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4 Clever, Last-Minute Costumes for Halloween

With Halloween only a couple of days away, you may find yourself scrambling for costume ideas – and materials. Luckily, the web is a cesspool of ideas and, if you don’t want to draw directly from someone else’s ingenuity, is abundant with resources to make your own ideas achievable. The costumes below are not only crafty displays of the mind, but make good use of often disposed materials.

cereal-killer

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Cereal Killer

It is not a spoon that should make morning grains quake but you. This costume is best executed using mini-sized cereal boxes. Other boxes will work also, but you’ll want to label them with the word “cereal”, evading the risk of looking like an ordinary box-cutter, or pun of similar consequence.

What you’ll need:

  • Old clothes that you don’t mind pinning
  • Empty cereal boxes, or any box painted solid with the word “cereal” painted on
  • Plastic knives
  • Red coloring,  in addition to paint, tomato juice works as well for light effect. If you’re after something a bit more dramatic, try using molasses
50-shades

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Fifty Shades of Hardware-Store Gray

Even those who’ve not read the novel will be quick to pick up on the blatant visual allusions of this costume.

What you’ll need:

  • Gray attire that you’re okay with getting adhesives on
  • Several paint samples
  • Gray makeup, optional

Freudian Slip

freudian-slip

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What you’ll need:

  • slip dress*
  • pen or marker
  • general knowledge of Freudian terms

*Or, if you are a less adventurous male, you could simply write the terms on multiple slips of paper instead, and pin them to your normal clothes. These could be strips of used paper, memo pad paper, or note-cards.

Additionally, you may benefit from doing a little research on Freud’s theories that you’ll be using. Or at least invest five minutes reading his Wikipedia page. It will make the costume more interesting and, as the attire will likely strike up conversation, keep you versed in the costume’s references. This way you can snap back at any jests or questions you may encounter – and it will make for fun party banter as you try to ‘project’ each theory onto fellow patrons.

Nudist on Strike

nudist-strike

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This concept can work with almost anything exclusive to yourself. For example, men could instead write woman on strike and vice versa.

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • Marker
  • Pair of hands*

*If you’re concerned you’ll need your hands for other tasks, such as beer-clutching, you can attach a strap or pole to your sign.

If none of the above strike your fancy, you could always be a furloughed government worker for a party and not show up. It shows commitment and gets you out of unwanted Halloween plans.

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