Picture this: It’s late afternoon on October 31, you have a Halloween party in a few hours, and you’re staring at a closet full of clothing that won’t turn into a costume no matter how hard you try. Everyone is familiar with “costume procrastination,” and often, you hem and haw right up until the deadline, only to resort to being a black cat for Halloween. Or worse, you make a last-minute splurge on whatever is left at the local party store. We’re here to save you from both of those scenarios. These clever costumes start with something everyone owns—a solid-colored t-shirt—and add a few extra elements to take the shirt from plain to party-ready. The best part: the only crafting requirement is that you can handle a pair of scissors and some glue.
Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg