10 Lazy, Last-Minute Halloween Costumes That Actually Look Amazing

Like it or loathe it, Halloween has permanently plonked itself on the Aussie calendar and continues to gain mainstream popularity with every passing year. While it's easy to ignore sprogs knocking on your door, dodging Halloween parties is slightly more difficult; especially if you work in a "zany" office that loves an excuse to dress up.

If you've been invited to a Halloween do and have left your costume to the last minute, here are ten impressive looking outfits that don't require much money or effort.

Droog (A Clockwork Orange)

If you can get hold of a bowler hat, belt suspenders and a fake eyelash, you have everything you need for a serviceable droog costume. (For added credibility, perfect your "Nadsat" vernacular and use it to chat up some fetching devotchkas/moodges.)

Death (Sandman)

If you're a petite brunette, you can pull off a pretty convincing Death (from the comic Sandman ) with naught but a black singlet, black lipstick and ankh necklace made out of cardboard. Can't be bothered making an ankh? Buy some plastic fangs and say you're Marceline from Adventure Time instead.

Son of Man (René Magritte)

To add a touch of class to the throng of togas, dress up as a homage to René Magritte's surrealist 1964 painting Son of Man. All you need is a dapper suit and an apple pinned to a bowler hat.

Professional athlete

If you play a sport that requires an outfit, simply whip it out on the night and you're ready to roll. Take your bat/racquet/curling broom to complete the ensemble.

See also: 10 More Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas (That Don't Suck)

Miley Cyrus (MTV Music Awards)

Miley Cyrus' infamous performance at the 2013 MTV Music Awards is a pretty easy look to pull off: just slap on some short shorts and put your hair in double-buns. To complete the transformation, stick your tongue out and twerk like crazy. (This costume will gain you additional kudos if you're actually a bloke.)

Wilson (Home Improvement)

Before he became Buzz Lightyear, Tim Allen was most famous for his sitcom Home Improvement. Most episodes ended with some home-spun wisdom from Wilson; a next-door neighbour who never revealed his face. All you need to pull this outfit off is an old fishing hat, flannelette shirt and a "fence" made out of Paddle Pop sticks.

Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast At Tiffany's)

Here's an easy one for our upper crust readers: just use the tiara, pearl necklace, cocktail dress and fancy cigarette holder that are already in your possession.

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This one's sure to get a chortle out of the geekier party guests -- and all you need is a plain white shirt and felt-tip pen.

MIB/CIA (Men In Black)

Own a black suit and some shades? You have everything you need for an MIB/CIA costume. (If the party goes off, you'll probably wish you had a memory-wiping neuralyzer the next morning.)

"Sexy" cat

When in doubt, stick with a classic. This is basically the "little black dress" of Halloween fashion. To create this look, simply augment your clubbing gear with some drawn-on whiskers and fake cat ears.


You can find heaps more DIY costume ideas at our sister site POPSUGAR. If anyone has a cool costume suggestion of their own, let fly in the comments section below.

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Comments

    I'm sorry Chris, but most of those are NOT Halloween themed costumes..?
    And don't get me started on how Halloween is NOT an Australian thing..!

      Still not an aussie thing, yet it's a good excuse to go out with mates, dress up and have fun.

      same logic applies to the queens birthday, no one really cares about the occasion but they enjoy the free day off they get :P

      Last edited 29/10/14 4:25 pm

        Yeah, these things aren't brought in to give you an excuse to go out with 'yer mates... Like you need an excuse for that..! They're brought to sell you shit you don't need..! Marketing is the name of the game..! :)

        Last edited 29/10/14 4:28 pm

          It's just a bit of fun in the end, I bought some crappy $5 costume on ebay, friends have all done something similar if not made their own. MY mate last year went as the cable guy from south park, as in he cut 2 holes in his shirt where his nipples were etc... was hilarious to see the pictures the next day. I don't think anyone really gets sucked into the marketing it's just an excuse to have fun

          Who cares if it's a marketing gimmick? It's a fun night, where people enjoy themselves.

          We need more of those, not less!

      Halloween doesn't necessarily mean you have to dress up as something "scary". And I think Australia needs some sort of annual day where you can dress up in costume and have a bit of fun, if Halloween is that thing then so be it.

        I think Australia needs some sort of annual day where you can dress up in costume and have a bit of funGo for it dude, give it a name, just not bloody Halloween, are you going to market it..?

        Last edited 29/10/14 5:02 pm

          What's wrong with Halloween? And why would you try and create something new when an day already exists that suits it just fine?

        What about the Boxing Day Test. Plenty of people dress up for that.

          Never heard of it, is that some sort of cricket thing? Pffft

      Every Halloween party I've ever been to has been filled with every movie character, pop culture icon and historical figure imaginable. It's not just about spooky outfits anymore.

        Then let's call it something else, either way it goes, it exists cos... marketing... :)
        If it wasn't for companies trying to figure out more ways to get people to buy shit, it wouldn't be here..!

        Last edited 29/10/14 5:00 pm

          Which is why you should thumb your nose at the marketers with one of these DIY outfits. :-P

          If it wasn't for companies trying to figure out more ways to get people to buy shit, it wouldn't be here You could say the same thing for Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day...

            Haven't you been reading my comments over the years..? That's my point..!

      Well if you check your facts it's derived from All Hallows' Eve which is something that's been kicking around Europe for some time with deep cultural and religious roots. So no it's not an Australian thing (yours being said in the vein of 'fuck off America') but it's not a American thing either.

      We have as much entitlement to it being a Christian based country as anybody else despite the message being completely lost and just being a silly commercial thing now.

        The Fuck off America thing is relevant to my comments, but my main point is that it is a marketing ploy to get you to buy shit you don't need..! :)

        It's not derived from All Hallow's Eve. The Holy Roman Catholic church tried to take over the Celtic holiday of Samhain to make it a Christian one, in the same way they tried to repurpose Christmas (Yuletide), Easter (Eoster), and a few other Pagan holidays.

      Halloween is about dressing up as whatever.

      Also my Aussie kids hate dressing up and eating candy from all the people in my Australian street who put out balloons to indicate they are doing a non Australian thing.

    Agreed these are lame, but don't even start on the 'Halloween isn't Australian' thing.

    Is Easter Australian?
    Christmas??
    Daylight savings???

      Is Easter Australian?
      Christmas??
      Daylight savings???
      No... :)

    most of these are terrible ideas.

    So much hate, so I'm weighing in to say that I love excuses to party, and thought a few of the ideas were original, interesting, and easy.

    But you know, if the haters have better ideas, they should put up or...

    Out of all the adopted holidays, this is the least harmful, no religious affiliation, and just a good excuse to eat candy and get in a costume.

    And as a father I can also say that kids love it.

    Why not?

      Hey Mr Ping. Completely agree.

      I was all against Halloween until last year. It created such a great community spirit in my neighbourhood. Changed my mind completely. Great to see the kids out on the streets again. Like the good old days.

        "...spirit in my neighbourhood." I see what you did there :-)

    Found out the other day Halloween is the second biggest event money wise in USA behind Christmas absolutely crazy.

    Also i love it now as it is my son's birthday (wish i had of call him Damien :P)

    Last edited 30/10/14 2:01 pm

    To those "I hate it because it's a marketing thing, let's call it something else" people: What if I told you that it will be marketed TO SHIT no matter WHAT they call it?

    Tapping into my psychic powers .. I can see.. I can see.. Pennywise as far as the eye can see at parties

    Some of these follow rule/step number one of costumes pictures posted online.
    Step 1, "be very attractive."

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