If you’re looking for easy, last-minute Halloween costumes for men that are both creative and DIY accessible with normal clothes, the options are truly endless. Whether you turn the old striped T-shirt in your closet into a Where’s Waldo? outfit or use it to dress up as a mime, that’s just one solid basic for guys that can be repurposed on a whim. Trust us when we tell you that you should never underestimate how easy it is to make a cool or downright hilarious costume with wardrobe essentials you’ve been wearing for years.
A denim jacket can be transformed into Dustin from “Stranger Things” with the addition of a baseball cap, a flannel, and corduroys just as easily as it can be teamed with a fitted black tee and skinny jeans to take on the T-Bird look from “Grease.” Meanwhile, your workout shorts can come in handy for pulling off “Baywatch” vibes, and you can use the very same pair to go as Forrest Gump — as long as you don’t mind dirtying up an old white Hanes with a DIY approach. All Machine Gun Kelly needed were leather pants and a white ribbed tank to be the Tommy Lee to Megan Fox’s Pamela Anderson last year.
Want to get in on some of the trends predicted to be most popular in 2023? Fashion experts at Boohoo named Indiana Jones, Ted Lasso, and “Barbie”‘s Ken and Allan dolls to be the costumes reigning supreme, all of which you can find inspiration for ahead. While some of the costumes here do require face paint or accessories, such as masks, wigs, or capes, most can be achieved without spending another dollar. Don’t be spooked, because these easy, last-minute Halloween costumes for men are so manageable, anyone can handle them. Take a look at the best costume ideas when you scroll, and get ready to take on Halloween in the most clever and creative ways possible.
— Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak and Lauren Harano