14 Simple Halloween Costumes for When You Just Can’t With the Dressing Up

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14 Simple Halloween Costumes for When You Just Can’t With the Dressing Up
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We all have that friend who is so obsessed with Halloween that she’s already dreaming about next year’s getup on November 1. While that’s all well and good, we personally just can’t fathom spending that much effort on an outfit that’s going to be worn once and inevitably have at least three drinks spilled on it before midnight.

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The rest of us usually procrastinate, and then about five hours before Halloween realize we should maybe, sort of, kind of figure out what to wear. But ugh, costumes suck … and who has time for that, anyway … plus, it’s too late to try anything … OK, I’ll just wear all black and call myself a shadow. Sound familiar? Yeah, we’ve been there. We are there.

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But we’re here to tell you that you don’t need to break out your kindergarten crafting skills or spend a boatload of cash to look festive on Halloween. And to prove it, we rounded up some pretty excellent non-costume costume ideas—a.k.a. regular clothes that can totally pass as costumes—for all of you who just can’t. Check them out, below.

Originally published October 2016. Updated September 2017.

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That Dancer Emoji
That Dancer Emoji
Photo: Lulus
G.I. Jane
G.I. Jane
Photo: Forever 21
Bat Girl
Bat Girl
Photo: ModCloth
Basic Black Cat
Basic Black Cat
Photo: Forever 21
Super Chic Leopard
Super Chic Leopard
Photo: Lulus
Devil and/or Red Rabbit
Devil and/or Red Rabbit
Photo: ASOS
Cat Lady
Cat Lady
Photo: Walmart
Skunk
Sexy Skeleton
Cool Dog
Cool Dog
Photo: Nasty Gal
A Pumpkin Patch
A Pumpkin Patch
Photo: ASOS
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. Or Robot.
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. Or Robot.
Photo: ASOS
Romantic Skeleton
Romantic Skeleton
Photo: ModCloth
Cheetah
Cheetah
Photo: Topshop

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  • That Dancer Emoji
  • G.I. Jane
  • Bat Girl
  • Basic Black Cat
  • Super Chic Leopard
  • Devil and/or Red Rabbit
  • Cat Lady
  • Skunk
  • Sexy Skeleton
  • Cool Dog
  • A Pumpkin Patch
  • Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. Or Robot.
  • Romantic Skeleton
  • Cheetah

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