Rachel Grate
October 26, 2014 9:30 am

It’s easy to hate Halloween costumes when all you see are the pre-packaged sexy cat varieties available online. You probably don’t want to be the girl who puts on Minnie Mouse ears for the fourth year in a row, but spending money on a pre-made costume is about as appealing as going to the dentist. Whether you hate dressing up, or you just leave costume decisions to the last-minute, there’s nothing worse than being invited to a Halloween party and realizing you have nothing to wear.

Have no fear–we’ve collected the funniest and punniest DIY ideas that will leave everyone impressed and, most importantly, won’t take you more than five minutes to assemble.

1. Facebook

Jim Halpert from The Office was the Halloween expert at the barely-a-costume costume, but his best costume was undeniably the simplest: Facebook. All that’s required is a pen (or eyeliner) and writing “book” across your face, and you’re done. (A blue shirt takes it to the next level.)

2. 404 Error

All you need is a sharpie and a white shirt to become a 404 Error: Costume Not Found. There are cheap versions of these shirts sold all across the Internet as well, if you’d rather spend five dollars than five minutes on your costume.

3. Rosie the Riveter

This costume is classic for a reason. Rosie the Riveter is not only one of the most feminist costumes out there, it’s also one of the easiest: all you need is a bandana and a denim or button-up top. (Getting the colors right is ideal, but not necessary to be recognized.) Or, you could go for a meta costume and dress up as Leslie Knope (from Parks and Recreation) dressed up as Rosie the Riveter (which may or may not have been my costume last year).

4. Amy Pond from Doctor Who

Amy Pond wears completely normal clothes, so to make your costume recognizable, you’ll want to include tally marks on your arms and face to count how many times you’ve seen The Silence. An alternative Doctor Who reference is wearing a set of wings and looking sad–and now you’re a Weeping Angel.

5. Jellyfish

All you need to do for this costume is tape ribbon to an umbrella. Bonus points if the umbrella, ribbon and your outfit are all a similar pastel or iridescent color.

6. Regina George

There’s nothing like a Mean Girls reference to please a crowd. All you need for this is to cut out boob-circle holes in a white tank top. For accuracy, choose a purple bra, black skirt, and heels, but as long as your bra is brightly colored, the costume works.

7. 50 Shades of Gray

Stop by a paint store and grab as many varieties of gray paint strips as you desire (with five to a strip, you really only need ten, but you can go all out). Tape them to your shirt and as long as the rest of your outfit isn’t rainbow, you’re golden. If you want to get a little scandalous, a pair of handcuffs would round out the costume.

8. Breadwinner 

With a medal and a bag of bread, you can get punny while showing your feminist side. If you have red hair and want to put the bag of bread to use a second night, you could also become a Ginger Bread Woman.

9. Nudist on Strike

Just carry around a sign and you’re good to go. Bonus points for dressing in skin-colored clothing.

10. Ceiling Fan

The ceilings are totally my favorite sports team.

11. Liz Lemon from 30 Rock

One of our most beloved TV characters is also one of the world’s easiest costumes. All you need is a shirt, jeans, glasses, and one of Liz Lemon’s favorite snack foods–or, alternatively, a Snuggie and cheese.

12. Black Mail

Wear all black, spend as much money on stamps as you deem fit, and then stick them all over. This costume is definitely scarier than any ghost I’ve ever seen.

13. Babysitter

Let’s be honest, none of us have ever understood why we call nannies “babysitters.” Take advantage of the strange pun by attaching a baby doll to your butt with a belt.

14. Cereal Killer

All you need for this costume is a knife and a box of cereal. You can get creative with the cereal box, putting it around your head or attaching it to your costume, or just carry it all night. I do recommend a fake knife however, so that the costume doesn’t cross from funny into downright terrifying.

15. Spice Rack or Spice Girls

It’s time to search through your pantry and find your biggest bra! Fill up your bra with bottles of spices and your girls will become the Spice Girls. If you’re not into referring to your breasts as individual people, this costume is also popularly referred to as the Spice Rack.

16. Freudian Slip

Impress everyone with your vocabulary by cutting out and pasting Freudian terms onto your sexiest slip.

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