$25 Or Less: 3 Last-Minute Costumes That Don't Suck

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Photographed by Mamaesa London Wilmot.

Halloween only comes around once a year, but some of us can't think 365 days ahead about what we're going to dress up as. Nobody ever plans on waiting until the last minute to conceptualize their costume idea, but sometimes it just happens. At one point, we've all had to settle for whatever's left at the party store or resorted to paying a ridiculously expensive two-day shipping fee for an overpriced costume on Amazon.

Fear not, friends, because we've got three costumes that you can put together yourself using items that are already in your closet plus a few pieces that you can buy from local department stores with a budget of $25 or less. We already showed you how to make your cat costume less basic, but this guide brings more tricks to your treats.

For this year's last-minute Halloween Challenge, we sent three NYLON staffers to department stores, thrift shops, and convenience stores around New York. They could only spend $25 and had approximately two hours to get it all done. The concepts they came up with are pretty original and can work if you're flying solo or with your squad.
Flip through the gallery above, we guarantee it'll have you feeling in the Halloween spirit.