We’ve all been there. It’s the day before Halloween, and you still don’t have costume. Maybe, at the last minute, you decided to attend that party. Or maybe, you got a last minute invitation. Or maybe, like me, you’re just a chronic procrastinator. The why doesn’t matter. What matters is that Halloween is just around the corner and you need a costume like yesterday. That’s where last minute Halloween costumes come in to save your bacon and the day.
Contrary to popular opinion, last minute Halloween costumes do not have to be lame. In fact, some of the best costumes at the party were likely last minute ideas that were executed brilliantly. It’s not like some people start planning their Halloween costumes on November 2nd as soon as they recover from their Halloween night hangovers. (Well, yea, there are people like that, but they are way too perfect and the less said about them the better.) The difference between an awful costume and a good costume is not time or planning. The difference between an awful costume and a good costume is execution, style, and nerve. Panache, if you will.
The best last minute Halloween costumes make the most efficient use of the materials at hand. They succeed because they do not attempt to be what they are not. Face it, if it’s October 30th, you’re probably not going to successfully pull off a 17th century French courtier with what’s laying around your apartment. However, you will be able to McGyver together a great last minute costume through creative use of what is laying around. Take stock of what you’ve got and proceed accordingly. Work in your given medium, like the genius you are, and those last minute Halloween costumes will be the ones that get the biggest laughs, as well as the biggest gasps, at your party of choice this year.