Five Freakily Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

3 image of 2 people dresses as cowgirl aliens, a vampire and witches with decorate halloween graphics surrounding

Out of all the frights that come with Halloween season, nothing is scarier than getting closer to the big night and realizing you still don’t have a costume. If time just crept up on you, don’t fear: we’ve put together a list of fun, last-minute Halloween costumes that you can create with pieces from your own closet and a quick trip to Buffalo Exchange! 

You’ve Got: A Black Dress

You’re in luck: a little — or long — black dress is the basis for many instantly recognizable last-minute halloween costumes. Depending on your vibe, you could transform a black dress into a witch, vampire, or everyone’s favorite superhero fashion designer, Edna Mode. Just stop by Buffalo to pick up the finishing touches. Not the dress type? Swap out a frock for a black shirt and pants and you’re back in business.

Two people stand in front of a shop window underneath a neon sign that says “reuse”. The person on the left is wearing a black dress with white bats and spider web embroidery, black & white striped tights and black Dr.Marten lace up boots. They are also wearing a bat-printed face mask, detached lace collar and a wide brim hat painted with hands featuring a sun and crescent moon. The person on the right is wearing a velvet black dress with sheer long sleeves, black & white striped tights and purple velvet lace up boots. They have accessorized with a Maleficent horned headband, pumpkin earrings and a purple and orange embroidered face mask. A person stands in a clothing store in front of racks filled with costumes. They're dressed up as a vampire in all black pants, boots and a sweater. they're wearing red plastic sunglasses with a blood-drip lense shape and a red vampire fanged face mask. Smiling person stands against a wall wearing a black dress, tights and boots. Around their neck is a plaid necktie, and they wear exaggerated circle-shaped eyeglasses.

You’ve Got: Western Boots

Yeehaw! With a pair of western boots, you could find your inner twang as a glam country singer or show off your true grit and go full-cowboy with jeans and a basic flannel.  For an extra wild-wild-western look, take it to outer space with an extraterrestrial cowboy costume — and don’t forget your hat!

Two people stand facing each other with their heads turned straight to the camera. The person standing on the left is wearing a black, fringed western dress, studded belt and pink cowboy boots. On the right, the person is wearing a leopard print cowboy hat, pink-and-white fringed shirtdress and thigh-high white western boots. Two people stand close, posed as if they were dancing at a honky tonk. The person on the right wears a pink cowboy hat, plaid shirt worn open, white croptop, denim jeans and black Dr.Marten boots. The person standing left is wearing a denim shirt, cow-print white jeans and brown boots. Two people wearing costume alien masks stand in front of a red and orange wall, tipping their pink and purple cowboy hats. The person on the right is wearing a silver blouse and skirt, striped denim vest and light pink cowboy boots. To the right, the person is wearing a leopard-print faux fur coat, white tee shirt with sparkly purple alien graphic, black bike shorts and thigh-high burgundy velvet boots.

You’ve Got: A Leather Jacket 

With a white tee, you’re Danny Zuko from Grease. Add leather pants and moto boots, and you’re a member of the Resistance fighting against the Machines in The Matrix. Heck, you could even be Edward Scissorhands with a bit of makeup and a creative hairstyle! Whoever you are, you’re the coolest-dressed person at the party, and no one will know that you just put together your last-minute Halloween costume.

A person dressed as Grease character Danny Zuko sits on outdoor bleachers, running a comb through their green-streaked black hair. Person dressed a character from The Matrix wears an all-black outfit of pants, platform boots, black shirt and leather trench coat. A person dressed as Edward Scissorhands wearing an immobile face-shaped mask, black leather motorcycle jacket and leather pants.

You’ve Got: Formal Wear 

Have a closet filled with formal wear from high school weddings, dances, or another past party? You can breathe new life into those suits and dresses with a little bit of nostalgia! Dress up as your teenage self and style yourself for prom, or reference the iconic Andie and Duckie from Pretty in Pink. For an extra kooky Halloween-themed look, dress up as Gomez and Morticia Addams!

Two people stand close together, one in front of the other in a prom photo pose. The person in front wears an ivory rose-printed dress and black boots. Their 'prom date" wears a grey suit, and they both have coordinating rose corsages and boutonnieres.

Two people stand arm-in-arm dressed as Duckie and Andie from Pretty in Pink. The person on the left wears a bowler hat, brown sports jacket, white button-down underneath a black vest, bolo tie, cropped plaid pants and black boots. The person on the right is wearing a pink polka-dot dress with lace collar and shoulder cutouts, and snake print mules.

Two people stand posed as Gomez and Morticia Addams. Gomez wear a pinstripe black suit, white tuxedo shirt and black bowtie. Morticia wear a black floor length dress, black satin corset and long black wig.

You’ve Got: A WHITE Dress

Bet you didn’t see this one coming! Like it’s chic counterpart, a white dress is a versatile piece that works for a ton of last-minute Halloween costumes. Keep it classic as an angel with a simple halo, or grab your best friends to pull off a Midsommar group costume (complete with DIY flower crowns). For the especially daring Halloween lovers out there, tap into Stephen King’s Carrie with a white dress, sparkly tiara and a little faux blood — just be sure that this is a dress you don’t plan to wear again!

Two people dressed as an angel and demon stand against a white brick wall. The angel is wearing a fuzzy white halo headband, white t-shirt dress and white sneakers. The demon wears red devil horns, a red, maroon and black camouflaged faux-fur jacket, black jeans and zebra-printed Converse. A group of four people in Midsommar costumes. Each person wears a lacy, mid-length white dress and flower crowns in their hair. Two people stand next to eachother with deadpan expressions dressed as Stephen King's Carrie and Bette Davis in 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane'. Carrie wears a blond wig with a tiara and a faux-blood spattered white dress. Baby Jane wears a vintage lace dress with blue sash and black mary janes.

These last minute Halloween costume ideas are so good, we’ve got chills! Are you feeling inspired to bring your Halloween look to life? After taking a look through your closet for the basics, find everything else you need at Buffalo Exchange! We’re stocked with bewitching masks, shoes, hats and other fanciful accessories to complete your costume and our costume stylists are available Fridays through Sundays to help you find everything you need. Have even less time to pull something together? We also carry full, ready-made costumes so you can get maximum Halloween style with minimal effort. 

Before you go, don’t forget that Buffalo Exchange buys clothing and unique Halloween costumes. With a little Buffalo magic, your closet cleanout could transform into trade to spend on your new look! To sell, stop by your neighborhood Buffalo Exchange anytime. Have a Happy Halloween – we can’t wait to see the creative costumes you come up with!