The approach of
Halloween fills many fancy-dress enthusiasts with anticipation, glee, and excitement. And then there are those among us who, frankly, kinda dread it. Are you actually supposed to ride the subway or show up at the office on mandatory costume-contest day in some kind of cosplay regalia? Do you really need to research all of this year’s pop-culture moments to come up with something clever? If your answer is yes, that's cool — but if finding (and putting on) a getup feels like pulling teeth, then you're in the right place. We’ve put together a list of “one-ingredient” costumes — ensembles that make you look like the Halloween enthusiast that you decidedly are not in a single step. (Full disclosure: some are two-ingredient.) Click through to check out the suggested pieces you can throw on last minute for a costume that won’t get you turned away from the party. Hey, you might even win an award this year. (But probably not.) At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Little Monster
All this costume requires is your simplest LBD. With the addition of Haus Laboratories’ elaborate face stickers, you can transform at a moment’s notice into one of Lady Gaga’s ardent acolytes.
HAUS LABORATORIES by Lady Gaga: ARMOR MASQUE NO. 1, Face Masque Armor Sticker, $, available at
Amazon More Waldo
You probably already own this long-sleeved red and white top (and if you don’t, the $13 price tag significantly lowers the barrier for purchase). Top it off with a recognizable knit beanie and literally any jeans that you own, and suddenly, you’re Waldo.
Striped Long-Sleeve Tee, $, available at
Waldo Hat, $, available at
Etsy More Sleepover
Women of a certain age, we have some real talk for you: the Snuggie is like, vintage now. You may already be in possession of this cherished piece of mid-aughts cultural phenomena, but if you aren’t, they can somehow still be had on Amazon for a mere $20. Add a bowl of popcorn to your look and you will be the most popular person at the costume party.
Snuggie: The Original Wearable Blanket, $, available at
Amazon More Dancing Lady Emoji
If you’re comfortable dressing up
a little, bust out your flowy-est red dress and, for good measure, a yellow wig. Voilà! You are an iconic Unicode character.
Heavenly Hues Red Maxi Dress, $, available at
Lulus Party City
Glamorous Long Yellow Wig, $, available at
Party City More Iris Apfel
No one will mistake you for anyone other than the 98-year-old fashion icon, as long as you’re rocking her signature oversized spectacles. To drive this costume home, apply a pink lip and accessorize with
every single piece
of jewelry that you own. Easy!
Vintage-Inspired Round Eyeglasses, $, available at
Amazon More Butterfly
Wear anything you please underneath this eye-catching, full-body printed shawl. No one will question your base outfit — you’re a butterfly,
Halloween Costumes for Women Butterfly Wings, $, available at
Amazon More Donatella Versace
The iconic Italian designer told us back in 2013 that “
my style is not that big
— I wear heels, tight pants and I wear diamonds.” Okay, Donatella! She also wears a signature mile-long blonde mane, tons of eyeliner, and a concentration of fake bake that you, mere mortal, could only hope to achieve in this lifetime. Pair this lengthy wig with your gaudiest mini and LOTS of self-tanner — if you dare. (If you don’t dare, bronzer can also do the trick.)
Long Blonde Wig, $, available at
Light in the Box NARS
Bronzing Powder, $, available at
Ulta St. Tropez
Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse, $, available at
Ulta More Dead _____________
Don’t underestimate the power of being the “dead” or “bloodied” version of whatever you happen to be wearing on Halloween. Fake blood and clothes that you don’t care about will do the trick — for good measure, buy a half-gallon.
Fake Blood (Half Gallon), $, available at
Spirit Halloween More Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
Sure, your friends know you, but do they know
you? Shell out a whopping $7 on a tube of noir lipstick and kohl-ifying your lids with your cheapest eyeliner, and your gothically inclined alter ego is born.
Haunted Lipstick Collection, $, available at
Ulta More Roseanne Roseannadanna
Dressing as Gilda Radner’s iconic
Saturday Night Live
character won’t require much more than a wedge-shaped wig to emulate the gross-out “news” commenter’s flyaway strands. The other components of her look — a matching skirt and blazer, floral top, and hastily applied red lip — are likely already in your closet.
Roseanne Roseannadanna Wig, $, available at
Amazon More “I Woke Up Like This”
Grab your favorite (cute) robe and find an astrologically appropriate mask for a costume that, while obvious, is sure to be a conversation-starter. (Are we giving you a thin excuse to buy this super-luxe, worth-every-penny 100% silk sleep mask? Um, yes.)
Pure Silk Sleepmask Zodiac Edition, $, available at
Sephora More Blue Man Person
Possibly the easiest costume in the world, all that’s required to dress as a member of the Blue Man Group is an all-black outfit and a thorough, thorough application of blue face paint. Throw a box of blue latex gloves into your Amazon order if you really want to commit to this costume. Bonus: this is a great costume for
of Halloween-avoidant friends.
Handy Art Face Paint (Blue), $, available at
Blue Nitrile Disposable Gloves, $, available at
Amazon More Mystery Bunny
Radiate allure and confusion with lace-adorned bunny ears. Oh, what’s my costume? Can’t you tell? (At this point in the conversation, you vanish into the night.)
We Don't Find It Bunny Veil Ears, $, available at
Nasty Gal More I Did My Best
This year, it’s just not going to happen. Here's a festive tee that will defray the rancor of anyone ready to costume-shame you.
Peanuts Halloween Tee, $, available at
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