Use-What-You-Have Halloween Costume Ideas

Use what you have halloween costume, halloween costume ideas

Use what you have halloween costume, halloween costume ideas

You know there are years when you just don’t have the time or inclination to think of a Halloween costume? There have been times where at the last minute, I have to have a costume – going to my kid’s elementary school to help out, or a costume party. This year I am going to see the Season Finale of a TV Show taped here in the Lower Mainland (I will blog more about it after), and they are encouraging the audience members to dress up as it is around Halloween. Ugh! It’s not that I don’t like Halloween. On the contrary, it is one of my favourite holidays. I love the Fall season, pumpkins and ghouls (just not too scary!).

So over the past few years, I’ve pulled together some costumes fairly last minute. If you need a costume in a jiffy, here are some of my favourites.

Adult Halloween Costumes, Use what you have Halloween Costume Ideas
1 Outift, 2 Halloween Costumes – Photo Credit Jessica Luch for Silver Icing. Makeup by me.

A few seasons ago, I did makeup for this photo shoot for Canadian clothing company Silver Icing, to show how you could take a fairly basic outfit, and transform it into a Halloween costume. The first adds a leather jacket, bold makeup and red lipstick to become ‘Bad-Sandy’ from the movie Grease. The other pulls her hair back and adds winged eye-liner and a kitty makeup to become Kitty-cat.

Use what you have halloween costume, halloween costume ideas
Photo credit Jessica Luch for Silver Icing. Makeup by Me.

I loved both of these looks and actually replicated it for my own daughter last year for Halloween.

Use what you have halloween costume, halloween costume ideas
What a cutie! Hair and Makeup by me, her mama.

Here is a close-up of the cat makeup – a beautiful model but the makeup was fab, if I can brag a little!

Use what you have halloween costume, halloween costume ideas
A close-up of the makeup. Shading, glitter, and a steady hand for winged-eyeliner.

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Another easy one that I did for myself and the kids was just taking a Screen Shot of my Instagram Page, and sending it to a local printer to blow up big (I think it was 20″ by 30″). I then cut out the centre and glued it to some foam core, and Voila! You have an Instagram frame!

Use what you have halloween costume, halloween costume ideas
My daughter was dressed as a nerd – also an easy costume idea.

My husband HATES dressing up. Sometimes he has to go to some themed events for his job, and he just despises coming up with costume ideas. So last year, I found these very cool cut-outs on Pinterest that are super cool and easy. Just print out the face, cut-out the eyes with scissors and glue it to a piece of cardboard or foamcore. I used Chopsticks or popsicle sticks and taped it to the back to make a little sign-head-thing. 

Use what you have halloween costume, halloween costume ideas
Last year I found some cool print-outs.

I have added my Pinterest Board here, even though it’s a little lean, and have pinned some great cut-outs.

The last that is an easy and fun one is the Sugar Skull Makeup which has become even more popular over the last few years. To be honest, you don’t need mad makeup skills to pull this off. Just a white base, some liquid eyeliner, some cheap gems from the craft store and a few different colours for eyeshadow and details (black or grey eyeshadow works fabulously).

For this look, I already had some fake flowers which I pinned to my hair. Voila, Sugar Skull!

Use what you have halloween costume, halloween costume ideas, sugar skull makeup

Use what you have halloween costume, halloween costume ideas, sugar skull makeup
Me, in my own Sugar Skull Makeup.

I hope that these have given you at least a few ideas for Last Minute Costumes for Halloween.

Which one are you going to try this year?

 

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