Costumes for the Lazy

So you’ve been invited to a last-minute Halloween costume party.  Only one problem: you’re not the costume “type,” so you don’t have anything from a con on standby, and you’ve got very little time to throw anything together.  Or maybe you’d like to keep your effort to a bare minimum.  What will you do?

Below are a few “lazy” ideas for costumes.  These require minimal time and purchases, and hopefully look a bit more clever than just buying a cape from a drugstore.

H Is For Hologram

On the TV series Red Dwarf, when you die, your memories and personality can be used to resurrect you, in a sense, as a Hologram.  Rather than spend money on special effects, Holograms are differentiated from regular, living people by a large H on their forehead.  Thus, with an H on your noggin, you are technically in costume – the Hologram version of yourself.  I suppose if you’re feeling really lazy you could just draw one on, but you’ll get bonus points if it’s made out of foam or cardboard or something similar.  Bonus points for decorating it with glitter or holographic paper!


No, not that kind of pirate.  In this version, you simply carry an iPod full of songs you didn’t buy.  Maybe you can carry around a camcorder too, and attempt to film everything while shaking and sneezing.  I suppose you can wear an eyepatch, too, if you really want to hammer the point home (or if you just want to wear an eyepatch). 


Maybe I’ve just got this show on the brain, but it seems a guy could replicate this iconic look fairly easily – a tan or olive thermal, some khaki cargo pants, gloves, boots and a dark apron.  You can even pull this look off if you’re a girl (and a fan of the show) – just make sure the thermal is purple!  And to make it even more easy for you, if finding an olive thermal is just so hard, ThinkGeek did the work for you.

Sookie Stackhouse

If you’re a girl and feeling equally lazy, being Sookie Stackhouse – or any waitress from Merlotte’s – might just be the costume for you.  It’s incredibly easy to DIY; a pair of short black shorts, a white t-shirt, sneakers and a ponytail are really all you need to get the look across.  You can scribble out a green Merlotte’s logo yourself if you like, but if you want to be authentic and lazy, well, again, there are ways.

The “Alton Brown” look

Who doesn’t love Good Eats?  Now you, too, can look like your favorite chef/professor/host while in the kitchen.  All you really need is a boldly-patterened button-up shirt and some black-rimmed glasses.  You can get as authentic or iconic as you want – hand-make a puppet, carry a mini fire extinguisher – but be careful!  That make take you dangerously into the “fun effort” category.

PvZ Zombie

Yes, the zombie look has been pretty popular for a few years now, but have you considered the lovable zombie looks from our favorite app?  With the simple addition of a traffic cone, metal pan, screen door or riding dolphin you can take a zombie look from yawn to fawn*!

What about you?  What can you come up with that’s clever, relevant and simple? 

*(I may have to trademark that one)



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