And just like that, you went from having zero plans on October 31 to having to come up a last-minute Halloween costume. Stat.
Yep, that's usually how it goes. Naturally, when Halloween plans spring up out of nowhere, your first thought is how to produce a speedy (but impressive) get-up on the cheap, which isn't always easy.
But don't panic, we're here to help ensure your Halloween is scary in all the right ways with this comprehensive collection of quick Halloween costumes.
With a little imagination and some help from the experts, you can conjure up an Instagram-worthy outfit for kids and adults, including showstopping looks from "Star Wars," "Hocus Pocus," "Stranger Things" or clever pun costumes like "Party Animal" and many more.
Whatever you've come for, you'll find it below with plenty of time leftover for the fun stuff like carving the pumpkin, watching spooky Halloween movies with the family or just chillin' out with the girls. Or ghouls. Your call.
Tie dye ghost
Charlie Brown would jealous of this tie-dye ghost costume. Bright, colorful and a fun project to do with the kids, tie-dying a sheet gives the old-school costume an entirely new twist. Dare we say, it's positively ... spirited.
Everyone loves a clever pun and this oh-so-easy headband will have them giggling over your version of an airhead. All you need is a headband and some balloons to make this inexpensive Halloween costume. Um, like, duh.
Baby astronaut costume
This space-age costume has us seeing stars. Whether it's for toddlers, big kids or adults, all you need is a jumpsuit and a handful of patches. The result? A total blast.
Party animal costume
Yep. There's one in every group. If the party animal in yours is you, own it with this pun-inspired getup. Make it as elaborate or simple as you want. Either way, bottoms up!
Nom, nom! Here comes Pac-Man eating up power pellets and keeping a close eye on those pesky ghosts, which are never far behind. This one's perfect for the video game enthusiast in your gang.
DIY school supplies
Back-to-school has never been more fun that with this inspired costume by Studio DIY. If you're hoping to write down the directions, look no further for a pencil, paper and eraser.
Fried egg costume
This quick costume is eggs-actly what comes to mind for an easy-to-make Halloween getup. Going as a group this year? Just add bacon, toast, pancakes and any of your other favorite breakfast items. Anyone else hungry?
Star Wars costume
Quick! Call the Millenium Falcon, these adorable crew members were accidentally left behind and Darth Vader is headed this way. No worries, we trust that the force is with this gang of rebels.
It's totally im-pasta-ble not to love this inspired costume by Studio DIY. Even better, no cooking experience necessary for this one. All you need is a glue gun, some craft foam and 60 minutes. The end result is a Halloween costume that's al dente.
The sun'll come out ... on Halloween! Annie — the curly-haired cutie and the movie by the same name — stole our hearts all those years ago, but remains a favorite among kids (and parents) today.
'90s teen costume
Go back to the good 'ol days when your biggest concern was taking care of your Tamagotchi — and not living, breathing humans.
Hot dog and condiments costume
Since you are what you eat, you might as well convince two of your friends to help you round out this tasty trio.
Give handmade butterfly wings the space to shine by dressing your kid in head-to-toe black.
Queen Elizabeth II costume
Celebrate the life and legacy of Her Majesty with a costume that captures her iconic style, complete with sparkly jewels and her beloved sidekicks.
Basic witches costume
Your fall uniform, but with a witchy twist. Grab your broomstick and fly to your local Starbucks to pick up a PSL (or another Halloween drink) before the festivities begin.
Cotton candy costume
Your little one is as sweet as sugar, and now they can dress the part. Stick with classic cotton candy hues like baby blue or pastel pink.
"Stranger Things" costume
If you've got waffles in the freezer, you're well on your way to dressing up as Eleven and the other "Stranger Things" kids this Halloween.
Stephen King's "Carrie" still goes down as one of the scariest horror movies of all time. That said, show up to your Halloween party wearing this costume to freak everyone out.
"It's Raining Men" costume
It's raining men, hallelujah! This clever costume is incredibly easy to make. The hardest part is deciding exactly which of your favorite men make the cut.
Whether you've got something to say or are just all about the boo's (witch's brew, anyone?), then make this costume to say exactly what's on your mind.
A perennial Halloween favorite, dressing as a witch is a no-brainer for kids and adults alike. All it takes is a black dress, pointy hat and you're good to go. Brew up some witches' cauldron punch and it's a party!
Pin-up girl costume
The '40s and '50s inspired some iconic styles. This Halloween, throw on a retro dress (like this one worn by one of the Sun City Pinup Dolls) to go back in time.
Gingerbread house costume
Finally, a way to put all those extra cardboard boxes to good use! Tape together a few boxes and decorate as you please. The result: the sweetest costume on the block and a cleaner garage.
Napoleon Dynamite costume
Gosh! Stuff your pockets with tots to really make this Napoleon Dynamite costume come to life.
Lava lamp costume
Groovy, baby, groovy! Your lava lamp may be long gone, but Halloween is the perfect opportunity to bring it back. Go for a monochromatic look or mix colors for something totally psychedelic.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse costume
Mouseketeers, who? Have everyone in your family wear their Disney best, ranging from theme park attire to Mickey and Minnie costumes.
Cat burglar costume
A burglar mask and money bag take a classic cat costume to a whole new level. Convince a few friends to wear a similar look, so you can show up as a band of (cat) burglars.
Cowboy and cowgirl costume
Round up some cattle and head to the rodeo (OK, party) in these cowboy and cowgirl-inspired costumes. Or save your energy and lasso a few Halloween cocktails instead. Your call.
'90s kids, this one's for you. Is Furby a hamster? an owl? Who cares! It's so cute, and that's all that matters.
In-N-Out Burger costume
You go together like a burger and fries, so why not dress up as them? In case someone doesn't want to dress as food, they can always wear an In-N-Out uniform.
Cheap and easy, this burrito costume comes together faster than you can say, "salsa!" The guacamole, however, will cost you extra.
Solar system costume
Here's one way to prove that you really love your family to the moon and back. Each person can dress as a key player in your outer space mission: the astronaut, rocket and solar system.
Because you're "really, really, really, ridiculously good looking" and all. Add or subtract characters from the movie based on how big (or small) your Halloween squad is.
Your Halloween costume is calling and it's inside the house right now. Lucky for you, that means you've got everything you already need to go as Casey Becker.
This one may look a little cheesy, but, honestly, it's a grate costume for Halloween. Get a few friends to join and call yourselves a charcuterie board.
Pair red-and-white striped shirts with matching beanies and you're sure to stand out from the crowd. Trust.
Thirsty for a last-minute Halloween costume? Look no further than this DIY juice box. If you're trying to figure out a group costume, have your friends dress in food costumes and go as a lunchbox!
There's something strange in the neighborhood — and no, it's not you and your besties dressed up as Ghostbusters. Capture all the ghosts at the party (there's bound to be a few) to show everyone that you mean business.
Bubble tea costume
Whether it's tea for two or a solo serving, this cute costume is guaran-tead to be a hit.
Sarah Sanderson from "Hocus Pocus" costume
Put a spell on practically everyone with this iconic witch costume. Luckily, it won't take 300 years to put together.
Pair any ol' yellow dress with a paper hat for a super sweet (yet tangy) result.
Hot air balloon costume
Give an old cardboard box new life by covering it with a woven paper strips for a basket-like effect. Attach some balloons around the base, but save a few to tie in your hair. Don't worry, you won't fly away!
Beanie Baby costume
Check the tag on this Beanie Baby costume because it could be worth millions. Or at the very least, millions of well-deserved compliments.
Nintendo Switch costume
If video games are the way to your heart, convince your best friend or partner to dress up as your other half — quite literally.
Roller disco dream costume
Boogie right on down to the Halloween disco in this '70s-inspired costume. Dust off a pair of your old rollerskates, then go for an all-out glam look.
"Peter Pan" costume
Whether you need a family, couples or group costume, this one will fit the bill. Dress up as Peter, the Darling children, Cap'n Hook or any one of the Lost Boys ... and you'll be flying straight to the awards podium.
Bubble bath costume
If you've got balloons and a rubber ducky, then you have everything you need to make a splash on Halloween.
Not to get all corny or anything, but everyone's eye's will pop when they see you all dressed up in this DIY popcorn costume.
Tough cookie costume
We just love punny Halloween costumes. This one, in particular, totally makes us crumble.
Bring the sunshine on Halloween, especially if the forecast calls for rain. Because, if you're lucky (well, if you plan correctly), a rainbow will appear.
No one will be a fashion victim as long as they're dressed up as Cher or Amber from the classic '90s film. The best part: You probably already have everything you need at home.
Happy? Sad? ROFL-ing? You'll get all the feels wearing this costume, which is basically just a yellow sweater dotted with emoji cut-outs and a matching headband.
There's no doubt that you'll be wearing the, ahem, coolest costume this Halloween. Make yours look like a Firecracker or use random paint colors to turn it into a generic popsicle.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" costume
Holly Golightly from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" never goes out of style. Dress up your basic LBD with pearls, black gloves and sleek shades.
Easy-Bake Oven costume
Turn this beloved children's toy into a quick Halloween costume. For a fun couples or best-friend costume, have the other half of your duo dress up as a piece of cake.
No coins needed to get a prize from this colorful gumball machine costume. Assorted ping pong balls are the key to achieving this sugary-sweet look.
Roaring '20s Flapper
It's been nearly 100 years since the Jazz Age and we still can't get enough. Learning the Charleston is must if you plan to wear this getup for Halloween.
Mary Sanderson from "Hocus Pocus" costume
Find your Winifred and Sarah, and show up as the Sanderson sisters this Halloween. You're bound to put a spell on everyone!
Life gives you lemons costume
When life gives you lemons, make a Halloween costume. This pun-filled costume is a cheery way to express your optimistic spirit.
"Wreck-It Ralph" costume
Step inside your favorite arcade game. Great for families with young kids, whip up costumes to resemble Vanellope, Shank, Fix-It Felix and of course, Wreck-It Ralph.
Chucky from "Child's Play" costume
Toy dolls with knives are super scary. And so is this Chucky Halloween costume.
Milk and cookies costume
You can't go wrong going as everyone's favorite snack and drinking pairing this Halloween. To make it, grab some felt, milk bottles, a glue gun and other craft closet essentials.
Blessing in disguise costume
If you've got a mustache and glasses, then all you need is a "blessing" t-shirt and, voila, you're a blessing in disguise.
Go full-on Paul Bunyan this Halloween. Throw on your trusty flannel, grab an ax (carefully, of course) and you're out the door.
Tropical drink costume
Summer has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you can't manifest sunnier days by wearing poolside attire. Throw in a few tropical drinks for good measure.
Sparkling water costume
This innovative costume has got us feeling all fizzy inside. Mostly because it's just so cute. If you're seriously short on time, this one may take a bit longer, but, trust us, it's worth it.
Little gamers will get a thrill out of trick-or-treating in this Minecraft Villager head. Let the head make a statement by having them dress in all-black from head to toe.
Miss Universe costume
Here she comes ... Miss Universe! Paint planets and stars on an old LBD or bridesmaid dress to make it worthy of the crown. If you're looking for a last-minute costume for guys, Mr. Universe works too.
Ice cream cone costume
I scream, you scream, we all scream for this Halloween costume. Halloween outfit. All you need is cardstock, a red balloon and some additional cheap supplies to make this quick costume.
Lego block costume
Another cardboard box creation, perfect for LEGO enthusiasts! Spray-painted lids give this delightful yellow block its textured, Lego-like look.
Chill pill costume
Let this costume serve as a friendly reminder to sit back, relax and enjoy the party. Best of all: This one's so quick to make, all you need to do is cut out letters and ... done!
Chip on your shoulder costume
You'll be everyone's favorite grouch at the party wearing this giant chip on your shoulder. If you have a sheet of yellow construction paper at home, your costume is complete. Seriously.
Folk singer costume
Before you hit the stage (er, party), pull together a few folksy pieces — either straight from your closet or at a local thrift store — to really dress the part.
Cinderella and Prince Charming costume
If you completely lost track of time and Halloween is approaching faster than the midnight hour, then this Cinderella and Prince Charming costume will do the trick.
Expecting moms, attach a felt face to the bodice of an orange dress and let your bump do the talking this Halloween.
Sandy from "Grease" costume
We're hopelessly devoted to this Sandy costume. Now, all you need is to convince your Danny or Frenchy (or both!) to tag along.