Haute Homemade: Tips for last-minute costumes
by Deirdre Long
Oct 30, 2011 | 3506 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If you’re anything like me, you’re a procrastinator. That’s probably one of the reasons I became a journalist — if I didn’t have a deadline, I wouldn’t get anything done.

Well, the deadline for making a Halloween costume is Monday, so if you haven’t come up with something yet, you’re cutting it very close.

But fear not, you can pull something together quickly using stuff you have around the house. I compiled a list of last-minute costume ideas from my own experience, some web research and a couple of ideas from Jeremy Cruse, owner of Terrortorium in Oxford.

Toilet paper mummy

All you need are some white long johns (especially if it’s a chilly Halloween) and a couple rolls of toilet paper. With help from a friend, wrap yourself in toilet paper, securing with tape where necessary. Make sure you take an extra roll with you while you are out and about for any touch-ups … or to throw in your neighbor’s trees.


Raid your closet — bellbottoms are best, but any flared jeans should work. Add a flowery shirt, headband and pair of sandals and you’re good to go. Make sure you flash some peace signs, too.


This is probably one of the easiest costumes. Just put on some torn, ratty clothes and smear some dirt (or brown makeup) on your face and you’re instantly a hobo. Accessories will really make this outfit, so try and add a bag on a stick and an old tin cup.


Pull your pants up high on your waist, tuck in a button-up shirt and wear some glasses wrapped in tape. Carry some textbooks and a calculator for accessories.


Just wear regular clothes (or black for more effect) and tape or safety-pin Smarties candy to your pants — no one wants to eat those anyway.

Black-eyed peas

Draw black P’s around your eyes. This works especially well as a group costume.

Celebrity impersonations

Good celebrity impersonations for this year are Charlie Sheen (remember to talk about winning and tiger’s blood), Justin Bieber (got to have the swooshy hair), Lady Gaga (raid your freezer), anyone running for president, the Kardashians and Amy Winehouse.
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