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Last-Minute Halloween Costumes That Make You Seem Less Lazy Than You Are

These ready-to-wear costumes, Halloween accessories, and instantly festive accoutrements will make it seem like you really tried.
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The scariest thing you could do on Halloween? Pull up to the function with a half-assed—or worse yet, nonexistent—costume. Think about it. What other day of the year are you subject to sending the combined message of, “I am lazy, boring, and not spooky,” in one go? It’s a 69-car pileup of party pooper energy, and your faithful Rec Room editors are not about to let that happen—no matter how much you’ve procrastinated. 

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So, no—you are not being “drunk” for Halloween again, Brad. That being said, we, like Brad, are also pretty lazy. That doesn’t mean we aren’t obsessed with the Spooky Life, but it’s hard to pick up your laundry and stay hydrated and remember to floss and find a last-minute Halloween costume before you have to embark on the Week Of Endless Halloween-Themed Events. That, dear readers, is where we come in. Finding last-minute shit is our JAM, and we couldn’t be happier to virtually hold your hand as we take a stroll down the internet’s costume aisle. 

First off, it’s all about choice accessories. There are so many gnarly, unhinged Halloween masks that we love, which pack such a well-rounded visual punch, while also allowing for your personality to shine through. Perhaps you already have jeans and a black turtleneck, and the final piece of your cosplay as The Rock is a gold chain? Wherever you are in your last-minute Halloween costume journey, we’re here to help, which is why we’ve compiled this short list of some of our favorite Halloween accessories, ready-to-wear costumes, and festive accoutrements for the freakiest night of the year. 

You’re riveted by the Brittany Murphy HBO documentary

Pay homage to the actress in her most iconic role (Clueless, the greatest teen movie of all time) by dressing up as post-makeover Tai. Too many Cher costumes out there, not enough Tais. For pretty cheap, you can add rush shipping to get it in time for the Halloween house parties.


$39.99 at Fun.com

$39.99 at Fun.com
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You have emotional motion sickness

Or is it just the candy and Jäger? Every hot and sad person will be dressing up as a skeleton Phoebe Bridgers this year. 


$59.98 at Amazon

$59.98 at Amazon

The cape combo

Find a velvety cape to pair with vampire fangs—and good fangs—to go full 18th-century Vlad. I cannot stress enough the superiority of Scarecrow fangs; I still have the same pair from when I was eight years old (???) and convinced too many people they were real. 


$21.99 at Amazon

$21.99 at Amazon

$17.99 at Amazon

$17.99 at Amazon

Alternatively, you can pair your plush cape with some elven ears or hobbit feet OR with the cape and the fangs to go full “transitioning vampire bat.” Bonus points for lighting your guano on fire in a bag on someone’s doorstep. 

Finally, the greatest riding-a-thing costume ever

Inflatable costumes have gotten huge, as have costumes that make it look like you’re riding a horse, dinosaur, or whatever. But this giant shrimp costume is next level, and still available for delivery by October 29. You’re welcome.


$44.99 at Amazon

$44.99 at Amazon

Avoca-don’t show up to the party without a costume

Holy motherfucking guacamole, Batman. Show up with this avocado costume, a 30-rack of PBR, some mushrooms, and get absolutely pitted, braj. (Dignity sold separately.) 


$50.99 at Amazon

$50.99 at Amazon

Standard issue frog

Frogs are in vogue right now, and they’re basically the new “I’m so random” thing for hot Instagram and TikTok people to base their entire personality around. (We kid the frogs.) Hippity hop on down to the liquor store, pick up a fat fifth of Chartreuse to honor the monks, and enjoy your amphibious night. People won’t be able to take their eyes off you… Some might even call you ribbiting. 

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$44.99 at Amazon

$44.99 at Amazon

Rock lobster

Bouffant your hair. Sing Loveshack on repeat, and keep the beat with these gahgeous MEAT MITTENS. The hottest lobster in the Crockpot, you are.   


$16.99 at Amazon

$16.99 at Amazon

The one piece a-peel

Did you know that bananas are technically vegetables? No, not really—but we had you going for a second, right? Show up to the party wearing this, talk to people about the importance of dietary fiber, and down a responsible amount of 99 Bananas. (JK, there’s no “responsible amount” of 99 Bananas.) 


$34.99 at Amazon

$34.99 at Amazon

Get pickled this Halloween

Look, nobody needs to be reminded that pickled cucumbers are the second sluttiest vegetable fruit in the game, but it bears repeating. This Halloween, remind people that you’re a) hot, and b) down with sustainable preservation techniques. Throw on some fishnets and find a cutie to spear you and eat your with a sandwich, if you know what we mean. (We don’t.) 


$49.99 at Amazon

$49.99 at Amazon

Don’t forget your beer holster


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