Just like every other year and every other holiday on the United States calendar, Halloween has once again snuck up on us. Those who like to plan (read: Virgos) have likely had their Halloween costumes set for months, complete with all of the garb, obscure accessories, and makeup necessary to bring their ideas to life. Meanwhile, the rest of us are scrambling to pull together last minute Halloween costumes that don’t actually look last minute.
Thankfully, as with any other trying time, you can always turn to pop culture for Halloween costume inspiration. You can keep things ultra timely, with a Fortnite costume or, to be the ultimate millennial, a meme costume. To keep things more evergreen, though, you can choose from the millions of iconic movie characters or the thousands of classic TV shows out there. Whether you’re into superhero flicks, romantic comedies, or HBO dramas, there are TV character costumes and movie costumes out there for everyone. It can be tempting to go with something basic—a cat, a witch, a pumpkin, a ghost (some of us don’t even need a costume for that last one)—but do you really want to spend the party telling people over and over that no, you don’t know the other person who’s also wearing pointy ears or an orange sweater? Let’s get creative here, people.
Both the big screen and the small screen have tons of last minute costume ideas to offer, and we’ve gathered 13 of them for you here. Some are old, some are new, but they’re all sure to be a hit. Here are the best last-minute Halloween costumes.