Editor’s Note: This article was published in 2016 and was so popular we’ve added a few more of our favorites for you to try for this Halloween season.
What happens when you take a last minute vacation over Halloween weekend and you forgot your costume? Or you didn’t feel like celebrating until you found out about all the exciting Halloween events happening in Myrtle Beach? Don’t worry we’re here to help. Here are some of our favorite last minute Halloween costume suggestions that are almost if not entirely free. Some costumes can even be made from items found in your condo at Plantation Resort. Please just be sure to return them when you’re done. 🙂
To make it even simpler, we’ve ranked our costume ideas from easiest to hardest to do. We hope you enjoy our list:
Smarty Pants (easy)
Grab a pair of pants, some double sided tape or safety pins, and a bag of Smarties candy, and you are set! You can go a little further with a tie or bow tie, button-up shirt, and/or suspenders but none of these are necessary for this fun costume.
Johnny Bravo or Grease Lightening Crew
Pair your favorite jeans with a black or white t-shirt, sunglasses, combed-back hair, and maybe even a comb and gum. Prepare for some swoons.
Frida Kahlo (easy with floral crown)
This costume is simple. Any sort of dress you have (floral or not) will work great. Add your favorite floral crown and you’re set!
Superman and Lois Lane (medium)
The Superman costume calls for a business outfit, glasses if possible, and the shirt. Don’t have a Superman shirt? No biggy. Print out or draw the Superman symbol and tape it to your undershirt.
Create the Lois Lane costume with a business outfit and badge (easily made by writing and cutting out).
Ice Cream with a Cherry on Top (easy)
For this costume, you’ll need a plain, colored shirt, colored paper, tape, a red balloon, and a headband. From the paper, cut out sprinkles and a cherry stem. Attach the stem to the blown-up balloon. Then, attach the new cherry to your headband. Grab the paper sprinkles and tape those to your shirt. Tada! Yummiest desert costume!
Wear any dress you have, pair with a set of wings and you have become a fairy! To top it off, attach some white pom-poms to your shoes and throw your hair up in a bun.
Formal Apology (easy if you have formal attire)
This clever costume only needs an apology and formal attire to pull off. If you didn’t bring any dressy clothing on your vacation, we suggest the next costume.
When Life Gives You Lemons…. (easy)
Write “life” on a white t-shirt and bring a lemon to create this costume. Bring along a glass of lemonade to really make this costume sweet!
Pineapple (medium – a yellow shirt, marker, green construction paper)
If you’ve followed our blog, you know how much we love pineapples. So we couldn’t pass up telling you about this fun costume. Take your marker and make up arrow marks on your yellow shirt. Cut the leaf top from green paper and attach to a head band. You’re now ready for some fruity fun!
Chip On Your Shoulder (super easy)
Owl (medium – finding those darn feathers)
Take a pair of glasses (sunglasses work too) and add some goose feathers normally found floating around your back door. Take your in-room guide, find a page with lots of earth tones or yellow and make a beak. Voilà, you’re now an owl.
This is a classic! Take toilet paper (yes, you may want to call Housekeeping now to request more) and wrap away. Add sunglasses and you are sure to impress. No glasses? Use an eyeliner pencil to blacken your eyes and make stitching marks around your mouth. Add a top hat to look more debonair but a baseball cap (can be purchased at the front desk) will do. We suggest wearing a white t-shirt underneath and sweatpants if you have them but really anything will do and will be hidden with enough wrapping.
The Bachelorette or Bachelor Finalist (super easy)
Dress in your best dress or best suit and carry a red rose. It’s that easy. Done. This costume works well for couples. You can even announce your final choice as you walk into the room.
Big Pile of Sheet (super easy but not one for the kids)
Take a sheet off your bed, drape it around you and add a sign so people won’t have to ask. This one gets a laugh from the adults every time. We’re not the one to explain this costume to your kids though. We’ll leave that up to you.
Ghost (medium – cost of the sheet)
Speaking of sheets, if you want to make the classic ghost costume, please call Housekeeping. They may have an older sheet they can give you to cut eye holes into instead of having to purchase the one on your bed after you’ve cut it up.
Tom Cruise in Risky Business (easy)
This may very well be one of the most bang-for-your-buck costumes ever. Throw on a white, collared shirt and a sleek pair of black shades and you’re instantly Tom Cruise in Risky Business.
Human Magnet (easy)
Borrow some utensils from the kitchen (of course you’re going to return them when you’re done) and attach them to you. A sign helps to explain that it’s not your fault if all things metallic and shiny stick to you!
404 Error – Costume Not Found (easy)
White t-shirt, black marker, done. For those who really don’t like costumes but still want to be festive.
Nudist on Strike (easy but not for kids)
Similar to the above but still just as clever. If you’re not in the dress-up spirit, no worries. Just put on your favorite outfit, grab a piece of paper or cardboard from the recycling and write the words “Nudist On Strike.”
Duck Dynasty Star (easy, medium if you don’t already have camo)
Again, Housekeeping will be your best friend in helping create this costume. Give them a call for a fresh mop head to use as the beard. Dress in a t-shirt, add sunglasses and a hat. The more camo the better!
Pumpkin Pi (medium unless you’ve packed an orange shirt)
Tape a cutout of a pi symbol to your orange shirt. Add a pumpkin (those orange pumpkin candy baskets work well) – instant smart costume!
Netflix and Chill (medium)
Again, the color of the shirt is important for this costume and why it’s rank as medium. The shirt needs to be red. Print out the Netflix logo and attach it to your shirt (The Front Desk can help with printing). Then simply add the ice bucket that you find in your condo! You’re ready for Halloween (or at least a good movie.)
Ceiling Fan (easy)
Attach to your shirt the words “Go Ceiling!” preferably in collegiate-style block letters. Pom poms make this even more of a winner!
Bottleneck (super easy)
This is a clever, fun and super easy costume. Tie a sting onto a bottle, preferably a drink you’ve already enjoyed and wear it around your neck. Water bottles are sold at the indoor pool office if you don’t have one already available.
Favorite Emoji (easy)
With some imagination and some convincing facial contortions, replicate your favorite emoji. A sign may also be useful to pre-answer all those awkward costume questions.
Van Gogh (hard, how could it not be? It’s a Van Gogh!)
For those who are truly artistically talented, here’s the costume for you! It helps if you have red hair, a beard and have a a full set of colored chalk at your disposal.
Pixelated Image (medium)
Sometimes low resolution can look like art, especially as a Halloween costume. Paint your face different shades and there you go! If you really want to take it to the next level, cut fabric squares (or paint samples from our neighborhood Lowe’s – click here for directions) and attach them to your shirt.
Cereal Killer (easy)
Cut up your favorite cereal box (if you’re like us, it’s already empty) and attach it to your waist, add a knife from the kitchen (please be very careful) and there you have it! Instant killer costume!
If you have some clothes you don’t mind ruining, you’ve got a zombie costume. All you have to do is add some water and rub them in the dirt a little. Now, do them same to yourself and smear on some fake blood to complete the look. If you don’t have fake blood available, lipstick does the trick. Just be prepared for some scrubbing to remove it all post Halloween.
Dressing up as a tourist might be the easiest costume of them all especially since you are on vacation. All you need is some comfortable clothes preferably wildly colored, a tropical print or both. Then add a camera, a bucket hat and some white sneakers with colored socks. Boom, you’re a world traveler!
Need more last minute Halloween costume ideas?
Sources of more brilliant but also more time-consuming costume ideas can be found here:
Other great sources of last minute Halloween costume purchases (click on the name for directions from Plantation Resort):
Hopefully this article gives you a great start to a fantastic Halloween costume even while on vacation. If we’ve missed your favorite last minute costume, we’d love to hear about it! Please leave it in a comment.
Happy Halloween from all of us here at Plantation Resort!