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Halloween costume ideas 2018: Last minute DIY fancy dress done right

Halloween costume ideas 2018: Last minute DIY fancy dress done right
31 Oct
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Halloween is the one time of year you can let your creativity run wild; but when it comes to deciding on a costume, we all tend to leave it until the last minute.

So whether you’re staying in and watching scary movies or going out on the town to celebrate tomorrow, here’s our complete guide to quick and easy Halloween costume ideas for 2018:

Superhero costumes

When it comes to going as your favourite superhero, you have plenty of options to choose from. Although ready-made costumes are relatively cheap and easy to find on the internet, you can easily recreate the superhero look for yourself.

Watch a YouTube tutorial on Spiderman makeup using red and black face paint and complete the look with red tights or leggings.

Other easy superhero ideas… 

  • Wonder Woman

  • Spiderman

  • Batman

Villain costumes

Because being bad is sometimes twice the fun, shake things up a bit by going as a movie villain.

Harley Quinn is a Halloween favourite. Team hotpants with ripped tights and Harley’s signature baseball bat – just be careful not to whack anyone with it.

Other easy Halloween costumes… 

  • Poison Ivy from Batman

  • Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad

  • Kylo Ren from Star Wars

Movie costumes

Again, there’s plenty to choose from in this category so get creative with it! You can easily nail the Harry Potter look by wearing a black cloak, round glasses and drawing a zig-zag line on your forehead.

Alternatively, opt for a twist on a classic. We love this undead Little Mermaid look.

Other easy movie ideas… 

  • Harry Potter

  • Elf

  • Cleopatra

  • The Little Mermaid

  • Willy Wonka from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

  • Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz

  • Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story

  • Little Red Riding Hood

TV-inspired costumes

Netflix fanatics rejoice! It’s easy to turn your favourite form of procrastination into a killer Halloween costume.

Wear head-to-toe orange for a style straight out of Orange Is The New Black or invest in a grey wig and lab coat for a costume inspired by Rick and Morty.

Other easy Halloween costumes from TV… 


  • Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones


  • Alex Vause from Orange Is The New Black


  • Rick from Rick and Morty


  • Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale

Celebrity inspired costumes

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so show your favourite celeb some love by dressing just like them.

Use face paint to recreate David Bowie’s signature lightning bolt – a subtle but stunning Halloween look.

Other easy celebrity costume ideas… 

  • Abba

  • Michael Jackson

  • Snoop Dogg

  • Elvis

  • Lady Gaga

  • David Bowie

70s and 80s costumes

The general rule is, if it was acceptable in the 80s, it will be acceptable for a Halloween costume.

Use your hoover as the perfect prop for Freddie Mercury’s iconic look or experiment with floral prints, floaty scarves and flower crowns if the hippie vibe is more your thing.

Other last minute 70s and 80s costume ideas… 

  • Hippie

  • Cheerleader

  • Freddie Mercury in Break Free 

  • Slash from Guns N’ Roses

Disney costumes

Disney inspired outfits are always a crowd pleaser, and you can make your much-loved Disney character even creepier by painting on fake blood.

Other easy Disney costume ideas… 

  • Alice in Wonderland

  • Queen of Hearts

  • Mad Hatter

  • Minnie Mouse

  • Snow White

Scary Halloween costumes

You can’t go wrong with a classic. 

Go crazy with ripped clothes and face paint for an eerily good zombie costume.

Other creepy Halloween costume ideas… 

Funny Halloween costumes

If Donald Trump is your inspiration this Halloween season, invest in some fake tan and a blonde wig.

Or, if you don’t have the features, buy a mask instead if you want to really creep people out.

Other funny Halloween ideas… 

  • Donald Trump

  • Pickle Rick from Rick and Morty

Homemade costume ideas

These ideas are perfect for that last minute Halloween invite. 

To unleash your inner vampire, dress in all black, add some fake fangs and paint on some fake blood – easy. 

Other easy DIY costume ideas… 

  • Pirate

  • Cowgirl

  • Bunny rabbit

  • Vampire

  • Doll

Kids Halloween costumes

Take the stress out of dressing up your little darlings with these kids’ Halloween costume ideas.

If your child is fussy about dressing up, opt for an orange top and black leggings for an easy pumpkin costume.

Other last minute kids’ costume ideas… 

  • Pumpkin

  • Unicorn

  • Ninja turtle

Couples’ costume ideas

Halloween is always better with someone to share it with, and couples’ costumes can be hilarious with very minimal effort. 

Grab your other half or best mate – whoever draws the short straw is stuck as Scooby. 

Other easy couples’ costume ideas… 

  • Sandy and Danny from Grease

  • Scooby-Doo and Shaggy

  • Mr and Mrs Incredible 

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/halloween-costume-ideas-2018-diy-quick-fancy-dress-last-minute-a3938096.html

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