CRAP! Halloween is tomorrow? If you need a costume, and need one fast, here are five fun (nerdy) costume ideas that you can create in 30 minutes or less:
Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson:
Sure, you’ve seen Lois and Clark, but have you seen Peter and MJ? Instead of buying a full Spidey bodysuit, try getting a Spider-Man t-shirt and wearing it under a dress shirt with slacks and a jacket. Don’t forget your camera and Daily Bugle press pass! MJ is even simpler; a black tank top, olive green slacks, a red wig and you’ve got her most iconic appearance. Take it a step further by making yourself a speech bubble out of cardboard and write “Face it, Tiger, you hit the jackpot!” on it. Attach it to your back with a wire hanger.
Got two friends willing to do a last minute group costume? Go to a local store and buy three dresses or t-shirts in pink, blue, and green. Add a black sash (use a scarf, belt, or cut up a spare t-shirt) and you’re set! Just remember, Bubbles has pigtails, Blossom has a ponytail, and Buttercup wears her hair short and down.
Instead of buying a costume from the store and adding some thick glasses, go into your closet and pull out stuff that looks character appropriate. I did hipster Power Girl for Boston Comic Con with a white keyhole dress, red jean jacket, and blue shoes I already owned. It’s just as easy. Get inspiration from tumblr and pair with a pithy sign.
Plain Clothes Character:
Own a Smashing Pumkins shirt? You could be Scott Pilgrim! Got a green jacket, orange shirt, and combat boots? Go for Daria! There’s a huge variety of awesome geeky characters that wear clothing you probably already own. You can pull from TV (30 Rock, Parks and Rec, the Mindy Project, Brooklyn 9-9), cartoons (Bob’s Burgers, King of the Hill, Bevis and Butthead, Arthur), comics (Danger Girl, Superhero Girl, Sex Criminals, the Wicked and the Divine), and more!
Get a shirt and pants of the same color and a little face paint or makeup, and you’re set to be Luna from Sailor Moon, Bugs Bunny, Pikachu, Tom and Jerry, or Felix the Cat! The key to this is trying to match the character’s fur color with your clothes. Animal ears definitely help, and you can make those easily by taping construction paper to a headband.
BONUS! Stan Lee:
Who doesn’t want to be the most iconic face in comics? I had a friend who did this one year for Halloween, and it gets marks for being the weirdest, geekiest costume I’ve ever seen. Get some white hair spray and a big white mustache. Pair with big tinted glasses and a tan ensemble including a windbreaker, and you’re set!