10 last-minute Halloween costume ideas
Fancy yourself as Stranger Things' Eleven, Carrie or Catwoman this Halloween? Whether you want a classic costume or to nod to a 2016 pop culture hit, do horror in style with these outfit ideas that hit the right note between ghoulish and girly.
The Walking Dead
To create your own zombie suit, you simply need to take an existing outfit and ravage it. Slash, rip, burn, tear, whatever you need to do to make it look like the product of an apocalypse. Beauty-wise, fake blood, crazy hair and a gormless stare are your go-tos. This look works best when travelling as a pack, so rope some friends in too.
His distinctive red-and-white-striped t-shirt, bobble hat, and glasses makes Wally a simple, last-minute costume to pull together. Chances are, you already have a suitable Breton tee lurking in your wardrobe
Heath Ledger’s supervillain might parade around in a purple suit and green waistcoat for most of The Dark Knight, but there is an episode as demented nurse too. A menacing matron outfit is far easier to come by than silky suiting.
Original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter’s caped get-up is not for the aerobics shy. Luckily there are a host of all-in-one costumes that are less figure-hugging than her starry hot pants and satin bodice on offer. Go forth and conquer! And perhaps take a coat with you.
The Hocus Pocus witches
Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker’s characters are all about sweeping velvet, lace, embellishment and crazy hair, nails and make-up. A chance to embrace your eccentric beauty side while tapping into this season’s velvet trend.
US Vogue matriarch is an obvious choice for fashion devotees. A bouclé suit or pencil dress, slingbacks and a razor sharp bob are essential. Don’t forget to employ some interns for the night to carry your Starbucks and sunglasses too.
Beyoncé in Lemonade
The rippling mustard Roberto Cavalli gown that Beyoncé wears in her political and highly personal visual album Lemonade is bound to make a zesty costume contender. Find a mustard chiffon mini with bouncing layers of chiffon and sheer inserts to reveal a leopard print bra underneath. Oh, and don’t forget your baseball bat.
Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn
2016’s anti-hero blockbuster Suicide Squad saw Margot Robbie star as demented super-villain Harley Quinn. With her smeared clown make-up, ripped fishnets, hot pants and studded jewellery, Robbie looked like a Cirque de Soleil acrobat on the loose from a mental asylum. Make sure you dress scantily and act off your proverbial rocker if attempting.
The female-led remake of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 fantasy-comedy Ghostbusters, starring Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon will appeal to those who want to travel as a pack this Halloween. Try making your own proton packs out of old cereal boxes for a makeshift nod to the full ghost busting look.
Stranger Things' Eleven
According to fashion site Lyst, Eleven is set to be the most popular Halloween costume this year, as a pink Peter Pan collar dress by ASOS was viewed once every 3 minutes on the site in the run up to the holiday. Offset your sugary pink dress with tube socks, Converse and a pack of waffles (if you're a Stranger Things novice, here's why waffles are crucial, plus more character costume ideas.)