Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

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Updated: 10/30/2012 2:46 pm Published: 10/30/2012 2:07 pm

Last-minute Halloween shoppers looking for a quick and easy costume have come to the right place. The Prairie Hive Magazine gals are here to save your holiday. "Here are some quick and easy ideas for costumes you can put together using things you already have around the house!" Sarah Vespasian of Prairie Hive said. 

For children or adults, put on all white. Then take an orange pillow and use a dark green ribbon to tie around the pillow and your body. Then you are sushi. "For extra points, wear a green hat to add a little wasabi!" Vespasian said.

Be a picnic by cutting "a hole for your head in an old tablecloth, then drape over your shoulders. Add some cutout ants, and carry a picnic basket (also doubles as a trick or treat basket!)," she said.

A superhero costume is one of the easiest costumes you can make. "Take a solid color sweatshirt, and use a contrasting color duct tape (Duck brand has lots of choices!) and create stripes, a letter (for your first name or a superhero name), on the shirt (and pants if you have them!). Pin a matching towel to the shoulders and presto!" Vespasian said. 

Adults can create a fun Drunk Uncle costume. "Carry a flask. Wear an untucked shirt and loosened tie. Use blush to make your cheeks and nose red. Stay in character by slurring your words, stumbling and general inappropriateness," she said.

The techy social network fanatics will enjoy the "Instagram" costume. "Use a photo mat (or make your own from poster board).  Then add amber (blue or red will also work, depending on your “filter” preference) cellophane to create a live Instagram effect. Bonus points for Instagramming your Instagram costume," she said. 

"Not Impressed" costume is an ode to the USA Gymnastics Olympian Makayla Maroney. "She wasn't impressed with her silver medal, but luckily Add US and Olympic logos to a gray zip up jacket, make a silver medal out of cardboard, foil, and purple ribbon. Pull your hair into a ponytail, add some extra eyeshadow, carry a bouquet and wrinkle your nose all night," Vespasian said. 

And the easiest of them all is the "Call Me Maybe" costume. Wear a “Hello My Name Is...” sticker, with MAYBE written in.
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