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Stumped? Here are some last-minute costume ideas

No costume for that Halloween party at the weekend? Or not fussed about spending a pretty penny on something you may only wear once?

Why not get creative and make your own last minute costume by pulling something from your closet or paying a visit to your local thrift store?

The Lifestyles section scoured the internet and found there was a plethora of fun DIY ideas worthy of any spooky fete that might sneak up on you in the next few days. Here are some suggestions:

Tourist: Coming from Bermuda, we've learned to spot many tourists from a miles away.

All it takes to pull off this look is a pair of khaki shorts, some binoculars, a camera, fanny pack, white socks that reach midway up your calf and a loose short sleeved button down shirt, preferably in a floral or Hawaiian type pattern.

To top off this costume you might also want to put a dash of white make-up on your nose (to look like sunscreen) or borrow some red make-up or blush to get that just sunburned look.

Zombie: With recent movies like ‘Warm Bodies' and ‘World War Z' heating up the box office lately, it's no surprise that zombie costumes are among the most popular these days.

To pull this ‘just rose from the grave' look together, you will need to tear rips into any items of clothing (hopefully, something you never wear or bought from the thrift store). Then dirty yourself up as much as possible and smear fake blood onto the outfit.

You can put gel in your hair to give it dishevelled appearance and you can also mix white and black face paint to create a grey shade for your face.

Apply fake blood to the corners of your lips if you're really looking to scare other party guests this Halloween.

Robber: Although real thieves won't be welcome in your house any time soon, you can likely make room for a pretend robber or two on Halloween.

This look is pretty easy to pull together, you just need a striped shirt, black pants, sneakers, black eye masks (with enough room to see) and black gloves.

To really pull off this fun look, you can get a plain brown paper bag, draw a $ sign on it and maybe fill it with a few coins or costume jewellery items.

An 80s Baby: Lots of clothing from this era have come back into style. But if you don't have much in your closet, just be creative, you can mix and match some bold bright coloured prints from your wardrobe, along with tights and some big curly hair or a messy side ponytail and voila!

Other iconic eras like the 70s are a good option, if you have an afro wig or bell bottom pants; or why not go back to the Roaring 20s, with a frilly, black vintage flapper costume from your local thrift store?

You can also add a sparkly headband over your forehead and a long black pen (that looks like one of those cigarettes from that area) to give the look some extra pizazz.

Medusa: If you have a long white dress, gold accessories and sandals you can pull off this look. All you need to buy are some rubber snakes for your hair and there you have it.

If you can't find those in a local store, then you can easily say you are a Greek Goddess and just finish off the look with a gold headband.

Audrey Hepburn: The iconic actress from the 1940s was the epitome of elegance and class. To pull off this look all you need is a simple black dress, preferably something with a modest neckline, and then throw on some sunglasses, long black gloves, pearls and you're ready to go.

Super Hero: When all else fails who wouldn't want to be a superhero for the day? Men can do this simply by wearing a T-shirt with a Super Hero emblem under a white shirt and dress plants.

Ladies will need a pair of black stretch pants, a black turtleneck, a cape, a pair of boots or boot covers and a shirt with a Super Hero emblem to pull off the look.

If you don't have such a shirt lying around, you can draw the emblem with paper and markers, then cut the drawing out and glue it to your costume shirt.

To make a cape, you can get a large sheet of felt, cut it into a rectangular shape and make two holes in either end and string some rope or ribbon through so you can tie it around your neck.

The last step is putting some hot glue around the holes to seal it, then you are ready to save the day!

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Published October 31, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm)

Stumped? Here are some last-minute costume ideas

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