Last-Minute Costume Ideas to Save Your Halloween

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If it’s Halloween Week and you’re reading this, let’s face it: You have zero idea what costume to wear, and you’re on the verge of a complete mental breakdown. Well, RELAX. We’ve got you — as long as you know these characters, otherwise you’re screwed and might as well go to Walgreens for some bunny ears.

For those of you still with us, here are five last-minute costume ideas you can pull off quickly — and more importantly, on the cheap. You’re welcome.

L’CARPETRON DOOKMARRIOT – KEY & PEELE, EAST/WEST BOWL

College football is in full swing, so why not salute a star student athlete with a complicated name? May we suggest: L’Carpetron Dookmarriot? Lazy people will roll into a party wearing football jerseys that they already own representing real-life pro athletes. Your jersey will take marginally more effort and put all those sad bastards to shame.

COSTUME SHOPPING LIST:
Mesh football shirt
Electrical tape (to spell out “Dookmarriot” on the back of the shirt)
Red bandana
Wig/facial hair set

PC PRINCIPAL – SOUTH PARK

Some costumes are an instant “get.” This one requires a little attitude to pull off. PC Principal looks like your average, unremarkable gym teacher, so other partygoers may think you neglected to wear a costume at all. That’s when your acting chops come in handy. Start condemning the political incorrectness of their costumes. Launch into long tirades about social justice issues. Everyone will realize you’re not just some lame schlub, but instead, South Park’s most progressive resident.

COSTUME SHOPPING LIST:
Khaki pants
Blue polo shirt
Wraparound sunglasses
Microphone

RAPPING WIZARD – WORKAHOLICS

There are two things that literally everybody enjoys: hip hop and anything related to wizards. Therefore, dressing as the rapping wizards of Workaholics is a slam-dunk, no-brainer ticket to Halloween party popularity. At first, folks will be fooled into thinking your costume is boring. Just a wizard? Snooze. Then… bam! You drop mad bars and show everyone how tremendously cool you, in fact, are.

COSTUME SHOPPING LIST:
Construction paper (for wizard hat and wizard symbols)
Bathrobe
White novelty beard
Glitter glue

GOTH NATHAN – NATHAN FOR YOU

Does Halloween make you feel awkward or uncomfortable? Great. You’re halfway to a pitch-perfect Nathan Fielder impression. And if you wear all black and cover yourself in safety pins, you will become indistinguishable from Fielder’s subtle alter ego: Goth Nathan. Remember him? He famously went undercover to investigate Best Buy’s problematic price-match policy. Not only will you look incredible, your costume will also serve a useful social function. Mentioning Nathan Fielder is a shortcut to locating the interesting people at a party. If they love Nathan, you should commence flirting. If they do not love Nathan, make your excuses and move on.

COSTUME SHOPPING LIST:
Temporary black hair dye
Black button-down top
Black jeans
Hair gel
Black boots
Lots of safety pins

ABBI JACOBSON AS MISSY ELLIOTT – BROAD CITY

Abbi and Ilana are the patron saints of broke-ass creative people. So naturally, they can rescue you from crippling costume dilemmas. Remember Abbi’s rap video daydream, when she storms into the bank dressed as Missy Elliott? If you tape together trash bags, stuff them with newspapers, apply gold spray paint to a bike helmet and don swim goggles, you too can be Missy in the “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” video. You will draw attention and admiration everywhere you go. Have fun being the dopest person in the room.

COSTUME SHOPPING LIST:
Black trash bags
Old paper/newspapers
Black gaffer tape
Bike helmet
Swim goggles
Gold spray paint
Black gloves
Hoop earrings

For further inspiration, here are all your costumes in their native environment.
http://www.cc.com/video-clips/yrom8a/last-minute-costume-ideas-to-save-your-halloween