Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Last-Minute Halloween Costumes in 5-20 Mins

Hurricane Sandy got us all a little bit behind on our Halloween plans here on the East Coast. Here are some last minute Halloween costumes that don't require a lot of prep time using things you can find around the house and/or just a computer and some paper.

1. The Crawley Sisters (Downton Abbey)
If you have a light hair color, you may choose to be Lady Edith. If you don't mind sporting a baby bump, you may choose to be Lady Sybil. If you're planning on being a real wild child this Halloween, then Lady Mary's definitely the way to go...just beware of any handsome Turkish diplomats!
What you'll need: A knee or floor length dress with bead or lace detail (Old prom dresses, anyone? The more 1920s the style the better i.e. Sue Wong dresses, etc), white elbow length gloves, a beaded/bedazzled/lace clutch (optional), a folding fan (optional), art deco inspired jewelry, an updo
Prep Time: 5-15 Minutes
Great for: History & Book Lovers; Those with Gatsby costumes from a previous Halloween

2. Miss Frizzle (The Magic School Bus)
What you'll need: A knee-length navy blue or purple dress, red shoes, a hair curler (if your hair isn't naturally curly), paper, and a computer (to print out pictures of the solar system), safety pins (to attach the solar system pictures to your dress)
Prep Time: 10-20 Minutes
Great for: Teachers; Trick-or-treating with your younger sibling or your child

3. Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"
What you'll need: A lime green dress or top (pair with any pants you like), a lime green jacket, an undo, 2-3 fake black birds OR black paper + safety pins to create your own birds to pin on to the jacket
Prep Time: 5-15 Minutes
Great for: Cinema Lovers, Hitchcock Fans

4. Nickelodeon's Legends of the Hidden Temple
What you'll need: A solid color t-shirt in orange/blue/purple/red/green/silver or grey (or just turn a tee with a design inside out), paper & a computer (to print out your team's logo), an additional yellow/gold piece of paper & string (to draw & create your "pendants of life"), a bike or skateboard helmet (preferably in gold or yellow), elbow pads and wrist guards (optional), sneakers
Prep Time: 5-15 Minutes
Great for: 1990s kids, Groups! (the more the better)

5. Zara Phillips (equestrian + royalty? LOVE)
Granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II AND London 2012 Olympic Silver medalist in equestrian? What's not to love about the very fashionable 31 year old beauty?
What you'll need: A top hat / bowler hat / riding helmet (any black hat) worn with a low bun OR no hat + a poufy updo, a navy blue blazer, a white ruffled blouse, khakis or white skinny jeans, flat knee-high leather boots, a silver medal (optional), black leather gloves (optional)
Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes
Great for: Anglophiles, Horseback Riders, Groups (have friends dress up as Classy Kate - don't forget the sapphire engagement ring, Pippa - SEE BELOW, Wild Harry - up to your imagination, The Queen, etc)

6. Pippa Middleton
What you'll need: A white gown (great use of old white commencement / graduation / debutante dresses), a throw pillow (to add a little stuffing to the rear...), a real or faux copy of her party planning book "Celebrate" (optional, print out a copy of the cover HERE & attach it to the cover of any other book you have around)
Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes
Great for: Anglophiles, Groups (have friends dress up as Classy Kate - don't forget the sapphire engagement ring, Olympian Zara - SEE ABOVE, Wild Harry - up to your imagination, The Queen, etc)

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