There seem to be multiple occasions that require an (original) (hot) (creative) Halloween costume in the next week. Our Lifestyle Editor, Rachel Abreu, offers some DIY tips that can transform items you undoubtedly have in your closet into a quick costume.

Oh how the time flies! It seems like just yesterday I was recovering from Freshers’ Flu, and now we’re nearly through Independent Learning Week. Not only does the onset of Week 7 mark the start of the latter half of the first semester, but it also signals Halloween. For those of you who have completely forgotten to prepare for this holiday, don’t fret, here are a few film and TV inspired costume ideas that you can put together in a matter of minutes, made up of items you probably already own!

Marla Singer (Fight Club)

What’s great about this feisty female character is that you can shroud yourself in equal parts mystery and sassiness for Halloween. You might find yourself explaining the film reference to a few people (I wore this as a last minute costume a few years back and definitely had to pull Google images out for some people), but other than that, this outfit is a piece of cake!


What you’ll need:

  • Big black hat
  • Black sunglasses
  • Black dress
  • Black Jacket
  • “Hello My Name Is” (just write the name Marla on it!)
  • Cigarette (real or fake)




Ashley Spinelli (Recess)

Take a cue from this old Disney Channel favourite and go as tough-talking Ashley Spinelli from the Recess gang. In fact, you can choose any of the Recess characters and you should be able to find something in your closet to make it work. This works great as a solo outfit, but can be even better if you can gather a group of friends to go as the rest of the characters!


What you’ll need:

  • Orange beanie
  • Black leather jacket
  • Red dress
  • Striped tights
  • Black boots










Suzy Bishop (Moonrise Kingdom)

This is a colourful and quirky Halloween option pulled straight out of Wes Anderson’s pastel-hued universe. Although the props may be quite difficult to drag around on a night out, the rest of the outfit can be put together even less than an hour before you’re due to head out! This is also a great idea if you’re looking for a couple’s or best friends costume, as Suzy’s counterpart Sam dresses quite simply as well.

What you’ll need:

  • Pink/salmon coloured long-sleeved dress
  • White button down shirt (for layering underneath)
  • Long white socks
  • Oxfords/brogues
  • Binoculars and suitcases (optional)


Powerpuff Girls

Here’s another great costume idea for a group of friends! In this one, hair styling is key; so don’t be afraid to go for some temporary hair dye and pigtails! Also, if you’re more than three in your group of friends, you can easily recreate the dresses into M&M costumes instead, to accommodate a larger group. 4

What you’ll need:

  • A blue, pink or green dress depending on which character you are
  • A black belt or sash (a scarf could work in a hurry)
  • White tights/stockings
  • Black shoes (Mary Jane’s work best)
  • Optional: blue scrunchies for Bubbles and a red ribbon hair-piece for Blossom


Knives Chau (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)

Perhaps the easiest costume of all, this graphic-novel-turned-movie inspired Halloween costume only really requires a scarf and a wig (or perhaps not even that if you have a similar haircut). It may be quite difficult for some people to figure out who you are, but if you’re ready to do some explaining, this costume requires little to no preparation. Bonus points if you can find friends to go as Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers alongside you!

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What you’ll need:

  • Black tank top
  • Black flared trousers/yoga pants
  • Black fingerless gloves
  • Long black and white scarf









The Grady Twins (The Shining)

For those who wanted a more frightening option for Halloween, then the Grady Twins from The Shining are the way to go. Unlike the previous costumes where group costumes were optional, this packs more of a punch if you go as a pair! This can also look even more impressive with some fake blood, if you want to take the fear-factor even further.

What you’ll need:

  • Blue dresses
  • Pink ribbon
  • Knee-high socks
  • Black shoes (Mary Jane’s)