Last minute Halloween ideas for procrastinators like me

I’m not quite sure how I manage to be both Type A and also a massive procrastinator. I think it basically boils down to making lots of very detailed lists, and then ignoring everything on them until the last minute. Well, fellow creatives, I decided to make a post for the most disorganized of us – a list of some super simple last minute Halloween projects that you can whip up in less than an hour. You’re welcome.
I don’t usually do much for Halloween anymore – as much as I love being silly and dressing up, I also tend to feel really anxious at big parties and events, which is 95% of possible activities for adults unless you have children that you can dress up as tiny dinosaurs and ninja turtles.

Free project tutorials and ideas

That said, I did buy three pumpkins (oops) that I plan to carve* with a Stranger Things theme. (* my wife will be doing the carving as I have zero artistic skills.) I also plan to hang out with friends, watch movies, and eat too much candy. And for that, I need some sort of costumeish thing.

Zombie knitter

Tape some chunky needles to a headband and do your best to look really menacing. 

Cat ears

I designed these for LoveKnitting last year – they’ll take less than 45 minutes to knit, you can use odds and ends of yarn, and as long as you have a headband then you’re good to go. Pair with whatever you want and be a cat. Full tutorial here!


This is right up my alley: shirt + duct tape = winning.

Rosie the Riveter 

Denim shirt, red bandana. And a fierce AF attitude.

Wind up doll 

Made with cardboard. Full tutorial from


Headband and construction paper. Bonus: you can wander around flailing your arms and talking in gibberish all night.

Tomb Raider

Lara Croft from the recent Rise of the Tomb Raider is easier to slap together a costume for than the, um, earlier version of her character. Jacket, scarf, boots. And a makeshift bow or a flashlight.

Max Caufield from Life is Strange

If you haven’t played Life is Strange yet, I don’t want to hear about it. It is, by far, one of my favourite games of all time, full stop. You can easily slap together a costume to be Max Caufiled, you just need a shoulder bag, a plaid shirt, and jeans. Done.

The original lazy costume: the sheet ghost. 

Will you wear the sheet ironically, or be a hipster? “I was a sheet ghost before it was ironic and cool.”

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