16 last-minute Halloween costumes you can make yourself

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16 last-minute Halloween costumes you can make yourself

The Sailor

Pull together the preppy pieces in your closet and channel a sailor. The easiest way to get this look is with a striped t-shirt with white pants. Add a hat and a touch of red to elevate the nautical look.

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The Cat

This is a Halloween classic. Add cat ears and a tail to your all black ensemble for a the staple Halloween cat costume. You can take this look to the next level with a cat-eye and fierce feline makeup. Watch the fierce feline make-up tutorial.

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A Witch

Dress up in all black and top it off with the iconic witch hat for an easy Halloween costume. Black nails and lipstick with pale white make-up are perfect to complete the look. 

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Rosie the Riveter

Roll up your sleeves and tie a red bandanna around your hair to recreate the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter. A bold red lip pulls together the 50s era look. 

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The Greek Toga

If you've got white sheets, you've already got the makings of a classic Halloween costume. Wrap up your sheets and transform into a Greek God. Add headwear and accessories to complete the look. Learn how to make the perfect toga here.

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The Nerd

The nerd is a tried and true Halloween option every year. Button up your nerdiest plaid shirt, pack your pocket protecter, and add tape to your glasses for good measure. Pull it all together with suspenders of a bow time. A+ for effort! 

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This costume makeup has become very popular in recent years. Watch the tutorial for a cheap, easy, and artistic skeleton makeup look here.

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With some simple face paint, a striped t-shirt, and a beret you can easily create a mime costume. Chic and simple!

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Where's Waldo

Throw on a bold red-and-white striped shirt, beanie and thick black rimmed glasses to steal Waldo's look. People will be tracking down this costume all night! 

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The Wolf of Wall Street

Suit up with a twist! Throw a wolf mask and dress up in your business attire for the Wolf of Wall Street costume. Create your own mask at home using this printable mask template.

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Tom Cruise in Risky Business

Slide into any party like Tom Cruise. This 'Risky Business' costume only requires a button-up shirt, boxers, and white tube socks. Air guitar, optional. 

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Mod 60's Girl

The key to channeling your inner sixties look, is sleek and modern madekup and clothes. Wear a shift dress, boots, and bat your lashes like 60's model, Twiggy. Find out how to create Twiggy's eye look here.

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The Vampire

Show off your fangs for a Vampire costume. Thanks to the likes of shows like True Blood and movies like Twilight, there is plenty of inspiration for the modern day. 

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An Emoji

Emojis are the familiar faces in our day-to-day text messages. What better way to express yourself than by dressing up as your favorite emoji. For $5 dollars you can secure your favorite emoji face mask here.

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The Guy from Brawny Paper Towels

If you okay with wearing plaid and carrying around a package of paper towel, this might be the costume for you! 

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Pile on pearls over a boxy drop-waist dress. If you don't have a feathery headband to pull over your pincurls, try a scarf. Flapper inspired makeup will finish the look. 

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You CAN wait until the last minute and still have a buzz-worthy Halloween costume! These ideas will save you time and money without sacrificing fun on the spookiest night of the year.

Check out the slideshow above for your last-minute costume bible.

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