Last-minute costumes

It’s bound to happen. An invitation to a costume party arrives at the last minute and you’re left scrambling to throw together something reminiscent of a costume.


The days of planning out a costume for the entire month of October are over. They are now filled with work schedules, essays and midterm exams. But instead of resigning to fate and showing up costume-less, materials can be found around the house that can result in decent costume.


Costume 1: Greek God

Materials needed: Flat bed sheet, safety pins and fake leaves, if possible.

  • Wrap flat bed sheet around you and secure with safety pins. For added security, pin sheet to clothes underneath, if there are clothes.
  • Make a crown of fake leaves.

Special Tip

Research Greek gods who matches the attire. For instance, if the sheet is black, Hades would be appropriate. If the sheet has a floral pattern, Persephone would be perfect.


Costume 2: Black Cat

Materials needed: Black clothes, headband, black construction paper or tape (we used gaffers tape), washable black marker.

  • Dress in black.
  • Take construction paper, cut out triangles that mimic cat ears and tape to the headband.
  • Take washable marker and draw nose and whiskers.

Special Tip

Be sure the marker is washable. Test it on a hand or wrist before applying it to the face.


Costume 3: Charlie Chaplin

Materials needed: Dark suit, tie, felt hat, tie, umbrella, false mustache.

  • Dress up in your nicest suit, colored shirt and proper tie.
  • Slap a serious look on your face.

Special Tip

Watch a couple YouTube videos of Chaplin if you’re unfamiliar with the character. Use gestures to your advantage –avoid speaking if you can gesture instead.


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