So you don’t have a costume yet. Well, you could head out to one of those seasonal superstores and slog through their picked-over selection, but why bother? Everything left is terrible. Try one of these three DIY-friendly ideas, instead. You might end up looking like a jackass, but at least you won’t look like a jackass that slapped down $75 for the privilege.
Option 1: Bed Sheet Ghost
Yeah, that old standard. You probably donned the getup at least once as a kid. It’s boring, but what it lacks in creativity, it makes up for in sheer nostalgia.
Pros: It’s about as easy as you can get on the fabrication front—acquire white sheet, cut out eye holes, place white sheet on head. Bam. You’re a ghost.
Cons: The sheet will inevitably shift after you put it over your head, effectively blinding you in the process. Also, the cultural implications of a white hood get a little prickly once you pass puberty.
Option 2: Cardboard Box Robot
Despite the fact that they’re clearly hell-bent on the destruction—or at least the enslavement—of all humans, everyone loves robots. Plus, all you need is a few boxes of varying sizes, maybe some tubing, a sharpie, and paint (if you’re feeling inspired) to put it together.
Pros: Like we said: Robots!
Cons: You can’t really move, you won’t be able to sit down, drinking is barely possible, and should you manage it, going to the bathroom afterwards is even more difficult.
Option 3: Greaser
This is probably your best bet, to be honest. If you’ve got a white T-shirt, a pair of jeans, and boots, you’ve got everything you need to pull it off. Well, that and a ton of pomade. (Bonus points for a leather jacket or a pack of cigarettes rolled in your sleeve.)
Pros: It’s easy, you’ve got the components in your closet already, and you can go about your evening in relatively normal fashion—though you should probably run a comb through your hair and deliver a hearty “Eh!” at least once.
Cons: It’s barely a costume, especially if you’re a T-shirt and jeans guy.