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Last-Minute Costumes From Your Closet


We know the story: You had grandiose costume ideas all year long and then October hit, and your mind went blank. Well denial is no longer an option (the big day is tomorrow), so here are some easy ideas you can recreate using pieces from your own closet. Not spending a dime on your costume? That’s the only thing about Halloween that isn’t frightening.

Melanie Daniels, "The Birds"

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"The Birds" Costume

Go all "Hitchcock heroine" with a disheveled up-do and elbow-length gloves. Stick to a '60s color palette like a mint green shift dress and a boxy blue jacket teamed with block heels and a structured purse. Extra credit: Befriend a pigeon or fashion a plastic bird to your hair.

Grey Long Leather Gloves



Thickening Dryspun Finish


Bumble and Bumble

Top Handle Bag with Bar Lock Fitting



Short Seamed Zip Jacket



Lurex Cut-Away Tunic



Block Platform Shoes



Amy Elliott Dunne, "Gone Girl"

"Gone Girl" Costume

Channel "Amazing Amy" from this season's biggest novel-turned-film blockbuster in a preppy-chic striped top, blue jeans and an overstuffed belt bag. Carry a diary and whimsical pen. A psycho look in your eyes is a plus, but not necessary. Extra credit: Singe the edges of the diary.

Striped Dipped Hem T-Shirt



Feather Pen


Gia High Rise Boyfriend Jean



Samantha Belt Bag


B-Low The Belt

Classic Diary



Sister Mary Clarence, "Sister Act"

"Sister Act" Costume

A nun's habit is surprisingly easy to recreate and requires only a few accessories to elevate the basic costume to stage-worthy status. Start by cutting an oval hole in a white pillowcase, leaving enough space for your face to show, then use a few safety pins to hold the edges in place across your shoulders. Add some Deloris flair with red heels, round sunglasses and finish with a rosary-inspired necklace. Extra credit: Carry a microphone.

Woven Jacquard Pillow Sham


Faux Suede Bow Pumps


Forever 21

Hooded Maxi Dress



Wooden Beaded Tassel Necklace



Round Black Glasses


Both Worlds

Captain Jack Sparrow, "Pirates Of The Caribbean"

"Pirates Of The Caribbean" Costume

Gather every scarf you've ever owned. We kid, but you'll need at least two. Start with a full head of braids and heavily kohl-lined eyes, then wrap a scarf across your forehead as a headband. Next, layer a long gilet over a billowy blouse and boyfriend jeans tucked into slouchy boots. Cinch the look with another striped scarf. Extra Credit: Tote an empty rum bottle (or not empty, whatever).

Milwood Scarf


Need Supply Co.

Original Creamy Kohl Me Kajal Eyeliner in Noir Volcanique



Pop Given Trash Jeans



Slouchy Suede Mid-Calf Boots


Manolo Blahnik

Marian Blouse


Elizabeth and James

Unique Longline Gilet



Skull Print Scarf


Alexander McQueen