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Last minute costumes for full-time procrastinators

Halloween is right around the corner, and if you’re like me, costumes are always a last-minute project. It’s sometimes difficult trying to come up with a good get-up for the spooky holiday, so here are some ideas if you’re feeling a little lost.

For this first costume, all you’re really going to need is a white t-shirt, red paint and a scary mask. 

Aimlessly spot your white t-shirt with red fabric paint and let it dry. Once it’s done, sport it with some regular jeans or shorts (preferably a worn-out pair) and match it with a scary mask of your choice, and there you go — you’re a purger. I would highly recommend a prop weapon just to up the ante, but that’s completely optional.

If you feel like you’re leaning towards a more harmless character, then I’ve got just the thing for you. You can pick up that same white t-shirt but, this time, head for the fabrics aisle where you’ll pick up either black fabric or sheets of black felt. You’ll also want to be on the lookout for a pair of fairy wings and a halo. 

Use a pair of scissors to cut out uneven, round and oval shapes out of the black fabric or felt, which you’ll attach to the t-shirt either by gluing or sewing. Pair the shirt with either black or white pants and strap on the fairy wings. Top it all off with the halo and bam. You’re a “Holy Cow.” Get it?

However, if you’re someone who’s more into simplicity, no worries! All you’re going to need is tape and a LOT of Smarties.

Wear what you would normally wear, but whip out the tape and adhere wrapped rolls of Smarties to your pants and call yourself “Smartie pants.” 

And if, at the end of the day, you’re not into the whole punny costume idea, don’t fret. There’s always the reliable ghost costume, but with a twist. Instead of wearing white, pull together an all-black outfit and rock the morbid reality of what a ghost really is: dead.

These were just a few suggestions to get the creative Halloween juices flowing for what you’ll be stunting on an international spooky night. If the day comes and things don’t go as planned, just remember, grade school picture day photos are always scary — plaster it onto the front of your shirt and you’ll be sure to spook your peers. 

Stay safe and have fun!

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