Spooky szn is almost here! And that means candy corn, jack-o-lanterns, and Bloody Marys all around. Halloween may have begun during ancient times as a three-day holiday to remember the dead, but over the years it has evolved into a night of pure fun. If you're a master at forgetting to plan your halloween costume in advance, fret not! We've got you the trendiest, last minute DIY Halloween costumes that you'll love.
Your costume is essential in making sure all the Halloween vibes are right—whether it's a DIY Halloween costume you've planned for a while or a last minute costume idea. From Trick or Treating to candy eating, getting deliberately frightened at haunted houses, and celebrating with friends, Halloween isn’t complete without the perfect costume, amirite?
This year has given us a lot—from tie-dye sweatsuits to Tiger King, and more. So the ideas for last minute halloween costumes are endless. Whether you decide to go the scary route with a spooky costume, opt for something cute and creative, or pay homage to the shows and 'fits that got you through quarantine, there are a plethora of ideas to choose from for your 2020 Halloween costume.
To make life easier, this Halloween we've compiled a list of our top, last minute, easy Halloween hair and costume ideas that you can DIY right at home with items from your local dollar store.
These Halloween hair and costume ideas are perfect if you're scrambling to throw something together just before a party, or if you just can't be bothered to spend copious amounts of money on yet another “sexy (insert here)” Halloween costume. Keep scrolling to see!
25 last minute Halloween costume ideas
1. The Updated Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande has one of the most iconic looks of all time, recreated by Kourtney Kardashian last Halloween. But now, it’s time to amp it up. Ariana recently has been wearing not 1, but 2 snatched, sky-high ponytails. You can easily recreate this look with the Luxy Hair ponytail and wear it like the glam version of Ariana with a babydoll dress or a casual version with an oversized hoodie and thigh high boots, just be sure to pair the look with an ultra-long ponytail using hair extensions. Check out the tutorial below to learn how to create a long, thick signature Ariana ponytail.
2. Instagram Baddie
Now, we’ve been seeing these ladies rule Instagram for a while now, so why not try it out yourself. A quick guide to becoming an Instagram baddie for halloween will include: full, glossy lips, slick hair, thick eyebrows, a cute outfit consisting of a bodysuit, sweatpants, or some sort of bodysuit/sweatpant combo, and heels or sneakers to complete the look.
3. Betty from Riverdale
She’s the classic girl-next-door with a dark side—now if that’s not halloween, we don’t know what is. To emulate the ideal Betty, you gotta get out those pretty pink cardigans, and tie your hair up in a perfect perky ponytail. If you have some extra time, try recreating Betty’s cheerleader look from the show.
4. Emoji Twins
We pretty much spend our entire day on social media, so why not be your favorite emoji for Halloween! From the iconic red dress dancing girl emoji, to the sassy girl emoji, you can pretty much do it all. If you’re feeling this idea a little more than the others, tag a friend and recreate the two girl emoji.
5. Carole Baskin
Does this even need an introduction? The reason we all got through the first few weeks of quarantine goes to this lady and Joe Exotic, obviously. To recreate. Carole Baskin's iconic look, all you’ll need is a loose-fitted animal print shirt, denim jeans, and a flower crown of course.
6. Selling Sunset Realtor
Time to pull out your highest pair of heels, your sexiest dress and your best power pony for Halloween 2020. In order to look like one of Selling Sunset's sophisticated realtors, it is essential that you put on your classiest clothes, and make up that is chic and clean. Think bold winged eyeliner, neutral lips and clean beach waves or a snatched pony. If you're channelling the ever-fabulous Christine Quinn, throw everyone we just said out the window and opt for the most outrageous couture clothing you can find, paired with a snatched ponytail.
7. Money Heist Robber
The key to this look is the iconic Salvador Dali mask, however, if you can’t find the mask, this look is pretty simple to recreate with black eyeshadow and eyeliner. All you’ll need then is a red hoodie and a pair of comfortable matching pants. Channel your inner heist-loving character and complete the look with a fake gun for an easy DIY halloween look.
8. Quarantine Queen
Get ready to get comfy this halloween! If there is something quarantine has taught us, it’s that comfort is key. So why not keep it comfy this spooky season too? Extra points to you if you can wear a tie-dye sweatsuit with banana bread in tow. Now if this doesn’t say quarantine queen, we don’t know what does. Not sure which version of a quarantine queen you should be? Take our quiz below.
You cannot go wrong when Disney and Halloween come together. A classic Ariel costume hits all the right tones on beautiful and sexy. You can wear it this way or add your own spin of spook to this by wearing skull make up and carrying a bloody fork if you’d like.
10. Audrey Hepburn with Updo
Audrey Hepburn is a film and fashion icon, and is a brand in and of herself. Most active during Hollywood’s Golden Age during the 20s and 30s, Audrey Hepburn is instantly recognized by her iconic black shift dresses, short hair or side-swept updo, and thick, black eyelashes. This Halloween hairstyle emulates Audrey Hepburn’s look in one of her most famous films, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In this hairstyle, Marta uses her 220g Ash Blonde Luxy Hair extensions to achieve more length and volume and make the updo easier to manage.
Audrey Hepburn wears her updo with a jewelled beret in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, so go ahead and add your favorite crystal pin or even a piece of jewellery to the top of your hair. Complete the look with a vintage black dress and satin gloves, heavy black winged liner, and a pair of retro sunnies. Get the full look here.
11. Cute Bear
You can never go wrong dressing up as a cute, furry animal for Halloween (like a mouse), and this is a great option if you left your costume to the last-minute like many of us do. This last meeting Halloween costume idea can be adapted for pretty much any woodland creature by simply getting creative with your makeup. It’s that easy! Complete the look with a pop of pink blush, some whiskers drawn on with eyeliner, and some brown eyeshadow.
For your hair, you can add extensions and then create space buns with extra volume for the full effect. A simple idea like this one will make sure your halloween isn’t just ‘bear’able but extra fun. Get the look here.
Who doesn’t want to be an ethereal unicorn this Halloween? Believed to be the symbol of purity and grace in ancient times, this mythical creature has been at the forefront of pop culture for years. Whether unicorns are real or not (we like to believe they are), with a few simple tricks using hair extensions, you too can emulate their magic and mystic. You can use the 220g Ash Blonde Luxy Hair extensions to create this dreamy look. Get the look here.
13. Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn’s character continues to be all the rage, especially with the recent release of Birds Of Prey. After all, who doesn't want to let their inner bad girl out once a year? The great thing about this sassy supervillain is that she has crazy cool hair that’s perfect for Halloween, and surprisingly easy to recreate.
Just like the previous Unicorn Hair tutorial, this Halloween hair idea incorporates wefts from our Ash Blonde set which have been sprayed with colored hairspray to achieve those classic Harley Quinn vibrant red and blue hues. This is a great alternative to spraying temporary hair dye to your natural locks as it can be damaging to your hair and a pain to wash out.
The way we look at Disney princesses has changed completely and we are here for it! Instead of being defenceless and in need of rescue, princesses now are strong, independent and powerful; and Princess Tiana is the perfect representation of that. An easy way to DIY this character for Halloween is to put on a strapless green dress, a white floral crown with your hair up in a bun, and don't forget to carry a frog with you!
14. Captain Marvel
A superhero costume is the way to go if you have no other ideas for what you want to be for Halloween. And who better than Captain Marvel? Her fascinating history and super strength makes for the perfect halloween costume; back story + cute outfit. Here's what you'll need navy blue leggings and top, a red belt and red boots. To amp up this DIY costume you can also create the stars and shoulder pad with gold tape from your local dollar store.
16. Wednesday Addams
Wednesday Addams is dark and broody...the perfect character to dress up as for Halloween. The best part? You can emulate a young Christina Ricci even if you only have a few hours to throw together a last minute Halloween costume.
All you need is two pigtail braids, black eyeliner, and dark lips, a white button-up dress shirt, black dress, or black cardigan and skirt, black pantyhose, and black shoes. Can you figure out what Wednesday’s favorite color is?
17. Regina George
Mean Girls just never gets old, and while the movie came out over 10 years ago, the references are still prevalent today. Is there any mean girl we love to hate more than Regina George? All you need: All pink everything + a flip phone for extra effect.
18. Damien from Mean Girls
Now that hoodies are such a staple in all our wardrobes (thanks, quarantine!), it gives you the chance to play the perfect Damien from Mean Girls. All you need is a blue hoodie, black sunglasses, a sign that says "she doesn't even go here!"
19. 80’s Aerobics Instructor
With bodysuits being such a fashion staple lately, this DIY Halloween costume is perfect to create last minute. Plus, the #throwback factor makes it so much better, IMHO. All you will need is a pair of running shoes, bright leggings, bodysuit, and a headband—all neon of course.
20. Princess Jasmine
With the live-action version of Aladdin releasing, we couldn't help but notice Princess Jasmine's fabulous wardrobe and of course, iconic bubble braid. Here's a tutorial showing how to recreate this hair look. Be sure to use a thick set of hair extensions to achieve a longer, thicker braid! All you need is a Sky blue crop top and harem pants, 220g hair extensions.
21. Rosie The Riveter
This last minute costume works a tad better if you have blonde hair, but hey—we don't hair discriminate here! Exude female empowerment by becoming your own version of Rosie the Riveter. Simply section off the front part of your hair and tie the rest into a messy bun. Then, curl the front pieces messily, throw on a red bandana and denim jacket, and you're done! Plus, a matching mask for extra effect never hurt nobody.
22. Bratz Doll
A classic that will never go out of style! This Bratz doll was the Instagram Baddie of the 90s. Full lips, with a bold colour, a cute cropped top with a mini-skirt or cargos and you’re on your way to stealing the show at your halloween party. For your hair, you can choose to wear it straight, or big and bold; all you gotta do is remember to make a big statement with it.
23. Classic Ghost
When all else fails, the classic white bedsheet ghost has got our back. We don’t even need to break this down for you, because you already know how to do this right. But if you want to level up this costume game to 2020, try adding a trendy hat and shoes to the mix.
24. Disco Queen
A fun, sassy Halloween costume idea that you will not be embarrassed to look back on a few years from now. You can easily put together a disco-inspired outfit by wearing bold colours and prints, bell-bottom pants, and tinted sunglasses. Don’t be afraid to add some roller skates to the mix if you’re feeling extra adventurous.
25. Instagram Filter IRL
Put your makeup skills to the test with this halloween makeup look and wear your favourite Instagram filter in real life. If you don’t want to go all out with makeup, you can wear a basic look, and use stickers or gemstones from your local dollar store to recreate your favorite butterfly, sparkle or floral effect.
All these costumes can be created with some strategic hairstyles and makeup looks, digging through your closet, or maybe even a quick trip to your local thrift store.
If there is anything 2020 has taught us, it is to live life to its fullest potential. With Halloween coming soon, take this opportunity to go all out, with your costume and have a good time with your friends and family. If you recreate any of these last minute DIY Halloween hair ideas or costumes, be sure to tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #luxyhair. We would love to see all your gorgeous looks. Every holiday feels extra special this year, (as it should) and we hope you have the spookiest time celebrating–Happy Halloween!