The spooky season has here, which means it’s time to break out the costumes for Halloween!
Halloween, like hot girl summer, is a way of life for some. They live it 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are already planning their next Halloween costume — or should I say costumes — once this year’s festivities are over.
It’s truly inspiring! Others, on the other hand, require a village to come up with even one costume idea. Not because they aren’t imaginative, but because putting together a costume might take a long time.
Even the most “lazy” costumes take time to perfect. If you choose for the kitten ears, you’ll still need to consider what dress and tights to wear with them, as well as what cosmetics to wear and how you’ll carry all of your belongings while dressed up. And don’t even get me started on costume ideas for a group or couple!
And things will only get worse if you leave all of this planning until the last possible moment, when all you want to do is eat those delicious Halloween sugar cookies – you know the ones I’m talking about.
Fortunately, whether you’re a Halloween aficionado or just want to have a good time with your friends, there are a few places that have you covered. We’ve compiled a list of the greatest stores to get last-minute Halloween costumes, ranging from head-to-toe costumes under $100 to amazing, Darth Vader costume
accessories to mix with your own ‘fits.
But, before you start scrolling, take note of the following: 1) Choose your costume carefully; we don’t want to see any cultural appropriation, and 2) Before adding something to your cart, go through your closet and consider wearing something you already own rather than purchasing a one-time outfit. (Your overflowing closet, wallet, and the rest of the world will thank you!)
Consider picking up a last-minute Halloween costume on your next online or in-person shopping trip. Target features all of the typical suspects (Harley Quinn, witches, flappers from the 1920s, etc.). The two following, though, may be our favorites. You may easily channel your favorite pop diva (like Olivia Rodrigo, the October 2021 cover star of Teen Vogue) or queen of sad girl songs Phoebe Bridgers with these costumes.
How could we leave Amazon out? Whether you’re looking for the perfect cosplay (hello, Sailor Moon!) or just want a costume delivered to your house with no hassles, Amazon is the place to go. Just make sure to read all of the reviews before buying your items to avoid any unpleasant surprises!
If you’re in a hurry but still want to look pretty, ASOS’ Halloween edit page has a plethora of excellent headbands, earrings, and other ghoulish-inspired accessories that will instantly boost your outfit.
Urban Outfitters is a retailer that sells clothing and accessories
VSCO girls will love Urban Outfitters, but witches, ghouls, and skeletons are also welcome. UO is the place to go if you need a quick under $100 costume that will arrive on time (just don’t order it the night before) and will look excellent in all the photos. (You might even find some cool Halloween decorations for your dorm or a house party!)
It’s a Lovely Little Thing
Pretty Little Thing’s Halloween section has everything from cosmetics and accessories to more adventurous costume alternatives for all the nasties out there.
ModCloth’s Halloween section is for you if you love Halloween but aren’t interested in dressing up. It’s full of ordinary clothes with your favorite Halloween themes. We particularly enjoy its range of spooky PJs, because who doesn’t enjoy celebrating in the privacy of their own bed?
Boohoo’s Halloween edit has it all, from pop-culture costumes to matching costumes with your pet – all at fantastic pricing.
Nasty Gal (Nasty Gal)
Nasty Gal provides all of the accessories you’ll need to make a statement. The accessories on the site are by far our favorites because they can be mixed and matched with anything you already possess.
You’re dead set on wearing a Y2K costume but don’t know where to begin? Princess Polly’s Halloween edit, on the other hand, offers a wonderfully crafted 2000s playlist. You’ll be able to time travel back to the most shady years of fashion and snag the best outfit, with everything from denim and velour to little bags and pastel-tinted sunglasses.