Very Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Very Lazy People

Last Minute Halloween Costume
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OK. You have your Halloween party tonight. You did not prepare. You never prepare. Why are you like this? This is exactly what your mom/partner/therapist is talking about. You could have easily Googled "Awesome and Funny 2017 Halloween Costumes" two weeks ago, ordered what you needed, and been the hypothetical belle of the whatever Halloween ball you need to attend.

But you didn't. Dummy.

Now you just have to grab a bunch of stuff around your place and pray the rest of the party appreciates your laissez-faire, devil-don't-give-no-shits 'tude. But it's cool. Because these last-minute, super lazy costumes are almost certainly better than anything else all those other normies are painstakingly planned. And if there's one thing better than doing a great job, it's doing a great job at the last minute without really trying hard at all. Right?

Last Minute Halloween Costumes
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Baked Potato 


What you need:
-- Massive amounts of tin foil
-- Bandana 
-- "Jazz Cigarette" (optional)
-- Sunglasses

Hot Pocket

Basically, all you need to do is put some kind of fake fire into a shirt with a breast pocket. And, carry around a bunch of Hot Pockets. This costume works on a few levels. First off, it's a pun. Secondly, you get to eat Hot Pockets. It's a very effective way to make new friends and influence people. 

What you need:
-- A shirt with a breast pocket
-- Fake fire. There's a few ways to do this: You can cut out some red construction paper, if you have it. Or you can print out a picture of a flame, and just cut it out. Or use red streamers. Or just cut out a chunk of your favorite Guy Fieri tribute shirt. 
-- Hot Pockets. Preferably ham and cheese

Identity Thief

So, you get a bunch of name tags, write other people's names on them, and stick 'em all over your bod. Another pun! Only this time, it's about something serious. Oh well. At least you get to make up a lot of fake names. Start with "Rod Domino!"

What you need:
-- So, you can basically wear whatever you want. But we recommend a suit, as it's assumed thats what identity thieves wear.
-- Name tags. But since they are kind of hard to come by, here is a template you can print out. 

Last Minute Halloween Costumes
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Tour de Franzia

The only performance enhancing drug this professional cyclist needs is everyone's favorite boxed wine. But also, maybe steroids. You need to fit into those spandex, right? Oh, this is also a pun. 

What you need: 
-- Box of boxed wine
-- Spandex
-- Tank top
-- Helmet
-- Dumb-looking sunglasses
-- Sunscreen on nose

Bunch o' Grapes

For this one, you might need a little bit of time. But not much. You need to acquire green or purple balloons and a bunch of tape. For extra credit, grab some wine from that Franzia bike dude. 

What you need:
-- Green or purple balloons 
-- Tape 

The Green Lantern

Superheroes are, objectively, so hot right now. And if you've ever gotten rowdy at a shindig and put a lampshade on your noggin' (congrats!), you know how fun it is to be the life of the party. This combines both. It's another pun, you see. 

What you need: 
-- A lampshade
-- A bright green shirt 
-- A willingness to have your vision obscured

Formal Apology 

To quote Justin Bieber: "I'm sorry, yeah. Sorry, yeah. Sorry." It's like that, with a suit on. Also a pun. Are you seeing a pattern yet?

What you need:
-- Cheap suit
-- Sign that says "I'm Sorry."


This is a pun that will capture the imagination of every youth between the age of 16-30. And also you can dance like nobody's watching even if everyone is watching. And judging. 

What you need:
-- Assorted rave gear (glow sticks, glow bracelet, oversized glasses that glow, basically anything that glows)
-- Headphones
-- Dozens of M&M wrappers, taped in various spots on your body

That Person Who Gave Everyone Crabs

Print out dozens of pictures of crabs. Hand them out at your party. Stuff them in every jacket pocket, and in random places around the room. You just gave everyone crabs. 

What you need:
-- Printed out pictures of crabs
-- No sense of worldly shame

Last-Minute Halloween Costumes
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Gingerbread Man

So, this one is kind of niche, as you need to have flaming red hair. But it is funny. And you get to hand out bread to the public. Also, a pun. A lot of these are puns. If you haven't noticed. 

What you need:
-- Red hair
-- Bread

Your Mom

This should be self-explanatory. It's easier if you live at home. 

What you need:
-- A bunch of your mom's clothes

Bat Man

This is it. The final pun. We've made it, folks. This is also the easiest costume on the list. Though, it can give people the wrong impression. Like law enforcement, for example. 

What you need:
-- One baseball bat
-- A non-threatening sense of whimsy (optional, but recommended)  

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Wil Fulton is a staff writer for Thrillist. He'll be your Pennywise, if you be his Babadook. Follow him @wilfulton.
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