Halloween costume ideas, 2013 edition: Easy disguises
Disguise yourself on the fly.
Sometimes Halloween just jumps out and surprises you. If you've been procrastinating and haven't found a costume yet, we know it's super tempting to go out to the store, find the ugliest, smelliest, most plastic-looking mask and call it a night. But believe us, Halloween can be so much better for you, even if you've only got a hour to plan.
These are costumes for those who are just too lazy, too busy, or just don't give a flying broom about Halloween (but still want to party without looking like a square). A lot of these costumes can be put together with stuff you've already got lying around the house.
Hats off to you!
Sometimes a hat is all it takes to make a great disguise.
"Hot" glue, anyone?
Sriracha Stay hot this Halloween, literally. Not only will you be the spiciest person at the party, but you'll also be warm, thanks to the green beanie you'll be wearing. To get the look: Pop on a green beanie or hat, pin the logo to a red shirt of sweater. Et voila!
Elmer's Glue Step one: Throw on an orange beanie. Step two: Secure the Elmer's logo onto a white shirt and put it on. Step three: Get ready for people to say "I'm rubber and you're glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you." All. Night. Long. (Note: You can use a light blue shirt instead and go as the Elmer's gel glue.)
There goes the hat...
Mary Tyler Moore For the TV Land lovers, button up your favorite peacoat and get a little blue beret that you can toss up into the air at any and every opportunity while singing, "You're gonna make it after allllll."
Jessica Lange: the baddest witch on the block.
American Horror Story: Coven There have only been two episodes of season three of Ryan Murphy's horror-steeped show, but audiences are under its spell. This is literally the easiest costume: find an all black outfit, throw on a hat. Bam, you're ready to start charming your way through the party. Ghosts
Go for a classic, old-school look that you can keep warm under.
"I got a rock."
Charlie Brown Good grief, this one's easy. Cut a ton of holes into a white sheet and toss it over your head.
More floral than frightening...
Beetlejuice Poor Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, trying to convince goth Winona Ryder that they're super spooky ghosts. Cut some eye holes into a floral sheet, and you too can try to convince the masses that you're specter.
Super shy? This is the costume for you.
No-Face Miyazaki fans out there know No Face as the silent spirit that becomes obsessed with pint-sized heroine Chihiro in Spirited Away. All you need to become No Face is a black sheet (or blanket), and a mask that looks like this. (Arts and crafts time! Or just paint some cardboard white... or cut a piece of copy paper and call it a costume.)
Where to go: If you don't mind a second-hand sheet, you can pick one up for pretty cheap, and you won't have to feel bad cutting holes into it. Otherwise, raid your linen closet. You needed a reason to get new sheets anyways, right? It's all in the prop
You don't need a crazy outfit for people to know exactly who you are. You just need a good prop.
Jurassic Park Jurassic Park in 3D is pretty great. Who wouldn't want to be Alan Grant or Ellie Sattler or Ian Malcolm for Halloween? Alan just needs some khakis, a denim shirt, a red kerchief, a hat, and a raptor claw. Ellie comes alive with some khaki shorts, hiking boots, a red shirt, and a long rubber glove ("This one time at Jurassic Park I stuck my entire arm in triceratops poo!") or a trike figurine. And good ol' Ian Malcolm, circa JP1: Black leather jacket, black pants, tinted glasses, and a glass of water. Don't forget to describe chaos theory to everyone you meet.
Remember to do your best Mia Farrow impression...
Rosemary's Baby There are three easy components here to channeling Rosemary and her ultra-scary baby: a blonde, pixie-cut wig, a blue dress, and a baby doll. Make your lil' bundle of joy extra freaky and paint its eyes hellfire red with nail polish or jet black with a Sharpie.
Welcome to Twin Peaks.
Log Lady Get some Sally Jesse Raphael-style red glasses, a cardigan, a skirt, and, you guessed it, a log. The key to this costume is carrying that piece o'wood around like a little baby and always chattering about it. Now you're ready to impart your crazy, clairvoyant wisdom upon Twin Peaks and beyond. Tim Burton
This guy basically lives like every single day of the year is Halloween, so why not borrow a few tips?
This movie is too good to not mention twice.
Beetlejuice Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Be... better not, Robin Thicke might appear. Just kidding! Don't let that rain on your Burton parade. Get yourself a black-and-white striped suit, a crazy white wig, and some face paint. Done. Lydia fans can find any ugly, red dress or an all-black outfit with an over-sized hat and a camera. For those of you who want to keep it super simple, go as the recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara -- dress in '80s chic (Adam'll need some glasses, and Barb'll need a killer perm) and carry around the Handbook for the Recently Deceased.
I remember... the Alamo.
Pee Wee's Big Adventure Be sure to rock slick hair, a slick suit (or just a blazer, if you're pressed for time), red bowtie, and you're Pee Wee. Time for your big Halloween adventure. Kudos if you're brave enough to bike in the cold, too. (Just don't spend all night trying to find your wheels again.)
For even more easy disguises, check out our 2012 list...
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