6 Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes That Won’t Leave You Feeling Lazy

6 Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes That Won’t Leave You Feeling Lazy
Just found out all your friends are going to a Halloween party and you don't have a costume? Don't panic! These 6 are super easy to pull together.

We’re five days out from Halloween… do you know what your costume is? Of course, you could play the World’s Laziest Costume card if you have a tux or some black construction paper, but people can tell when you’re not trying. Primer’s got you covered with six topical costumes guaranteed to turn heads and get a knowing laugh. The best part: Most of these items will be readily available at your local Goodwill, but you can also assemble them in 20 minutes just in time for the Friday parties as long as you hop on Amazon Prime…now!

Sterling Archer

Raffish, Roguish, Ridiculous: International private spy and infiltrator of privates Sterling Archer is a mashup of Don Draper, James Bond, and Job from Arrested Development. Perfect for striking that humorous-yet-classy balance on Halloween. Break out your charcoal gray suit (though a lighter Draper-style suit will do in a pinch) and you’ll be in the danger zone all night.
Archer comes in two variations: Polished (Gray Suit) or “Tactleneck” (Black Turtleneck). If you don’t already have a well-fitting gray suit, Tactical may be your best bet.

Whether you opt for the suit or the turtleneck, a key to this look is Archer’s jet black hair. If you’ve got lighter hair, consider picking up some temporary black hair spray.

Steve Murphy from Narcos

Steve Murphy Narcos costume inspiration

DEA agent Steve Murphy’s battle against drug kingpin Pablo Escobar takes him down some dark paths in the hit series Narcos. Along the way, he’s a great example of a late-70s to 80s look that’s simple to pull together.

You can spring for a real decommissioned or replica badge but we recommend using Google to print your own and put it in a classy badge holder.
As with Archer, Murphy’s haircut is distinctive. Use pomade to approximate his look. For the mustache, you’ll need spirit gum or a similar adhesive. If you’ve got darker hair, simply become Murphy’s partner, Javier Pena.

Narcos Steve Murphy costume

DIY Ghostbusters

DIY Ghostbusters costume

Not that it ever went out of style, but this year’s Ghostbusters reboot has made this classic costume current again. Unisex and timeless, it’s packed with easy-to-assemble details that set it apart from your average last-minute effort. 80% is available on Amazon, with the rest coming from your local hardware store. Check out our full guide for easy ordering and assembly.
DIY Ghostbusters costume
Give yourself more time with this one. Getting the details right will take you a full afternoon, but the results are worth it.

Eleven from Stranger Things

Stranger Things Eleven costume inspiration

The buzziest new series on Netflix has plenty of breakout characters, but perhaps none as memorable as the girl with telekinetic powers and a shaved head played by Millie Bobby Brown. Apply a little thrift store effort and you can really bring this character to life.
The massive popularity of the show means you can, of course, get a pattern for the dress and make it yourself, but any pink dress from your local Goodwill should do the trick.

Stranger Things Eleven costume

Pink Dress: $17Blue Jacket: $24 – $35 /Striped Tube Socks: $22 / Sneakers, $40 / Eggo Waffles: $3 / Fake Blood: $0 – $15
It’s going to be a big year for Eleven costumes, so green and yellow striped socks may be difficult to come by. Swap in plain green striped or yellow striped if need be. The linchpin of the whole look is the small amount of blood coming from her nose. Purchase prop blood or make your own using sugar and food coloring.

Steve from Stranger Things

Steve Harrington from Stranger Things costume inspiration

Arrogant, charming, and ultimately redeemed, Steve Harrington allows you to reprise your role – or try it out for the first time – as a classic popular kid from high school who encounters the truly strange.

Much of what you need can be sourced from a local Goodwill or Target, including sweatshirt, bat, and eyeshadow, and it may be cheaper than Amazon. Key to this look is allowing the Elvis wig to fall a bit more naturally and less, well, Elvis-y. Make your own bruise in 2 minutes using the eye shadow.

John Stone from The Night Of

The Night Of John Stone Costume

Channel your inner grizzled antihero from HBO’s critically acclaimed and beautifully acted miniseries. You probably won’t get another chance to wear a John Turturro lawyer costume and feel current, so jump on it now.

John Stone The Night Of Costume

Grey trench coat: $15 – $150 / Blazer & khakis: $10 – $30 / White button-up shirt & tie: $0 – $12 / Ugly Sandals: $20 / Plastic Wrap: $3 / Stuffed cat: $9

Turturro appears to be sporting a London Fog trench coat. You can spring for the real thing or raid your local vintage store/Goodwill. Pull out your ugliest Dockers and pair them with a drab, slightly too-big blazer from Goodwill. Again, you can buy new…but doesn’t it defeat the purpose?

You may not have a tie drab enough, so we recommend Goodwill or your local lost & found.
Turturro is the anti-Archer: he’s been worn down by the system. Take a moment to loosen your tie, rumple your shirt, grow some stubble, and if you’re really committed, don’t sleep for a couple days. A running plot line involves his struggle with eczema and a cat that he's allergic to, so for the finishing touch wrap your feet in plastic wrap and carry that kitty!

What are you going as? Let me know in the comments!

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.


  • Reply October 26, 2016


    nice one with the archer, i was planning on doing this already. Taking an even easier step by purchasing the Archer “T-shirt” from Amazon. The Nametag is a nice touch!

  • Reply October 26, 2016

    Adam Mueller

    Baghead version of Jason Voorhies (Friday the 13th Part 2) – pillowcase + twine, overalls, boots, blue flannel shirt and a fake pickaxe (+ ample amounts of fake blood).

  • Reply October 26, 2016

    Daren Richardson

    His name is “Sterling Archer” , not “Archer Sterling”

  • Reply October 26, 2016


    superman shirt from Old Navy

    red suspenders



    head bandana

    tripoint pirate hat


    Sloth from the Goonies

    • Reply October 27, 2016


      But how will you simulate the eyes and cone head?

      • Reply October 28, 2016


        for me, I’m just blessed with an ugly enough mug to not need a mask 😉

        amazon sells a cheap Sloth mask, but you get what you pay for: looks pretty terrible- I’ve seen some people who repainted them to look better.

        I also have seen some prosthetic eyes you can buy from some of the online Halloween mask shops that could work, along with a pair of fake teeth

  • Reply October 26, 2016


    cheap bridged metal frame glasses from Zenni

    light grey short sleeve oxford

    pillow case fake belly

    cheap grey tie

    fake pencil mustache from Spirit Halloween

    pocket protector

    name tag

    red stapler

    cheap casio calculator watch


    Milton from Office Space

  • Reply October 26, 2016


    I went at the Eleventh doctor. I had most of the things I needed already, only had to pick up a bowtie, fez, and of course a sonic screwdriver.

  • Reply October 27, 2016


    Thanks Andrew! was hoping for this

  • Reply October 27, 2016


    Actually going as Jordan Belfort. The yacht scene outfit. Just have to get fake money to throw at people.

  • Reply October 28, 2016


    How did you find the Agent Murphy DEA tag? Can’t find it on Google…

    • Reply September 29, 2017

      Henry Duran

      did you find it?

  • Reply October 29, 2016


    Just don’t be black while wearing one of these outfits with the guns as accessories.

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