Halloween Costumes Ideas for Teens and Adults – Easy Put-Togethers. I can’t believe Halloween is only a couple of weeks away! I don’t have a clue what Halloween costume I’ll be wearing! I’ll need to come up with some Halloween costume ideas now! It seems I always wait until the last minute…never fails.

I’ve posted some easy Halloween costume ideas for teens and adults, but mostly my Halloween costume ideas posts have been for kids. So now it’s time for us!

I’m looking forward to this year’s Halloween more than the past few years. Where my grandchildren live, there is usually Trick or Treating on Mischief Night and a Halloween parade on Halloween. Because Halloween is on a Sunday, their town will hold the Halloween parade on Saturday which allows for Trick-or-Treating on Sunday. And this all means that all our family members will be able to enjoy Halloween together…so much more memorable!

Halloween Costume Ideas for Teens and Adults

Our grandkids have had their homemade Halloween costumes ready for a few weeks now, so that’s out of the way. K will be a “pretty kitty,” E will be a “pretty butterfly” (she’s designed the costume herself), and the baby will be a UPS guy with his wagon converted into a mini UPS truck loaded with Christmas presents!

So now it’s time for the teens and adults to come up with their own homemade Halloween costumes ideas! From bhg.com, here are some last minute, quick and easy Halloween costume ideas for teens and adults which may include things you already own…


1. The Ultimate Tourist

  • Don’t be surprised if people ask, “You’re not from around here, are you?” Men and women can both pull off the look of the stereotypical tourist. Just dress badly, hang a few cameras around your neck for good luck, and wander around looking confused.
  • What You Probably Already Have: Knee-length shorts, a shirt (logo T-shirts with the name of a city or tourist attraction, or loud tropical-inspired shirts are best), a baseball cap or straw hat, knee socks, sneakers, and sunglasses. Wear your camera around your neck and carry a large shoulder bag or backpack.
  • What You Might Need to Get: A fanny pack to strap around your waist, and assorted maps and guidebooks to hold or carry in your bag or backpack.

2. Miss America

  • Not only is this a great shortcut costume, but when else would you ever wear that old bridesmaid or prom dress again? Now’s halloween costume ideas for teens and adultsyour chance to whip it out and strut your stuff. Be sure to tell everyone that you hope for world peace. Bonus points if you actually have a talent for the talent competition.
  • What You Probably Already Have: An old formal dress from a prom, wedding, or other affair, and high-heeled shoes.
  • What You Might Need to Get: A glittery tiara (you can pick one up at a party store or accessory shop) and a pageant sash. Make your own sash by cutting fabric into a long strip and writing Miss America on it in glitter. Pick up an inexpensive fresh or fake bouquet to carry.

3. The Crocodile Hunter

  • Want to get back to nature? Go as the fearless Crocodile Hunter — sans the mud and life-and-death situations. You probably won’t encounter much wildlife in the urban or suburban jungle, but you just never know!
  • What You Probably Already Have: Khaki shorts and a khaki short-sleeved button-down shirt capture the look. Pull on a pair of brown socks and ankle boots.
  • What You Might Need to Get: Pick up some gauze and use it to bandage your hand where a croc just “bit” you. Also, drape a plastic snake or three around your neck, or carry a stuffed crocodile.

4. A Got Milk? Ad

  • Here’s the ultimate in easy costumes. Dress however you want, but make yourself into an instant pop culture icon by painting on the telltale milk mustache. Make a “Got Milk?” sign out of poster board and hang it around your neck.
  • What You Probably Already Have: Clothes — you can wear any outfit you’d like.
  • What You Might Need to Get: White face paint to draw a milk mustache above your top lip, and poster board and yarn for your sign.

5. Aerobics Instructor

  • Get in touch with your athletic side by dressing as an aerobics instructor. Bonus: Burning a few extra calories as you show off your moves will help make up for all the Halloween candy you’re going to eat!
  • What You Probably Already Have: Sneakers, athletic socks, sweatpants or leggings, a T-shirt and/or a sports bra.
  • What You Might Need to Get: A sweatband or bandanna for around your forehead, and a blow-up or plastic set of dumbbells. Scout out a curly wig and you can go as fitness guru Richard Simmons (be sure to substitute striped nylon shorts and a sleeveless shirt for the outfit above).

6. Celebrity and Paparazzi

  • Here’s a great last-minute idea for two or more people: One of you dresses like the celebrity of your choice, all ready for the red carpet. And the others follow the celebrity around, snapping photos and yelling “Over here!” and “Look to the right!”
  • What You Probably Already Have: An old evening gown, high heels, and jewelry for the celeb (or a tuxedo or suit and shades if the celebrity is a man). For the paparazzi: Black pants, black shirts, and sneakers for chasing camera-shy stars.
  • What You Might Need to Get: Up the celeb’s glamour quotient by finding a fake fur coat or wrap at a thrift store or costume shop. If the photographers don’t want to use real cameras, they can buy prop cameras to shoot with.

7. Chef or Butcher

  • Celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Rocco DiSpirito are hot right now, and you can get in on the trend this Halloween. Don’t worry if your culinary skills aren’t up to snuff — looking the part is all that matters!
  • What You Probably Already Have: Mimic a chef’s or butcher’s white uniform by wearing a white shirt or jacket, white pants, and a white apron. If you’re going as a chef, grab a dishtowel or two from your kitchen and tuck them into the waistband of your apron.
  • What You Might Need to Get: No butcher’s outfit is complete without a smear of fake blood across the apron. Also, pick up a large plastic knife, some plastic meat (from a kids’ kitchen set), and a paper hat. Chefs can buy a traditional chef’s hat at a costume or party store. (Can’t find one there? Order a disposable hat for as little as $3 at:  www.chefs-hat.com

written by By Kristin Finello, submitted by Better Homes and Garden