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.)
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.
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.
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.)
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.