that you can assemble with things which you can probably find at your own house and that still will look amazing! 

Here you will find:

  • Cute and Spooky Costume Ideas
  • Famous Characters Costume Ideas
  • Makeup Costume Ideas

Costumes to Explore Both Your Cute and Your Spooky Sides

Modern witch costume. Image courtesy of We Heart It.


Even though witches are often associated with the images of pointy hats, flowy black dresses, and broomsticks, none of these things are required in order to come up with your own witch costume! There are all sorts of witches out there, which can help you exercise your creativity when it comes to creating your own costume: you can be a garden witch, a kitchen witch, crystal witch, and many others! However, in this article we are going to focus on the idea of a modern witch costume which you can choose to customize whichever way you like! 

For this costume, all that you need are black clothes: a cute shirt, a nice skirt, a pair of pants, or even that cute little black dress can work towards creating your costume. Moreover, you should not be afraid to experiment with makeup and giving your lips the color of blood or maybe even trying a black lipstick if you have access to one! You can use either black or dark red eyeshadow in order to give yourself a more dramatic look and you can even draw moons on your face as well! Don’t be afraid to wear rings or to bring out the chokers that have probably been sitting in your drawers since 2013! Let your witchy side afloat and you will see that a real witch can look like anything they want!


Feeling inspired? Why not try to make your own skeleton costume? Although you might think that skeletons are too obvious, there is nothing like the feeling of doing your own costume and being satisfied with the result! Especially when you are trying to come up with something at the last minute! Skeletons are a Halloween classic and the truth is that it is never going out of style, and you should not be afraid to explore them as a costume at least once in your lifetime. 

There are two ways which you can work on your costume: painting it or taping it. Nevertheless, a classic skeleton costume is quite simple as it consists of black clothes with a depiction of white bones within them. Now, if you are on the artistic side you can enjoy taking your time outlining and painting your costume by hand which will allow you to add any customizations which you would like! Even if you don’t consider yourself very talented, this still can be a fun experience. However, if you don’t feel confident enough to paint your own costume, you can do another option which is still creative, fun, and looks absolutely amazing: you can use tape! By following these easy and simple instructions you can have the perfect last-minute costume.


Ghosts are Halloween classics and they are guaranteed to put you in the spirit for spooky and scary things while also being extremely cute! If you have an old white sheet, don’t be afraid to cut holes for your eyes or even draw black circles with a sharpie. There are many samples online which you can either print and glue to your costume or use as a guideline. You can visit The Sad Ghost Club and find some inspiration as well and you can even tell people that this is what you are dressed up as, if you want to step up your costume game even if just for a little bit!

The best part about this costume is that it allows you to get creative and draw whatever you want: you can be a sad ghost, you can be a smiling ghost, and you can be an evil ghost. The sky's the limit. You can also be a sexy ghost by wearing your highest heels with or without fish-nets. With everything that COVID-19 has given you this year, you should be able to be nice to yourself and realize that a simple last-minute costume is better than no costume! 


Remember the leftover bags of balloons from your last birthday party or from the last party that you threw probably before COVID-19 started? Guess what? You can turn them into grapes! Even though grapes are usually green, purple, and pink, you can come up with your own type of grapes or even make up other fruits such as strawberries, apples, and oranges. This is a simple but extremely cute costume which will only require you balloons, either pins or tape, and an outfit of the same color as your balloons! 

There are plenty of videos out there which can help you assemble your costume such as Easy Homemade Costume for Kids which, although it is targeted towards kids, gives very simple, easy, and valuable instructions and How to Make a Bunch of Grapes Costume which shows how simple and cute this last-minute costume actually is! The best part is that you can coordinate outfits with your family members, friends, and significant others as well.

Ouija Board

Despite the fact that many people choose to avoid Ouija boards, there are no doubts that they are one of the symbols of Halloween. However, have you ever wondered that you can make it your costume? There are many dresses, shirts, and hoodies out there which depict the Ouija board but the chances are that you will not be able to buy any of them in time before your next Halloween costume party and you need a more DIY costume. Still, you don’t have to worry because as long as you have some cardboard or some paper and glue you are good! 

A Ouija board is pretty simple and you can find a picture of it anywhere on the internet. You can choose either to draw it by hand if you are feeling inspired and willing to devote some time for arts and crafts or you can simply print it online if you want to save some time. Whether you have the cardboard or the paper and it does not matter if you choose to draw or print and glue your Ouija board, you can create your own board and attach it to your outfit. You can either tape it, pin it, or use suspenders to hold it in place. 

Famous Characters Which Will Be Easily Recognized and Easily Done as Costumes

Characters are always great costume ideas. Image courtesy of Instructables.

No Face From Spirited Away 

Spirited Away is a classic from Studios Ghibli and even if you have not watched this movie, you probably have seen this character somewhere online as it is pretty famous! This is a very simple costume which can be achieved either by makeup or by printing the character’s face online. The main idea is that you can either use a black sheet to cover your body or black clothes to simulate the character’s outfit, but its face or lack of one thereof is the main aspect of this costume. Even though this costume may seem pretty simple it is actually a fun, interesting, and popular costume which is guaranteed that at least someone will recognize! 

Jim Halpert 

This is probably the easiest costume idea after the ghost costume that you will be able to find on this list. This costume is perfect not only because it portrays a character from one of the most famous television shows of all time, The Office, but also because it is not just Jim Halpert, it is Jim Halpert dressed up as a hole punch. For this costume you will need a white dress up shirt, a brown tie, three big black paper circles, and some tape. All that you have to do is tape the black circles onto your white shirt, put on your tie, and you will be ready to go! You can also carry a mug but you wouldn’t want to do that when attending a party as the chances are that you will get tired of carrying it around. 

Wednesday Addams

Wednesday Addams is one of the most famous characters of all time, and she is one of the most recognizable faces of Halloween. Even though there are many people out there every year which dress up as her, Wednesday Addams will never become an outdated costume. This costume is both cute and spooky and can be accomplished at the last-minute by wearing a black dress or a black long-sleeved shirt with a black skirt and noose braids which are very typical of her! You can also get creative and add some black or red lipstick and try out with some black eyeshadow and eyeliner! 

Who Said That A Costume is All About the Outfit? Here Are Some Makeup Costume Ideas

Skulls are an amazing way to experiment with makeup and have a unique costume. Image courtesy of Pexels

Mexican Skull 

A Mexican skull is perfect costume ideas because they can represent the full costume and call attention to itself right away. There are multiple options and ideas that you can explore on your own or perhaps ask someone in your life with some makeup expertise to do it on you! You can find several tutorials on YouTube which are extremely helpful. However, you should remember to always remain respectful of other people’s cultures and to make sure that whatever you decide to do, you are not crossing any boundaries or making anyone uncomfortable.


Pumpkins are the face of Fall and one of the most important symbols of Halloween. However, most people do not realize that they can actually be very cute and fun costume ideas! Especially makeup wise. There are several tutorials on Youtube and ideas online which you can use to get inspiration and come up with something both cute and creative. The best part about makeup is that whenever you get compliments, you are getting compliments on your own skills and it only makes your costume even more special! 

Even if you need a last-minute costume, there is no need to worry! It is always possible to come up with something spooky, cute, and unique on your own. Remember to stay safe and have a happy halloween!

Oct 9, 2020