Costume solutions for those without a sense of planning


Some Halloween costumes are frightfully easy to make at home.

Robin Gee, Graphic Designer

There are those who spend months planning and making Halloween costumes. They are elaborate and well thought out, and the sorts of things that win prizes. Then there are those who cobble together a costume mere hours before a party, often with less than great results. If you are in the latter category, you are in luck. Below are several Halloween costumes that can be made quickly and easily, and you may even have most of what you need for them already.


  • Cargo pants
  • Boots
  • Grey t-shirt with hammer insignia (can be found on the internet, printed out, and taped or safety-pinned onto shirt)
  • Black gloves (the larger the better)

For extra points, memorize a stanza or two from A Man’s Gotta Do, or Everyone’s A Hero.


  • White collared shirt
  • Black dress
  • Hair in braids


  • Pink dress 
  • Boots
  • Sling pack
  • Hair bow or large hair clip


  • T-shirt
  • Jeans
  • Fake blood

To make fake blood mix together three parts corn syrup, one part water, corn starch, lots of red food coloring, drop of blue food coloring, drop of yellow food coloring. Mix until it is the color and consistency of real blood.