5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes
By: Jackie Middleton & Slice.ca Team
Got a last-minute invite to a Halloween party? Don’t you dare just grab a witch hat! Do your pals proud and use your creative noodle with these easy (and cheap!) last minute costume ideas...
1. “Real” Housewife
Think parading around town on October 31st as a Real Housewife will break the bank? Think again. Keep it "real" with the ultimate Halloween make-under that would horrify Teresa, Camille and Nene. Forget the glamour, black AmEx credit card and envious designer wardrobe and haul out your yoga pants, oversized tee, slippers and bathrobe. Stuff a gossip mag under your arm and a bucket-size Starbucks coffee mug in your hand and take your gorgeous self out for a night on the town. To really drive the look home, twirl your hair up in rollers and slap on some super fake red nails. Because why not?
2. Project Runway Fail
If you love clothes and can't get enough of the many inexplicable designs and occasional moments of brilliance on Project Runway, pay the art of fashion some tongue-in-cheek homage with an epic budding-designer fail. Hit up your local thrift store and scour the 'formal' rack for something sequence-y, ruched or wildly printed (anything '80s will do) and customize, customize, customize! Lose a sleeve, make the hemline 'asymmetrical' and see if you could fashion something vaguely resembling an internal organ out of the excess material, for the front of your outfit -- newbie designers love a garish metaphor. Most importantly, remember to do something one-sided to your hair. Asymmetrical hair is the hallmark of a try-hard!
3. When in Doubt, There's Always Gaga
As Lady Gaga, anything goes – literally! Scour the secondhand stores and mix up something good and wacky, with reckless abandon. For once it doesn’t matter if your patterns clash or that runs are creeping up your stockings, as long as you've taken care to wear an unreasonable pair of shoes and no pants. Don't have that creative bone? Copy Gaga’s most memorable garb. Wear a white or black tee with leggings as a base, and cover yourself in ragged stuffed animals or packaged luncheon meat -- just don’t be alarmed if trick-or-treaters cross the street when they smell you coming. To top it off, don’t forget the crowning glory – a cheap, white wig with the emblematic hair bow. Easy and affordable, chances are you won’t encounter another Lady Gaga like you.
4. Zombification Image via TopTenz.net
As any avid Halloweenist may know, Zombies are really hot this year. But, not just zombies. MetaZombies. Choose your fave personality, make an effort to approximate their most recognizable outfit and use plenty of powder, grey eyeshadow, black liner, and oxblood (ok, just fake blood will do). Sure it would be fun to dress up as Tori Spelling, but why not Zombie Tori Spelling? You get us? Now go forth and Zombify.
5. The Bridesmaid-Zilla
Brides are so 2010. 2011 belongs to the bridesmaid. When they weren’t brazenly stealing the spotlight on The Brides of Beverly Hills, they were misbehaving on the big screen with their unladylike hijinks. Being a heinous bridesmaid has never enjoyed so much available material, so show them what you've learned and unleash the psycho bridesmaid within. If you don't have an actual bridesmaid dress lurking in your closet, any horridious prom dress will do, as long as it's satin and has some kind of waist sash and ugly (white) shoes. And make sure you get your hairs did in one of those migraine-inducing up do's that you may want to embellish with a disheveled chunk pulled out for effect -- you'll want to hover in between the initial tacky 'over-groomed' look and a bridesmaid well on her way to shame town. That's the sweet spot.
Got your costume all ready? What are you going as?? Don't say witch or cat...