50 Last Minute Halloween Costumes For Students 2023
Halloween is coming up and if you haven’t even thought about what to wear yet, you’re not alone. While some people take Halloween very seriously and start planning from June, others like to sit back and wait until the last minute to throw a costume together.
If you’re one of those people who have Halloween plans but no idea what you’re going to do, here are some super cool last-minute ideas that won’t take too long to put a costume together. After all, popping Halloween costumes at uni together is a seriously fun time.
So if you’re wondering what to dress up for on Halloween, read on to find 50 uni Halloween costume ideas!
1. Minnie or Mickey Mouse
You’ll need a headband which you’ll be able to find either from the official Disney Store, Primark or Amazon or you can attempt to make your own. Primark and Amazon has loads of Disney stuff, so putting together an outfit should be very easy.
Literally, all you need for this one is a sheet and some makeup.
A classic, it won’t be hard to find vampire fangs and fake blood either in your local fancy dress shop or on Amazon Prime with next day delivery. The rest of the outfit can be simple and plain black. In fact, it’s the perfect Halloween outfit with black dress pairing, if that’s your vibe.
Although, this Halloween Vampire Cheerleader Costume from boohoo will absolutely slay if you want something fun (no pun intended):
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4. Scooby-Doo characters
The Scooby-Doo characters remain popular fancy dress choices. You can find loads of ideas online, but if you’re going as Daphne you’ll want to get your hands on something purple, if you prefer Velma orange and red or if you want to go as Scooby himself a brown jumpsuit and a homemade collar would work well.
5. Dwight From The Office
One of the easiest halloween costumes at uni to put together. A brown tucked-in shirt with trousers or a skirt and glasses, easy.
6. Violet Beauregarde
Even if you’re not good with makeup this is an easy last-minute look. Simply dust some purple or blue eyeshadow onto your nose and find a matching blue tracksuit or dress.
7. Scarecrow from The Wizard Of Oz
You’ll need a checked shirt, maybe some braces and a straw hat all of which you can find on Amazon or in your local fancy dress shop.
When it comes to Halloween looks that are easy to achieve last-minute, it’s got to be a Cat. You can get cat ears from anywhere and team them with an all-black outfit or jumpsuit. Black eyeliner can be used to create whiskers and a cat nose if you don’t have face paint.
Go to Primark and buy some cheap t-shirts and rip them up and cover them in fake blood. You can get face paint from your local fancy dress shop or Amazon to heighten the effects too.
A cheerleader costume shouldn’t be too hard to find in a fancy dress shop or online. You can take it one step further by combining the look with fake blood for a dead zombie cheerleader.
You can wear all white and grey and find a bunny ears headband and basket from pretty much any fancy dress shop, so this is easy to turn around quickly.
12. Little Red Riding Hood
When it comes to characters to dress up as for Halloween, get your hands on a red hood and basket and the rest of the outfit is up to you.
13. Alice In Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland costumes are pretty easy to come by, so you should be able to find one on Amazon with quick delivery.
If you’re being super last minute you can dress in all white with some angel wings and a halo for an angelic Halloween costume.
If a devil is more your thing, you’ll just need to find horns, a devil tail and dress in something red but this should be pretty easy to find in a Halloween store.
Uni Halloween costume ideas almost always make you think of skeletons. You can get skeleton outfits online from places like boohoo, or if you’re crafty you can make one yourself with an old black t-shirt and white fabric paint. Or if you’re super last minute you can wear all black and do skeleton makeup.
You just need to acquire some bat wings and dress in all black and you’re done.
18. The Powerpuff Girls
A cute and funny uni Halloween costume idea. If you have 2 friends who are also stuck for ideas, choose a Powerpuff Girl each and find something blue, pink and green to wear. It’s the best combination of characters to dress up as for Halloween!
19. The Cheetah Girls
If you were a fan of the OG Disney Channel show, the good news is cheetah print is very easy to find in stores. Whether you’re going for a head to toe cheetah print look or just want to recreate a look from the movie, this is a great look you and your squad can pull off last minute.
20. Queen Of Hearts
If Alice in Wonderland isn’t your thing, maybe the Queen of Hearts is instead. You can find costumes in fancy dress stores or you can DIY it by following a makeup tutorial and getting yourself a pack of cards to make into a headpiece.
21. The 70s
The 70s have been having a bit of a resurgence recently and you can find 70s-inspired prints everywhere from Zara to Bershka to ASOS so this should be a fairly easy one to sort out last minute. When it comes to student Halloween costumes, you can make almost anything out of what you’ve already got. Get on Pinterest for some 70’s inspo and see what’s in your wardrobe to recreate it!
22. Woody or Jessie from Toy Story
Simply get your hands on a cowboy hat and you’re done.
23. Ariana Grande
Clip-in your best fake ponytail and put on your knee-high boots and oversized jumper and there you have it, a look Ariana Grande would be jealous of. Student halloween costumes can look on fleek too, ya know!
24. A Kardashian
Whether you’re going for Kim, Khloe or Kourtney the Kardashians have a signature look that anyone can recognise.
25. Derry Girls
Another group idea is to go as the characters from Derry Girls, you can find checked skirts and jumpers pretty much everywhere you can try recycling your own school uniform if you still have it.
26. Mia Wallace From Pulp Fiction
You’ll need a black wig, a white shirt and some fake blood all of which are pretty easy to find online.
27. Any of the Euphoria girls
If you’re good at makeup, the Euphoria girls paved the way for fun and creative makeup looks. There are loads of tutorials you can look up on YouTube to help you achieve a fun Halloween look without having to spend too much time or money.
28. A traffic cone
Yeah, all you’ll need for this one is lots of orange and an actual traffic cone (if you can get your hands on one without being caught) to finish off the look.
If you’re a dungaree owner, going as one of the minions is an easy last-minute Halloween idea. Simply find something yellow to wear underneath and you’re done.
30. Kim Possible
If you own cargo trousers and a tight top, you already have a pretty solid Kim Possible look ready to go.
Witch costumes are easy to find, you’ll want a hat, a wand and the rest is really up to you. You can get creative with makeup to help level up the look if it feels a bit basic.
32. Roaring 20s
The Great Gatsby style accessories are really easy to come across if you’re looking for a last-minute costume idea. You’ll want a headband, plastic cigarette holder to really complete the look.
We absolutely love this Goddiva bandeu sequin tassle maxi dress in rose gold from ASOS if you’re after a modern twist:
33. Fortune Teller
You’ll need a long skirt or dress and a headband to pull off this simple last-minute Halloween look.
34. Snow White
If you can’t find a Snow White costume last-minute you can simply wear a red bow in your hair and find a basket to carry.
Cinderella is a classic Halloween look. Simply wear your best dress and carry around your spare shoe all night.
36. Instagram filter
There are some pretty iconic Instagram and Snapchat filters that we all recognise. Try following a makeup tutorial to achieve the filter in real life.
Simply dress in the most colourful outfit you can find and do your makeup to match.
38. Tennis Player
Tennis skirts are pretty popular right now, so you won’t have to look too far to find a tennis-themed outfit for a super last minute but effective look.
You can get black and yellow face paint from a fancy dress shop, or you can use makeup if you have it. You can also easily make a bee headband and wings yourself, or find some on Amazon.
Yellow and green makeup and clothing can do wonders. You can also DIY this one yourself by making a green pineapple headband too. To be honest, most of the items on this list could easily be done up as a diy Halloween outfit. Get creative!
However, this inflatable pineapple costume from Smiffys is bound to make everyone laugh at a Halloween party. Highly recommend:
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41. Lost boys from Peter Pan
The lost boys wear onesies and animal costumes, so this means you can wear your onesie on a night out too.
42. Air Hostess
Air Hostess costumes are pretty easy to find in fancy dress stores, but you can wear a matching blazer and skirt set with heels too if you want to create a DIY Halloween outfit
43. David Bowie
David Bowie had a lot of iconic looks. You can do the famous lightning bolt on your face or try out some of his well-known looks throughout his different eras.
44. Peaky Blinders
You’ll want a flat cap and a long coat and maybe even a cane and you’ll be giving your best Tommy Shelby impression.
45. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Think tie-dye, double denim and bold colours. If you want to channel your inner 90s, then take inspiration from some of Will Smiths looks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. If a double denim halloween costume is what you’re after, then the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is the perfect way to channel it.
46. The Joker
There are a ton of Joker makeup tutorials on YouTube to help you achieve this look effortlessly. Or, if you just want something cheap and easy, this boohooMAN purple Joker costume has your back.
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47. Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X is one of the best pop-culture costume ideas you could go as this year. To channel his iconic looks you’ll want cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and a fringe jacket.
48. Oompa Loompa
If you can get your hands on some orange face paint you’ll be able to pull off this look last-minute.
You’ll need a black and white striped top or dress and some handcuffs from a fancy dress store to put this look together
50. Post Malone
Simply draw on his tattoos using eyeliner or find some temporary tattoos in a Halloween store.
If you think you have it in you to create a look yourself, check out our fave DIY Halloween costume ideas right here.