Saturday, October 27, 2012

Last Minute Kick-Ass, Not-So-Skimpy 2012 Halloween Costumes

by Megan S. and Sara N.

Sexy Sesame Street costumes.  So, that happened. (Photo and costumes via

Whether you live in a colder climate or would simply prefer to wear a Halloween outfit that consists of more than a few strips of fabric, it can seem like there isn't much choice for women in the costume aisle at the store ... especially if you've waited until the last minute to find an outfit.

Well, have no fear, dear reader. We've come up with some kick-ass costume ideas that will allow you to remain fully clothed, assembled from items you already own or can easily acquire at a thrift store or your local megamart.

Community's Annie as Inspector Spacetime's Geneva

Annie's Geneva of Inspector Spacetime costume is the definition of using clothing you already own.  Seriously.  Use a long yellow, old-fashioned night gown, two stretch bracelets, a thin scarf, and paper crown to get the look.  You'll score some serious nerd cred points cosplaying Annie's Geneva, and it'll be a cinch to put together. This also has great group costume potential if you have friends to dress as Inspector Spacetime and his associate, Constable Reggie Wigglesworth.

Beetlejuice's Lydia Deetz

Oh, how I love Lydia Deetz. Young Winona Ryder is awesome as the strange goth-y teen in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. Layer on the black clothes and darken the area under your eyes. Complete the look with a big old school camera. Simple as that.

Warehouse 13's Claudia Donovan

The Warehouse's resident snarky genius is easy to cosplay. Get Claudia's look with a pair of Converse, skinny jeans, plain tee, a short jacket or vest, a collection of geeky buttons, goggles, and a steampunk-like weapon.  Oh, and one more thing, for everyone's sake: Try to restrain yourself from grabbing random items and declaring them to be artifacts while dressed as Claude on Halloween.

Crossplay Star War's Lando Calrissian and Han Solo

You can't deny the awesomeness of grabbing a friend and crossplaying Lando and Han this Halloween.  ONE OF YOU GETS TO WEAR A CAPE.  Suave Calrissian's outfit can consist of a blue button down, navy pants, black boots, a big black belt, and a CAPE!  Han's just as easy with a white button down, black motorcycle jacket or vest if you feel like sporting the Episode IV look, brown pants, big black boots, and a gun strapped to the thigh. (Be sure you're always the one who shoots first.)

The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen

Sure, there's a good chance lots of people will be dressing up as the Girl on Fire this Halloween.  Easy solution.  Skip the arena look and, instead, sport the Hunting With Gale ensemble.  Wear tall brown boots, a leather jacket, and a side braid.  There's no need to carry a bow with you to complete the look.  Strap on a canister to your back filled with feather-tipped sticks.

Firefly's Zoe Washburn and Kaylee Frye

Our kick-ass list wouldn't be complete without the Serenity's Zoe Washburn. Black boots, leather vest, chunk belt, big gun strapped to your thigh, and a choker paired with a leather thong worn like a lariat, and you've got Zoe.

Kaylee may be the most comfortable costume suggestion on the list. If you've got drab coveralls lurking in your closet, pair them with a cheerful, long-sleeved t-shirt and find a parasol at one of the Halloween costume shops that have no doubt sprung up in your town like forest mushrooms. Walk around all night complaining about the dreadful state of the catalyzer on your port compression coil.

The X-Files' Agent Dana Scully 

For Scully, just don your most sensible pantsuit and low-heeled shoes, put on a small gold cross necklace, and mock up an FBI badge to clip to your lapel. If you live someplace cold, top it with a dark trenchcoat. The hardest part will be finding a chic red wig. (Bonus points if you have a tall, handsome brown-haired man to be your Mulder.)

30 Rock's Liz Lemon

Brunettes: The key component of this costume are Liz's glasses. Once you have those, think cardigans, button-down shirts, and jeans. Sure, they don't actually make Sabor de Soledad-brand cheesy snacks, but you can either carry a bag of off-brand Cheeots or print out your own lables to tape to an existing bag.

The truly avant-garde (and vanity-free) can go as Liz-as-the-Joker from the episode "The Tuxedo Begins" ... although you run the risk of just coming across as an unkempt vagrant. (Although that's a legitimate costume choice, too, come to think of it.)

So what's your Halloween alter-ego going to be this year?
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